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10.000 Km (2014)

Can your laptop help save your long-distance love affair? (R)

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1 Nenokkadine (2014)

Gosh but these trailers are amazing. This one doesn't even seem to bother with the idea that you need a story behind the action. Unless a Rubik's Cube counts as a story. It's like the '80s are happening overseas! (NR)

None starsMatthew Lickona

2014 Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts (2014)

For once, Pixar is out of the picture — The Blue Umbrella was almost (but not quite) as dire as the feature that followed it (Monsters University). That clears the field for...Disney? Sigh. Look, if you've seen Frozen (and by this point, what parent hasn't?), then you know all about ... (NR)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

2014 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2014)

This year's lineup includes brief looks at a digger of art caves, a meeting between a Neo-Nazi and the gay he once went after, an attempt at peaceful regime change in Yemen, a terminally ill prisoner and the volunteers at his hospice, and tips on living a long and happy ... (NR)

None starsMatthew Lickona

2014 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2014)

Another Oscar season, another opportunity to wonder aloud why it is that, in this age of supposedly dwindling attention spans, there has not been an explosion of interest in the short-film form. The live-action slate features a trio of heartrending horrors: It Wasn’t Me (child soldiers in Africa), Helium (terminally ... (NR)

3.0 starsMatthew Lickona

22 Jump Street (2014)

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill advance from high school to college, while the overall level of humor plunges from ninth grade to third. I laughed once: the action momentarily trips over itself to deliver a sternly graphic anti-drug message before quickly returning to the business of trying to milk laughs ... (R)

0.0 starsScott Marks

23 Blast (2014)

A high school football star goes blind but decides to return to the game. Based on a true story. (PG-13)

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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Zack Snyder, who has made a couple of comic-book movies of his own (300, Watchmen), wrote the script for this, perhaps his most comic-book movie to date. Some clarification is of course in order: "comic book" here indicates: a complete detachment from the actual constraints of physical reality (cascading sheets ... (R)

0.0 starsMatthew Lickona

3 Days to Kill (2014)

No one'll ever write a book titled The McG Touch, particularly one based on the time he killed directing this movie. Here’s another Luc Besson production that appears to have been sitting on a shelf in the Cannon Film vault since 1977. Who better than McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) ... (PG-13)

2.0 starsScott Marks

5 Hour Friends (2014)

After a pithy, 60-second opening treatise on the virtues of living in San Diego, this locally produced, low-budget romantic drama settles in for ten minutes of expository narration, courtesy of star Tom Sizemore directly addressing the audience. Ride it out, and you'll be rewarded with a highly watchable, character-driven throwback ... (NR)

3.0 starsScott Marks

'71 (2014)

An English soldier (Jack O'Connell, doe-eyed and square-jawed) finds himself shipped to a foreign country that isn't quite foreign: Northern Ireland, there to keep the peace in Belfast, a city rife with division. You've got your Catholics and Protestants, of course, but then you've got your factions within each, not ... (R)

2.0 starsMatthew Lickona

About Last Night (2014)

Or, “The Further Whitewashing of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” this time with an all-black cast. The promise of talented Will Gluck’s (Fired Up, Easy A) name attached as producer never materialized. Leaning on the okay 1986 film version About Last Night… (give or take an ellipses) rather than ... (R)

1.0 starsScott Marks

Addicted (2014)

A beautiful woman with a seemingly perfect life finds herself behaving in an irresponsible fashion with a frequently shirtless artist. (R)

None stars

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014)

There's this box, and if you have the box, you can have the world, and there's this bad guy who may have found the box, and he also had this boy's parents killed, and the boy's brother sent away, and so the boy has to find his brother and find ... (PG)

None stars

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014)

Nancy Biurski's documentary on the astonishing ballerina affectionately known as Tanny is not quite a great movie: there are a few too many stills, some clunky voiceovers, and an occasionally foray into the lugubrious. But it does tell a great story. Tanny, whose long limbs and angular grace were expansive ... (NR)

3.0 starsMatthew Lickona