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‘Wild Tales’: From quirky to the macabre, but all sprinkled with O. Henry ingenuity

‘Wild Tales’: From quirky to the macabre, but all sprinkled with O. Henry ingenuity

These six seemingly disparate stories range from the quirky to the macabre and unfold with plenty of punch and panache.

‘Leviathan’: Corruption looks to swallow raging land owner, who swallows vodka

‘Leviathan’: Corruption looks to swallow raging land owner, who swallows vodka

Blending the Bible and Thomas Hobbes, it’s astonishing that this critical and pointed epic vision of Russian politics has found the light of day.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Orgy of insipidity humiliates everyone but intended victim

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Orgy of insipidity humiliates everyone but intended victim

About the only one who might come away unscathed from this S&M “Twilight” fan-fiction gone amok is Dakota Johnson and her left-of-center sexuality.

‘Jupiter Ascending’: Wachowskis rove far in space, yet not far from their familiar fun

‘Jupiter Ascending’: Wachowskis rove far in space, yet not far from their familiar fun

The Wachowskis are back and in well-trod territory – yet another dark vision of an unknowingly enslaved humankind, again propelled by freakish advances in technology with a dash of zen mumbo-jumbo thrown in for good measure.

Boston Cinema Census moves to Davis, calls for film submissions for April event

Boston Cinema Census moves to Davis, calls for film submissions for April event

The Boston Cinema Census is accepting works through March 8 for its 13th event, coming to the Somerville Theatre after a move from The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square.

‘The Duke of Burgundy’: Arthouse eros brings ’60s sheen to S&M, mind games

‘The Duke of Burgundy’: Arthouse eros brings ’60s sheen to S&M, mind games

Taking place mostly within the cloistered confines of a Hungarian manse between Cynthia and Evelyn, this dynamic is ever-evolving and punishing, with potential lessons about love — or just about stimulation.

‘American Sniper’: Clint’s a good shot, but we don’t get man behind the scope

‘American Sniper’: Clint’s a good shot, but we don’t get man behind the scope

Director Clint Eastwood conjures up some hellish gun battles and tense door-to-door incursions, but we know there are things unsaid for him and questionable hero Chris Kyle.

‘Inherent Vice’: Shaggy detective story gets high on life in weird, violent era

‘Inherent Vice’: Shaggy detective story gets high on life in weird, violent era

Land rights and family plots lie at the film’s core, and there may be more breaks into sudden feverish sex than doobies fired up. “Inherent Vice” isn’t everyone’s kinda trip, but it is righteous fun for those who enjoy the high.

Film festival is moving to Kendall Square from Arlington, seeking bigger audience

Film festival is moving to Kendall Square from Arlington, seeking bigger audience

Organizers of the Arlington International Film Festival have announced that the fifth annual event next October is moving to Kendall Square.

‘Unbroken’ and ‘The Gambler’: Directors, cast don’t quite sell two true-to-life tales

‘Unbroken’ and ‘The Gambler’: Directors, cast don’t quite sell two true-to-life tales

A biopic of an Olympian in a Japanese prison camp shows no feeling for real suffering, and Mark Wahlberg’s not up to the task in his flick, either.

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