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'A Walk in the Woods' review: Mild men Redford, Nolte take a hike

In the wake of "Wild," in which Reese Witherspoon's version of Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and reckoned with her demons, we now have "Mild," better known as "A Walk in the Woods." It stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as travel writer Bill Bryson and his buddy, fictionalized by...

  • 'Learning to Drive' review: Subtle performances from Clarkson, Kingsley

    'Learning to Drive' review: Subtle performances from Clarkson, Kingsley

    "Learning to Drive," not to be confused with the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle "License to Drive," comes from an autobiographical 2002 New Yorker article by essayist Katha Pollitt. In the magazine piece, later published in a Pollitt collection of stories, the longtime nondriving Manhattan resident...

  • 'Grandma' review: Lily Tomlin shines in story of modern family

    We don't get to choose when or where we fall in love with a performer; sometimes it happens when they're doing Ingmar Bergman, and sometimes it's "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Lily Tomlin joined the cast of that cherished relic of a sketch comedy TV show in 1970, and very quickly millions became...

  • 'No Escape' review: Melodrama and misguided politics

    'No Escape' review: Melodrama and misguided politics

    If what you're seeking in the doldrums of August is stomach-churning, eye-watering suspense, "No Escape" delivers just that, but it falls short with a tone-deaf story and extremely xenophobic worldview.

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  • 'Mistress America' review: An engaging New York story

    'Mistress America' review: An engaging New York story

    It's a 90-year-old song lyric, but Lorenz Hart's description of Manhattan (from the song "Manhattan") as a "wondrous toy" holds newfound allure for the bright young things — 21st century moderns — populating Noah Baumbach's latest chamber-screwball outing, "Mistress America."

  • 'Digging for Fire' review: Mystery and marriage

    'Digging for Fire' review: Mystery and marriage

    The best thing to happen to filmmaker Joe Swanberg? His choice of cinematographer. Ben Richardson, who worked with the director on the recent Chicago projects "Drinking Buddies" and "Happy Christmas," teams up with Swanberg again for "Digging for Fire," which was shot on warm, pleasing 35 millimeter...

  • 'Hitman: Agent 47' review: Rogue assassin tale shoots and misses

    If you see one movie about governmentally modified assassins this weekend, don't make it "Hitman: Agent 47." "American Ultra" is the far superior take on the unknowing superspy, because it takes itself far less seriously and can actually poke fun at the genre. "Hitman: Agent 47" was just never...

  • 'Sinister 2' review: Spooky, goofy tale

    'Sinister 2' review: Spooky, goofy tale

    Horror sequel "Sinister 2" is a very strange movie. Of course, it's a horror film, so strange, ghostly, and sinister events are expected. Yet this is a horror film that doesn't quite know what it is. You can't tell if the filmmakers (director Ciarán Foy and screenwriters Scott Derrickson and C....

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