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Andy Bockelman columns

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The Bock’s Office: Zany European exploits abound in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

A story doesn’t have to be true, moral or even make complete sense in order to be meaningful. If none of these things bother you, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a vacancy.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Captain America’ sequel weaker but still packs a punch

When your job used to involve throwing a red, white and blue hunk of metal at a bunch of Nazis, it’s understandable you might feel a little out of place in modern society. But as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” shows, there are always enemies to be defeated.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Divergent’ tries too hard to be multifaceted

If you only got the chance to hang out with one clique in high school, with any luck, you wouldn’t adhere yourself to people you wound up hating for four years just because you were going through a phase. For the young people of “Divergent,” changing your whole identity involves a bit more pressure than just having to wear goth makeup because all your friends do.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ a most welcome sequel

A major facelift three years ago brought back a group of performers many thought would never be quite at their peak again. And, it would appear the stars of “Muppets Most Wanted” have held up well.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Peabody’ rewrites history with mostly good results

There’s nothing like a movie about a boy and his dog. But, something like “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” isn’t quite the same thing, considering it shows us a dog and his boy.

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The Bock’s Office: Action is stunted but solid in ‘Non-Stop’

A trying experience like air travel is not meant for the impatient. The people who can’t help but tear into a bag of peanuts seconds after finding their seats are exactly the crowd the makers of “Non-Stop” had in mind as their audience, but it may be the folks with the greater attention span who will enjoy it more.

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar Sunday is a fun day

The time is nigh for the red carpet crowd as the 86th annual Academy Awards approaches, promising a night of glitz and glamour for folks in love with a little golden man named Oscar.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Monuments Men’ a protracted but pointed war film

Not every film about the subject of art is as fascinating as the art itself. If the man who painted “The Last Supper” were remembered solely for the misfire that was “The Da Vinci Code,” the Louvre certainly would have far fewer patrons gathered around his most famous works. Even so, the modern-day efforts to preserve the accomplishments of the past are worth looking at in a movie like “The Monuments Men.”

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The Bock’s Office: Love is in the air and at the movies

Valentine’s Day is upon us again, and what would the middle of February be without a few selections at the local bijou to provide people with a good date night? Whether you and your significant other are planning to step out on the town or snuggle up at home with a DVD, there are plentiful films to be enjoyed for whatever your liking, many of which have come out within the last year.

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Memory lane not always fun in 'Labor Day'

As fun as they may be, three-day weekends usually aren’t life-changing events for most people. Then again, the story of “Labor Day” involves far more than just a time to sleep late and eat hot dogs at the annual neighborhood block party.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Jack Ryan’ a shadow of his former self

Watching a man of average build skirmish with someone the size of William “Refrigerator” Perry should have an element of surprise to it, but when you’re asking yourself repeatedly, “Haven’t I seen this before?” that kind of ruins the experience. Such is the problem with “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2013

It’s that time again — the time to look back on the past year in cinema and assess what constituted the very best of the film world.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Osage County’ a flawed, feverish family drama

If family issues were tangible, you could mix together decades of resentment, plentiful substance abuse, sprinkle it with adultery, add in a smidgen of incest, stick it in the blender and drink it. It certainly wouldn’t be palatable, but the lesson you’d learn would be akin to watching a movie like “August: Osage County.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lone Survivor’ a somber tribute to slain soldiers

Compared to the hazardous tasks performed around the world by members of our bravest and boldest, recreating the kind of combat conditions they see in an accurate manner is nowhere near as difficult. Even so, staying true to their real encounters is no easy work, as seen in the harrowing depiction of real events within “Lone Survivor.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Anchorman 2’ is old news but still amusing

When you’re traveling down the highway in an RV and you inevitably crash — because, you know, you thought “cruise control” meant an automobile steered itself safely through traffic — and in the ensuing slow-motion havoc of ricocheting bowling balls, angry scorpions and scalding hot oil flying about as the sounds of “Muskrat Love” are heard, it probably will occur to you that you’ve seen this before. After all, we’ve all had that happen, right? The makers of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” had to get it somewhere.

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