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'Hobbit' blasts past newcomers to claim third box office crown

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": Get back

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the special-effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office title, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

Walt Disney's animated film "Frozen" was second with ticket...

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Ralph Fiennes does double duty in Dickens flick

Ralph Fiennes

(Credit: Ralph Fiennes in "The Invisible Woman")

Ralph Fiennes took on a significant challenge when he decided to act in and direct "The Invisible Woman," a new film about Charles Dickens' relationship with his secret mistress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) that opens in theaters on Wednesday.

It's only Fiennes' second effort behind the camera. The material is tough, requiring a filmmaker with a keen eye for externalizing the deep...

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The top 10 movies of 2013 -- and 5 worst

Inside Llewyn Davis'

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List-making is something of a fool's venture, especially in a cinematic year as rich and vibrant as 2013, which saw a host of memorable movies that could easily place high on anyone's top 10.

It's not so easy to objectively rank high-quality works of art. But I've given it a go.

The films included here span subjects, genres, budgets and locations; they're joined together only by a shared...

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Movie review: 'The Past,' 3 stars

"The Past" is centered on Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa),

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Most movies tell us everything we need to know about their characters instantaneously. They're familiar types and personalities, and their narrative journeys amount to little more than filling in the blanks.

Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" opposes that cautious approach. In a similar fashion to the Iranian filmmaker's superb "A Separation," the movie reflects the real world...

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Movie review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' -- 3 stars

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues": Ron Burgundy and

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"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" arrives in theaters following an endless promotional campaign that has seen Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy starring in everything from Dodge Durango commercials to North Dakota news broadcasts.

That relentless push followed years of stops, starts and speculation concerning this sequel to Ferrell and Adam McKay's 2004 hit about an incompetent, sexist...

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'The Hobbit' dominates weekend box office

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug": Get back

A small hobbit racked up big sales at movie box offices during the weekend, generating an estimated $205 million at theaters around the world with the debut of highly anticipated sequel "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

The second installment in the 3D "Hobbit" film trilogy earned $73.7 million of its global haul in the United States and Canada, where it easily topped...

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Movie review: 'Saving Mr. Banks,' 1.5 stars

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr.

(Credit: Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks")

Saving Mr. Banks Directed by John Lee Hancock Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell Rated PG

"Saving Mr. Banks" is an amiable but profoundly confused bit of corporate propaganda. That's to be expected, given that it's a Disney movie about Walt Disney essentially browbeating the reluctant P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the creator of "Mary Poppins," into consenting...

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Stanley Tucci digs deep in new role

Stanley Tucci

(Credit: Stanley Tucci in the new movie "Some Velvet Morning.")

Stanley Tucci has turned up in so many big movies lately -- everything from "The Hunger Games" series to the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" -- that it's a pleasure to see him return to his theatrical roots in "Some Velvet Morning," the new film from Neil LaBute that is available on VOD and iTunes and opening at the Village East tomorrow.

A two-hander...

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Oscar Isaac chats about star-making turn in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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(Credit: Oscar Isaac in "Inside Llewyn Davis" (CBS Films))

The career of any great movie actor often can be traced back to a single moment, or series of moments, in a single film, where the audience takes notice as a star is born.

You know what I mean: Tom Cruise sliding across the floor in "Risky Business"; Liza Minnelli exploding onto the stage in "Cabaret."

Oscar Isaac ("Drive") has a scene like that about two-thirds...

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'Frozen,' 'Catching Fire' fuel U.S. box office

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Walt Disney Co's animated princess fairy tale "Frozen" heated up movie box office charts in the United States and Canada, displacing dystopian thriller "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the top-earning film.

"Frozen" sold $31.6 million worth of tickets from Friday through Sunday during its second weekend in theaters to top domestic movie charts, while "Catching...

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