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This is Where I Leave You

Now that the summer is over, This Is Where I Leave You is part of a wave of movies opening this fall and winter that hopes to please audiences who are long out of high school or are at least indifferent to franchises and otherworldly images.


The Boxtrolls, PG A community of quirky, mischievous creatures have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy (voice of Isaac Hempstead Wright), who must go above ground to save them from a villain (voice of Ben Kingsley) plotting to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Animated. With voices of Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg; directed by Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable. Sept. 26

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The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone

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No Good Deed debuts at No. 1

LOS ANGELES -- No Good Deed swam past Dolphin Tale 2 last weekend, as both films gave the box office a much-needed boost after a summer slump.

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The Last of Robin Hood

The Last of Robin Hood opens in 1959 with the death of "the hero of a generation, equally known for his swashbuckling in public and in private," Errol Flynn at age 50. We quickly learn of the salacious details -- Flynn died in the arms of a "much younger girlfriend" -- via the device of a behatted radio reporter talking down his skinny microphone into his reel-to-reel tape recorder as he awaits the girl's imminent arrival at a Hollywood airport. As she disembarks, popping flash bulbs and probing questions cause the girl to swoon.

Toronto festival: The superlatives

Every year the Toronto International Film Festival packs 300 films into its highly compressed 10-day run in early September, and every year, no matter how many of these films you get to see -- and I knew a noncritic fan who claimed to have seen 30 in five days, which is pretty scary when you do the math -- you will always leave with the vague, unsettling feeling of still having missed a lot. It's like attending a fascinating lecture while suffering through a narcolepsy episode.

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1. Author of Das Kapital

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My aunt says I'm running from God, but I don't agree. I'm just having a good time, and some day, if I feel like it, I'll turn to God. Why won't she stop bugging me, telling me I need Jesus and saying she's praying for me, and all that?

MovieStyle: Goo goo ba joob

Say what you will about Kevin Smith, he’s never been about putting out generic B-movies.