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Everything, Everything

Cynics beware: The teen-oriented romantic drama “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros.) bears more than a little resemblance to one of those fairy tales involving a princess locked up in a castle who needs a handsome prince to rescue her. Anachronistic thinking aside, director Stella Meghie’s...

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

For better or worse, bathroom-themed gags have long been a staple of kids’ movies. But the family road comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (Fox) carries this trend to excess. Together with a noticeable lack of creative drive, writer-director David Bowers’ reliance on scatological...

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There’s a kernel of goodness at the heart of the mother-daughter comedy “Snatched” (Fox). But the minority of grown viewers for whom the film is acceptable will have to wade through a veritable cesspool of bad taste to approach it. That’s a pity, because this fast-moving feature is...

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Early on in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (Warner Bros.), the audience is treated to the sight of magically generated giant elephants swinging boulder-size wrecking balls at the ramparts of Camelot. It’s an apt visual considering how ponderous this action fantasy turns out to...

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2017 TCM Film Festival: Make ‘Em Laugh! – The Joy Continues

The main theme of the 2017 TCM Film Festival was “Make ‘Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies.” Committing acts of comedy is an occupation fraught with danger. Appreciation of a pie in the face, a slip on a banana peel, the droll remark, the sly comeback, an embarrassing circumstance and the dry...

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How To Be A Latin Lover

There are so many plot threads going in “How to Be a Latin Lover” (Pantelion), they never quite come together. Rather, the film becomes a scattershot comedy wavering uncertainly between warm family fare and a sex farce. The uneven tone, together with long stretches of exposition that wind up...


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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups. That’s a shame because, in continuing...

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Born In China

Forget worrisome headlines about our trade deficit with China. Instead, relax and drown your concerns in the veritable tsunami of cuteness that flows from “Born in China” (Disney), a warm and fuzzy animal documentary, narrated by John Krasinski. The latest entry in the Disneynature series —...

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The Circle

Big Brother is watching you, and he has nothing to do with the government. Such, at least in part, is the message of the confused cautionary tale “The Circle” (STX). While perfectly acceptable for a wide swath of grown-ups, director James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of his co-writer Dave Eggers’...

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They call it the “Happiest Place on Earth” and they wouldn’t lie would they? The entertainment industrial complex monolith Disneyland I mean. Recently my wife and I went to Disneyland as part of a little getaway. It had been a decade since we had been there and an even longer period from the last...

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Jim Caviezel Takes On Wide Slate Of Topics In Fascinating New Interview

Warsaw, Poland, Apr 30, 2017 / 04:48 pm (CNA).- Actor Jim Caviezel has starred in Hollywood hits from “The Count of Monte Cristo” to “The Thin Red Line.” But he is best known for playing Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” an experience that he says affected him very deeply and...

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The few adult viewers for whom it’s suitable might be tempted to nickname the feverish domestic drama “Unforgettable” (Warner Bros.) “Wifie Dearest.” That’s because Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl), the obsessive, perfectionist ex-spouse at the center of the film’s action, continually calls to...

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Free Fire

The premise of “Free Fire” (A24) is that a single extended gunfight can sustain an entire film, provided the participants in the showdown keep making incongruously funny and mordant remarks. This is the genre of the siege movie, somewhat in the style of 1976’s “Assault on Precinct 13.” Plot...

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This Film Shows How Mercy Can Transform Your Life

Bridgeport, Conn., Apr 23, 2017 / 03:08 am (CNA).- Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today are the focus of a recent Catholic-produced documentary on Divine Mercy. “These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept – it is alive, it...

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Smurfs: The Lost Village

If you’ve always wondered, “Just what is a Smurfette?” then “Smurfs: The Lost Village” (Columbia) may be the film for you. Moviegoers not consumed by curiosity about that question, on the other hand, are likely to find this children’s cartoon colorful but less than engaging. Those familiar...