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  • 'Hunting Ground' a searing look at college rape culture Mar 19, 2015 12:03 PM
    Kirby Dick's documentary "The Hunting Ground," despite its solid data and brave testimonials from American college students offering poignant and personal narratives of their horrific experiences, delves into pure propagandistic appeals to emotions, especially when it employs Lady Gaga's song "Till It Happens to You," a musical interlude you'd usually find on a cheesy Lifetime Channel offering or on a TV commercial soliciting funds for abused dogs.

  • 'It Follows' flips teen horror genre on its head Mar 19, 2015 5:30 AM
    David Robert Mitchell's nightmarish horror tale "It Follows" gives us a sophisticated twist on the standard "have sex and die" themes of maniac movies from the late 1970s and early 1980s. In its own amusingly bizarre way, "It Follows" projects the ultimate teenage motto around the world: "I gotta have sex or I'll just die!"

  • Robert Kenner battles climate-change deniers with ‘Merchants of Doubt’ Mar 18, 2015 6:00 AM
    In Washington, everyone’s always pushing something. The germ of Robert Kenner’s latest project, "Merchants of Doubt," a simultaneously entertaining and inciting expose of professional charlatanism — practiced, most saliently, by those hired to make the case that global warming isn’t real, or at least that there is no scientific consensus on it — sprouted in the director’s head during the making of “Food, Inc.” He based his latest film on Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway’s 2010 history of corporate baloney peddlers, running from Big Tobacco to climate-change denial.

  • Dann Gire's movie guide: 'Insurgent' hits theaters Friday Mar 18, 2015 11:03 AM
    “Insurgent,” the the anxiously awaited second movie based on the “Divergent” books by Barrington author Veronica Roth, opens Friday. Film critic Dann Gire looks ahead to what else opens this weekend and recaps what's in theaters now.

  • Gire: 'Insurgent' pushes visual effects at the expense of plot, character Mar 18, 2015 1:31 PM
    “Insurgent,” Robert Schwentke's lesser sequel to last year's “Divergent,” emulates Michael Bay's “Transformers” series with an emphasis on massive high-quality visual effects at the expense of a concise, smart, sharply edited, realistically anchored narrative. The movie delivers a noble message, that divergent equals diversity, and that diversity will be the savior of our world, if can it survive Kate Winslet's power-mad Erudite.

  • Box office top 20: 'Cinderella' revised down to $67.9M Mar 16, 2015 4:05 PM
    Box office top 20: 'Cinderella' revised down to $67.9 million

  • ‘Going Clear’ documentary unites voices against Scientology Mar 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Mike Rinder, 59, had spent virtually all of his life in the Church of Scientology. In 2007, an increasingly disillusioned Rinder left the church. Rinder’s story is one of eight from former church members that make up the emotional arc of the documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which opened in theaters Friday and will air on HBO on March 29.

  • 'Cinderella' is belle of the box office with $70.1M debut Mar 16, 2015 6:10 AM
    "Let It Go" may be Walt Disney's anthem these days, but "Everything's Coming Up Roses" might be the more accurate theme song for the Disney juggernaut. Disney's recent streak continued over the weekend with the $70.1 million North American debut of its traditional, sumptuously costumed fairy tale adaptation "Cinderella," according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Disney's 'Cinderella' debuts with $70.1M at box office Mar 16, 2015 6:16 AM
    "Cinderella" is the belle of the box office, where Disney's live-action fairy tale debuted with $70.1 million over the weekend at North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • DVD previews: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ ‘Annie’ Mar 14, 2015 5:30 AM
    It's a hard-knock week, DVD-wise. Out March 17: the overblown epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" and the disappointing "Annie" update.

  • Why Disney’s animated ‘Cinderella’ is still a classic Mar 13, 2015 12:59 PM
    “Cinderella,” Kenneth Branagh’s live-action version of the timeless tale, arrives in theaters this weekend a little more than 65 years after Walt Disney’s classic adaptation premiered in February 1950. Beautifully animated by the studio’s geniuses known as the “Nine Old Men,” that “Cinderella” has contributed iconic moments and sights that live on in American pop culture. But when was the last time you actually watched the movie?

  • Geneva Film Fest continues through Saturday Mar 13, 2015 5:33 PM
    The eighth annual Geneva Film Festival, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission of Geneva, continues through Saturday, March 14, in Dodson Place, Geneva.

  • Suburbia goes wrong in 'Home Sweet Hell' Mar 12, 2015 5:15 AM
    Despite splendid performances by Patrick Wilson and Katherine Heigl as his sociopathic, control freak wife, Anthony Burns' black (and red) comedy “Home Sweet Hell” musters too little wit and too few laughs to sustain this humorous autopsy of suburban life.

  • Magic missing from lush, lifeless 'Cinderella' Mar 13, 2015 10:12 AM
    Perhaps the best-known fairy tale of all time has been given a beautiful if boring update in “Cinderella,” an opulent re-imagining that spares nothing in the way of color and texture, but rarely manages to quicken its own pulse or that of the audience.

  • 'Doubt' an indictment of those who block the truth Mar 12, 2015 6:41 AM
    The documentary “Merchants of Doubt” should be required viewing for anyone involved in journalism, PR and communications. Smart, well-researched and shocking in its revelations, “Merchants of Doubt” tacitly indicts the mainstream media for failing to execute its journalistic due diligence by properly vetting “experts” they interview on important topics, such as health and environment.

  • Documentary reports on 'Beautiful' femininism Mar 12, 2015 5:45 AM
    Director Mary Dore isn't much of a dramatic storyteller in her documentary “She's Beautiful When She's Angry,” but she presents a straightforward report on the rise of American feminism so passionately that it achieves a sense of giddy triumph.

  • Neeson's action hero ages well in problematic 'Run' Mar 12, 2015 6:35 AM
    Liam Neeson's latest avenging father thriller — make that avenging grandfather thriller — “Run All Night” reunites the Irish actor with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra from 2011's Twilight Zoneish mystery “Unknown” in a revenge tale about a washed-up, alcoholic Brooklyn hit man nicknamed “The Gravedigger,” forced to protect his own son from his best friend (Ed Harris), a NY mob boss.

  • ''71' a chilling tale of a man's attempt to survive a wartorn night Mar 16, 2015 2:12 PM
    The early 1970s were bloody in Northern Ireland, with the troubles building toward a fever pitch of bombings, riots and shootings that sent the death toll skyrocketing. It makes for an explosive backdrop in “'71,” director Yann Demange's gripping feature directorial debut about a British soldier who gets left behind by his unit in Belfast following a chaotic riot in 1971.

  • Modernizing ‘Cinderella’ with humanity and the right stars Mar 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    Everyone knows the tale of Cinderella. So why are audiences now getting an expensive retelling of the passé bedtime story, 65 years after Disney released its animated classic and just months after the screen version of “Into the Woods” poked fun at the idea of insincere princes and delusional princesses? For one, Disney’s live-action adaptations of its animated properties have become big business for the studio.

  • Movies: Neeson on the 'Run;' 'Cinderella' lush, but lifeless Mar 18, 2015 10:24 AM
    Will the sequel “The Second Best Marigold Hotel” really be second-best? Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire looks at the senior citizen romantic comedy about “outsourcing old people” in Friday's Time out! section. Other openings include “Chappie” and “Unfinished Business.”

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