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Andy Bockelman columns

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Interstellar’ a great space film undone by Hollywood black hole

By now, announcing that you’re boldly going where no man has gone before barely even warrants a shrug from movie audiences. That doesn’t stop the maker of “Interstellar” from going a step beyond, even if he quickly takes two more steps backward.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Nightcrawler’ a terrifying tale of media mayhem

Most people probably don’t realize the amount of labor that went into that 10 seconds of footage on the evening news that shocked and dismayed them. However, if you’re thinking that image always tells the whole story, the guy from “Nightcrawler” will have you thinking twice.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies take all forms

Another October, another selection of horror-centric movies released in theaters. This year is no exception, whether your tastes lie with the extremely abject — in which case, be sure to check out Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” — the sensation of a good old-fashioned seance — “Ouija” — or something that is only slightly in the neighborhood of the holiday like the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Here’s an assessment of some of the latest appropriate offerings.

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The Bock’s Office: World War II film ‘Fury’ hurt by delayed payoff

There are thousands of accounts of the American military’s exploits, all of which are worth hearing to get a greater picture of how our nation was strengthened during its hardest times. You want to believe that every depiction of these folks is an accurate and glowing one, but a film like “Fury” shows you can’t always reach high expectations.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Judge’ can be a bit of a trial to watch

The last thing legal counsel wants is to handle the case of someone who shares their surname. The only thing worse is someone who insists on backseat lawyering, something that happens, but isn’t as funny as it sounds, in “The Judge.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Gone Girl’ a mesmerizing mystery

The segment of wedding vows that mentions, “till death do us part” isn’t one most at the altar want to make their focus. However, those five words are very important to those who make up the cast list of “Gone Girl.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Runner’ isn’t quite a-maze-ing

Kids, whenever you think your parents are being unreasonable, consider the fact that they probably never forced you to live in the wilderness and question if your next day would be your last. Compared to the teens of “The Maze Runner,” adolescents who have their cell phone taken away have it pretty easy.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘No Good Deed’ has good acting but no good suspense

We all have the urge to play the Good Samaritan for people in times of trouble. Even so, you know what they say about “No Good Deed,” and the movie of the same name isn’t going to inspire you to have faith in that lonesome hitchhiker on the side of the road any more than you did before.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ has plenty of flavor

The universal love of food is one that goes beyond any language barriers or geographic borders. But the message that we all just want to fill our bellies, be it with curry or hollandaise sauce, isn’t all that the film “The Hundred-Foot Journey” has on its list of specials.

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The Bock’s Office: Summer good, summer not so good

When you go to the movies as often as I do, sometimes the shows you see during the summer are ones you wish you hadn’t or are purely recycled, while there are others you regret missing. If you haven’t gotten your fill of the season’s offerings, here’s a cross-section of films I haven’t had the chance to weigh in on that you may want to catch or avoid at all costs.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘If I Stay’ offers mellifluous music-based melodrama

Hopefully you’re consulting something other than contemporary cinema when you look at the big questions, such as, “What’s the point of life?” Indeed, “If I Stay” can’t answer queries like this — and doesn’t try — but it maintains its own charms nonetheless.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Giver’ suffers from sameness

Rarely are the days to come presented in a positive light when it comes to the movies, and “The Giver” is no exception. Of course, everything looks bleak when you’re seeing it all in black and white.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Into the Storm’ hits you hard but makes little impact

When you’re talking about a force of nature with unimaginable power that leaves behind only destruction, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Kardashian family. A close second would be that of Hollywood and its seemingly endless supply of mediocre versions of stories that have been told many times, among them the newest disaster film “Into the Storm.”

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The Bock’s Office: Joy level of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is out of this world

In a business where bigger isn’t always better, it’s good to see a movie like “Guardians of the Galaxy” that’s huge in every way but still dares to be small where it counts. And, not just in having a trigger-happy star that’s only two feet tall.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lucy’ a mind-bender in more ways than 1

When someone claims to be “expanding their mind” when they indulge in heavy substances, it’s usually just a throwback to the spirit of the Summer of Love and a rationalization of a deeper issue. The heroine of “Lucy,” on the other hand, can claim that what’s going into her body is indeed changing how she sees things, including, but not limited to, the very fabric of the universe.

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