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2014 preview: only movies left underived

Here are the few films coming in 2014 that are not sequels, remakes, reboots, or based on a stage show, the Bible, young-adult novels, comic books, cartoons, or — someone make it stop — toy lines.

End of Watch (review)

David Ayer has pulled off an all-new LAPD cop action drama with a vibrancy so electric that the screen seems to sing from the film’s opening moments, and keeps ringing long after the film ends.

new this week in U.S., Canadian, and U.K. theaters: ‘The A-Team,’ ‘The Karate Kid,’ ‘Letters to Juliet,’ ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ more

U.S. AND CANADA/OPENING WIDE The A-Team: A stirring drama of wrongly convicted patriots who get mad and kick some ass. If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • The A-Team (1983-1987): The entire series is newly available in a cool new box set. • The Great Escape (1963): This Steve McQueen military classic … more…

my week at the movies: ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ ‘Cop Out,’ ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘A Prophet (Un Prophète),’ ‘The Crazies,’ ‘The Art of the Steal’

Looks like Ethan Hawke got a promotion from his Los Angeles Training Day and a crosscountry transfer to serve with Brooklyn’s Finest (opens in the U.S. and Canada on March 5; no U.K. release date has been announced). Looks intense… And then there’s Cop Out (opens in the U.S. and Canada on February 26, and … more…

trailer break: ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… I just love saying “Antoine Fuqua.” That is the best name ever. “Antoine Fuqua.” And it sounds even better when trailer announcers say it. Why didn’t the trailer guy here say it? “From Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day.” How could they pass that up? Anyway, … more…

Training Day (review)

It takes a wolf to catch a wolf, says Los Angeles narcotics detective Alonzo Harris. All us little sheep need a wolf on our side to protect us from the other wolves. But shouldn’t we be afraid that “our” wolf might turn on us one day, and even if he doesn’t and keeps the dangerous wolves at bay, isn’t it only wolves who win in the end?