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Countdown: The 165 Greatest American Movies Ever Made (116-140)

This is part-two of a seven part series which will publish daily. The Professionals (1966) Nothing’s harmless in this desert unless it’s dead. An aging oil tycoon (Ralph Bellamy) goads desperate mercenaries — Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Woody

‘Sully’ Review: Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks Stick the Landing

After a summer movie season full of horrendous and spectacularly ill-conceived sequels and reboots, along comes Clint Eastwood, on the first weekend of the fall season, to remind Hollywood how it’s done with an old-school, unabashedly feel-good biopic that features Tom Hanks at the top of his game.


The Best and Worst Movies of 2015

Because I am lucky enough to live in the sticks of North Carolina, unlike my Los Angeles days, I don’t see everything because most of the smaller Oscar-bait movies fail — with good reason — to make their way out

‘Crimson Peak’ Review: Stillborn Opulence

Other than his early, simpler genre entries like 1997’s “Mimic” and 2002’s “Blade II,” director Guillermo del Toto leaves me cold. As good as his films always manage to look, there is always something missing. On many levels, del Toro’s

‘Everest’ Review: Well-Crafted Fatalistic Death Porn

Director Baltasar Kormákur’s docudrama is competently produced and tense enough to hold your interest, but so is a forced death march, which is what the “Everest” experience feels like at the end. The story is a true one. The year

‘The Martian’ Review: Top-Notch Hollywood Entertainment

“Apollo 13” meets “Interstellar” in director Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” and the result is a blockbuster piece of entertainment that matches both. Matt Damon has never been more likable as Mark Watney, an American astronaut and botanist who, in a

‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ Review: Never Kicks Into Gear

The opening sequence of director Guy Ritchie’s “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” is promising — a clever, action-filled chase through East Berlin as American agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) attempts to get his cool and quippy self and Alicia Vikander (Gaby Teller)

‘Magic Mike XXL’ Review: Meandering, Amiable Sleaze

The best news is that after being pummeled for more than two hours by young, shirtless hunks with hairless chests and chiseled abs, I can report that my heterosexuality remains firmly intact. Nothing moved. Nothing wanted to move. As someone