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Trailer Review: A most thrilling trailer for 'A Most Violent Year'

A24

BY REBECCA LERNER

By the end, it is impossible to know who and where the scheming and violence are coming from, but the trailer pulls us in enough to make us wonder where it’s going

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Akshay Seth: 'Whiplash' and the flaming swerve of visual storytelling

BY AKSHAY SETH

This is the only movie I’ve ever seen in a theater that demanded I be there for the next showing. The ending inspires this fanatic kind of commitment, one bordering on a hit of cocaine. And it’s done without words.

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'Strange Magic' exemplifies the negatives of computer animation

3 hours ago

Walt Disney Studios

BY NOAH COHEN

For examples of computerized animation done right, see: “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and “Big Hero 6.” Avoid “Strange Magic.”

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'Force Majeure' a tour de force

Magnolia Pictures

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

Screeching tires, a baby wailing, an avalanche.

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Oscars nominations: A lack of color

Paramount Pictures

BY REBECCA LERNER

The refusal of the Academy Awards to recognize the breath-taking work of American Americans in film shows a great divide between those who will listen to their stories and those who will not.

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'The Babadook' brings scary back to the worn out horror genre

3 hours ago

IFC Films

BY ANDREW MCCLURE

Rookie director Jennifer Kent splashes big and dark in her debut, “The Babadook,” which is not only among the best pictures of 2014, but one that’ll surely secure her seat at the not-big table of aughtie indie filmmakers to watch.

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Hilariously trashy yet surprisingly thrilling 'Boy Next Door'

Universal Pictures

BY CHLOE GILKE

“The Boy Next Door” is aware of exactly what kind of movie it is. It takes its trashiness in stride, embracing all the elements that should make it objectively bad and spinning crap into pure entertainment.

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