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‘John Wick’: Russians wrong their hitman, lighting the fuse that brings big explosion

‘John Wick’: Russians wrong their hitman, lighting the fuse that brings big explosion

Keanu Reeves, directed by two stuntmen, leads an all-star cast in a refreshingly straight-up, chin-out, no-punches-pulled action flick.

‘Birdman’: Michael Keaton’s super return to screen has plenty of unexpected virtues

‘Birdman’: Michael Keaton’s super return to screen has plenty of unexpected virtues

Keaton, who not-so-coincidentally played Tim Burton’s “Batman,” is back as an actor swooping around the line between art, commerce, sanity and fantasy.

‘Fury’: Brad Pitt and crew roll through World War II with Inglourious results

‘Fury’: Brad Pitt and crew roll through World War II with Inglourious results

David Ayer directs a dark World War II epic about a tank crew uttering a book full of clichés, but he’s treading in fields patrolled by better filmmakers.

‘Now, Forager’ is dinner, movie date night that cuts deep into high cuisine, marriage

‘Now, Forager’ is dinner, movie date night that cuts deep into high cuisine, marriage

Self-described Arlington girl Julia Halperin brings her foodie flick “Now, Forager” to the Somerville Theater, and Cuisine en Locale transforms it into dinner.

‘The Judge’: Downey, Duvall star power makes courtroom flick worth witnessing

‘The Judge’: Downey, Duvall star power makes courtroom flick worth witnessing

As pat and predictable as “The Judge” is, it does offer vast thespian space for lion-like Duvall to plays off of Downey Jr.’s smooth, witty snark, and the pair could elevate any venture.

‘Gone Girl’: Fincher, some genius casting bring novel adaptation home, twists intact

‘Gone Girl’: Fincher, some genius casting bring novel adaptation home, twists intact

“Gone Girl” is nearly two and a half hours, but it’s a lean long time. Not all the veers and neck-cranking developments pay off, but there’s a lot to praise.

‘The Equalizer’: Washington, Fuqua apply ‘Training’ to elevate TV show action thrills

‘The Equalizer’: Washington, Fuqua apply ‘Training’ to elevate TV show action thrills

Take a moderately successful 1980s TV crime drama, drop in the “Training Day” director and star and set it in Boston and you get … an occasionally thrilling flick.

Bookends of disaster, comeback: Friedkin brings two films to Harvard Film Archive

Bookends of disaster, comeback: Friedkin brings two films to Harvard Film Archive

What makes an artist and even a whole generation capable of the highest achievements suddenly wander into a creative desert? You can ask William Friedkin yourself.

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

‘Last Days in Vietnam’: Understanding, insight into dark chapter in U.S. history

What Rory Kennedy has rendered is so subtle and poignant that it sneakily stays with you – the true test of an effective documentary.

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith changes things up, and his podcaster hero bears the brunt

The latest from Kevin Smith signals something of a return to form and a bit of a surprise – a hefty slab of comedy atop a serial killer thread that alleges to be based on “actual events.”

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