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‘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.

‘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.

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