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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

Magic in the Moonlight

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Woody Allen’s latest—a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France—is one of his most charmingly conceived and performed efforts.

Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

The ambition is staggering—a domestic drama shot over 12 years with the same cast—but Richard Linklater more than makes good on his experiment, bringing warmth and insight.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Worried that Hollywood is monkeying around with your favorite franchise? Don’t be: The latest installment is a powerhouse showcase for cutting-edge special effects.

Land Ho!

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Two old friends head to Iceland in search of kicks, abandon and something close to the Fountain of Youth in this sweet and salty buddy comedy.

Life Itself

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

A keen profile of Roger Ebert works both as a compact appreciation and an unflinching peek into his final months.

Closed Curtain

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Iranian master Jafar Panahi makes another moving, multifaceted feature under draconian conditions.

A Hard Day's Night

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

The newly reissued concert classic looks more aggressively modern than any recent pop movie you can name.

Snowpiercer

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Humanity cruises through a second Ice Age on a high-tech train in Bong Joon-ho’s brilliantly unhinged postapocalyptic drama, easily the weirdest film of the summer.

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New movie releases

Lucy

  • Rated as: 1/5

Luc Besson’s so, so stupid (and not in a good way) sci-fi thriller never rises above cool-factor calculation.

A Most Wanted Man

  • Rated as: 2/5

The troubled mindset of star Philip Seymour Hoffman is more intriguing than anything onscreen in this disappointing thriller.

The Kill Team

  • Rated as: 3/5

A rogue Afghanistan platoon responsible for several murders comes into view via this atmospheric documentary.

The Purge: Anarchy

  • Rated as: 2/5

Depressingly uncreative, the sequel strikes a generic tone of urban warfare when dark comedy would have been more entertaining.

I Origins

  • Rated as: 3/5

Persuasive sci-fi tech talk, soulful romance and an earnest stab at metaphysics are combined.

Wish I Was Here

  • Rated as: 2/5

Zach Braff only knows how to make one kind of movie: cutesy, faux ironic, desperately emo and aggressively indie.

A Master Builder

  • Rated as: 3/5

Jonathan Demme’s honorable if chilly screen adaptation adheres closely to a well-reviewed theater production.

Mood Indigo

  • Rated as: 2/5

Michel Gondry’s latest quirk-laden romance makes your head spin more than it makes your spirits soar.

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