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LOS ANGELES - In an Academy Awards largely populated by smaller, independent films, Hollywood spread its awards around at a stormy Oscars heavy on song-and-dance, occasionally lacking in clothes and punctuated by passionate stands for equality.
'Boyhood' tops Golden Globes, 'Grand Budapest' upsets

Hollywood toasted free speech in its myriad forms, from "Je Suis Charlie" tributes to George Clooney punchlines, at an earnest Golden Globes on Sunday, where the tender coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" topped all films.
Reeling it in: Two choices make for a great weekend at the movies

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" DreamWorks Animation 1 hour, 42 minutes "The Fault in say "Fault" suffered from a serious lack of dragons. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is, at first glance, your typical animated sequel. Retreaded...
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Reviews of Mr. Peabody and Sherman/ Out of the Furnace

This week I saw two very different films and, while they were of approximately the same level of quality, they are for vastly different audiences. It should go without saying that parents will want to take their kids to the one with the cartoon dog voiced by "Modern Family's" Phil Dunphy as opposed to the one where Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson play mumbling misanthropes in the backwoods of the Rust Belt.
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NEW YORK - The dinosaurs are ready to roar across America again - but they're sporting a new look. "Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular" is coming back to the U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.
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Reeling It In: The best of films, the worst of films

...animated films this year. Along with the best of the bunch, "Toy Story," there was "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon," "MegaMind," and "Tangled." In a leaner year, any one of these might have made my list on its own...
'Rio' might not soar, but it doesn't crash

...36 minutes 2010 was, undoubtedly, one of the best years for kid's movies in a long time. "MegaMind," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Despicable Me," and, of course, the incredibly moving "Toy Story 3." Those are some pretty tough...
'Bounty Hunter' skips bail

I had assumed that Kevin Smith, in his debacle "Cop Out" of a couple of weeks ago, was unique in his misguided desire to return to the glory of 1980's action comedies. Not so, apparently, as Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler proved this weekend with the completely predictable, completely pointless buddy/chick pic, "The Bounty Hunter." This movie worked in 1988 when it was called "Midnight Run" and starred Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin. Twenty-two years later, this current tale of a deadbeat ex-cop who is delighted at the chance to apprehend his oblivious ex-wife falls completely flat.


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