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Opening this week: Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows, Therapy for a Vampire, and more

What a week. Aliens from outer space (again). Ravenous Vampires. Man-eating sharks. Bloodthirsty beauties. Good times. But maybe you're looking for something a little more...human? Something a little bit haunting? A little bit profound? A ...

Independence Day — a resurgence?

More of the same, but more

Twenty years ago, my new wife and I stood in line for what seemed like hours at Horton Plaza to see Independence Day. Why? Because of those fantastic teasers that showed the shadow of a ...

Just keep sequeling, just keep sequeling, just keep sequeling...

Finding Dory, Art Bastard, Central Intelligence, and more opening this week

I was one of the very few critics who had anything nice to say about obvious cash-grab sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, mostly because I was able to enjoy it as a children’s story ...

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Movie Archives

Chevalier 2.0 stars

Every little breeze seems to whisper unease in this one-location, one-joke comedy. We never know exactly why our six anal-retentive alpha males cruise the Aegean Sea on a luxury yacht, but one thing’s for certain: every minute of their time ...

Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch) 2.0 stars

Writer-director David Rühm’s Therapy for a Vampire is wonderfully good-natured and agreeable and even funny for a film about an unhappy marriage between a pair of murderous and immortal bloodsuckers. It’s Vienna in 1932, and Count Geza von Közsnöm pays ...

Gurukulam 3.0 stars

A look inside a remote ashram in southern India – students spend anywhere from 3 months to 3 years studying the ancient wisdom of Advaita Vedanta from Swami Dayananda Saraswati – that’s a feast for the senses. Opening opposite one ...

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