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Geibel grad dreams big, lands role in second feature film

By Linda Harkcom
Uniontown’s Mere Davis has gone from being a child watching the “Wizard of Oz” on the silver screen to starring in a full-length feature film. ...

Pittsburgh group keeps alive Laurel & Hardy’s legacy

By Michael Machosky
Comedy has come a long way since the heyday of Laurel & Hardy. Yet, there’s something about the purity of their format and perfectly contrived ...

Review: ‘Ex Machina’ puts the fear of God into us about machines

By Roger Moore
“Ex Machina” is an “Island of Dr. Moreau” for the singularity era. It’s a cerebral, chilling and austere thriller that stokes our fears about digital ...

Review: ‘When She’s Angry’ lays out early woman’s equality movement

By Barbara Vandenburgh
Civil-rights movements are never really over, because they’re never really won. “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” doesn’t overtly make that case until its closing minutes, ...

Review: ‘Little Boy’ bites off more faith-based lessons than it can chew

By Roger Moore
Racism and religion, hatred and friendship, bullying and war, atomic bombs and the consequences of using them — heavy stuff to pack into a faith-based ...

Review: ‘Adaline’ is a love story for the ages

By Roger Moore
Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so “The Age of Adaline” falls ...

Review: ‘Merchants’ part of rising tide of climate-change debate

By Roger Moore
Spoiler alert. There’s no magic moment of hope at the end of “Merchants of Doubt.” This documentary, the first to zero in on how and why ...

DVD reviews: ‘Cake,’ ‘Taken 3’ and ‘Everly’

By Garrett Conti
“Cake” (2014, R, 102 min., $22.98) When it comes to movies, Jennifer Aniston’s career has been closely tied to the romantic comedy genre. She has ...

Pittsburgh union serving TV, film production looking for lots of help

By Jason Cato
A run of movie projects and two television series making Pittsburgh home have pushed the region’s film crew base to an all-time high, with the ...

Ewan McGregor to direct film in Western Pa.

By Michael Machosky
Actor Ewan McGregor will be directing the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” in Western Pennsylvania soon. Representatives from the ...

Review: Even kids won’t laugh at ‘Paul Blart 2’

By Roger Moore
When a movie falls as flat, when every joke and gag has a “just grind through it” quality, the mind wanders. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is even more of a kids’ movie than the 2009 original — slapstick and sight ...

‘The Force Awakens’ a little more with new ‘Star Wars’ teaser

By The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The force won’t officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky ...

Review: ’Child 44’ ends up more like ‘CSI USSR’

By Claudia Puig
Soviet politics crash up against the hunt for a serial killer in the uneven “Child 44.” More interesting than the oppressive political regime in 1953 Soviet Russia, or the tale of a depraved child-killer, is the crisis of conscience of ...

Review: ‘True Story’ handsomely made but misguided

By Jake Coyle
Michael Finkel’s journalism career, torpedoed by a partly fabricated story, had just bottomed out when a phone call came asking why a man accused of murdering his wife and three children in Oregon was identifying himself “Mike Finkel, New York ...

Review: ‘Unfriended’ uses unique approach to create scares

By Rick Bentley
Not since “The Blair Witch Project” in 1999 has a horror film taken such a creative approach to conjure scares as “Unfriended.” It’s a cautionary tale of a group of friends who become the target of an unseen cyber-entity starving ...

Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ cliques might click with audience

By Roger Moore
“Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in ...

DVD reviews: ‘The Babadook,’ ‘Big Eyes’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’

By Garrett Conti
“The Babadook” (2014, NR, 93 min., $14.93) Aussie Jennifer Kent will be long known as the filmmaker who terrified moviegoers in 2014. Kent made her ...

Trailer released for Pittsburgh-set ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

By Tribune-Review
Movie buffs at the Sundance Film Festival got to see Pittsburgh-made and set “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” in February and loved it. ...

Review: ’While We’re Young’ full of perfectly-aged pretentiousness

By Roger Moore
It hits us all, that day when “hip” suggests “replacement” and “Old Man/Old Woman Talk” enters our vocabulary. We scratch our heads over names like ...

Review: Nobody plays Pacino like Pacino in ‘Danny Collins’

By Roger Moore
“Danny Collins” may be the closest Al Pacino ever gets to playing Pacino the Legend on the big screen. He’s perma-tanned under that vast black mane ...