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King Arthur gets modernized, Snatched puts Goldie and Amy in peril. Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 is more bilingual scuffling

Also The Wall, a small but potent war movie, Boston, a salute to the Marathon and The Belko Experiment’s gruesome doings

Classics re-done in a Disney sequel, a literary history and a home-made copy of a blockbuster

Also Canadian angles on burlesque and dysfunctional families and breaking procedure in a French courtroom

Oscar-nominated shorts are special; Side Effects and Identity Thief, just ordinary

Paperman and Maggie Simpson are among the short films with Academy Award nominations this year.

Four stars for Anna Karenina, less for Hitchcock, Killing Them Softly and Back to 1942

Keira Knightley plays literature’s elegant but most suffering-for-love woman, Anna Karenina.

Big praise for Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. Red Dawn, not so much.

Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook get my highest recommendation this week.

Christmas movies: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Sherlock Holmes 2, Mission Impossible 4 and Young Adult

Gary Oldman is the new George Smiley, the spy fiction favorite from John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Contagion, Warrior, Gainsbourg, The Interrupters vs. gang violence and a restored masterpiece

In Contagion, Kate Winslet tries to get a viral epidemic taken seriously before it spreads worldwide.

The Runaways, Repo Men and The Bounty Hunter Arrive in Theatres. Better to Take a Mid-August Lunch Instead

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning revive The Runaways the pioneer grrrl band from the 1970s. That and four other films debut this week. (Read more)