Review: ‘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.

Review: 'Rio 2' is 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.

‘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.

‘Noah,’ revival of Bible epics, finds rough seas

NEW YORK – In the beginning of their work together on “Noah,” director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: “I’ll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you.”

Review: ‘Divergent’ is not special

If you have a kid of a certain age – especially a girl, preteen or thereabouts – then you know the young-adult entertainment message of choice these days:

Review: The Muppets reteam with mixed results

A strange sense of doom hangs over the rebooted Muppets, and it’s not from the Swedish Chef’s cooking.

'300' sequel rules box office with $45.1M debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The stylish combat film "300: Rise of an Empire" topped the box office with a strong debut of $45.1 million seven years after the original "300" became an unlikely sensation.

Oscar predictions: What will win and should win

A seemingly endless movie awards season finally concludes Sunday with the Academy Awards. By now, many of the front-runners have established themselves, but the night’s big honor – best picture – remains a dramatic question mark.

Review: ‘The Lego Movie’ full of tiny toys, huge laughs

Young and old fans alike know the joy of dumping a set of Legos on the floor and chucking that instruction manual. After all, throwing a portion of a helicopter on an incomplete racecar could produce the ultimate hybrid.

Review: ‘Monuments Men’ a misstep for Clooney

George Clooney, movie director, started out with so much promise.

Review: 'That Awkward Moment' average at best

As Zac Efron tears up and professes his love to a pert blonde who gave it up on the first night, it's clear the story line of romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" has gone too far.

Review: 'Labor Day' is intense and exquisitely photographed

"Labor Day" turns out to be aptly titled, and not only because it transpires over the course of one hot-and-heavy summer's end in the mid-1980s. In this intense, exquisitely photographed domestic potboiler, both Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin deliver studiously serious performances, trying mightily not to betray how hard they're working to overcome the preposterous story in which they find themselves.

NIU College of Ed offers Diversity in Film series

Northern Illinois University’s College of Education invites students, faculty, staff and community members to attend its ongoing Diversity in Film series.

Review: Rebooted patriot games in ‘Jack Ryan’

Having clung to the Russians as go-to villains long after the Cold War thawed, the movies find themselves current again with their favorite arch-enemy.

10 things to look for in 2014 at the movies

Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014.

‘Walter Mitty’ a sweet story of daydreams

There’s a family-friendly fairytale sense to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ hits one note in perfect howl

In a palatial mansion on Long Island, a lone, well-dressed millionaire played in an all-out performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, presides virtually unseen over a bacchanal of benumbed excess, the avatar of an age of heedless self-indulgence and greed.

Review: ‘Anchorman 2’ bloated but funny

Can there be too much of a good thing? Where did that expression come from, anyway? If it’s good, isn’t more always better?

'12 Years,' 'Hustle' lead Globes nominations

The searing historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each.

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