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‘The Railway Man’: Incredible true story, even if director isn’t the best conductor

‘The Railway Man’: Incredible true story, even if director isn’t the best conductor

This post-World War II tale is one long therapy session revolving around a struggle with PTSD. Director Jonathan Teplitzky needed to bring a little more nuance.

‘Draft Day’: Football flick puts Costner back in play, falls short of his greatest

‘Draft Day’: Football flick puts Costner back in play, falls short of his greatest

The actors are fine, but the drama of the real draft deserves better. Next time producer/director Ivan Reitman should draft a better team of writers.

‘Joe’: Teen’s father figure has problems aplenty in a dark, bloody backwoods

‘Joe’: Teen’s father figure has problems aplenty in a dark, bloody backwoods

This character study leads with a character so all over the road you might never think you know him – and that road is a rough ride.

‘Dom Hemingway’: 12 years in prison makes Dom due for a very good year

‘Dom Hemingway’: 12 years in prison makes Dom due for a very good year

If you always thought Jude Law was a neat, buttoned-down lad, his Cockney gangster in “Dom Hemingway” will change your mind, or maybe break your legs.

‘Under the Skin’: Scarlett Johansson drags us to dark territory of otherworldly novel

‘Under the Skin’: Scarlett Johansson drags us to dark territory of otherworldly novel

Jonathan Glazer purportedly spent nearly a decade trying to bring Michel Faber’s otherworldly novel to the screen. The wait is well worth it.

Once and for all, Disney’s ‘Pirates’ movies aren’t ‘based on a Disney theme park ride’

Once and for all, Disney’s ‘Pirates’ movies aren’t ‘based on a Disney theme park ride’

Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride is not the origin of what we saw in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. So stop saying it.

Five things to do this weekend: March 29-30

Five things to do this weekend: March 29-30

The Juilliard String Quartet or historic keyboards; Boston Underground Film Festival; “Eating My Garbage” one-man show; TEDxSomerville; or rock with Dead Rider and … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.

‘Cesar Chavez’: This biopic doesn’t quite do justice to a paragon of social justice

‘Cesar Chavez’: This biopic doesn’t quite do justice to a paragon of social justice

What Director Diego Luna and star Michael Pena get wrong is being passive about a labor leader who led with passive resistance.

Five things to do this weekend: March 22-23

Five things to do this weekend: March 22-23

Sci-fi convention; tour and film screening at the List; Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”; Rock with The Grownup Noise and Food Will Win the War; or with The Darcys.

‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1′: Graphic but not groundbreaking, and so far little meaning

‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1′: Graphic but not groundbreaking, and so far little meaning

Danish director Lars von Trier has always been a puckish provocateur, but he’s told stories of morbid sexuality before with far more nuance.

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