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Bill Murray Shines as a Grumpy Old Man in Predictable St. Vincent

What happens in St. Vincent isn’t as critical as to whom it happens. In the case of this comedy, that’s an important distinction. The film contains familiar themes of redemption and precocious children melting the grumpiness of irascible adults, with some shameless attempts to yank at the heartstrings along the way. However, it’s smart enough […]

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Kill the Messenger Shows the Best and Worst Sides of Investigative Journalism

There’s a better, bygone era of journalism that takes the spotlight in Kill the Messenger, one in which the value of pavement-pounding investigative work in a fully staffed newsroom takes precedence over half-hearted tweets and sound bites. At the same time, this taut drama from director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.) also exposes an ugly side of […]

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