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Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut

 July 27, 2014; Updated: 2:18 pm

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled.

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Allen casts a limp spell in ‘Magic’

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 5:17 pm

Woody Allen's late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn't have expected from the man who produced the inspired chaos of "Bananas" or the Fellini-esque carnival of "Stardust Memories": tidiness.

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Premium Content Movie tip: "Begin Again"

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 1:16 pm

As a follow-up to his beloved indie "Once," writer-directed John Carney has played to his strengths: exploring a relationship between two music-centric characters, using songs as emotional touchstones, focusing on a sure sense of...

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Movement expert transforms actors into apes on film

 July 14, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

Movement expert brings life to digital charactersTerry Notary is Hollywood's human shape-shifter. In a blink, he can become an elf, an ape or almost any other moving creature.An expert in motion-capture performance, he specializes...

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A summer without swagger for Hollywood

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 6:24 pm

Hollywood's summer at the box office isn't just missing nearly 20 percent of last summer's revenue. It's lacking swagger.

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Premium Content Movie tip: "The Fault in Our Stars"

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:27 pm

When it comes to "The Fault in Our Stars," tone is all. Director Josh Boone and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber capture the delicate balance that John Green achieved in his book of wit and warmth. And, better yet,...

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For singing rookies like Keira Knightley, Roger Love holds the key to success

 July 8, 2014; Updated: 4:25 pm

Keira Knightley hates karaoke. She describes her relationship with singing as the occasional tune in the shower. Yet in an early scene in her new movie she's apprehensively clutching a guitar on a small stage, singing an original song...

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Premium Content Film tip: "Words and Pictures"

 July 3, 2014; Updated: 1:36 pm

Pairing Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in this romance was genius. They are both smart, dynamic actors with enough quirks and edges to make any story pop. Here, they are prep-school teachers who develop a sparring playfulness as they...

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‘Transformers’ tries for delicate US-China balance

 June 28, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Dazzling special effects, Optimus Prime ... and Beijing. The latest "Transformers" movie has all three, mixing Texas-based action with scenes in China's capital and a heavy dose of Hong Kong in an attempt to straddle the world's two biggest...

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Premium Content See ‘Casablanca’ on film one last time

 June 27, 2014; Updated: 4:49 pm

Here's looking at you, 35mm film! As Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas gets ready to move from 35mm prints to digital technology, it's marking the occasion with a special screening. It is bringing in the great "Casablanca" - meaning it...

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Premium Content Film tip: "Chef"

 June 19, 2014; Updated: 1:36 pm

Two things I particularly loved about "Chef": 1. The food. Wow, those cooking scenes are sensory nirvana. The way it's shot makes you wish they were serving the dishes right in the theater. And 2. Robert Downey Jr. He's only in the film...

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Premium Content Chorus of Westerly presents Summer Pops

 June 19, 2014; Updated: 12:52 pm

It's become a tradition: The Chorus of Westerly's Summer Pops concert in Wilcox Park has developed hoards of fans over its 34 years. Those devotees will descend on the Westerly site this Saturday for another festive musical...

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Tatum, Hill on their sequel satire '22 Jump'

 June 12, 2014; Updated: 11:49 am

The comic duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill began with an intentionally bad idea.

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Premium Content Hygienic Park film series begins

 June 12, 2014; Updated: 12:13 pm

Hygienic is kicking off its Summer Flickers with an Elvis Presley musical drama, 1958's "King Creole."The film, which is screened Wednesday outdoors at the Hygienic Art Park, is about a guy who, failing to graduate high school, takes a job...

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Premium Content Movie tip: "Belle"

 June 12, 2014; Updated: 12:02 pm

This drama is culled from a fascinating life. In 1700s England, Dido Elizabeth Belle was born to a black mother who was a slave and a white father who was a British naval officer. When her mother died, Dido was taken in by her father's...

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'Fault' writer John Green on Hollywood and teen whispering

 June 9, 2014; Updated: 4:50 pm

When "The Fault in Our Stars" landed on bookshelves more than two years ago, John Green's enthusiasm was nonexistent for a screen version of his story featuring teens with cancer."I had had some Hollywood experiences before that weren't...

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Premium Content Film tip: "Million Dollar Arm"

 June 5, 2014; Updated: 1:51 pm

Sure, this isn't the greatest movie ever made, but it's pleasantly diverting. It's fairly wholesome, too - which might not be surprising, considering its Disney imprimatur. Jon Hamm plays a sports agent who travels to India to find The...

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Premium Content DVD tip: "20 Feet from Stardom"

 June 5, 2014; Updated: 1:30 pm

This Oscar-winning documentary might change the way you listen to music. Take "Young Americans," for example, which was one of the many songs included in the film. One of the more memorable lines - "I heard the news today, oh boy" -...

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Man who accosted Pitt has reputation for stunts

 May 30, 2014; Updated: 6:46 pm

He tried to kiss Will Smith in Moscow, attempted to steal Adele's spotlight at the Grammys, dove under America Ferrera's dress at Cannes and now, police say, accosted Brad Pitt on the red carpet of a Hollywood premiere.

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THE OTHER WOMAN

 May 29, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

H H 1/2PG-13, 109 minutes. Westbrook.And thus, is a great comic duo born. "The Other Woman" is a female empowerment comedy and buddy picture, a PG-13 "Bridesmaids," as if that was even possible. But it is, because of Cameron Diaz...

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NEIGHBORS

 May 29, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

H H 1/2R, 96 minutes. Niantic, Groton, Waterford, Stonington, Westbrook, Lisbon."Neighbors" is an "Animal House" for "The Hangover" era, a frat-boy comedy that pushes the rude and raunchy envelope into daring and dirty new...

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MILLION DOLLAR ARM

 May 29, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

H H HPG, 124 minutes. Stonington, Westbrook.In a movie culture increasingly dominated by niche audiences, there's a special place of honor reserved for that rare film that can appeal to just about everyone. "Million Dollar Arm," an...

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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

 May 29, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

H H HPG, 109 minutes. Westbrook."Heaven is for Real" is based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father - a local minister - that he's been to Heaven. Although there are immediate...

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GODZILLA

 May 29, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

H H PG-13, 123 minutes. Niantic, Groton, Waterford, Stonington, Westbrook, Lisbon."Godzilla" belches back to life in a new Warner Bros. film that harks back to the kid-friendlier versions of these Japanese "Kaiju" (big monster)...

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CHEF

 May 29, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

H H H R, 115 minutes. Madison Art Cinemas.From the mouth-watering carne asada to the molten chocolate cake, Jon Favreau's "Chef" is a delectable take on an out-of-work cook who experiences career rejuvenation when traveling...

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