Inept screen adaptation derails 'The Railway Man'

Post-traumatic stress is better recognized now than in earlier decades, but it has been an aftereffect of every war. It's not until "The Railway Man" reveals the WWII survival story of its hero that we grasp the significance of the opening shot. Emotionally maimed Eric Lomax lies on his living room floor, reciting a children's rhyme about the passage of time. His harrowing youth as a prisoner of war laboring on Japan's Thai/ Burma railway afflicts his adulthood three decades later.

'Haunted House 2' is too much of a bad thing

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: Silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof "A Haunted House 2," a scattershot, anything-goes affair that's unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.

'Transcendence': All sizzle, no steak

That man would have the hubris to reach the level of a god is a notion that has long animated both myth and literature. To see such ambition brought low is a story that never gets old, and that premise is the best part of "Transcendence," a belabored science-fiction fantasy that aims for what its title advertises and falls far short.

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ATTORNEY 3 1/2 stars. A hustler-attorney's life changes when he takes on a case involving a student who was arrested and tortured by the South Korean government in this true story. 2 hrs. 07 No MPAA rating (profanity, mild violence, scenes of torture, smoking) - Tirdad Derakhshani

Cannes Film Festival lineup unveiled

A number of high-profile 2014 awards hopefuls - and an eclectic group of Hollywood stars - will make their way to the Cannes Film Festival this year, joining the annual parade of global auteurs.

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