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DVD reviews: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ and ‘The Sacrament’

By Garrett Conti
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014, PG-13, 142 min., $30.99) If it wasn’t for considerable work being put in by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, this …

Allen back in spotlight, promoting ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

By The Associated Press
Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored often on screen: playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen …

Review: ‘The Giver’ delivers an over-familiar future, sharply observed

By Roger Moore
The film version of “The Giver” is briskly directed in bright, confident strokes, scripted to emphasize its thought-provoking qualities and acted by players, young and …

Review: Banderas renders rest of the guys more ‘Expendable’ than ever

By Roger Moore
Antonio Banderas pretty much steals “The Expendables 3.” But at this stage in that winded franchise, that amounts to petty larceny. Adding the chatty, animated …

Review: Not much ‘Magic in the Moonlight’

By Roger Moore
Those of us waiting for Woody Allen’s return to nostalgia after “Midnight in Paris,” fans who figure his love of 1920s “Hot Jazz” and theatrical, …

Review: Radcliffe goes gaga in winning romance ‘What If’

By Roger Moore
The romantic comedy recipe is so well-known and foolproof that the great mystery about them is how rarely the romantic fools in Hollywood get it …

DVD reviews: ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ ‘Locke’ and ‘The Railway Man’

By Garrett Conti
“Muppets Most Wanted” (2014, PG, 107 min., $29.99) It looks like the Muppets might actually be back, for good. “Muppets Most Wanted,” directed by James …

Lauren Bacall, sultry-voiced actress, dead at 89

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big …

Review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ falls short

By Roger Moore
The laughs are loud, lewd and low in “Let’s Be Cops,” a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an …

Digital ‘Turtles’ redesign is divisive

By The Associated Press
Over the past two years, inside the high-tech sanctuary of Industrial Light and Magic, the man who built a virtual virgin jungle for the last …

Pittsburgh-shot ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ seeks extras

By Tribune-Review
A casting call for extras on the film “The Last Witch Hunter” will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Double Tree Hilton in Greentree. The film stars Vin Diesel as an immortal witch hunter who …

Two-fisted ‘Turtles’ get Bay treatment

By Roger Moore
The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” earn a Michael Bay-produced 3-D re-boot that spares no expense in special effects and spares no decibel in the volume. These digitally animated super-sized turtles have real-world presence and weight, stumping onto the scene like …

‘Into the Storm’ spent all its money on effects, not emotions

By Roger Moore
“Into the Storm” is as close to a real tornado as most of us would ever want to get. Its effects are so spectacular that …

A ‘Journey’ that dawdles, leaves you a little empty

By Roger Moore
The culinary culture-clash comedy “The Hundred-Foot Journey” dawdles, like a meal that drags on and on because the waiter is too busy texting to bother bringing you the check. Based on the Richard Morais novel, it’s a low-flame romance and …

New ‘Step Up’ in an era where dancers move into foreground

By USA Today
In the original “Step Up,” the 2006 dirty-dancing dynamo that launched a franchise now spanning five films, Channing Tatum’s character, a troublemaker with a sense of rhythm, does what comes naturally to him. Spinning and leaping and stepping are no …

DVD reviews: ‘Divergent,’ ‘Need for Speed’ and ‘Ping Pong Summer’

By Garrett Conti
“Divergent” (2014, PG-13, 139 min., $29.95) Another day, another dystopian teen film taken from a bestselling novel. That’s the gist of “Divergent,” based on the …

Stand-in sought for Pittsburgh-shot movie ‘The Last Witch Hunter’

By Tribune-Review
The feature film “The Last Witch Hunter” is looking for a red-haired actress as a stand-in. While OPACasting isn’t saying who the actress will stand …

‘Get On Up’ details Brown’s early life, his business acumen

By USA Today
Getting “Get On Up” to the screen was a drama in itself. Producer Brian Grazer, who grew up loving James Brown’s music, got the notion for the movie in the late ’90s. “I met James Brown several times, went to …

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ blasts Marvel in a different direction

By The Associated Press
Despite its flawless superhero pedigree, there’s always been apprehension about “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Since the president of Marvel Studios first teased the possibility of …

‘Guardians’ a galaxy of summer fun

By Roger Moore
Laugh-out-loud funny and production-designed to death, “Guardians of the Galaxy” pops off the screen, the last-but-far-from-the-least of the summer of 2014’s popcorn pictures. A willing …