In the Dark

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emery Cohen

Directed by: John Crowley

Rated: PG

 

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Freeheld

In a year when gay issues have been at the forefront, coincidentally there were at least four movies released in 2015 dealing with issues relating to gay rights. “Freeheld,” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page playing a real life lesbian couple who fought for partner benefits, never achieved much buzz. “Stonewall,” the Roland Emmerich movie about the eponymous riot that sparked the gay rights movement, barely made it into theaters.

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It’s been an interesting year in movies, often wildly uneven with some huge hits, lots of misses, and some yet to be seen. Those stingy movie studios are just now delivering some of the most anticipated movies into theaters, a frustrating marketing maneuver that saves money and builds interest — supposedly.

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Chris Hemsworth

Little Opie has directed a whale of a tale in this new movie, but oddly it never gets its sea legs.

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Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie. For some, it’s an old black and white like “The Bishop’s Wife” (1948) with David Niven as a beleaguered minister and his wife played by the luminous Loretta Young who are visited by a handsome Cary Grant playing the angel that brings a Christmas miracle.

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With about half of the Oscar contending movies already in theaters, it’s not a far stretch to begin compiling a short list of nominations for the major awards. If you’ve seen “The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Creed” and “Inside Out” then you have been keeping up. All of these features could produce nominations in directing and acting categories, not to mention best picture.

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‘Secret in Their Eyes’

Starring: Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman

Directed by: Billy Ray

Rated: PG-13

 

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‘Spectre’

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Rated: PG-13

 

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‘Steve Jobs’

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Rated: PG-13

 

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Bridge of Spies poster

From the Cold War era, most are familiar with the name Gary Francis Powers, the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union, captured and released back to the U.S. in a dramatic exchange for a Russian spy in 1962. But the name James B.

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