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Posted at 1:01 AM

For its first 20 minutes or so, it looks like “Chappie” is paying an awful lot of homage to “Robocop” (the original, not the remake). There’s havoc in the city streets, there are robotic cops trying to control it, there are point-of-view shots from those robots. There’s even a big bad robot cop named Moose that looks very much like “Robocop’s” iconic ED-209.OK, even writer-director Neill Blomkamp (who made...

Posted Feb 27, 2015 at 1:01 AM

If someone tried to put together a Reviving Dead People film festival, there wouldn’t be enough films in the genre to actually call it a festival. There’s “Frankenstein” (the feat was accomplished via...

Posted Feb 27, 2015 at 1:00 AM

The best way to approach this film is to immediately dispense with its problems. The first half is stronger and more entertaining than what comes after it. Due to the surprising, and surprising amount of, twists it takes, a second viewing...

Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Before he ever thought of being a movie director, Neill Blomkamp was pretty handy with a pencil and a pad of paper. Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was, as he puts it, “unbelievably visually-oriented. I would draw...

Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 9:38 AM

IN THEATERS The critics may have blasted “Jupiter Ascending” — starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne — but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had a unique story, and...

Updated Feb 20, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Sunday is the night of all nights for the film world: The Academy Awards. Nominations for the year’s most outstanding films, actors, directors and creative teams were unveiled Jan. 15, and the outcome is still all but certain in...

Posted Feb 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

A time machine is the only means to get back the 93 minutes wasted on “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” The sequel to director Steve Pink’s (“Accepted”) 2010 laugh-a-minute, time-travel raunch fest finds itself...

Posted Feb 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Pop quiz, part one: When was the last time you saw a strong performance by Kevin Costner? Last year’s “Black or White?” “Man of Steel” from the year before? The woefully underrated “The Upside of...

Posted Feb 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Hollywood is always aiming a big chunk of its movies at teen audiences. So it’s no surprise that lots of films make sure to take on the subject of teens and social issues. Top of my head: “Blackboard Jungle,”...

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

We hear a lot about Islamic fundamentalists terrorizing people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but seldom does the media acknowledge the atrocities taking place in sub-Saharan Africa, where the al-Qaeda-backed Ansar Dine is cruelly...

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Will Smith can play comedy (“Men in Black”) and he can play drama (“Seven Pounds”). He’s done the bigger-than-life hero (“Ali”) and the slick wiseguy (“The Fresh Prince of...

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