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  • 'I.T.' review: Pierce Brosnan stars in a film that does not compute

    'I.T.' review: Pierce Brosnan stars in a film that does not compute

    Pierce Brosnan has become the poor man's Liam Neeson, cranking out B-movie thriller after B-movie thriller for the VOD market like he's GM in '50s Detroit. The enjoyably preposterous and disposable "I.T." is the latest model. This time around, he's Mike Regan, an aviation tycoon who's launching...

  • 'Goat' review: A horrifying look at fraternity hazing

    'Goat' review: A horrifying look at fraternity hazing

    Andrew Neel, the co-writer and director of the punishing new drama "Goat," calls his project one-half horror movie and one-half expose. The movie's title refers to "goats," or pledges, subjected during the infamous fraternity "hell week" to humiliation, physical abuse and a sociopathic barrage...

  • 'The Magnificent Seven' review: Mediocre remake of 1960 Western

    'The Magnificent Seven' review: Mediocre remake of 1960 Western

    It's the little things that screw up a movie, along with all the big things. In the starry, hollow remake of "The Magnificent Seven," the gambling rogue played by Chris Pratt is introduced by a gunslinging trick he calls "the incredible disappearing ear." It's just a cheap, violent sight gag, but...

  • 'Queen of Katwe' review: Nyong'o, Oyelowo star in joyous biopic of chess prodigy

    'Queen of Katwe' review: Nyong'o, Oyelowo star in joyous biopic of chess prodigy

    A lot of Disney's fact-based sports movies stir the blood or, at the very least, satisfy our need for rousing underdog stories. Often the stories can be shaped so that a white protagonist runs the show, even if it's not really their show. "Million Dollar Arm" was like that; so was "McFarland, USA,"...

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