Eric Melin

It’s the deeply earnest performances from Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Oona Laurence and Rachel McAdams — and the natural tendency to get behind the underdog — that keeps Southpaw going, even when a crushing inevitability hangs over the entire movie.

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We have advance screening passes to see VACATION on Thursday July 23 at Cinemark 20 at 7:30 pm and we want you to have them!

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Rudd is his usual likable self, and he’s perfect for a role that requires a lot of exasperation. He’s an everyman that’s easy to root for from the get-go, and his droll sense of humor allows him to comment on the stranger goings-on with the appropriate amount of “WTF?”

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Trainwreck still follows lots of typical rom-com formulas, but it also proves that there is still life left in these formulas, as long as there is true chemistry and tiny subversions along the way.

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We have advance screening passes to see MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION on Monday, July 27th at Cinemark Merriam at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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We have advance screening passes to SOUTHPAW on Tuesday, July 21st at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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We have advance passes to see PIXELS (3D) Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 PM at Phoenix Legends and we want you to have them!

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On the surface, this 1970 movie from Czech New Wave auteur Jaromil Jireš seems like a softcore porn Alice in Wonderland but without quite enough nudity to qualify.

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The Bridge is one of the best anti-war movies I’ve ever seen. Certainly its about the futility of war, but it goes farther than that.

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We have advance passes to see TERMINATOR GENISYS in 3D on Monday, June 29 at Cinemark Merriam at 7:30pm and we want you to have them!

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Damian Szifron’s extraordinarily fun and twisted movie Wild Tales, out on Blu-ray tomorrow, was nominated for a best foreign language film Oscar earlier this year.

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Chappie, out on Blu-ray now, may be a mess, but it has a strange kind of staying power, amidst all the madness.

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We have advance passes to see SAN ANDREAS on Tuesday, May 26 at Cinemark Merriam 20 at 7:30PM and we want you to have them!

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We have advance passes to see Melissa McCarthy’s new comedy SPY, on Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm at Cinemark Merriam and we want you to have them!

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This cadre of crazies from Mad Max: Fury Road has a corollary to 70-year-old director George Miller: They are driven by a singular vision and purpose. Theirs is to find and kill the rogue warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and bring back the harem she absconded with, and Miller’s is to present one nearly nonstop action scene with enough character and metaphorical connection to keep an audience engaged for two hours.

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