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“A Hologram for the King” is a seemingly slight movie about some very hefty subjects. The United States’ image in the 21st century world. Its place in the global economy. The decline of its middle class. The feeling of impotence in many of its workers. The erosion of the American dream. Big topics. And yet, very little happens in this brisk, 90-minute tragicomedy. …

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“A Hologram for the King” is a seemingly slight movie about some very hefty subjects. The United States’ image in the 21st century world. Its place in the global economy. The decline of its middle class. The feeling of impotence in many of its workers. The erosion of the American dream. Big topics. And yet, very little happens in this brisk, 90-minute tragicomedy. …

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Consider this cast list: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Deena Martin, Cole Hauser, Nicky Katt and, as an unbilled extra, Renee Zellweger. All of them were just starting out when they were in “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s much-loved movie about the last day of high school in 1976. It was, at t…

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Consider this cast list: Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Deena Martin, Cole Hauser, Nicky Katt and, as an unbilled extra, Renee Zellweger. All of them were just starting out when they were in “Dazed and Confused,” Richard Linklater’s much-loved movie about the last day of high school in 1976. It was, at t…

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It’s easy to feel jaded when it comes to CGI-heavy cinema, but every so often a film pushes the technical boundaries and succeeds. Case in point: Disney’s live-action reimagining of “The Jungle Book.” Jon Favreau’s family film is a roaring success, an entertaining, immersive and fun creation that may be a bit intense for the littlest viewers, but should please j…

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It’s easy to feel jaded when it comes to CGI-heavy cinema, but every so often a film pushes the technical boundaries and succeeds. Case in point: Disney’s live-action reimagining of “The Jungle Book.” Jon Favreau’s family film is a roaring success, an entertaining, immersive and fun creation that may be a bit intense for the littlest viewers, but should please j…

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How can you possibly find humor in the homicides, senseless violence and gang warfare epidemic that is tearing one of America’s great cities apart at the seams? You can’t. But you can make it the backdrop of a return trip to the Barbershop. And as long as Cedric the Entertainer made up to be a 70-year-old man who says whatever is on his mind is one of the people worki…

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How can you possibly find humor in the homicides, senseless violence and gang warfare epidemic that is tearing one of America’s great cities apart at the seams? You can’t. But you can make it the backdrop of a return trip to the Barbershop. And as long as Cedric the Entertainer made up to be a 70-year-old man who says whatever is on his mind is one of the people worki…

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If “The Boss” were a comedy that was supposed to show off Melissa McCarthy, it doesn’t quite get us there; it never really takes the gloves off and lets her loose to do what she does best – be funny. The premise is inspired from a character McCarthy developed in her former Groundlings improv theater days. Michelle Darnell, “the 47th wealthiest woman in America…

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If “The Boss” were a comedy that was supposed to show off Melissa McCarthy, it doesn’t quite get us there; it never really takes the gloves off and lets her loose to do what she does best – be funny. The premise is inspired from a character McCarthy developed in her former Groundlings improv theater days. Michelle Darnell, “the 47th wealthiest woman in America…

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“Eye in the Sky” is a truly great suspense thriller about drone warfare. Put those things together – the power of the movie experience and the currency of the movie’s subject matter – and you’ve got a film deserving of ballyhoo to the skies. I’m using the word “great” advisedly here. One of the better movies of the past few years – Andrew Niccol’s …

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The burning question is, “If I loved the first 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' will I love the second?” The answer: “Probably.” If you’ve been missing the nutty Portokalos clan and their zany heartwarming madness, this uneven sequel to the original 2002 record-breaking romantic comedy juggernaut is a little slow, but it delivers somewhat. When we catch up with the…

Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” is so much more ingenious than is immediately obvious. Not only is there a powerful surprise ending to the film, but the basic notion of the film has meaning well beyond the immediately apparent cleverness of the film’s premise. This is a Holocaust survivor thriller whose protagonists are two men in their 90s living in a nursing home. One …

Nothing would be easier than telling you that Terrence Malick’s new film “Knight of Cups” is pretentious, narcissistic twaddle. You can, if you choose, do the simplest possible online search and find critics telling you something like that. I can’t do it, though, because I think it’s an authentic marvel by one of the great living poets of American film. But in …

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No spoilers. No ruining it for others. Warner Brothers was very clear in its relayed audience warning before the screening of “Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice.” OK. No argument. They’re right. You shouldn’t know beforehand the big stuff that happens in “Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice.” But you need to know this, I think: none of that really big …