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  • Man of Tai Chi (R)

    Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with this satisfying pastiche of Hong Kong action cinema, incorporating knock-out martial arts choreography (courtesy of the great Yuen Woo-ping), operatic brutality reminiscent of John Woo, balletic camera movements a la Johnnie To, and even some of Jackie Chan’s populist humor. more...
  • This Is the End (R)

    Playing themselves, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel attend a party for all their hip, ironic actor friends at the Hollywood home of James Franco, but the festivities are interrupted by a strictly biblical apocalypse that leaves the aforementioned barricaded inside with Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill. more...
  • Reality (R)

    Matteo Garrone follows his crime epic Gomorrah (2008) with a comedy about reality TV, and though it hardly rivals the earlier movie in its social complexity, it still offers the spectacle of a vibrant and vividly realized Neapolitan neighborhood. more...
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  • Hero (R)

    On the eve of China's first dynasty, a mysterious man (Jet Li) explains to a warlord how he eliminated three assassins, but his story keeps changing as the warlord questions him; each version of the events is signified visually by a dominant color. more...
  • Stoker (R)

    Foreign filmmakers are rarely well served by their excursions into Hollywood, but for South Korean director Chan-wook Park, the guiding hand of Fox Searchlight may not have been a bad thing: this erotic psychodrama (2013) rivals his Oldboy and Lady Vengeance in its bold color and delirious compositions but avoids the ritualized sadism that made those films such dubious pleasures. more...
  • Joyeux Noel (R)

    French, German, and Scottish soldiers, stuck in the trenches during World War I, decide to unite briefly for a Christmas celebration in this touching if simple parable (2005) by French writer-director Christian Carion. more...
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  • The Paperboy (R)

    A strange hybrid of southern gothic literature and 70s drive-in cinema, this drama centers on a young man in south Florida (Zac Efron) whose older brother (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter for a Miami daily, returns to town hoping to exonerate a worthless swamp rat (John Cusack) for the murder of a local sheriff. more...
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  • End of Watch (R)

    I'm not sure who appointed David Ayer poet laureate for the LAPD, but at least he takes the job seriously; along with the usual mean-streets bluster and brutality, his cop-thriller screenplays (Training Day, Dark Blue) conscientiously record the hardening effects of a thankless and frequently pointless job. more...