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Movie review: Narnia sequel "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" finds exotic island adventure

*** STAR REVIEW | Fantasy From their outset in 2005, the big- screen versions of C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” novels have had a particularly winning champion in the character of Lucy Pevensie. Vividly portrayed by Georgie Henley, Lucy has embodied the franchise’s best qualities: its openheartedness, its loving grasp of the sibling bond, […]

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Movie review: "Megamind" is out of sight

Talk about your unreliable narrators. At the start of the impossibly slick, sweetly wise, animated romp, “Megamind,” the titular villain recounts how he’s come to the end of the line. He is tumbling to his demise. A ray gun floats in the air nearby. It doesn’t look good. It all began in a galaxy far, […]

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"Eclipse" shines bright for vampire-series fans

If you are feeling a bit “once bitten, twice shy” about seeing the third installment of Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster vampire tale come to the big screen, you can let that go. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is a finer outing than 2009’s “New Moon.” Managing to be both sulky and cheesy, that second film was a […]

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Movie review: "Toy Story 3" gets 3 stars in 3D

Consider the oft-amusing, terribly clever G-rated sequel “Toy Story 3” as the brightest student in the class delivering a very fine B paper. Any other year, the fact that animation powerhouse Pixar’s grand summer offering is a sequel — and a 3D one at that — wouldn’t rankle quite so much. But summer 2010 is […]

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Movie review: "Mother and Child" drama explores adoption's effects

The three wounded women in writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s memorable drama, “Mother and Child,” are connected, and separated, by adoption. The trio of Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington touchingly convey just what varied forms emotional defense can take. Better: As their characters’ interwoven tales gain force, they show how profoundly those defenses can crumble. […]

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