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  • Doom sells, but Brad Bird's defiant Tomorrowland wants us to question what we're buying. It's hard to rally to fix the planet when we've been cowed into hopelessness by an insurmountable number of threats: war, drought, ISIS, famine,...

  • 7 days ago

    In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick where the message is "Think smart." It's a deliberate phooey to the kiddy carnage of movies like Transformers and The Avengers, which frighten...

  • 20 days ago | Film and TV

    Diane Keaton thinks her new film is delightfully ironic. Richard Loncraine's 5 Flights Up is the latest in that burgeoning genre, Retiree Real Estate Romantic Comedy, where cool, gray-haired New Yorkers realize they can barely afford to live in th...

  • I dread explaining man-child dramedies to the ghosts of the dead. "You see, Grandpa, after your time, a generation paralyzed by the economy and indecision stopped growing up -- and started churning out indie movies justifying why not." Movies...

  • The infamous stray dogs of Bucharest, Romania, numbered 60,000 in September 2013, the same month a pack stormed a playground and tore apart a four-year-old boy. Since then, a new euthanasia law has harshly halved their ranks. Neighboring...

  • A normal movie ends with the American Humane Association's assurance that "No animals were harmed." But Tippi Hedren's doomed 1981 obsession Roar isn't normal. The AHA's seal is the first thing on screen -- yet, if the authorities had a...