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Pittsburgh fans pay tribute to ‘Mockingjay Part 1’

By Rachel Weaver
The newest installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy takes audiences out of the arena to dig deeper into the emotions driving the characters as they ...

Review: ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’ a glum setup for ‘Hunger Games’ finale

By Roger Moore
Dark and hazy, relentlessly glum and dull, “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1” is the first film in this sci-fi series to refuse to ...

Friends recall director Mike Nichols as ‘greatest of the great’

By Reuters
Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Graduate” and ...

Five memorable movies by Mike Nichols

By The Associated Press
Mike Nichols was a master of self-satire, a man of wealth and education and connections for whom his best targets were those of wealth, education and connections, from the vapid Californians of “The Graduate” to the military brass of “Catch-22.” ...

DVD reviews: ‘22 Jump Street,’ ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ and ‘It Happened One Night’

By Garrett Conti
“22 Jump Street” (2014, R, 112 min., $30.99) The success of 2012’s “21 Jump Street” was surprising, considering it was putting a comic twist on ...

Gibsonia native’s documentary opens dialogue on returning servicewomen

By Rachel Weaver
Even before its release, a film exploring the issues servicewomen face upon returning from deployment is changing the American dialogue about veterans. “Journey to Normal: ...

Keaton to return to Pittsburgh as CMU visiting scholar

By Tribune-Review
Robinson native Michael Keaton will return to Pittsburgh as a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. Keaton, 63, studied briefly at Kent ...

‘Big Hero 6’ movie origin story found in Pittsburgh

By Rex Rutkoski
When Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor Chris Atkeson suggested it was time Hollywood put a robot on the screen that could be viewed as a ...

Review: Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ captures a real-life war of wills in an Iranian prison

By Roger Moore
Maziar Bahari was a reporter in the right place at the right time. An Iranian ex-pat turned Western journalist, he toted a video camera through ...

Review: ‘Whiplash’ hits both the high, low notes

By Roger Moore
We only hear about them if there’s video or audio — coaches, mostly — a Bobby Knight, grabbing and choking players, a Mike Rice, hurling ...

Review: ‘Dumber, To’ sad and stale, but some laughs

By Roger Moore
Twenty years after they permanently lowered the bar on broad- and dumb-character comedies, Lloyd and Harry are back, “Dumb and Dumber” than ever in “Dumb ...

Review: ‘Beyond the Lights’ is a romance that asks, ‘Can this celebrity be saved?’

By Roger Moore
“Beyond the Lights” is another pain-behind-the-music romance. But it’s so well-written, cast and played that we lose ourselves in the comfort-food familiarity of it all. ...

DVD reviews: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2,’ ‘Tammy’ and ‘Happy Christmas’

By Garrett Conti
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014, PG, 102 min., $29.98) Few thought “How to Train Your Dragon 2” would have a chance of matching ...

YouTube star Shane Dawson wins ‘The Chair’ filmmaking contest

By The Washington Post
“The Chair,” the Starz reality show that followed two novice directors making films in Pittsburgh, had drama both on and off the screen before declaring ...

Review: Disney has another animated winner with ‘Big Hero 6’

By Roger Moore
“Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation’s lovely and sometimes-touching attempt to do anime with computer-generated animation. Based on Marvel comic book characters, it’s a ...

Review: A twist on the man-child romp in ‘Laggies’

By Jake Coyle
Director Lynn Shelton has made a specialty out of deconstructing sitcom-y setups. Instead of heightening the broad potential of such stories, she plays them naturally, with an un-stylized, micro-budget intimacy. In “Laggies,” Shelton has brought her light, heartfelt touch ...

Review: Bikers test themselves, machines in ‘On Any Sunday’ documentary

By Roger Moore
There’s something about motorcycles and motorcycle documentaries that bring out the kid in us all. The immediacy of the experience, the speed, the hair’s breadth ...

May ‘The Force Awakens’ be with you: New Star Wars movie gets a title

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The new “Star Wars” film has a title. Walt Disney Pictures announced Thursday that the movie previously known only as “Episode VII” has been dubbed “The Force Awakens.” Disney also said that principal photography has wrapped up on ...

Elijah Wood raves about Scarehouse on Meyers’ show

By Tribune-Review
Actor Elijah Wood, who has been in Pittsburgh recently to shoot the movie “The Last Witch Hunter” with Vin Diesel, told Seth Meyers on Nov. ...