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Posted at 1:01 AM

A few weeks ago, on these pages and Websites, I foolishly mentioned that, with the release of “Inside Out,” there would likely be no other contenders for a Best Animated Feature Oscar this year. At that time, I had no idea that “Shaun the Sheep Movie” was on the way. I’ll still stick with the prediction that the Disney/Pixar film will grab the prize, but I must say that, in the parlance of the British folks who made this new film, “Shaun” is “brilliant.”

Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 8:27 AM

In Season 1 of “The Strain,” the storyline focused on the reemergence of an ancient vampire (Robin Atkin Downes) and his plans to turn the population of New York City into his own personal vampire kingdom. The main characters — scientists Eph (Corey...

Updated Aug 3, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Before Richard Starzak and Mark Burton got together to co-write and co-direct the new stop-motion animated feature “Shaun the Sheep Movie” they’d already spent lengthy careers, in different departments, at England’s Aardman Animations, creators of...

Posted Jul 31, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Woody Allen is back in the murder game, a subject that he revisits from time to time in his films, though he usually keeps those plots pretty serious. Think “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point.” But while “Irrational Man” has both talk of and...

Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Joel Edgerton is not an A-List actor ... yet. That should change this fall when he’ll be seen opposite Johnny Depp in the role of John Connolly, the FBI agent who was likely in cahoots with mobster Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming “Black Mass.” But...

Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 10:45 AM

While “Jurassic World” — starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard — couldn’t match the original (no surprise there), I rank it as an easy second place in the movie franchise. High-heel debate aside, I loved the movie … new characters, special...

Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Thirty-two years ago, the Griswolds taught us that half the fun was getting there.

Posted Jul 29, 2015 at 1:01 AM

There will be people who argue with me over the idea that I believe “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” released at the end of July in 1983, is an overrated, unfunny movie (with, yes, some good comic moments) that has somehow registered in the minds of...

Posted Jul 24, 2015 at 1:01 AM

There’s going to be a fight, a carefully regulated one in Madison Square Garden, in front of a crowd of thousands, with the reigning light-heavyweight champ, holding a record of 42-0, taking on yet another hopeful challenger. But first, the Athletic...

Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 10:34 AM

In an era of high-profile musical residencies and six-figure nightly payouts to the world’s top DJs, it’s easy to forget that Las Vegas once was the place where entertainment careers went to die.

Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 1:49 PM

As the storm clouds come rolling in, you stare up at the sky and realize in horror that these are not just any old storm clouds, and this is not just any old storm… Oh h*** no,...

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