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  • A magnificently accomplished concert pianist who at one time seemed poised for fame, Seymour Bernstein, now in his eighties, quit performing at age 50. Since then, he has concentrated on composing, teaching, and simply playing. Director Ethan...

  • The good news is that Furious 7 offers more -- and more -- of the same. The series prides itself on scaling grander heights of craziness each time, and that's part of what fans love about it: The 1,001 instances of shock-absorber abuse...

  • There's much to recommend Home, DreamWorks' animated adventure about a winsome polychrome alien trying to make a place for himself on Earth, but only because it offers so many vague teachable moments that you're bound to find something you...

  • The Venn diagram overlap of Shakespeare and the elaborate scrap-fabric quilts pieced together by early American settlers is Orson Welles's Othello, a film pulled together from everything and nothing. This Othello took nearly four years to...

  • 13 days ago | Film Reviews

    In the action thriller The Gunman, Sean Penn, at age 54, looks neither old nor young. He’s been in training to look this age for a long time. Even as a relative kid, in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, his sailor-on-shore-leave mug had a wry, ...

  • Sometimes Sean Penn's face is enough to anchor The Gunman, the ambitious and only partially successful action thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel. Penn's character, soldier-turned-mercenary Jeff Terrier (that surname tells you...