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Inspiring 'Heaven is For Real' avoids heavy-handedness

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 A couple of weeks ago, I expressed some serious disappointment over a Christian-themed film, “God’s Not Dead.” I thought it was a heavy-handed mess that stood on the shoulders of mean and nasty... more

'Finding Vivian Maier' exposes photos by reclusive artist

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 I’m convinced that the reclusive Vivian Maier, who took more than 100,000 incredible street-scene photographs during her life, would be mortified to see her work so publicly displayed. It is revealed... more

‘Dom Hemingway’: Hapless, crude and a bit precious

Michael O'Sullivan Friday, April 18, 2014 The title character of “Dom Hemingway” is a Cockney safecracker, played with Rabelaisian gusto by Jude Law. His performance — which starts at 11 and stays there — may well go down in history as one... more

Scarlett Johansson a seductive extraterrestrial in 'Under the Skin'

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 I’ve seen some strange movies in my day, but this one has to be among the wackiest, as it features Scarlett Johansson as a seductive extraterrestrial who lures lonely men to their bizarre doom in and... more

'Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2' lacks subtlety, delicacy

Steve Salles Friday, April 18, 2014 Previously on “Nymphomaniac,” Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is recovering from a beating she got at the hands of an unknown, recovering in the home of a kindly man (Stellan Skarsgard) who is intrigued... more

Art film 'Le Week-End' a bright spot among week's films

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 It’s rare to see such a brutally honest film about a retirement age husband and wife trying to cling to a struggling marriage.British couple, Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent & Lindsay Duncan) take a... more

Rumsfeld tells all in 'The Unknown Known'

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris spends several days with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, talking about his days in politics working under several presidents.... more

Bright birds are back in 'Rio 2,' but the plot flew the coop

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 The best thing about these “Rio” movies is that the director is Brazilian, and it’s obvious he loves his country.The look of his native city, Rio de Janeiro, has a vibrancy of the culture, both in... more

Missin’ your football bunky? Watch ‘Draft Day’

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 If you’re thinking you’ve been seeing a lot of Kevin Costner these days, you’d be correct.He dropped in for a brief visit as Superman’s adoptive dad in “Man of Steel” last year; he then handled Chris... more

Upon reflection, 'Oculus' is really quite good

Steve Salles Friday, April 11, 2014 At first, I thought this was going to be a rip-off of “Mirrors,” but upon further reflection, I must admit this turned out to be a smart, complex tale of inescapable tension and terror that relies... more