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In 'How to Be Single,' a rom-com quest for me time
Momentarily untied from "50 Shades of Grey" and its planned sequels, Dakota Johnson is again looking for love in "How to Be Single," a mild and fittingly discombobulated ode to singlehood that plays like a "Sex and the City" spinoff.
 
'The Interview' dives into geopolitics
Huzzah! Our right to see James Franco blast Katy Perry with Kim Jong Un has been successfully defended
 
Let it out with 'Wild Tales'
The movie, which narrates the pathetic lives of city dwellers and advocates for the working class, resonates no matter your social status
 
"Girls" needs a pin to burst the bubbles
A movie that fulfills the materialistic and movie-screen fantasies of some 20-something ladies
 
Love across the strait
The film "Apolitical Romance" (對面的女孩殺過來), by first-time director Hsieh Chun-Yi (謝駿毅), is a rom-com crossing stars over the Taiwan Strait. Nerdy, softspoken Taiwanese A-cheng (阿正), played by rising star Bryan Chang Shu-hao (張書豪), is paired with a feisty, loud Qin Lang (秦朗), played by Huang Lu (黃璐).
 
Could have been 'Almost Perfect'
With a predominantly Asian cast, "Almost Perfect" may at first strike you as an ethnocentric film like the movie director Bertha Bay-sa Pan debuted in her days at Brown University, "Face." However, as you become more and more absorbed in the movie, you realize the conflicts and problems developed in the storyline derive from everyone just being all too human. It's a film where the story told is so incredibly detailed and realistically that nothing is surprising or neverbefore-seen different.
 
'Hangover' trilogy ends on a dark note
"Daring" isn't a word you would use very much to describe 2011's "The Hangover Part II," the disappointingly lazy, beat-for-beat rehash of the wild and wildly successful original "Hangover" from 2009.
 
'Kon Tiki' is handsome yet underwhelming
The Norwegian directing team of Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, whose biopic of World War II resistance fighter Max Manus was a huge hit on home turf, have turned to another native hero for "Kon-Tiki." One of the most-vaunted escapades of the 20th century,
 
It's not 'Incredible,' but it has its moments
An all-star comedy that leans on its stars to conjure laughs out of thin air, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is about veteran magicians who find themselves suddenly less relevant when Mr. New and Edgy shows up and upstages them on the Vegas Strip.
 
'Oz the Great and Powerful' isn't exactly either
"Oz the Great and Powerful" aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on "The Wizard of Oz" and still hold the classic dear, while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.
 
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