In the Dark

This first adaptation of best selling author Lawrence Block’s series signals a possible franchise for star Liam Neeson as off-the-books private eye Matt Scudder.

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Based on the Dennis Lehane short story, “Rescue Animal,” this might as well be a companion piece to other Lehane adaptations such as “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” Lehane’s world isn’t pretty, and neither are his characters.

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Another disappointing weekend at the movies only added modest gains to a summer season that has been one of the most dismal in many years. “The November Man,” a James Bond wannabe with Pierce Brosnan, was a yawner, as was the supernatural thriller “As Above, So Below” set in the catacombs of Paris.

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Coming off one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent history, there is a lot riding on what’s in the pipeline for this fall. With a few exceptions like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” nothing seemed to please audiences enough to send any movie over the elusive $300 million mark — a first in over 10 years.

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‘The Giver’Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brendan ThwaitesDirected by: Phillip NoyceRated: PG-13

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A love affair for foodies, this could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffles could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffle “Chocolat” (2000), another ode to deliciousness from the Swedish director also set in a small Fren

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‘Magic in the Moonlight’

Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone

Directed by: Woody Allen

Rated: PG-13

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This is some monkey business with the apes getting top billing over the humans in this second installment of the “Apes” reboot. But you can’t say Andy Serkis doesn’t deserve the honor. Call him the king of motion capture for his uncanny ability to create computer-generated creatures through body movement.

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After seeing this I’ve come to the conclusion that while Susan Sarandon is incapable of making a bad movie, she can certainly be in one. As Tammy’s beer guzzling granny, she elevates this to “just bearable” status, and that in itself is kind of sad because I’m a Melissa McCarthy fan.

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Jon Favreau, the beefy actor who is usually more behind the camera these days, stars in his own project as Carl Casper, a L.A. chef on the rise who is not without ego. It’s a great premise to launch what amounts to a feel-good foodie fest that wraps a road/buddy pic into a romcom — all of which together makes for a tasty dish.

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