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Marlon Wayans stretches his approach to comedy career beyond spoofs

Marlon Wayans wrote, produced and stars in 'A Haunted House 2,' a horror comedy with bits of parody. Will McGarry / Open Road Films

'A Haunted House 2' writer and star Marlon Wayans is trying stand-up copy after auditioning for a Richard Pryor biopic and made sure 'House' wasn't just an all-out parody. More

Review: Family is greatest strength of 'Heaven Is for Real'

Greg Kinnear, left, stars as a pastor and father of a son (Connor Corum) who claims to have gone to heaven in 'Heaven Is For Real.' Allen Fraser / Sony Pictures

Director Randall Wallace shows — as he did on 'Secretariat' and 'We Were Soldiers' — that the strength of a movie comes from a focus on family. More

Jude Law comes on tough playing an explosive thug in 'Dom Hemingway'

Jude Law says playing the brash and crude 'Dom Hemingway' was liberating as an actor. Nick Wall / Fox Searchlight

Dom Hemingway is brash and crude, loud, lusty and explosive. He's in your face at all times, a ticking time bomb of a man. More

Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

New York — The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films. More

'Hunger Games' top winner at MTV Movie Awards

Actor Johnny Depp poses with actors Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin, winners of the Movie of the Year award for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Los Angeles — 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' earned the prize for best film at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, besting even top Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave.' More

'X-Men' clip teased at MTV Movie Awards

Los Angeles — Ellen Page, one of the stars of the upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' introduced a clip from the film that sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards. More

With $41.4M, 'Captain America' holds off 'Rio 2'

Chris Evans, left, and Scarlett Johansson in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' Marvel Studios

New York — 'Captain America' continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as 'The Winter Soldier' took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas. More

Nicolas Cage seeks redemption in upcoming 'Joe'

Nicolas Cage, left, and Jonny Mars in David Gordon Green's 'Joe.' Linda Kallerus

Nicolas Cage's comeback — which he won't call a 'comeback' — will be a movie with director David Gordon Green, who is famous for 'Pineapple Express,' but whose career was built on indie films. More

Review: 'Draft Day' offers two hours of shameless NFL power-branding

Kevin Costner plays general manager Sonny Weaver, who is wheeling and dealing to get the No. 1 pick and rebuild his football team while having an affair with his numbers cruncher, Ali (Jennifer Garner), in 'Draft Day.' Dale Robinette / Summit Entertainment

When did corporations and products start getting their own films? More importantly, why did corporations and products start getting their own films? Not that 'Draft Day' is a terrible film, just predictable. More

Review: 'Oculus' is tightly told tale of a murderous mirror

Rory Cochrane plays a father being influenced by a mirror in 'Oculus.' John Estes / Lasser Productions

Tightly paced between two time periods, and edited so they become a blur, 'Oculus' is a hallucinatory ghost story that packs serious punch. More

Review: Violence is elevated to art in 'The Raid 2'

Iko Uwais returns as Rama, a super cop, in 'The Raid 2.' Akhirwan Nurhaidir / Sony Pictures Classics

The violent fight movie epic 'The Raid 2' is a bloody masterpiece. Director Gareth Evans stages battles big and small that are like symphonies of blows to the head. More

Review: 'Nymphomaniac Vol. II' is second epic of obsession

Charlotte Gainsbourg is self-loathing Joe in 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. II.' Magnolia Pictures

In 'Nymphomaniac Vol. II' writer-director Lars Von Trier moves on to kink, crime and cruelty, none of which will come as a surprise to those who've seen 'Vol. I.' More

Review: Music, animation elevate 'Rio 2'

Jamie Foxx and Will i Am return as Nico, left, and Pedro in 'Rio 2.' Twentieth Century Fox

A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, 'Rio 2' is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas. More

'The Hobbit' drags on forever with little heart

Manu Bennett is Azog in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' Warner Bros. Pictures

New and notable on home video this week are plodding and lifeless 'The Hobbit: The Desloation of Smaug' and the dysfunctional family drama 'August: Osage County.' More

Review: Widow caught up in complex drama of 'The Face of Love'

Ed Harris and Annette Bening star as a couple in a difficult romance in 'The Face of Love.' Dale Robinette

Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in 'The Face of Love,' a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting. More

Review: Donald Rumsfeld bobs and weaves in 'The Unknown Known'

More than 30 hours of interviews with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld make up the film. Ron Edmonds / AP

If the purpose of a film like 'The Unknown Known' is to show us the man, the picture it presents of Rumsfeld is involving and indelible, even if Rumsfeld's on-screen behavior does not wear well. More

Scar claws his way to infamy in Disney villain March Madness

It was a long battle full of close calls, but a Disney villain has been crowed the meanest one of all: Scar. The wannabe king of the pride in 'The Lion King' edged out 'Sleeping Beauty's' Maleficent by six votes. More

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