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  • The San Andreas fault stretches 810 miles up the Pacific coast, roughly the length of a dozen Dwayne “The Rock” Johnsons lying end to end. When it rumbles, we’ll need all twelve of him to spring into action — although, as Brad Peyton’s San...

  • A descent into a dank, rank hole of meta depravity (and doo-doo), The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) follows in its 2011 predecessor's footsteps by turning inward on itself. Inspired by the first two movies, an American prison warden...

  • A movie about bringing down drug lords that’s actually mostly about movies, Cédric Jimenez’s The Connection is stretched over driven-cop beats so familiar that American audiences could probably follow it without subtitles. (It’s in French; add...

  • "She climbs trees when we're not looking," warns a priest about the feral female lead of Marie's Story. She hangs upside down from them, too.

    Based on historical figure Marie Heurtin, deaf and blind from birth, Marie's Story...

  • "When someone's off balance, that's the best time to hit someone," Jim Gaffigan says in Kevin Pollak's chatty Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics -- but doesn't often...

  • The friends and colleagues toasting Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney in I Am Big Bird argue that Oscar the Grouch is the yang to Spinney's Big Bird yin -- that they're opposites contained within one complex man. A home-movie...

  • At the start of documentary character study Sunshine Superman, TV producer John Long describes a typical conversation with friend Carl Boenish, a skydiving and BASE-jumping pioneer, as a flurry of "stream-of-conscious" associations. Long's...

  • Absolution is an unconvincing showcase for Byron Mann, a new action star to whom Steven Seagal halfheartedly tries to pass a torch. As sidekick Chi, Mann has as much screentime as Seagal's John, a conscientious assassin who tries to...

  • Poltergeist 2015 is to Poltergeist '82 what today's shipped-frozen-to-the-store Pizza Hut dough is to the kneaded-on-site pies the chain's stoned cooks tossed in the Reagan era. It's the same kind of thing, with the same shape and...

  • “This is the oldest skull I have,” the Swiss artist H.R. Giger says, showing off this prized possession the breezy way you might a set of Fiestaware. He lifts the skull and regards it. But then his speech is breathy and halting, tender with age,...

  • In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick where the message is “Think smart.” It’s a deliberate phooey to the kiddie carnage of movies like Transformers and The Avengers, which...