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  • Ex Machina is an egghead thriller with a scary selling point: It's a smart film about the shrinking divide between man and robot. It's also a hoot, an anti-comedy where all of the jokes double as threats, and vice versa. Ex Machina...

  • 7 days ago | Film Reviews

    Victor Levin's 5 to 7 is a romantic drama about a young writer in Manhattan that could be a superhero flick if its leading man wore tights. It's as much a triumph of boyish wish fulfillment as Peter Parker swinging on skyscrapers. Brian (Anton Yel...

  • How monkish young writer Brian (Anton Yelchin) supports himself is unclear. What is clear is that in Victor Levin's romantic drama, we're supposed to cut our hearts open for the poor dear simply because he so badly wants to be a great author. He...

  • 14 days ago | Film Reviews

    The Longest Ride is Nicholas Sparks' most ambitious novel. Instead of one couple, there are two — and he's even stretched out of his blond/Southern/Christian comfort zone to make the older pair Jewish. For balance, and for pandering to the powerfu...

  • 14 days ago | Film and TV

    Noah Baumbach has always had a dash of hypochondria, but in the last few years, his doctor's visits have changed. "If you're a worrier like I am, or Ben," he says, referring to Ben Stiller, the star of his 2010 movie Greenberg, "you're used to goi...

  • It's easy to tease a Nicholas Sparks movie. It's harder to admit that he's good at his niche -- and has a string of ten films, nearly all profitable, to prove it, even if every one has been savaged by critics. Still, a good romance can make us...