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Updated May 22, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke) walks into a Las Vegas liquor store, and the clerk, sizing up Egan’s flight suit, asks if he’s ever flown in a war.“Blew away six Taliban in Afghanistan just today,” Egan informs him. “Now I’m going home to barbecue.”

Posted May 22, 2015 at 1:01 AM

As movies loosely based on Disneyland attractions go, “Tomorrowland” is a far cry from the rollicking heights of the original “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Still, it’s worlds better than “The Haunted Mansion” and “The Country Bears.”

Posted May 22, 2015 at 1:01 AM

When writer-director Brad Bird made the move from animation (“The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) to live-action films with “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” he also changed his target audience. While the first ones pleased both...

Updated May 21, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Very few people still call Dwayne Johnson The Rock, as he’s pretty much retired from playing that role in the wrestling ring. No more does he drop the People’s Elbow on his opponents. These days the big fellow with the shaved head, dazzling smile...

Posted May 15, 2015 at 1:01 AM

***Embargoed for Friday release.***

Updated May 13, 2015 at 4:10 PM

“You know,” Max (Tom Hardy) says, in one of his precious few bits of dialogue, “Hope is a mistake.”Unless you were hoping “Mad Max: Fury Road” would be a gonzo, nitro-fueled menagerie of rusted metal and mayhem.

Posted May 8, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Early in “Hot Pursuit,” when the characters played by Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara are on the run in a classic convertible, it’s easy to think of that iconic duo from “Thelma & Louise.”

Updated May 7, 2015 at 3:07 PM

If you’re a filmmaker, and you want longevity in your career, you try to mix it up, to create all different kinds of movies. When Australian writer-director-producer George Miller started out in the 1970s, he made his name on gritty action, with...

Updated May 7, 2015 at 3:03 PM

It’s a great thing when an actor turns out to be a chameleon, when an actor you’ve seen, maybe many times before, shows up in a film and you don’t realize it’s him. British actor Tom Hardy is a chameleon. His earliest credit is for a couple of...

Updated May 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

The Avengers started a fist fight on my Facebook wall the other day. No, they weren’t punching out bad guys such as Loki, Ultron or the Red Skull, but rather they were the epicenter of a rather heated discussion on superheroes, and why they seem to...

Updated May 1, 2015 at 8:16 AM

There’s nothing like a great first line of dialogue in a movie. This one’s is, “We are under attack!”

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