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Movie review: 'Rock Dog' won't have you howling for more

The second Chinese-American co-production to hit U.S. theaters in as many weeks, animated feature "Rock Dog" arrives one week after the release of another prominent co-production, the fantasy adventure "The Great Wall." Director Ash Brannon brings Pixar and Sony bona fides (he co-directed "Toy Story 2" and directed "Surf's Up") to this adaptation of rocker Zheng Jun's graphic novel "Tibetan Rock Dog," which mixes Tibetan culture with contemporary Brit-rock, and adds a splash of mob movies for kicks.

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Movie review: 'A United Kingdom' doesn't strike irresistible spark

Biographical films of real-world figures and historical films have an identical Achilles heel. If they're presented with an aura of subdued seriousness and a shortage of compelling drama, they devolve into "this happens and then that happens" catalogs of information. No matter how important the subject matter may be, viewers need a thematic through-line and an absorbing psychological undercurrent. As a species, we're guided more by feelings than data.

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‘Rock Dog’ won’t have you howling for more

The second Chinese-American co-production to hit U.S. theaters in as many weeks, animated feature “Rock Dog” arrives one week after the release of another prominent co-production, the fantasy adventure “The Great Wall.” Director Ash Brannon brings Pixar and Sony bona fides (he co-directed “Toy Story 2” and directed “Surf’s Up”) to this adaptation of rocker Zheng Jun’s graphic novel “Tibetan Rock Dog,” which mixes Tibetan culture with contemporary Brit-rock and adds a splash of mob movies for kicks.

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Interview with August Wilson's wife: 'I think that he would be ecstatic'

A Seattleite will be at the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night, in the latest chapter of a nearly 30-year story. Constanza Romero Wilson, wife of the late playwright August Wilson, will be on hand representing her husband, who received a posthumous nomination for his screenplay to "Fences." Based on his Tony Award-winning play, the "Fences" screenplay was written by Wilson in the late 1980s and finally came to the screen, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, more than 10 years after Wilson's death in Seattle in 2005.

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'Moonlight' is sunlight for Joi McMillon, the first black woman nominated for a film editing Oscar

When Joi McMillon was a junior in high school, she really wanted to be a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. Even though her brother moved from Florida to Los Angeles to be an actor, being in the film industry was just a fleeting idea. But during a tour of Universal Studios, she stumbled upon a guy using the program Avid to edit an episode of "Animal Planet." She was instantly mesmerized - and sold. She too wanted to be an editor.

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Movie review: Jordan Peele's clever horror-satire 'Get Out' is an overdue Hollywood response to our racial anxiety

The opening scene of "Get Out," a satirical horror-thriller perfectly tailored to our post-postracial moment, is so cleverly composed and effortlessly subversive that writer-director Jordan Peele never quite manages to top it. Filmed in a single take with an elegantly swiveling camera, it shows a young black man (Lakeith Stanfield) walking through an affluent neighborhood at night, nervously reassuring himself and trying not to freak out when he realizes he's being followed.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

THE COMEDIAN. 2 stars. Robert De Niro hams it up as a self-hating has-been comic Jackie Burke in this sometimes droll misfire from Taylor Hackford. A rom-com of sorts, the film has some charm in its first act thanks to costar Leslie Mann, who plays a scatterbrained heiress with a father complex. The film becomes monotonous and unfunny when it shifts focus from the romance to Jackie's career. Costars Danny DeVito, Patti Lupone, Charles Grodin, Edie Falco. 1 hr. 59 R (crude sexual references and profanity throughout) - Tirdad Derakhshani

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2017 Oscars nominees: Best film, actor, actress and other top categories

Nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the awards show on Feb. 26.
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