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Bad Grandpa movie review: low, low, low-art

Bad Grandpa, from Jackass alumni Jeff Termaine and Johnny Knoxville, isn’t exactly high-art. But who cares?

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The Counselor: Ridley Scott breaks bad on the Tex-Mex border

Veteran Ridley Scott adapts an off-the-wall screenplay from esteemed novelist Cormac McCarthy, and the results are nothing if not audacious.

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Thor: The Dark World movie review: a superhero craptastrophy

In some circles superhero movies have a bad name. Want to know why? Go see Thor: The Dark World.

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Captain Phillips movie review: bus stops, billboards and HMS Hanks

Paul Greengrass’ breathlessly intense drama Captain Phillips is being marketed as a Tom Hanks movie. What impact does that have on the film’s quasi-documentary grasp of realism?

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Mystery Road movie review: wide-open neo-noir

There’s plenty to admire in Australian writer/director Ivan Sen’s expansive neo-noir about a grisly crime and a detective who asks difficult questions.

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About Time movie review: less rom-com, more tick-tock?

English writer/director Richard Curtis’ new movie — a sweet-toothed time travel rom-com starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams — poses several interesting questions, and answers almost none of them.

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Prisoners movie review: trapped in a maze of moral murkiness

Studio-produced Hollywood mystery-thrillers don’t get a great deal better (or bleaker) than director Denis Villeneuve’s enthralling film about a search for two abducted young girls.

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Rush movie review: pole position for Ron Howard, the invisible auteur

Capturing the sensational long-running stoush between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, Ron Howard has directed one of his most entertaining movies in years.

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Gravity movie review: a new space odyssey

Prepare to return your jaw to its upright position. Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s space-set drama — starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock — is a sight to behold.

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The Best Offer movie review: the finer points of fakery

Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore directs a perfectly cast Geoffrey Rush in this gloomy and deceptive film set in the industry of high-end art dealing.

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Stories We Tell movie review: basking in narrative confusion

In its own modest way, Sarah Polley’s debut documentary feature about her family is a sophisticated and beguiling work.

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Mood Indigo movie review: don’t cry for me, I’m already dead

Michel Gondry is celebrated for odd films and visual flair, but his work has never felt pretentious or inaccessible. Until now.

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Blue Jasmine movie review: dramatic masterclass c/o Woody Allen and Cate Blanchett

A late-period masterstroke from the ever prolific Woody Allen offers many things, including one of Cate Blanchett’s finest performances.

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The Rocket movie review: explosive melancholia

Australia’s nomination for best foreign language film for the 2014 Oscars is a quaint and beautifully balanced Laos-set drama.

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White House Down movie review: disaster porn comes to D.C.

Comedy and drama are regarded as easily distinguishable forms, but movies like White House Down prove defining them is not so simple.

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Jobs movie review: dairy-infused biopic balderdash

Cheesy moments can quickly derail a dramatic movie. Director Joshua Michael Stern’s Steve Jobs biopic is full of them.

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Kick-Ass 2 movie review: superheroes on social media

Kick-Ass 2 may feature the most digitally connected heroes and villains in Hollywood history, but it’s also an uncomfortably amoral experience.

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