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Review: Casting, script issues plague epic’s remake

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

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Review: ‘Inherent Vice’ goes by in a pleasant haze

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This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Benicio Del Toro, left, as Sauncho Smilax, Esq. and Joaquin Phoenix as Larry "Doc" Sportello in Warner Bros. Pictures' and IAC Films' "Inherent Vice," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The film releases on Dec. 12, 2014. AP

If you’re one of those who fondly recalls spending the ’60s luxuriating in a pleasantly disorienting haze, well, consider “Inherent Vice” a reunion of sorts. You’ll fit right in.

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Mixed results for Moses pic

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BALE (LEFT, WITH JOEL EDGERTON). Portrays a prophet and religious leader in “Exodus.”

Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which brings the story of Moses (Christian Bale) to the big screen, isn’t as much of a revisionist tale as Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”—but, its tone and cumulative impact aren’t cinematically or thematically satisfying, because of its sterile spirituality and cold depiction of God’s “vengefulness” in the Old Testament.

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Norte’ described as ‘a tour de force of slow cinema’

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Sid Lucero in “Norte”. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

“Norte” tells the Dostoyevskian stories of a law school dropout and an impoverished couple whose fates are linked, and altered, by the brutal murder of a loan shark.

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Review: Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." AP

All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss’s (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

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