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Review: Captain America: Civil War Is Good (but Too Stuffed to be Great)

Review: Civil War Is Good (but Too Stuffed to be Great)

4 out of 5 stars. I’m one of the few people who, upon hearing about Iron Man/Tony Stark being made a co-lead in Captain America: Civil War, felt more apprehension than elation. It isn’t that I hate Tony Stark or Robert Downey Jr. in the role—although I have grown a little tired of his bad-boy, […]

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Interview: Actress Veronica Sixtos on Hostile Border

In her new film, Hostile Border, Veronica Sixtos takes on a very different role. Not only has she been given a rare leading role, but one with plenty of complexity. As credit card thief Claudia, an illegal immigrant raised her entire life to be an American, she is deported to Mexico to a country and family she doesn’t know. I spoke with Sixtos about the dark drama (out this weekend), the challenging role, and why it is a very necessary step in her budding career.

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[VIDEO] 10 Cloverfield Lane Interviews: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. & Director Dan Trachtenberg

This week, we won't be publishing a review of 10 Cloverfield Lane because we honestly don't want to spoil the fun of the big and small mysteries quite yet -- especially if you are still in the dark at this point. Instead, we'll let the movie's three stars and the director do the talking in these four exclusive interviews.

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Your Valentine’s Weekend Movie Guide to Flicks That Aren’t Deadpool

Seems Valentine’s Day falling on a weekend (and right before a national holiday) opens the flood gates for new releases of blockbuster and indie films. While we don’t have the variety and diversity we should, we're getting a pretty wide selection of genres and styles, so if you are looking at something besides Zoolander 2 or Deadpool, here's a handy guide to some of the choices opening this weekend.

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Review: Goosebumps Takes Too Long Getting Started But Is Eventually Fun

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

I have a vague memory of some of these stories, but for the kids who are currently reading and loving them, I wouldn’t be surprised if they're fans of the movie. Well, except for one problem.

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The Mary Sue at TIFF: Dégradé and A Tale of Love and Darkness

Politically, A Tale Love and Darkness, an Israeli historical drama, and Dégradé, a Palestinian black comedy, will certainly be divisive, but thematically, the social commentary make these two films compliment each other surprisingly well.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson, Directors of LEGO “Brickumentary” Beyond the Brick

Filmmakers Junge and Davidson on their LEGO Brickumentary

Oscar-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge (About Face) and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kief Davidson (Open Heart) made a dramatic turn in the tone and style with their new film, Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary.

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Raunchy, Heartless Vacation Lacks the Essential Sense of Family

Just to make sure we're all in line: The new movie Vacation isn’t a sequel (yes, it is), and it isn’t a remake (yes, it is). It’s that new mash-up of the term called "reboot." This sequel-remake-reboot combo supposes that Rusty, raised by Clark Griswold, has more or less become his father. Oh, and there are a lot of gross and mean-spirited jokes.

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Slow But Sweet Samba Succeeds Because of Performances

Beautiful Dance between Sy, Gainsbourg, and Rahim

This year, Omar Sy has the distinction of being in the biggest film of the year as one of the costars in Jurassic World. Having broken out with his memorable performance in The Intouchables, he’s appeared in a variety of films in both France and Hollywood, including last year’s Mood Indigo and to X-Men: Days of Future Past. At this point, he is truly on the verge of becoming an international star.

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Review: Lila & Eve Is a Story That Needs to Be Told, but It Needs to Be Told Better Than This

A movie starring Viola Davis shouldn’t be released quietly, with barely any publicity—especially one which unapologetically deals with the all-too-timely themes of maternal grief caused by random shootings and police indifference. The subject matter is of vital importance, and making a movie with major stars should have been a slam-dunk. But instead, the movie is barely getting a release, and unfortunately, it's a movie that left me with a disappointing sense of missed opportunities.

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Halt and Catch Fire Recap: “Limbo”

And we’re at a code red ... this is not a drill.


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Interview: Natalia Tena on Technology and Relationships in 10,000 Km

And on her relationship with technology.

British-Spanish actress Natalia Tena has been a familiar face on screen for years, but she is also one of the two person cast which makes of 10,000KM, the new film from Carlos Marques-Marcet (It Felt Like Love). The movie focuses on the unraveling relationship of teacher Sergi (David Verdaguer) and photographer Alex (Tena) after she gets a job in Los Angeles … 10,000 KM away from their Barcelona home.

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Interview: Trainwreck‘s Vanessa Bayer on Improv and Getting Yelled at by Tilda Swinton

Vanessa Bayer has been a cast member at SNL for the past five years, but just this weekend making her feature film debut. She costars in the much anticipated new Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer comedy, Trainwreck. Bayer plays Nikki, Schumer’s slightly daffy best friend who works alongside her at a men’s magazine and shares Schumer’s distaste for commitment and suffers from a nervous condition of constantly smiling.

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Interview: Stanford Prison Experiment’s Chris Sheffield on Being a Standout Part of the Massive Cast

With more than 20 actors making up a stellar cast, it's hard for one member to stand out. One who does strike a chord with audiences is one of the lesser known cast members, Chris Sheffield, as prisoner 2093. As the most obedient prisoner (nicknamed Sarge) in the makeshift university prison, Sheffield’s emotional response to the abuse by the guards anchors the film’s conclusion. We spoke with Chris about landing his surprisingly complex character and filming with the massive cast.

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Stanford Prison Experiment Movie Is Worth a Look, but Best Watched If You Plan a Conversation to Follow

In the summer 1971, a psychology professor and his research students wanted to test what effect prison would have on the emotional/mental state of even non-criminal types. So 9 young men were selected to play prisoners, and 9 others selected to play guards (along with several alternates), and a mock prison set up in the empty university. But the two week experiment was cut short because guards got out of hand, and the prisoners began to suffer emotional strain.

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Ant-Man Starts Slow but Finishes off with Some Fast (Small) Fun

Seriously Marvel…if you want your movie to focus on fathers and daughters, it might have been helpful to hire a daughter.

I’ll be honest…I didn’t LOVE last year’s second summer Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Interview: Tilda Swinton Talks About Cynicism and Comedy in Trainwreck

Tilda Swinton’s a great actress, unbelievably cool, and I’ve seen her be pretty darn scary and intimidating in more than a few things (after all, she played played Mason in Snowpiercer). But it should be no surprise that in real life, she is a total sweetheart to talk who very quickly put me at ease … the complete opposite of her character in the new film Trainwreck.

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An Interview With Director Dana Nachman on the Documentary We Deserve: Batkid Begins

Documentarian Dana Nachman pulled off an infectiously joyful look at the power of a community coming together in Batkid Begins.

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Review: Transgender Comedy Tangerine Is an Entertaining Slice of a Unique Life

An imperfect but fascinating film that's worth a look.

The new film Tangerine falls somewhere between shows like Broad City and films such as Clerks. Its messy, DIY spirit is at once an obstacle and selling point.

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Halt and Catch Fire Recap: “The Art of Selling Out”

Spoiler: Favorite episode of the season.

What a night! I’ll be honest: That was an emotional roller coaster kind of hour.

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