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DVD reviews: ‘The Judge,’ ‘Fury’ and ‘The Book of Life’

By Garrett Conti
“The Judge” (2014, R, 141 min., $29.98) Predicted as one of the highlights of 2014, “The Judge” fell short of expectations because of an all-too ...

‘Let It Snow’ filming in Millvale

By Tribune-Review
CBS Films officially announced the cast of “Let It Snow,” which has been shooting in the Pittsburgh area since December, as production crews began filming ...

Pittsburgh-set ‘Me and Earl’ big at Sundance, gets distribution deal

By Variety.com
Fox Searchlight has landed the Pittsburgh-based movie “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.” The dramedy about a Squirrel Hill high-school student who is ...

Film review: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ draws heartfelt laughs, tears

By Peter Debruge
Anyone who buys a ticket to a film called “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” goes in fully expecting to cry. It’s sort of ...

Romero’s son plans ‘Living Dead’ origins story

By Variety.com
Radar Pictures has come on board to produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s “Origins,” the genesis story of his father’s iconic “Night of the Living Dead.” Production is planned for later this year. “Night of the Living Dead,” shot in Evans City and other ...

‘Birdman’ gets Oscar boost with 2 weekend wins

By The Associated Press
Oscar hopes for “Birdman” got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring ...

Montour could consider naming school after graduate, actor Michael Keaton

By Tory N. Parrish
Michael Keaton paid homage to his old neighborhood in Robinson in his Golden Globes Award acceptance speech, so his old school district should return the ...

Pittsburgh-shot ‘Southpaw’ gets July release

By Tribune-Review
“Southpaw,” the boxing movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal that was shot in and around Pittsburgh last summer, will be released July 31, according to the Weinstein ...

Jennifer Lopez: ‘Artist in me wants more freedom’

By The Associated Press
Jennifer Lopez turns heads with her wardrobe choices, from the green Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Golden Globe Awards to the nude sequined bodysuit she wore to perform at the 2011 American Music Awards. Lopez pulled from her ...

Review: Jennifer Aniston dazzles, even if she won’t get an Oscar for ‘Cake’

By Roger Moore
A comedy that barely flirts with funny and a grim weeper that never quite raises a tear, “Cake” has one thing going for it — ...

Review: ‘Kaguya’ magical, old-style folk tale

By Roger Moore
Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-nominated “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” is an old-fashioned Japanese folk tale beautifully rendered in old-fashioned hand-drawn animation. As anime projects go, Isao ...

Review: ‘Big Muddy’ gets mired in thriller mediocrity

By Roger Moore
“Big Muddy” is a big ol’ muddle of a thriller, a lot of dangerous characters converging, from various parts of the Canadian prairie, on a ...

Review: Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

By Stephen Dalton
Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy. Mostly set in contemporary ...

Review: ‘The Boy Next Door’ makes a lousy neighbor

By Rick Bentley
Jennifer Lopez’s new movie, “The Boy Next Door,” is cheesier than a Chicago double-topping deep-dish pizza. From the profoundly absurd idea that anyone married to ...

DVD reviews: ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘The Drop’ and ‘Lucy’

By Garrett Conti
“The Boxtrolls” (2014, PG, 96 min., $29.98) Alan Snow’s novel “Here Be Monsters!” comes to life in this wonderfully animated adventure story that received an ...

‘Yinzer horror’ film doesn’t take legend of Bigfoot too seriously

By Michael Machosky
Bigfoot has been sighted in Ellwood City. OK, maybe not the Bigfoot, but these three dudes saw it. And maybe they drink a bit much, but ...

‘American Sniper’ astounds with $105.3M over MLK weekend

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Clint Eastwood’s R-rated Iraq War drama “American Sniper” opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 ...

MLK holiday: ‘Selma’ stars including Oprah march in Alabama

By The Associated Press
SELMA, Ala. — Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie “Selma” marched with hundreds in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., one of ...

‘American Sniper’ screenwriter: His aim was truth

By Colin Covert
Jason Hall’s screenplay for “American Sniper” earned him an Oscar nomination. It’s not simply a look at the experiences of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL considered the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, he said in a recent phone ...

‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ top winners at Critics’ Choice Awards

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Fresh off their Oscar nominations, “Birdman” and “Boyhood” added to their awards-season haul with multiple wins at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The Broadcast Film Critics Associated presented “Birdman” with a leading seven prizes Thursday, but its ...