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  • Another Year (PG-13)

    Both Mike Leigh and Woody Allen make movies about people encased in their unhappiness; the difference is that Leigh honors his characters' right to be miserable if they so desire, whereas Allen seems to respect no one’s melancholy but his own. more...
  • Daddy's Little Girls (PG-13)

    Dismissed by critics but embraced by African-American audiences, Tyler Perry now opens his pictures without press previews, but on the basis of this expert melodrama he might want to reconsider. more...
  • Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

    How can a romantic drama tailor-made for Julia Roberts from Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir about self-actualization—shot against alluring locales in Italy, India, and Bali, and directed by the acclaimed Ryan Murphy (TV's Nip/Tuck and Glee)—go so ass-numbingly wrong? more...
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  • The Family That Preys (PG-13)

    Tyler Perry dishes out another helping of overbaked family melodrama with this tale of two longtime friends—a wealthy industrialist (Kathy Bates) and a humble restaurant owner (Alfre Woodard)—struggling to save their respective families and businesses from their scheming children. more...
  • Freedom Writers (PG-13)

    Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, The Bridges of Madison County) was inspired by a PrimeTime Live segment to script and direct this 2007 movie about Erin Gruwell, a fledgling teacher at Long Beach's Woodrow Wilson High School who got her students to deal with their racial conflicts by writing journals and reading great works of literature. more...
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  • The Fugitive (PG-13)

    Though it's a good half hour too long, this overblown 1993 spin-off of the 60s TV show otherwise adds up to a pretty good suspense thriller. more...
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13)

    Back when I was young enough to play with dolls—sorry, “action figures”—G.I. Joe was just a modestly proportioned, multiply articulated World War II grunt, but since then he seems to have mutated into an ultrabuff, multiracial, gender-integrated corps of elite commandos. more...
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  • The Hunting Ground (PG-13)

    Few documentary makers see their work bring results as substantial as those witnessed by producer Amy Ziering and writer-director Kirby Dick when The Invisible War, their exposé of sexual assault in the U.S. military, was screened for secretary of defense Leon Panetta in April 2012. more...
  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself (PG-13)

    Contrived, sentimental, tonally bipolar, and as predictable as clockwork, this latest from chitlin' circuit impresario Tyler Perry is just a fat slab of ecstatic entertainment. more...
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  • Invictus (PG-13)

    Based on a book by John Carlin, this elephantine sports drama chronicles President Nelson Mandela's quest to unite black and white South Africans by driving the national rugby team to victory in the 1995 World Cup. more...
  • Madea's Family Reunion (PG-13)

    Tyler Perry's sleeper hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) tapped into a gigantic African-American audience with its calculated mix of family melodrama, glossy romance, Christian uplift, and irreverent drag humor. more...
  • The Monster Squad (PG-13)

    Seventh-grade horror fanatics come to the rescue when their town is invaded by Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. more...
  • Nine (PG-13)

    Not to be confused with Shane Acker's dismal animation 9, this is another razzmatazz musical adapted by Rob Marshall (Chicago) from a Broadway show. more...