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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Maestro of movie mayhem Michael Bay (Transformers) turns his camera on the real-life violence of Benghazi 2012 and despairs, giving us the story of a badass American (John Krasinski, sad-eyed and bushy-bearded) who nevertheless finds himself worried, in between firefights and rightly so, that his kids will ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Aloha (2015)

How can a story laden with this much betrayal and corruption feel this cheerful? Welcome to Hawaii. Bradley Cooper smiles his way through the shenanigans as the wounded hero (physically, morally, spiritually, professionally) who has to choose which parts are worth healing and which can be cut away. Happily, he ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Away We Go (2009)

Director Sam Mendes travels the sunnier side of Revolutionary Road, travels it, together with a playful, lovey-dovey, loosey-goosey couple expecting their first child and looking for a spot to put down roots, to Phoenix, to Tucson, to Madison, to Montreal, to Miami, evoking little sense of place anywhere outside of ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

The Hollars (2016)

John Krasinski directs and stars in a family dramedy involving, wait for it, an uncertain young man on the cusp of fatherhood who returns to his hometown when his mother falls ill. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Sharlto Copley, Richard Jenkins, and Margo Martindale as Mom. (PG-13)

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It's Complicated (2009)

Romantic-comic triangle composed of a fifty-something divorcee, her remarried but re-interested ex-husband, and her too-good-to-be-true divorced architect: “Your age is one of my favorite things about you.” The grown children have no problems of their own, and the level of affluence — not to forget level of gourmet cuisine — ... (R)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Leatherheads (2008)

Intermittently cute comedy on the wild and woolly early days of pro football, cute in some of the archaic banter, but not cute in the unrelieved drab brown color scheme or the indifferent and infrequent on-field action. It shows a lighter side of director George Clooney (Confessions of a Dangerous ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsDuncan Shepherd

Nobody Walks (2012) L.A. - get it? New York artist-girl (a highly sexualized Olivia Thirlby) camps out in the Silver Lake home of a Hollywood sound engineer, his wife, and their kids (one shared, one step). Almost everyone proceeds to get the itch: hubby for artist, wife's therapy patient for wife, daughter ... (R)

1.0 starsMatthew Lickona

Promised Land (2012)

A natural gas salesman (Matt Damon, not director Gus Van Sant) uses the economy as a bully stick to convince a small town into accepting his company's offer for drilling rights to their properties. He is opposed by a charismatic stranger (John Krasinski) who takes advantage of an open-mic night ... (R)

1.0 starsScott Marks

A Quiet Place (2018)

For reasons never made clear, a roving posse of sightless and sharp-eared but otherwise cookie-cutter-quality Hollywood aliens zeros in on a pleasant young couple and their three children, looking to emulsify anything that makes a sound. A note on an eraser board establishes the existence of but three of the ... (PG-13)

1.0 starsScott Marks