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Review: 'Above and Beyond'

Jewish-American World War II veterans wearing Nazi gear and flying repurposed Messerschmitts for the newly formed country of Israel — it might be the dramatic highlight of a period film by Steven Spielberg. But that paradox-rich episode is among the first-person recollections in the...

  • Review: 'Danny Collins'
    Review: 'Danny Collins'

    On screen, looking like Keith Richards' bright-eyed, bushy-tailed life coach and partner in debauchery, Al Pacino is a man whose aura screams, "I love the '70s!" Meaning: his own. Turning 75 next month, Pacino has a high old time in the slight, moderately charming "Danny Collins," and he...

  • Review: 'Coal Miner's Day'
    Review: 'Coal Miner's Day'

    French filmmaker Gael Mocaer spent a year in the northwest Ukrainian mining town of Novovolynsk, in extremely close proximity with the employees of a state-run coal mine as they went about their business. The business is not pretty, or safe. Now at Facets Cinematheque, "The Coal Miner's Day"...

  • Review: 'Serena'

    In her native Denmark, director Susanne Bier makes intimate, emotional and even allegorical dramas such as "After the Wedding" and "In a Better World."

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  • Review: 'Insurgent'
    Review: 'Insurgent'

    Chicago has never looked less toddlin' than it does in "Insurgent," the second of four planned movies to be pulled, taffylike, out of the hugely popular Veronica Roth trilogy. At one point our fierce yet humble dystopian world saver, Tris Prior, played by the fierce but humble franchise...

  • Review: 'The Gunman'

    Speedy brutality is the spoonful of sugar in most action movies, making the narrative medicine go down for as large an international audience as possible. I'm not blowing any surprises by pointing this out. Besides, with "The Gunman," the surprises keep on not coming. You've seen a lot of it...

  • Review: 'The Hunting Ground'
    Review: 'The Hunting Ground'

    From its first moments, the new documentary "The Hunting Ground" instills a sense of dread that is very, very tough to shake.

  • Review: 'Involuntary'
    Review: 'Involuntary'

    A 2014 highlight, the unnerving black comedy "Force Majeure" dealt with an avalanche that turns out to be harmless but causes a lot of trouble for one vacationing family anyway. The film introduced many American moviegoers to the Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund. A retrospective of...

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