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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) **** This charming sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel of a couple of years ago will probably fill theaters with the same older demographic, but younger audiences might find this one more…

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The Theory of Everything [PG-13] **** Everything you have heard about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in this film is correct. It is beyond correct, it is mind-blowing. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s story is so unlikely that it beggars belief to begin with,…

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St. Vincent (PG-13) ***** When a character has lines like, “Lady of the Night — one of the more honest ways to make a living,” and, when asked why he always makes things more difficult that character replies: “It makes…

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Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) *** What can be wrong with a movie that features two cute kids, not one but TWO dolphins, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.? Not much, as it turns out. For anyone who loves…

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And So It Goes PG-13 **** Love among the aging is a topic often developed and often laughed at. Mainly because many audiences are too young to realize that life’s urges die slowly, if at all. Stories of elder love…

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Maleficent [PG] ***** Overall, this may be the best film I’ve seen all year. Space is not adequate to tell you all the reasons in detail, but let me list a few: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the title role.…

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Godzilla (PG-13) **** Four stars for CGI effects and discipline. The twist, and this won’t be a spoiler because it becomes obvious early in the film, is that Godzilla is the hero of this film, trying to save humanity from…

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (PG-13) **** Pity poor Captain America. Turned into the Captain at the end of World War II, the poor guy is in many ways psychologically stuck in the 1940s, though he looks modern. Can you…

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Need for Speed (PG-13) *** One of the better “speed over plot” movies that’s emerged lately, this one has spectacular cars, spectacular scenery, a stock plot that is well-justified and quirky and some great car chase scenes to sweeten the…

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The Monuments Men-PG-13 **** George Clooney gambled on his audience and their patience in this odd war film. Many critics find it too episodic and slight for true praise, and episodic it is. Perhaps Clooney, who wrote and directed the…