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5:00am

Fri January 30, 2015
Movies

Standards? With A Farce Like 'Mortdecai' Who Needs 'Em

Johnny Depp stars as Charlie Mortdecai in 'Mortdecai.'
David Appleby Courtesy of Lionsgate

Mortdecai, the latest film with Johnny Depp, is not terrific. Much of it is actually quite dreadful. The film's been called dull and excruciating, which may be reasonable comments about a movie that's got Depp playing a ridiculously pretentious Englishman fussing about his waxed moustache, bouncing his eyebrows and sniffing phony Britishisms like "well done, Old Chap."

I spent the first half of the film fighting with myself not to walk out, but slowly, my self-respect began to weaken. Against all common sense, I was starting to laugh once in a while, and ever since I saw the picture, I find that my recollections are pretty amusing.

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6:00am

Sun January 25, 2015
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At Its Core, Warped Family Drama 'Mommy' Is 'A Story Of Love'

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 7:59 am

Antoine-Olivier Pilon plays 15-year-old Steve in Xavier Dolan's Mommy.
Shayne Laverdière Roadside Attractions

French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan's new film, Mommy, won the Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival — an achievement for any director, let alone one who's just 25 years old.

The "mommy" in the movie is the fast-talking, hard-drinking widow Diane, or "Die" for short. She's trying to get back on her feet when her teenage son, Steve, is kicked out of yet another psychiatric institution. He moves back home, leaving both Die and the audience on edge, waiting for his next uncontrollable — and usually violent — emotional eruption.

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5:00am

Fri January 23, 2015
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With A Nod To Another Classic, 'A Most Violent Year' Is An Able Crime Drama

Courtesy of A24

A Most Violent Year takes place in New York in 1981. Abel Morales is the half working class, half newly-rich head of a company. He started driving oil trucks in New York, now he owns a fleet of trucks and is about to expand his business. He makes a down payment on an oil storage facility that stands right beside the river so boats can unload their oil directly into Abel's tanks, giving him a lot of control over the oil business in New York.

But Abel's life is unstable. He has to make this enormous payment in cash to a Hasidic Jew who is kind, concerned – and unyielding on the money arrangement. If Abel doesn't make the second payment on time, he forfeits everything.

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3:13pm

Thu January 22, 2015
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'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 8:14 am

The documentary Red Army profiles Viacheslav "Slava" Fetisov — one of the most decorated athletes in Soviet history.
Slava Fetisov Slava Fetisov/Sony Pictures Classics

When the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviet Union in 1980's "Miracle on Ice," President Jimmy Carter called coach Herb Brooks to congratulate him on the win.

"Tell the whole team that we're extremely proud of them," Carter said. "I think it just proves that our way of life is the proper way to continue on."

The other way of life, the Soviet way — which produced some of the best hockey players in the world — only went on for another decade or so.

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10:13am

Wed January 21, 2015
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Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:58 am

The Imitation Game, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, follows the story of mathematician Alan Turing — from his efforts to break Germany's Enigma code during World War II to his conviction for homosexuality.
Jack English Courtesy of Black Bear Films

It's been a good year for Benedict Cumberbatch. The English actor has earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film The Imitation Game, and he's won critical acclaim — and a big following — for his performance on TV's Sherlock.

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