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Kevin Costner is in his element in the football laugh-fest Draft Day

Journey back with me 20 or so years, to the prime of Kevin Costner's movie career. He was the center of romances and heroic narratives like Dances With Wolves and JFK, representing integrity with a square jaw, steely stare and resolute seriousness. It really pissed me off. >More
 In Bad Words, a 40-year-old misanthrope competes in a spelling bee for middle-schoolers

Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman), the 40-year-old protagonist of Bad Words, is a wretched human being. He takes advantage of a loophole in the rules for a national spelling bee so he can compete against a bunch of middle-schoolers, but that's the least of his sins. A true misanthrope, he treats everyone around him like garbage, including the journalist (Kathryn Hahn) who's sponsoring him in exchange for an exclusive story about his perplexing quest. >More
 Captain Phillips

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 A man falls for his computer's operating system in Her

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), the protagonist of Spike Jonze's prickly sci-fi romance Her, is a sensitive guy. He pens richly detailed letters for clients of his employer, BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com. He carefully reads the expressions of people he sees and hears the subtle inflections in their voices. >More
 Martin Scorsese likens finance-industry corruption to organized crime in The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese is a master at capturing the drama of a criminal's ascent to power while showing how far there is to fall. In The Wolf of Wall Street, he dives into a milieu he hasn't explored: the cutthroat, manic, excessive world of America's financial bigwigs. >More
 Saving Mr. Banks is a stark look at the story behind Mary Poppins

In Saving Mr. Banks, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the irascible author of Mary Poppins, bitterly complains that her story will lose its realistic edge in the hands of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks). This is just one way director John Lee Hancock force-feeds us gritty realism when telling the story behind the magical nanny with the flying umbrella. >More
 Director Peter Jackson retools the Hobbit story in The Desolation of Smaug

It's easy to confuse Peter Jackson's Hobbit films with his Lord of the Rings films. He seems to be counting on it. That much was clear in An Unexpected Journey, the first part of his series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved novel The Hobbit. Jackson took a lot of liberties, adding an extended prologue and familiar faces from The Lord of the Rings to establish a connection with his original trilogy. >More
 The Lone Ranger, Prisoners

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 In Out of the Furnace, two brothers face steep obstacles in a blighted steel town

The Pennsylvania town where Scott Cooper's superb Out of the Furnace is set looks ready to collapse at any moment. Its steel mill is rusted, and chain-link fences lean at precarious angles, barely protecting the weedy ground behind them. >More
 Fast & Furious 6

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 All Is Lost shows a yachtsman's primal struggle to survive

We never learn the name of the grizzled yachtsman (Robert Redford) whose eight-day fight to survive on the open sea is chronicled in J.C. Chandor's All Is Lost. In a prologue set before we flash back eight days, we hear the content of a letter written to family members, referring obliquely to the mistakes of his life. But we never know anything more about the nature of those mistakes, or his relationships, or anything beyond his immediate need to keep his head above water. >More
 Man of Steel

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 The Fifth Estate examines the strained relationship behind WikiLeaks

The Fifth Estate feels like a weak-tea knockoff of The Social Network, the 2010 movie about online pioneers Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. Director Bill Condon and screenwriter Josh Singer tell the story of the infamous whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks by zeroing in on the contentious relationship between two early contributors. >More
 In Captain Phillips, a sailor must outsmart the pirates who've hijacked his ship

In the opening scenes of the harrowing, true-life drama Captain Phillips, the titular captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) discuss their son's academic difficulties. Phillips is headed to a job where his ship will be hijacked by Somali pirates seeking ransom. >More
 Gravity sends two astronauts floating through space

Watching the first 10 minutes of Alfonso Cuarón's lost-in-space adventure Gravity is both fascinating and disorienting. Astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Veteran space jockey Kowalski jet-packs around the structure, sharing jokey anecdotes as rookie engineer Stone nervously tries to do her job. >More
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