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Review: ‘Aloha’ feels like ‘goodbye’ to Cameron Crowe’s directing cred

By Roger Moore
Cameron Crowe fans — and that includes most movie critics — have cut him a lot of slack over the years. Our love for “Say Anything,” ...

Movie review: ‘San Andreas’ just might move you

By Roger Moore
Disaster movies, which pre-date the zeitgeist’s fascination with a world falling apart around us, are always great measures of the state of the Hollywood art ...

The Rock faces off against the Big One in ‘San Andreas’

By Lindsey Bahr
Dwayne Johnson has played his share of outsized heroes over the years. His characters have taken down crazed criminals and evil empires. He’s crushed an army of fire ants with his chin. He’s even flexed his way out of a ...

Review: ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’: The day the music died in Cambodia

By Michael O'sullivan
The documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” looks at the devastating impact of the anti-Western, anti-bourgeois Pol Pot regime on the ...

DVD reviews: ‘Seventh Son,’ ‘Ballet 422’ and ‘Cut Bank’

By Garrett Conti
“Seventh Son” (2014, PG-13, 102 min., $29.98) Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges have starred in movies they’d like to forget; “Seventh Son” is probably one ...

Going inside Big Bird, a film takes wing with Caroll Spinney

By Frazier Moore
He has lent body and soul to a certain 8-foot-tall 6-year-old for nearly half a century, all the while hidden from sight. Now, Caroll Spinney drops his fine-feathered obscurity (and emerges from his garbage-can fortress as Oscar the Grouch) for …

Review: ‘I Am Big Bird’ a gentle peek at the guy behind the yellow feathers

By Betsy Sharkey
The idea of getting to know the puppeteer responsible for the yellow-feathered sweetness of “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird is a bit scary. After all, as we learned in “The Wizard of Oz,” looking behind the curtain can be very disappointing. Have ...

Review: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ a period-piece love quadrangle

By Roger Moore
Thomas Hardy’s romantic Victorian novel of class, labor and the fickle finger of love, “Far From the Madding Crowd,” earns a stately-yet-earthy and full-blooded film ...

Review: Amazing Randi pulls back the curtain in ‘An Honest Liar’

By Bill Goodykoontz
Truth is an elusive thing, even to someone who has devoted his life to championing it. In “An Honest Liar,” that someone is James “the ...

Review: New doc puts own ‘Lambert & Stamp’ on Who history

By Roger Moore
There have been better, more-thorough documentaries about the seminal rock band The Who. But “Lambert & Stamp,” an alternative history of the band as chaotically ...

Review: Tomorrow isn’t what it used to be in ‘Tomorrowland’

By Roger Moore
Director Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” is a movie for the “dreamers,” the ones like its teenage heroine Casey (Britt Robertson). It’s not just the dystopian critique of ...

Review: ‘Poltergeist’ solid remake of haunted house classic

By Justin Lowe
It’s infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, “Poltergeist” saw ...

DVD reviews: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Leviathan’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Series’

By Garrett Conti
“American Sniper” (2014, R, 132 min., $28.98) One of the most controversial movies of 2014 was Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” a war film based on ...

Action, comedy, horror — Summer should be hot at the multiplex

By Miami Herald
It began several weeks ago when those Avengers hit movie screens battling Ultron. Then, Mad Max roared back with his latest futuristic action-adventure. It’s official: ...

A&E notebook: Locally filmed ‘Captain Z’ coming to DVD, On Demand

By Tribune-Review
With all the film production happening in Pittsburgh in recent years, it’s worth remembering that you don’t actually need Christian Bale, Jake Gyllenhaal and a tractor-trailer-load of Hollywood cash to make a movie here. Steve Rudzinski of Bridgeville did it with ...

Orson Welles’ unfinished masterpiece to see light of day

By The Associated Press
CANNES, France — It was meant to be his masterpiece to rival “Citizen Kane.” But Orson Welles’ final film “The Other Side of the Wind” — billed as his big cinematic comeback after years of living in Europe — was to ...

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ leaves ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ in the dust

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The ladies of “Pitch Perfect 2” hit all the right notes opening weekend, amassing a $70.3 million debut, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. The Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit and video-on-demand phenomenon cost Universal Pictures ...

‘D-Day: Normandy 1944’ full of discovery by film’s maker Vuong

By Kellie B. Gormly
Pascal Vuong hasn’t just read about D-Day in history books and classrooms. The French man has heard about the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches ...

Review: Apocalyptic, prophetic, thrilling, ‘Fury Road’ is the movie of the summer

By Roger Moore
The movie of the summer thunders in on 22 armor-spiked wheels, because an 18-wheeler just wouldn’t do on “Fury Road.” Grim, gruesome and glorious, “Mad ...

Review: It still sounds great, but that ‘Perfect’ thrill is gone

By Roger Moore
We know Anna Kendrick can sing. And that Rebel Wilson thinks she can. The “Glee” phenomenon, with its four-part harmony covers of pop hits, has run ...