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‘Jersey Boys’ sounds great but lacks depth

Like the ageless tunes littering its soundtrack, “Jersey Boys” is familiar and satisfying, if somewhat slight.

Wichita 24-hour filmmaking race adds twists

If you thought making a film in 24 hours was challenging enough, the organizers of Down to the Wire are about to make things even a little more interesting.

‘Dragon’ sequel avoids recycling story

There’s almost no dragon training in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

‘22 Jump Street’ makes great comic leaps

With movies, sometimes the most important movements are the hardest to notice, because they seem only natural, just part of the cultural air. It took outsiders – French film critics – to take note of film noir and to recognize Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock as great directors. If something big is going on right now that we’re taking for granted, it’s comedy. We get a good one every few weeks, and the latest, “22 Jump Street,” is better than most.

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ a sweet weeper that teen girls will love

Shailene Woodley, who can do no acting wrong, brings a welcome reality to “The Fault in Our Stars,” a perfectly serviceable teen date picture that teenage girls will have to bribe teenage boys to sit through.

Elle Fanning gets to play a Disney princess

Elle Fanning’s growing up.

Review: ‘Belle’ a beautiful period drama with impressive depth

Period dramas tend to be stuffy, as suffocated as the corsets the ladies wear.

Review: ‘Chef’ will satisfy film-goers’ hunger

Foodies will absolutely love “Chef,” the amiable comedy/drama/road trip film from writer-director and star Jon Favreau. The food shown in the movie looks absolutely scrumptious, and the sound of it cooking and sizzling will undoubtedly make you hungry.

'Godzilla' scary - not in a good way

The new “Godzilla” reboot perfectly illustrates the problem that has long haunted mediocre monster movies. When the big, scaly guys are on screen, it’s a fun thrill ride. But when the humans are at the center of the action, things get scary – and not in a good way.

‘Million Dollar Arm’ delivers solid base hit

“Million Dollar Arm” is a baseball movie that pulls off a smooth triple play. It’s a character-based comedy-drama that’s also a smart film about the business of sports. As if it weren’t difficult enough to work that double angle, there’s also an exotic international focus on immigrant players struggling with social disorientation and homesickness, an underreported aspect of the game that has caused many a gifted recruit to fail. And, by the way, it’s all based on a true story.

Review: ‘Fading Gigolo’ a mellow treat

In the gentle comedy “Fading Gigolo,” Fioravante (John Turturro) is not a pretty man. He readily admits this.

Review: Colin Firth turns in stellar performance in uneven ‘The Railway Man’

Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) turns in another beautiful performance in “The Railway Man,” based on the real-life autobiography by Eric Lomax.

Review: ‘Neighbors’ is stupid, silly fun

“Neighbors” is an “Animal House” for a “Hangover” generation. Lewd. Crude. And yes, at times, nude.

Review: ‘Transcendence’ can’t transcend sci-fi cliches

For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn’t take a role that required him to get a haircut. “Chocolat,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Sleepy Hollow” – mop-topped coincidences, or a career vanity?

Review: ‘Bears’ follows Disney’s cute animal documentary formula

For the past several years, Disneynature has marked Earth Day by releasing a documentary celebrating Mother Nature. “Bears” is the studio’s latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research, and like any reality show, the creators have endowed their subjects with moxie, personality and drama.

Orpheum gives ‘Wichita’ film its premiere

Wichita has been the setting for many Westerns, but none like Nicholas Barton’s “Wichita.”

‘Noah’ awash in modern myth-telling

Big, beatific and (more or less) biblical, Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is a mad vision of a movie, an action/adventure take on The Flood that cleansed the Earth.

Goddard para-educator wins Oscar contest, is headed to Hollywood

“Mr. Hublot” tripped her up.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ hits the right notes

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” (1/2), which was released on DVD this week, is an odd yet beautiful thing.

Lupita Nyong’o: A rising star, as long as her path is clear

For anyone in Hollywood or the heartland who didn’t fall in love with Lupita Nyong’o’s talent after seeing her performance in best picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” or was somehow unmoved by the supporting actress’ heartfelt acceptance speech last Sunday night – which will stand as one of Oscar’s most memorable moments – here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about what comes next.

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