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Dakota Johnson Tries to Figure Out Dating, Sex, Life in 'How to Be Single'

Drew Barrymore Film Targets 20-Somethings

Dakota Johnson stars in Drew Barrymore produced film 'How to Be Single.'  It touches all the bases but provides few answers to dating, sex and life. (Photo: Studio Poster)

Dakota Johnson stars in Drew Barrymore produced film ‘How to Be Single.’ It touches all the bases but provides few answers to dating, sex and life. (Photo: Studio Poster)

Dakota Johnson and Drew Barrymore were enough to pique my interest in their new movie “How to Be Single,” even though I’m pretty jaded about all these young-adult movies. Demographically speaking, they are a bit out of my comfort zone.

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Jupiter Ascending: Pure Wachowski, Dazzling, Confusing, Frustrating

Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum Space Fantasy

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum attend the premiere Jupiter Ascending' in Hollywood.  Critics have savaged the film, but we find some redeeming value in the latest offering from the Wachowskis.

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum attend the premiere Jupiter Ascending’ in Hollywood. Critics have savaged the film, but we find some redeeming value in the latest offering from the Wachowskis. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne deliver some cringe-worthy moments in the new film “Jupiter Ascending,” but critics who are savaging it are overlooking dazzling effects and ambitious possibilities from Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski.

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Johnny Depp Transcends His Latest Stinker 'Transcendence'

Critics Rough Up Movie Ahead of Debut

Johnny Depp stars as a scientist who goes mad after his mind is merged with an artificial intelligence machine.

Johnny Depp stars as a scientist who goes mad after his mind is merged with an artificial intelligence machine.

Johnny Depp remains one of the most puzzling and intriguing actors on the scene today. His latest film, “Transcendence,” won’t do a thing to change that perception. He delves into the science fiction mystery thriller with typical Depp intensity–profound, curious and 100 percent engaging.

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Reflections on Two Summer Blockbusters: Dark Knight, Skyfall

Both Films Are Now on DVD; Spend Your Money One

Daniel Craig in Skyfall (top) and Christian Bale as Batman in Dark Knight Rises.

Daniel Craig in Skyfall (top) and Christian Bale as Batman in Dark Knight Rises.

The latest James Bond film “Skyfall” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” were two of last year’s blockbusters, but I only got around to seeing them recently. I’m glad I waited. It allowed me to put the films in perspective without all the surrounding hype.

FANTASY

Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit Scores' on Superior Direction (video)

Spellbinding Action, Well-Essayed Characters Lift Movie

I never read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series, but when the opportunity came to see a screening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” I jumped at the chance. I was dazzled not so much by the story, but by director Peter Jackson’s epic handling of complex material and myriad characters.

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Ben Affleck's 'Argo' a Harrowing Tale Well Told, Well Acted

Iranian Hostage Crisis Provides Backdrop for Thriller

When actor Ben Affleck turned director with his brilliantly staged “The Town” two years back, audiences and Hollywood took note. It was a tense, tautly realized. His latest effort, “Argo,” is much the same.

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Clint Eastwood's 'Trouble With Curve' Is No Empty-Chair Speech (video)

Credible Performances by Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake Lift Movie

Clint Eastwood’s antics at the Republican National Convention two weeks back put a rather uncomfortable magnifying glass on all his recent activities. But at 82, he hasn’t lost all his marbles yet, judging by his new movie “Trouble With The Curve.”

COMEDY

Will Ferrell's 'The Campaign' Could Be Summer Sleeper Hit

Rivals Last Year's 'Crazy, Stupid Love" in Laughs, Production

“The Campaign,” starring an outrageously funny Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, rivals last year’s comedy movie of the summer, “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” a sleeper film starring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone.

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Lasse Hallstrom Scores With Salmon Fishing in Yemen

Blunt, McGregor Resonate in Off-Beat Romantic Comedy

Lasse Hallstrom’s invigoratingly beautiful ode, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” could be the best movie of the year. Hey, I know we’re just three months in, but Ewan McGregor; Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas are stellar.

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Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton Save Joyful Noise (trailer)

Thank goodness for Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, her first big screen role in 20 year. They lift the otherwise perfunctory “Joyful Noise” to lofty heights.

X-Files Star Gillian Anderson Has Big Problem: Writers Are Boys Club

X-Files Star Gillian Anderson Has Big Problem: Writers Are Boys Club

Gillian Anderson, who played FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on the long-running and widely popular series "The X-Files," is blasting the lack of women on the sho... Read More
Kate Winslet Shows Power of Women In New 'Mountain Between Us' Trailer

Kate Winslet Shows Power of Women In New 'Mountain Between Us' Trailer

Kate Winslet's portrayal of photojournalist Alex Martin showcases the inner strength of women in a new trailer for "The Mountain Between Us," an action-adventur... Read More
'Cries From Syria' Captures Brutality of Assad's War on His Own People  (video)

'Cries From Syria' Captures Brutality of Assad's War on His Own People (video)

Director Evgeny Afineevsky screened his extraordinarily powerful and disturbing HBO documentary, "Cries From Syria" at The Brightside Screening Room in Jersey C... Read More
Chris Pratt Reveals How Stunt Went Awry in Guardians of Galaxy 2 (watch!)

Chris Pratt Reveals How Stunt Went Awry in Guardians of Galaxy 2 (watch!)

Chris Pratt, like many Hollywood actors, likes to do his own stunts when possible. But he told Seth Myers last night that on stunt in the upcoming "Guardians of... Read More
Jeff Bridges Takes 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Stateside in New Trailer

Jeff Bridges Takes 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Stateside in New Trailer

Jeff Bridges heads the American counterpart to the Kingsman, the independent international intelligence agency that operates with strict secrecy and dry British... Read More
Robert Pattinson Goes Down Hard in New 'Lost City of Z' Trailer (See!)

Robert Pattinson Goes Down Hard in New 'Lost City of Z' Trailer (See!)

Robert Pattinson gets flattened in a new trailer for "The Lost City of Z," the action-adventure movie about the travails of real-life explorer Percy Fawcett and... Read More
Holy Sun Tzu! Caesar Learns Art of War in New Planet of Apes Trailer (see!)

Holy Sun Tzu! Caesar Learns Art of War in New Planet of Apes Trailer (see!)

Caesar could use a few lessons from Sun Tzu, who wrote the book on warfare, when a crazed military colonel goes after his tribe of intelligent apes in a new tra... Read More
Han Solo Stars Wars Movie Starts Production: Meet the Cast! (photo)

Han Solo Stars Wars Movie Starts Production: Meet the Cast! (photo)

It's about time Han Solo got his own "Star Wars" move. Disney just released a cast photo along with notice that principal filming is just getting underway at Pi... Read More
Brad Pitt 'World War Z' Zombie Sequel Caught in Paramount Film Shuffle

Brad Pitt 'World War Z' Zombie Sequel Caught in Paramount Film Shuffle

Brad Pitt's life has been a bit of a horror story lately, but that doesn't explain Paramount's surprise decision to pull the release of his epic "World War Z" z... Read More
Scarlett Johansson Strips in New Ghost in the Shell Super Bowl Ad (see!)

Scarlett Johansson Strips in New Ghost in the Shell Super Bowl Ad (see!)

Scarlett Johansson has become a fixture in sci-fi movies. In a new 30-second Super Bowl ad for her upcoming movie "Ghost in the Shell," she strips and does a sw... Read More
Rogue One Star Wars Creatures Come Out of Woodwork in New Video (see!)

Rogue One Star Wars Creatures Come Out of Woodwork in New Video (see!)

"Rogue One a Star Wars Story" will introduce a slew of new alien creatures that will be more lifelike than ever thanks to special effects and some ingenious cos... Read More
Angelina Jolie Surfaces Post-Divorce to Defend Int. Criminal Court (Watch!)

Angelina Jolie Surfaces Post-Divorce to Defend Int. Criminal Court (Watch!)

Angelina Jolie made a strong pitch in support of the International Criminal Court one day after Russia dropped out of the Dutch tribunal claiming it "failed to ... Read More
Natalie Portman Finally Does Jackie Kennedy Justice in New Jackie Trailer

Natalie Portman Finally Does Jackie Kennedy Justice in New Jackie Trailer

Natalie Portman may finally do Jacqueline Kennedy justice on the big-screen. She dazzles in a new trailer for her biopic "Jackie," portraying the former First L... Read More
Kristen Stewart Gets Scant Screen Time in New Billy Lynn Trailer (see!)

Kristen Stewart Gets Scant Screen Time in New Billy Lynn Trailer (see!)

Kristen Stewart gets top billing in the Ang Lee war drama "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk." But she gets scant screen time in a new trailer for the movie. Inst... Read More
In New Jennifer Lawrence Film, Space Travelers Wear Flimsy Tops, No Bras

In New Jennifer Lawrence Film, Space Travelers Wear Flimsy Tops, No Bras

Jennifer Lawrence confirms that future space travelers will wear flimsy tops and no bras in a new trailer for her upcoming sci-fi movie "Passengers." She stars ... Read More

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