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Forget the guy on the Dos Equis commercials. These days, Justin Timberlake is the world’s most interesting man.On Tuesday, when the numbers come in and the dust has settled, it’s very likely that Timberlake will be awarded his second No. 1 album of 2013. Released last Monday – a day earlier than the industry standard Tuesday drop date in order to make the deadline for Gram…

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“Parkland” is a straightforward retelling of one the most scrutinized events in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and its immediate aftermath.Written and directed by former journalist Peter Landesman, the film eschews the lurid speculations and over-the-top embellishments portrayed in Oliver Stone’s “JFK” for a more personal…

The title isn’t a fraction as good as the film. But, in its raw, clumsy way, the title of “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” tells you exactly what kind of film it is – a raw, pickup documentary from a couple of guys in thrall to the basketball culture of Washington Park in Albany.The locals call that section of the park “The Graveyard.” It’s where a whole lot of would-be basketba…

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Nearly 20 years ago, Edward Summer wrote an article for Film in Review magazine called “The Animator Who Never Gave Up: The Unmaking of a Masterpiece.” In it, Summer detailed the rocky road of “The Thief and the Cobbler,” an animated film started in 1964 by Richard Williams (the visionary animator behind “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”) that was still unfinished at the time of t…

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“Gravity” reveals, among many other things, how impoverished movie critics have become.So many decades of unfettered hype and rhetorical inflation have left the tribe without an appropriate vocabulary to properly describe the first 20 minutes of “Gravity.”“Amazing” is dubious. So is “astonishing.” Both have been so cheapened by the superlative machines of modern journalism…

For decades, movie fans could go off to see the “Wizard” only once a year on television. Now, it’s easy to journey to the land of Oz whenever you want.The 75th anniversary celebration of “The Wizard of Oz” has already started, and it’s been met with more bells and whistles than that man behind the curtain had at his disposal. The film enjoyed an expensive IMAX 3-D conversi…

Paula Patton fizzes and flounces through “Baggage Claim,” a romantic comedy about a flight attendant who gives herself “30 days and 30 thousand miles” to find some man to “put a ring on it” before her sister’s wedding.No gesture is too big, no half-hearted punchline too weak to sell with some wide-eyed bit of mugging from the star of “Jumping the Broom.” An actress who sho…

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Who says a movie has to make sense to be entertaining? “Metallica Through the Never” is a concert documentary/apocalypse thriller/IMAX 3-D extravaganza, a veritable turducken of fantasy film, stage spectacle and crushing sonic aggression. It is now showing at the Transit Regal IMAX.The idea, I guess, was to make a concept album in film form. It plays as if the projectionis…

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You wouldn’t think this would be a movie charmer – a ribald romantic comedy about a callow young club stud addicted to Internet porn and hooking up with girls whose looks he and his buddies rate 8 or better. He loves his pickups, sure. But he loves his porn even more.Add to all that the hookup to end all hookups – with the club goddess of his (and most other guys’) dreams,…

Here’s a revealing line from Nicole Holofcener’s modest little romantic comedy “Enough Said.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini are in bed together having post-hookup pillow talk. There’s a lot to be learned about each other’s lives, but they’re both old enough to take things slowly and continuously.He broke his nose a few times, he explains to her. “At this point, …

Ron Howard was right. “Rush,” opening Friday, is one of his more entertaining and accomplished films.I might even go so far as to say it’s the best Grand Prix auto racing film I’ve ever seen. But then all that means is that its only real competition would be John Frankenheimer’s apparent 1966 template for “Rush” called “Grand Prix” that starred James Garner, Yves Montand, …

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In Another Film by a Lot of People, as it says in the opening credits, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” picks up the wonderful inventiveness and the wonderful inventions of the first film and takes them a step farther.That’s easy to do, because this time the food has legs.Even though the movie has two directors and seven (!) credited screenwriters – including the dire…

It wasn’t hard to see it coming. No matter how long the project gestated inside Shane Salerno’s obsessed head, his documentary film “Salinger” couldn’t help but be Exhibit A of everything J.D. Salinger loathed and renounced in 1965 when he stopped publishing altogether and removed himself completely from public life.From then on, the author of “The Catcher in the Rye” woul…

“Short Term 12” is a small miracle of a film. Writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton takes one of society’s most serious subjects – its abused and neglected children – and puts them in a movie with so much heart and humanity you almost forget to feel sorry for them.That is no easy thing when the setting is an “at-risk teens” group foster home – the kind of underfunded insti…