Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky” (1976). Photo: United Artists

Review: Rise of an Italian Stallion

Rocky: Much rougher, and has a much bigger heart than the sequels.

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Eddie Izzard and John Cleese.

John Cleese at 75

The creativity and sheer insolence that have been hallmarks of John Cleese’s career are still there.


Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”. Photo: IFC Productions

Review: 12 Summers with Mason

Boyhood: Considering the ambition and time spent, one is almost afraid to criticize it. But it’s hard to find flaws.


Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”. Photo: Focus Features

Quick Take: A Brief History of Hawking

The Theory of Everything: A beautiful and touching story of a truly remarkable personal triumph.

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Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on “CBS This Morning”. Photo: CBS

Ben Bradlee: Irresistible Nostalgia

Somehow it’s comforting to know that even a giant like Ben Bradlee had his human failures.

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Sharon Osbourne on “The Talk”. Photo: CBS

Zellweger’s New Face: What Next?

Apart from the obvious feminist angle, perhaps it should be discussed exactly where advances in plastic surgery are taking us.


Brad Pitt in “Fury”. Photo: Sony Pictures

Quick Take: Blood and Mud

Fury: An oddly fascinating nightmare; the cast delivers, especially Brad Pitt.