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Movie review: No superheroes, but “Birdman” is a near-perfect experience

Let’s get this out of the way and save some easily confused people some disappointment. “Birdman” is not a superhero movie. If you want a superhero movie, um, wait like three weeks. There’s probably a new one coming out.
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Movie review: “Horns” not Radcliffe’s post-Potter best

It’s been fascinating watching the young cast of “Harry Potter” breaking out of those roles. Maybe someday, I won’t even have to mention it — or at least that’s what they hope.
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Movie review: “Laggies” a warm, funny take on a grown-up growing up

The quarter-life crisis may seem like a recent invention fueled by Thought Catalog, but the struggle is real. Take, for example, “Laggies.”
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New movie releases in Columbus for the weekend of October 31

Featuring reviews of "Nightcrawler," "Birdman," "Laggies" and "Horns."
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Interview: Bruce Campbell talks Comic Con, meeting William Shatner, Evil Dead TV show

There are a lot of geek icons at this weekend’s Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, but none has me more geeked than Bruce Campbell. I mean, I saw “Evil Dead 2” on a friend’s VCR in high school, and it literally changed my life. It’s part of why I’m a movie critic.
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The List: Top 10 pop-culture creeps

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a powerful performance as an amoral freelance crime reporter in “Nightcrawler,” which got us thinking about other creeps. Here’s a rundown of the jerks you always hated — thankfully they’re not real.
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Movie review: Gyllenhaal makes creepy “Nightcrawler” unforgettable

Thrillers like “Nightcrawler” don’t come around often enough. It feels fresh and edgy and like a throwback, all at the same time.
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Movie review: No superheroes, but “Birdman” is a near-perfect experience

Let’s get this out of the way and save some easily confused people some disappointment. “Birdman” is not a superhero movie. If you want a superhero movie, um, wait like three weeks. There’s probably a new one coming out.
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Movie review: Why “Gone Girl” is my pick for worst film of the year

For me to drop a one-star review on a movie, it has to be more than just bad. It has to be a massive disappointment. It has to be a huge waste of potential from talents who know better — which all but guarantees a minimum 1 1/2-star rating for Adam Sandler films. Welcome to my one-star review of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.”
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New movie releases in Columbus for the weekend of Oct. 24

Reviews include "St. Vincent," "Dear White People," "John Wick" and "Copenhagen."
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Movie review: Keanu Reaves’ new action flick “John Wick” burns lean and mean

I realize that the blurb declaring “John Wick” to be “the best Keanu Reeves movie since ‘The Matrix’” may not seem like much, as the dude hasn’t been in a lot of blockbusters of late.
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Movie review: “St. Vincent” and the unbearable lightness of being Bill Murray

Over the decades, Bill Murray has evolved into a kind of national institution of pop culture. He’s the leading natural source of Bill Murray-ness. He is, in his own way, already a saint.
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TV review: “Newsreaders” skewers the news brilliantly

Truthfully, there’s nothing funny about television news and its awfulness, but there are programs such as “The Daily Show” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” that deliver the news with a great dose of laughter — and often scathingly insightful commentary. In other words, making fun of the ineptitude on television can be utterly hilarious.
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