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‘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.

‘Wild’: Reese Witherspoon finds herself first in dark places, then 1,100-mile hike

‘Wild’: Reese Witherspoon finds herself first in dark places, then 1,100-mile hike

Witherspoon bought the film rights to this memoir of loss and walking the Pacific Crest Trail, but Jean-Marc Vallée and Nick Hornby made sure it was more than a Hallmark weepy.

‘Foxcatcher’: Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo wrestle with a true deadly tale, and win

‘Foxcatcher’: Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo wrestle with a true deadly tale, and win

A bored, self-important billionaire becomes a patron of wrestling. But megalomania and buried homoerotic yearnings don’t make for a good team experience.

‘The Better Angels’: Young Abe has mom, this film has Malick as their guiding lights

‘The Better Angels’: Young Abe has mom, this film has Malick as their guiding lights

There’s no connection here to the Abe Lincoln of Daniel Day-Lewis or even Henry Fonda, just a cinematically accomplished but plotless poem.

‘Interstellar’: Never too far from pastiche, no matter how far Nolan flies it into space

‘Interstellar’: Never too far from pastiche, no matter how far Nolan flies it into space

The good news for our collective futures in the dust bowl to come is that farmer Matthew McConaughey is a former NASA pilot. But time is against him, and us.

‘Awake: The Life of Yogananda’ shows how one man bent America toward bliss

‘Awake: The Life of Yogananda’ shows how one man bent America toward bliss

The documentary chronicles the life and times of Paramahansa Yogananda, whose power swayed millions of Americans, the Beatles and Steve Jobs.

‘Horns’: Mysterious growths get Radcliffe (fore)heading back into the supernatural

‘Horns’: Mysterious growths get Radcliffe (fore)heading back into the supernatural

This olio of small-town melodrama, CSI shenanigans and otherworldly weirdness never finds even keel, maybe because Alexandre Aja doesn’t really do dark, sardonic comedy.

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