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An urban Christmas with an R&B/rap soundtrack provides the energizing backdrop for a modern tale of rejection, redemption and forgiveness in Kasi Lemmons’ dramatic holiday musical, “Black Nativity,” opening today.The film is inspired by the Langston Hughes gospel song-play of the same name, an African-American version of the Christmas story that has been adopted and adapte…

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There is a moment in Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” where the audience almost loses it.Almost. And that tells you most of what you need to know about the film.It’s the moment when the heroine – whom the audience has come to love unreservedly (being played by Judi Dench doesn’t hurt) – finally stands up for herself and confronts one of those who have been denying her access to…

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An urban Christmas with an R&B/rap soundtrack provides the energizing backdrop for a modern tale of rejection, redemption and forgiveness in Kasi Lemmons’ dramatic holiday musical, “Black Nativity,” opening today.The film is inspired by the Langston Hughes gospel song-play of the same name, an African-American version of the Christmas story that has been adopted and adapte…

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There is a moment in Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” where the audience almost loses it.Almost. And that tells you most of what you need to know about the film.It’s the moment when the heroine – whom the audience has come to love unreservedly (being played by Judi Dench doesn’t hurt) – finally stands up for herself and confronts one of those who have been denying her access to…

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LOS ANGELES – When the receipts are tallied for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” heroine Katniss Everdeen and her famed arrows will likely hit a box-office bull’s-eye. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence is forecast by some to sell as much as $180 million in tickets for its U.S. debut this weekend, which would be the biggest opening of the year.If it delivers as expected…

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Langston Hughes would have approved.With the movie “Black Nativity,” director Kasi Lemmons takes Hughes’ gospel-infused play from 1961 and replaces its “Go Tell It on the Mountain” roots with a rap and R&B urban sensibility. It is modern, it is strong and it works. The film opens locally Wednesday.“Making the movie really had to do with my interest in the source material,”…

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In its opening seconds, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” reaches across the screen to swat any audience members who might have been inattentive in the past. “What’s the matter with you?” it seems to say, like some fifth-grade teacher. “Haven’t you read Suzanne Collins’ massively successful Young Adult novels? Don’t you remember every single detail of Gary Ross’ first ‘Hun…

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“Dallas Buyers Club” is a tough, grubby movie about the onset of AIDS in America, when no one knew much about it except that it was a horrifying new plague killing people. What had registered more than anything is that it seemed to be spreading fastest in two communities least likely to find allies in mainstream America: among gays and intravenous drug abusers.Ron Woodroof…

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Is it possible to despise a foreign-language film, but enjoy an American remake from the same director? In the case of “Delivery Man,” the answer is … Not really. However, the mawkish Vince Vaughn comedy is, in its own way, a slightly superior film than director Ken Scott’s off-puttingly titled “Starbuck” (and I say that as a fan of Starbucks). Scott’s first attempt at thi…

LOS ANGELES – Last year, during an interview to promote “The Hunger Games,” Jennifer Lawrence talked about how blessed she felt to ride the Batman roller coaster at Six Flags after the park had closed.Though she had earned an Oscar nomination for “Winter’s Bone,” Lawrence was not yet a household name. That happened when “The Hunger Games” was released in March 2012.Fast fo…

LOS ANGELES – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards – or as Martin Short called them, the “highest honor an actor can receive … in mid-November” – were presented Saturday evening in Hollywood.And Short’s joking comment aside, the evening made for a heartfelt tribute to three movie legends – Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume desig…

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W hen the first “Die Hard” and “Terminator” movies landed in theaters in the 1980s, both were rated R. But their sequels arrived with PG-13 marks – even though the level of violence had actually escalated.Critics have blasted Hollywood’s movie ratings for years, claiming that the Motion Picture Association of America takes a prudish view of sex and foul language but a very…

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Have American attitudes toward sex become more or less conservative over the past 30 years? It’s a question with some disconcerting answers, some of which James Franco and Travis Mathews mull over in their 60-minute experimental documentary “Interior: Leather Bar.” The film, which has been making the rounds of international film festivals since its debut earlier this year,…

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Have American attitudes toward sex become more or less conservative over the past 30 years? It’s a question with some disconcerting answers, some of which James Franco and Travis Mathews mull over in their 60-minute experimental documentary “Interior: Leather Bar.” The film, which has been making the rounds of international film festivals since its debut earlier this year,…

“The Best Man Holiday” is a most welcome sequel to the 1999 sleeper hit, “The Best Man,” about a tight-knit circle of black friends who gathered then for a wedding, now to spend Christmas together.Yes, it’s occasionally maudlin and melodramatic, and it’s entirely too long. But it’s also heartfelt and often downright hilarious, and shows off just how canny Malcolm D. Lee’s …