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  • '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,...

  • 'Southside with You' review: When Barry met Michelle

    'Southside with You' review: When Barry met Michelle

    For roughly half of its Obama-trim 84 minutes, "Southside with You" gets by on pleasantly fraudulent biopic charm, more like the movies than life. The conversation sounds more like writing than talking, and the heightened, slightly stilted formality of the exchanges comes across sometimes in dramatically...

  • 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' review: Natalie Portman writes, directs and acts in story of novelist Amos Oz

    'A Tale of Love and Darkness' review: Natalie Portman writes, directs and acts in story of novelist Amos Oz

    Actors gravitate toward passion projects, films they care deeply, even obsessively about, but the result is seldom as convincing as "A Tale of Love and Darkness," a film of beautiful melancholy written, directed by and starring Natalie Portman. A Hebrew-language film based on the celebrated memoir...

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