CityBeat - Movie Previews http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-248-1-movie_previews.html <![CDATA[Batkid Begins - ]]>

Delving into a phenomenon, documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman explores the startling flashpoint of the rise of a movement surrounding the granting of one 5-year-old cancer patient’s wish to be Batman for a day.

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<![CDATA[A LEGO Brickumentary - ]]>

Somehow a simple child’s toy became the building blocks for our global imaginations.

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<![CDATA[Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation - ]]>

Tom Cruise continues to push that gigantic boulder up the hill. I’m not sure that he’s ever truly lost his grip and faltered — at least not so that he’s felt it roll back on him.

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<![CDATA[Vacation - ]]>

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) is all grown up and eager to lead his own family on an epic road trip to Walley World, in what is jokingly played as a reset of the Vacation series.

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<![CDATA[Paper Towns - ]]>

Screenwriters/producers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as the teen-to-YA dramedy guys, having worked together on (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars.

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<![CDATA[Pixels - ]]>

Chris Columbus, as a director, has bounced around the spectrum, although he tends to give audiences movies that are heavy on manufactured whimsy or seemingly sure-fire adaptations that never quite take off as they should in his hands.

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<![CDATA[Southpaw - ]]>

The sport of boxing, especially from the cinematic perspective, is all about redemption.

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<![CDATA[Mr. Holmes - ]]>

I can’t say I’ve made the leap back to Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated detective.

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<![CDATA[Testament of Youth - ]]>

Expertly merging the lofty romantic notions we’ve come to expect from stories of lovers blown apart by the winds of war, veteran television director James Kent captures the literary nuances likely infused in the autobiography of Vera Brittain. 

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<![CDATA[Trainwreck - ]]>

Amy Schumer is on the fastest of fast tracks.

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<![CDATA[Aloft - ]]>

Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow) takes audiences on a journey into the seemingly barren spiritual and emotional divide between a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and the now-adult son (Cillian Murphy) she abandoned much earlier in the child’s life.  

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<![CDATA[Amy - ]]>

The line, “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine …” from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” became her way out of going to rehab for a drug problem that apparently everyone close to her saw but could do nothing to prevent. Listening to the song now, it all seems so obvious, and maybe the song itself was her way of crying out for help. 

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<![CDATA[Minions - ]]>

The Despicable Me sidekicks get their own franchise offshoot, which is explained as a prequel to their time with criminal mastermind Gru (Steve Carell), when they were lowly but eager underlings in search of a super-villain with the right stuff to lead them to nefarious glory.  

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<![CDATA[Self/Less - ]]>

The latest narrative take on the question of immortality unfolds in the new film from Tarsem Singh (the music video wunderkind who then directed The Cell, the surreal journey into the mind of a serial killer with Jennifer Lopez, before slipping into the slightly less trippy loop with The Fall and Immortals). 

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<![CDATA[Terminator Genisys - ]]>

After the last lackluster outing (Terminator Salvation) in this groundbreaking science-fiction adventure series (with its first two installments helmed by James Cameron, which explains the early success), the producing powers that be tapped Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) to return the franchise to some semblance of its past glory.

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<![CDATA[A Little Chaos - ]]>

There’s always a heightened bit of intrigue when a noted actor steps behind the camera to leave an imprint of his or her own.

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<![CDATA[Manglehorn - ]]>

Part of an Al Pacino double-feature at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Manglehorn, from director David Gordon Green was the more nuanced showcase for Pacino, an actor for whom “nuance” can sometimes be a curious word for a foreign language with no direct translation. 

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<![CDATA[Max - ]]>

Boaz Yakin started out as an indie upstart director to watch with the urban chess thriller Fresh in 1994 followed by A Price Above Rubies in 1998, but since then has pursued more mainstream fare like Remember the Titans and Uptown Girls (with a brief harder flirtation thanks to 2012’s Safe starring Jason Statham).

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<![CDATA[Ted 2 - ]]>

The Thunder Buddies — John (Mark Wahlberg) and Ted (voice work by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) — are back and seeking to establish personhood for Ted so that he and his new bride Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth) can have a baby together (a grown woman wants to have a baby with a teddy bear — don’t ask).

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<![CDATA[Magic Mike XXL - ]]>

Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh teamed up with Channing Tatum, the lantern-jawed heartthrob who danced his way into our pop cultural consciousness in Step Up (and starred more recently in Foxcatcher and the ongoing 21 Jump Street franchise).

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