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'Pitch Perfect 2': A mess where heat was applied to it

Universal Pictures

BY NOAH COHEN

Kendrick hit her notes. The music was groovy, but “Pitch Perfect 2” won’t make you feel happy like an old-time movie because the direction hit somewhere between amateurish and hand-me-a-drink awful, with insidious gags and hurtful tropes suffocating the cast.

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'Fury Road' fueled by Mad Max action

Warner Bros.

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

It’s been 30 years since Miller last explored the apocalyptic wasteland of Max Rockatansky and it’s been worth the wait.

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'Avengers' showcases mediocre Marvel

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BY CONRAD FOREMAN

At the end of the day, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” won’t wow your socks off. But it will take you on an adventure in the fight against Ultron and in the struggle for these Avengers to balance their charged mission of global protection and their personal lives.

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Alex Garland discusses genre, special effects and the role of a director

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BY JAMIE BIRCOLL

For Garland, filmmaking is a team process, one where the director is just another cog in the machine that is film production. Every person on set has a role to play.

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Things aren't what they seem in 'Sisterhood'

Cine Mosaic

BY REBECCA LERNER

Teenagers running through the wooded night. These ideas have long evoked images of a woodland backdrop of drugs, sex and mischief that permeates the paranoid minds of worried parents. Add the possibility of a sex cult of teen witches, and the bubbling cauldron of chaos that erupts is “The Sisterhood of Night.”

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An ode to FilmSquad

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

The Daily, to me, actually didn’t make me like movies more, or like writing that much more, or like the eschewal of the serial comma more — it made me want to be a more interesting person.

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'Unfriended' has original premise, but isn't great

Universal Pictures

BY CHRISTIAN KENNEDY

Stylistically, the movie is shot 99.9 percent as a screenshot of Blaire’s computer. Original? Yes. Enjoyable? Meh.

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