Movie review: ‘Lucy’s’ silly fun, but Scarlett is super

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Writer-director Luc Besson designs roller-coasters, and they give you the ride promised. No more, no less. If “Transcendence” was a disastrous attempt at epic poetry about the powerful potentials of human intelligence, “Lucy” is the more successful Hallmark card version: Colorful, lively, entertaining and easy to understand. It makes you feel good for a bit, […]

‘Hercules’: Critics like the Dwayne Johnson film more than January’s ‘Legend of Hercules’

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If you feel as if you just heard about a Hercules movie hitting theaters, you’re not imagining things. The movie “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson as the mythological hero, hits theaters today, and it’s the second time this year that a movie about the Greek half-god has been released. The film “The Legend of Hercules” starred […]

‘s Trailer: Genius

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Director Sam-Taylor Johnson has found the perfect performer to play her romantic lead in the adaptation of the hit erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey—someone who embodies sex, competence, power, wealth, and, not least, obsessive control. The enigmatic, sensual self-made CEO Christian Grey will be played by that other enigmatic, sensual, self-made icon, Beyoncé Knowles. […]

Weekend Preview and Trailers 2014: ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’, “The Purge: Anarchy” Among New Releases

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On July 18, a slew of new movies will be released in theaters attempting to have successful box office. The films this weekend include a Kickstarter-funded project, a horror movie, an indie science fiction film and an animated feature: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” A year after the successful first installment, Disney continues the “Planes” franchise […]

WWII hero, Olympian Louis Zamperini dies at 97

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An Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. Louis Zamperini was 97. Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses says Zamperini died Wednesday. “Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in […]