Movies

'Bears' is engaging; vividly shot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keenly following the scent of "African Cats" and "Chimpanzees," Disneynature's "Bears" combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect as it documents a year in the life of a mother Alaskan brown bear and her two cubs.


'Heaven Is for Real' heartfelt but dull

Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including "Noah" and "Son of God," ''Heaven Is for Real" is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy's account of his trip to heaven that's likely to please the devout, but won't entice religious cynics.


Film resembles clunky TED talk

HAL has come a long way.


'Draft Day': A team without much chemistry

If "Moneyball" could transform the inner workings of a baseball front office into Oscar-worthy entertainment, it was only a matter of time before a writer injected some drama into the NFL's player-selection process. And here it is: "Draft Day."


Algonquin native's independent film earns award nomination

It all began for Kurt Larson years ago in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.


‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded

A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2” is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.


Johansson invites us into a baffling dream

To say that a movie feels like a dream is not automatically a positive statement. It all depends on the dream.


‘Captain America’ zippy but hollow

For the latest Marvel release, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” most fan boys might prefer a Consumer Reports-style product review.


Review: Body count out of control in 'Raid 2'

Leaving behind the original's grungy Jakarta tenement setting for the luxurious hangouts of Indonesia's organized crime overlords, "The Raid 2" pumps up its production values several notches. Even so, it's easy to imagine that one of the biggest items on the budget might be the orthopedics bill, since this orgy of broken bones and vicious badassery makes its cult predecessor look like a peevish bitch-slap. Lining up bloody showdowns like the dizzying acts of a hyper-violent ballet, Gareth Evans' sequel invites accusations of, ahem, overkill. But the fanboys will eat it up.


‘Noah’: Audacious adaptation of Bible chapter

Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters.


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