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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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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: “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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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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TV review: “Constantine”

As comic books and graphic novels become more ubiquitous as fodder for movie and television adaptations, it seems only reasonable that DC Comics/Vertigo’s “Constantine” would be one. John Constantine (played appropriately by Welsh actor Matt Ryan) is, simply put, an antihero, an archetype television just loves to get in bed with — even if the result is often predictable and disappointing.
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Movie review: Dear White People, it’s OK to laugh (as long as you think)

Writer-director Justin Simien’s much talked-about satire “Dear White People” comes to Columbus this week with all the stickiness you’d expect from a comedy about race. As the director recently clarified for the white people in the audience, it’s OK to laugh.
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