Film Review: "True Story"

Just the facts
Seeing James Franco and Jonah Hill's names attached to a film typically means you're sitting down for a viewing of the latest stoner bromance from the Apatow troupe of comedy, so it's probably a bit surprising that their latest, "True Story," is actually an earnest drama exploring the murky, elastic nature of journalistic truthiness. Knowing that, it might surprise you even more to learn that their performances are not the problem in writer-director Rupert Goold's intriguing but curiously lifeless morality play, which floats some interesting ideas but ultimately doesn't do much with them.

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Film Review: "Danny Collins"

Redemption song
Sorry to have to say this, but late-career Al Pacino is sort of cheesy and mildly creepy. I guess I'd pinpoint the evolution as beginning two decades ago with his Oscar-winning role in "Scent of a Woman," which he seemed to take as a mandate to overact forthwith.

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Film Review: "Woman In Gold"

Stay gold
You may not know her name, but anyone with even a passing interest in art has seen her face. Viennese socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer was a friend of painter Gustav Klimt, and in 1907 he introduced oil and gold to canvas in "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer," an image that would go on to grace coffee cups and magnets the world over.

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Film Review: "While We're Young"

The kids aren't alright
It's always been the prerogative of older generations to look upon the younger with a mix of disdain, apprehension, and occasional horror. As impossible as it is to pinpoint the exact moment when one transitions into the other, the growing sense of a younger generation nipping at your heels is an inevitable part of getting older.

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Film Review: "Furious 7"

One last job
How's tricks, Vin Diesel? I hope you're not tired of my letters.

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Film Review: "A Thin Wall"

In her lyrically non-linear documentary "A Thin Wall," local filmmaker Mara Ahmed focuses on the lingering effects of the partitioning of India in 1947. Filmed on each side of the border -- in both India and Pakistan -- the deeply personal production allows Ahmed and co-producer SurbhiDewan to examine their individual histories, assembling the recollections of family members and close friends, along with on-the-street conversations with citizens of both countries.

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Film Preview: The Little Underground Film Series

Off the beaten path
If you've found that even the independent film scene has gotten a little too mainstream for you, the Little Theatre has your back. In the first edition of what will hopefully become an annual event, The Little Underground Film Series will present a two-day program of eclectic and under-the-radar films "celebrating visionaries, agitators, and revolutionaries in the art of filmmaking."

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Film Review: "Serena"

Mad for trees
Now that we're firmly entrenched in the 24-7 information age, ubiquity can often be a byproduct of a successful acting career. Keeping that gravy train on track requires work, and since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in 2010's "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence has appeared in about a dozen films.

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Film Review: "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights"

Closing out The Little Theatre's Women's History Month film series, "Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights" examines the crucial role of African-American women in the fight for civil rights. Director Nevline Nnaji uses archival footage and interviews with many of the activists, sitting down with female former members of groups like Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to the Black Panthers, letting the women speak about the sexism they faced from society at large and within their own community.

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Film Review: "Insurgent"

Another in the line of adaptations of dystopian Young-Audlt novels hastily greenlit by studios hoping to capitalize on the success of the "Hunger Games" franchise, the "Divergent" series is precisely the variety that gives the genre a bad name. More than just hopelessly generic, the basic premise of this world -- that in a post-apocalyptic future, society is split into factions based on a single personality trait -- is deeply stupid.

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