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'Vacation' (2015) — Meet a whole new batch of Griswolds

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With Hollywood updating or rebooting various properties and green-lighting endless sequels, a new “Vacation” was really inevitable, even though it’s been 17 years since the last big...

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The Milpitas Monster is home-grown terror

Video Rewind is a review of an avant-garde, cultish, or otherwise odd film that has a small or large following. That means, by its fans, it can be watched over and...


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'Vacation' (2015) — Meet a whole new batch of Griswolds

With Hollywood updating or rebooting various properties and green-lighting endless sequels, a new “Vacation” was really inevitable, even though...


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'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take first place spot

LOS ANGELES  — “Ant-Man” has claimed first place at the box office for the second weekend in a row, narrowly besting new opener “Pixels....


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'Unexpected' treads familiar ground with a fresh perspective

Loosely based on director Kris Swanberg's life (aren’t all of these kinds of films?), “Unexpected” treads familiar ground with a fresh perspective...


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'Aloft' a demanding watch about peculiar people

A good trailer doesn’t give away too much, but it also gives you just enough. You could be forgiven wondering just what “Aloft” was going to be...




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'Cartel Land' is scarier than most horror films

Documentaries are allowed to have a point, push an agenda, or state a case. And if the facts are straight in this captivating doc, the point made is a dire one,...


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'Paper Towns' probably sounded good on paper

If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen most of the movie and its plot points. And if you’ve read the novel on which it’s based, you may be...


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'Southpaw': Jake is more than jake, but this film is not

Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes yet another startling physical transformation in “Southpaw,” a by-the-numbers boxing picture that benefits considerably from...


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Game of groans: 'Pixels' has the Adam Sandler touch

“Pixels” is the cinematic equivalent of a Buzzfeed listicle entitled “50 Things Only ‘80s Kids Can Understand.” “Remember Pac-...


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'Home' among new DVD releases

HOME ** (PG) for mild action and some rude humor. Jim Parsons — Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory — plays a purple Sheldon in Dreamworks’ effort to...


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The Milpitas Monster is home-grown terror

Video Rewind is a review of an avant-garde, cultish, or otherwise odd film that has a small or large following. That means, by its fans, it can be watched over and...