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Meryl Streep sings away her troubles in Ricki and the Flash.

Ricki Road

Meryl Streep rocks out in Ricki and the Flash.
Kristian Lin
A typical entry with an atypical provenance, Ricki and the Flash is an attempt by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody to make a comfy family comedy for the older crowd. It’s not the nicest fit f...


Kurt

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Kristian Lin
Opening Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (NR) Brett Morgen’s officially authorized made-for-TV biography of the Nirvana frontman. Also with Courtney Love and Krist Novoselic. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Assassination (NR) Very confu...



Ed Helms and Chris Hemsworth go overboard on the Western wear in Vacation.

Downtime

Turn the car around and drive away from this Vacation.
Kristian Lin
Here’s the problem: Warner Bros. is now trying to make Judd Apatow comedies. That’s certainly not a bad idea, given how much money and good press those films have raked in for Universal Studios. The likes of Superbad, Bride...


Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff share a meaningful moment in a big-box retail store in "Paper Towns."

O-Town Girl

She’s been livin’ in a white-bread world, until she leaves Paper Towns behind.
Kristian Lin
Cara Delevingne starts her acting career already famous. She had always wanted to act, but what was supposed to be a sidelight as a fashion model turned into a stellar career for the 22-year-old Englishwoman with the enviable e...



lego

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Kristian Lin
Opening A LEGO Brickumentary (G) Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge’s documentary about the global subculture involving the plastic bricks. Narrated by Jason Bateman. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Güeros (NR) Alonso Ruiz Palacios’ ...


The Vatican Tapes

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Kristian Lin
Opening The Vatican Tapes (PG-13) Michael Peña and Djimon Hounsou star in this supernatural thriller as two priests trying to exorcise a demonically possessed girl (Olivia Dudley). Also with Kathleen Robertson, Dougray Scott, ...



Jake Gyllenhaal bears the scars of his latest fight in Southpaw.

Less Than Jake

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in Southpaw, but this boxing drama isn’t.
Kristian Lin
The critical narrative has now hardened around Jake Gyllenhaal. It goes like this: After a misguided period when the actor tried to be an A-list leading man, the financial and critical flops of The Day After Tomorrow and Prince...


Cobie Smulders lets Gail Bean feel her pregnant stomach in Unexpected.

Baby Baby

An Unexpected arrival shows promise before withering away.
Kristian Lin
Four years ago, Joe and Kris Swanberg had a baby. In response, they did what Swanbergs do: They made films about it. Joe’s arrived last year. In Happy Christmas, he and his real-life infant son appeared onscreen together, tho...



Cartel Land opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills

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Kristian Lin
Opening Cartel Land (R) Matthew Heineman’s documentary about ordinary people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border taking a stand against the rising tide of drug violence. (Opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills) Lila & Ev...


Scott Lang vs. The World: Paul Rudd ponders the meaning of this suit in Ant-Man.

Mini Marvel

Ant-Man has some major bugs to work out.
Kristian Lin
Movie fanboys, including me, were disappointed when Edgar Wright, the British cult director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, left the big-screen Marvel Comics adaptation Ant-Man reportedly because of the d...