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  • 'The Bride' review: Overstylized production fails to bring Lorca classic to life

    'The Bride' review: Overstylized production fails to bring Lorca classic to life

    "The Bride" may be a pedestrian choice of title for a new adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's ever-crimson play "Blood Wedding," but perhaps the change is fitting: Paula Ortiz's decorative but inessential film sees the famed source material losing a lot of blood in more ways than one. Instead,...

  • 'Men Go to Battle' review: Brothers struggle with poverty amid Civil War

    'Men Go to Battle' review: Brothers struggle with poverty amid Civil War

    "Men Go to Battle" presents mid-19th-century American life as a series of constant, arduous struggles, be they at home or on the battlefield. First-time helmer Zachary Treitz's assured Civil War saga is a haunting, mournful mood piece about two brothers whose close-knit relationship frays under...

  • 'Don't Breathe' review: Tables turned on home invaders

    'Don't Breathe' review: Tables turned on home invaders

    Before it became "Don't Breathe," the new home-invasion thriller with a difference had the working title "A Man in the Dark." This would be like calling "Wait Until Dark" "The Lady of Greenwich Village" — accurate, but dull. It's the second feature directed by Uruguayan writer-director Fede Alvarez,...

  • 'Hands of Stone' review: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez do OK with bantamweight script

    'Hands of Stone' review: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez do OK with bantamweight script

    With "Hands of Stone," Robert De Niro officially enters his Burgess Meredith-in-"Rocky" phase, bringing the ringside grizzle and rumpled gravitas by the pound. In writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's peppy, none-too-probing biopic of Panamanian champion Roberto Duran, played by Edgar Ramirez,...

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