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New movie reviews: Critics' picks

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.

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

A bold indictment of the lawmen who protected a crime overlord for years.

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New movie releases

A Long Way Down

  • Rated as: 1/5

A suicidal quartet makes a pact to hold off for six weeks, during which time they form a quirky family. You'll wish they'd jumped.

Tammy

  • Rated as: 3/5

Melissa McCarthy is back, in a more idiosyncratic comedy than you might expect.

Me And You

  • Rated as: 3/5

A triumphant comeback for Italian maestro Bernardo Bertolucci? Not quite. His deep-and-meaningful navel-gazing may have you cringing.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

  • Rated as: 3/5

Michael Bay returns to his normal beat—big robots, explosions and tush shots—with a vengeance.

They Came Together

  • Rated as: 3/5

This parody of modern romantic comedies is flimsy, though its in-the-moment laughs are frequent.

Begin Again

  • Rated as: 2/5

The latest aggressively beguiling musical dramedy from Once's John Carney could be subtitled “Be charmed…or die!”

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

  • Rated as: 3/5

The computer programmer and activist left behind an enduring legacy.

Jersey Boys

  • Rated as: 3/5

Imagine Goodfellas without much in the way of stakes, and you’ll get this pleasingly square and forgettable adaptation.

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