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Lucy ** 1/2
The weirdness Besson really has in mind is decidedly uncommercial at best, inscrutably indulgent at worst. Read more...

The Purge: Anarchy ***
The proper Purge film that should have been made in the first place. Read more...

Tammy ** 1/2
With the laughs being fairly sporadic, Falcone's generally slack pacing is laid bare and the movie as a whole feels all the more meandering, try though McCarthy might to enliven the proceedings. Read more...

Transformers: Age of Extinction ***
It is frankly pointless to knock its quintessentially Bay aesthetic of massive mayhem and the equally shameless broad corniness of its humor, for all of that is clearly what the film was meant to be and dutifully delivers. Read more...

Maleficent ** 1/2
How ironic--and disappointing--it is, then, that a film focused on one of the big bads for the ages is just about completely drained of menace or palpable danger. Read more...

X-Men: Days of Future Past *** 1/2
Captures the true essence of what has made and will make the X-Men's uncanny popularity survive and thrive in days of future and past. Read more...

Kochadaiiyaan: the Legend *** blog articles on Kochadaiiyaan
The virtues and achievement of Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin's sincere, go-for-broke ambition manifests in not easily discounted ways--not least of which is the ever-commanding presence and conviction of South Indian cinema's singular Superstar. Read more...

Chef ***
It's all about the all-around personality--and a distinct and appealing one indeed manifests in Jon Favreau's writing and direction as well as, more importantly, the performances and chemistry. Read more...

The Pavement Psychologist
Whatever the piece may ultimately lack in substantive story, it definitely compensates in character, both in the literal sense of the solid work writer-director Idris Elba coaxes from the whole cast and in the already distinctive personality of his still-nascent filmmaking voice, which promises to only polish and sharpen right along with his skill on subsequent projects. Read more...

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