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The bravura biopic, “Selma,” is about more than one man; it’s about a community. more
This just in: “ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013) is just as funny as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” (2004) more
The frightening proposition that is Alzheimer’s disease is conveyed with admirable authenticity and clear-eyed compassion in the melancholy medical melodrama, “Still Alice” (2014). more
This provocative portrait of an Iraq War legend is up to director Clint Eastwood’s already high standards. more
As overwhelmingly sad as the subject matter is, the film's imprint is not only life-affirming but, almost miraculously, hopeful as well.  more
We already know that he's a charismatic and magnetic movie star. But with this lead performance, he should officially join the ranks of our top screen actors. more
A documentary about dancers auditioning for a musical about dancers auditioning for a musical.  And it's magical and not only toe-tapping but improbably, overwhelmingly moving. more
Can a movie be any more pleasurable than this one? As the final credits roll, it will seem impossible. more
By the time “Sunshine Cleaning” gets to cleanup time, you realize that it's been an original and touching drama. Okay, dramedy. Dark dramedy. more
Be careful what you wish for. Who knows what they're spraying on that allegedly greener grass? That's the lesson learned by the title character in the animated cautionary adventure, … more
Ah, Beltway politics: the political stimulus, the journalistic response, and the big-business muddying of the waters. more
‘I Love You, Man” is a smart and highly entertaining bromantic comedy.  I liked it, man. more
“Oceans” (2010) is an ecological documentary, the English-language version of a French-Spanish-Swiss co-production narrated by Pierce Brosnan, that examines the watery two-thirds of our planet. more
A romantic-triangle drama in which Joaquin Phoenix stars as a troubled thirtysomething, heartbroken from a recent breakup, with bipolar disorder and suicidal tendencies, who suddenly finds himself juggling two new romances. more
It's a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay with sprocket holes. And real insight.    It's a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay … more
“Phoebe in Wonderland” (2008) boasts three splendid performances by a trio of gifted actresses. And one of them is — that is, was — a 10-year-old. more
Each week, veteran film critic Bill Wine will look back at an important film that is worth watching, either for the first time or again. Ah, seven-minute Saturday Night Live TV sketches adapted … more
How long does it take to walk down the aisle? In this case, half a decade. Or, as the old joke says, "Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffer-ing." more
What can brown do for the protagonist of “Cedar Rapids?” Well, let's put it this way: Not much, even though he lives in Brown Valley, works at BrownStar Insurance, and dresses almost exclusively in brown. more
A one-joke premise it may be. But the central joke in “Be Kind Rewind” (2008) has lots of funny variations. And I'm not just trying to be kind. more
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