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A Family-Friendly Call From ‘Earth to Echo’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Earth to Echo wastes no time setting up its premise. Three young teens — Alex (Teo Halm), Tuck (Astro) and Munch (Reese Hartwig) — as awkwardly nerdy as can be, land themselves in the middle of quite an adventure when they begin investigating cell phone disturbances in their soon-to-be redeveloped community in Nevada.   

‘Nathan For You’ and the Sacha Baron Cohen Dilemma

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Prank shows are nothing new. Candid Camera spanned seven decades, Punk’d targeted celebs and now even Betty White has a prank show for old people called Off Their Rockers. Nathan For You (10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Comedy Central) is pegged as a prank show or parody of the dime-a-dozen business-rescue programs on today, but it’s actually much more.  

‘Obvious Child’ is Not Just an Abortion Rom-Com

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I love Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), the protagonist of Obvious Child, the new indie dramedy from co-writer and director Gillian Robespierre (working from her 2009 short of the same name), because Donna is wickedly smart and engaging, a cute Jewish woman we rarely get to see in mainstream romantic comedies.  

The Other 98 Percent

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The haunting trailer for The Leftovers (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO) sets the scene perfectly: A busy mom, on the phone, secures her fussy infant son in his car seat before buckling up and heading home. As she details the day’s schedule on the phone, the baby cries in the background.   

Jersey Boys

0 Comments · Friday, June 20, 2014
Clint Eastwood has a no-nonsense approach that has served him well over the course of his career. He refuses to clutter up a performance with tics and affected manneris  

Think Like a Man Too

0 Comments · Friday, June 20, 2014
Tim Story (the first two Fantastic Four movies, Barbershop) gathers the gang from the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s bestselling relationship advice tome (Act Like  

‘The Rover’ Captures the Utter Collapse of Humanity

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Based on his work as a filmmaker, David Michôd, Australian partner of the brothers Edgerton (Joel and Nash), channels into the darkest corners of his heart to investigate the primal, animalistic urges that take mankind far away from the civilized façade we’ve constructed for ourselves.  

The End of a Campy, Sexy Vampire Era

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
What started as a fun, hot addition to the YA vampire lit craze with a killer concept — the invention of synthetic blood sparks a population of vampires “coming out of the coffin” to mix with the humans they no longer have to feed on to survive — has become quite the crazy train of otherworldly drama.   

22 Jump Street

0 Comments · Thursday, June 12, 2014
It’s always twice as hard the second time around — I’m talking about sequels here — because you can’t just repeat the formula that worked the first time, right? Directors Phil Lord and C  

How to Train Your Dragon 2

0 Comments · Thursday, June 12, 2014
The world of Vikings and dragons gets much more complicated when Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his winged companion Toothless unearth an ice cave with a plethora of new wild dragons and a mysterious rider  

Demanding More of ‘Words and Pictures’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Back in the early aughts, Clive Owen starred in a series of promotional online shorts created by BMW called The Hire, where he played a mysterious driver with no name enlisted by powerful people to tackle jobs that required a certain skill set, particularly behind the wheel, that only he had.  

Streaming Series For Your Binge-Watch List

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
With Netflix’s recent premiere taking over blogs, social media and, likely, your computer or TV screen, Orange Is the New Black just might mean streaming is the new TV.  

The Fault in Our Stars

0 Comments · Friday, June 6, 2014
Young Adult fiction author (and Indianapolis native) John Green gets adapted here by screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (the writing and producing team behind The Spectacular Now  

Ida

0 Comments · Friday, June 6, 2014
A stark emotional honesty permeates Ida, the new release from Pawel Pawlikowski (The Woman in the Fifth), which is finally opening in our market. The film starts off at some point in the 1960s wi  

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Offers Indie Sensibilities with Studio Purse Strings

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
 At one time, the title for Doug Liman’s new release was All You Need is Kill and it featured a raw 18-year-old military recruit sucked into a time-fractured narrative that had him reliving the same day on what seemed like an endless loop — a D-Day style attack on an alien outpost on the Normandy beachhead that concluded with great losses to the human forces.