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In a directing career that’s stretched over more than four decades, Steven Spielberg has delivered his fair share of movies about heroes, some of them in stories based on fact, others coming from the imaginations of creative writers. For every real protagonist in a Spielberg film, say Oskar Schindler or Abe Lincoln, there’s a fictional one in another. Indiana Jones and Tintin come to mind. Spielberg’s newest film, “Bridge of Spies,” is a true story. In 1960, at the height of the Cold War...

Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 2:48 PM

In 1989, "Back to the Future II" presented its vision of the year 2015: Think hoverboards, video phone calls, fax machines, dehydrated pizza and the Cubs winning the World Series. (The actor who played Biff, Tom Wilson,

Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM

In the early-morning hours of Aug. 7, 1974, a week before his 25th birthday, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stood with one foot on the roof edge of the almost-completed South Tower at the World Trade Center, and his other foot on the steel...

Posted Oct 2, 2015 at 1:01 AM

There’s very little talking in “Sicario,” at least from its major characters: FBI hostage response specialist Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), inter-agency task force chief Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), and the mystery man who calls himself Alejandro (Benicio...

Posted Oct 2, 2015 at 1:01 AM

A couple of things about “The Martian” before I really say anything about it: It’s got a guaranteed spot on my top-10 list this year, and it’s a return to form for director Ridley Scott, who’s never made a bad movie, but has been floundering around...

Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 9:46 AM

When he’s not singing and dancing in some Broadway stage production, Hugh Jackman has made a successful career out of playing movie heroes (“Van Helsing,” “The Fountain”) or at least good guys (“Les Miserables,” “Real Steel”) or conflicted fellows...

Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 10:47 AM

It wasn’t Oren Moverman’s Oscar nomination for his screenplay of “The Messenger” that prompted Richard Gere to call him about making a film together. The resulting collaboration on “Time Out of Mind,” written and directed by Moverman, and starring...

Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Benicio Del Toro has had no problem making a career out of playing shady characters. Think about a few of them: the mumbling Fred Fenster in “The Usual Suspects,” the dapper Frankie Four Fingers in “Snatch,” the vile Jackie Boy in “Sin City.” But in...

Posted Sep 25, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Movie review: Sitting through ‘The Intern’ feels like workWell, at least they don’t sleep together.

Posted Sep 25, 2015 at 1:01 AM

If the true test of a film that features two main characters (with others scattered all around them) is chemistry, then “The Intern” is a winner. Anne Hathaway is Jules, an energetic, workaholic boss of a successful internet company, and Robert De...

Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 10:03 AM

One way to categorize the more recent movies of Matt Damon is to look at – and listen to – the amount of dialogue he’s given. In the “Bourne” series, he barely speaks, relying more on the physicality of the role to establish his character. In “The...

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