Movie Review: ‘Ad Astra’

The Latin motto from which the compelling sci-fi drama "Ad Astra" (Fox) takes its title assures us that, by persevering through difficulties, we can aspire to reach the stars.
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Movie Review: ‘The Goldfinch’

A 17th-century Dutch masterpiece becomes a complex souvenir in the patchy drama "The Goldfinch"
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Movie Review: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’

Film fans generally and viewers of faith in particular will find much to appreciate in the heartwarming drama "The Peanut Butter Falcon" (Roadside).
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Movie Review: “Overcomer”

"If you want to send a message," Hollywood stalwart Sam Goldwyn is said to have remarked -- with regard to someone's yen to make a "meaningful" movie -- "use Western Union." While telegrams may have been overtaken by more recent technology, the advice remains sound, as the faith- and sports-themed drama "Overcomer" (Sony), alas, proves.
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Movie Review: ‘Angel Has Fallen’

Good personal values vie with relentless gory combat in "Angel Has Fallen" (Lionsgate). The result is an action sequel that's too graphic for those seeking casual entertainment.
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Movie Review: ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

This otherwise benign drama about a man and his dog, adapted from the novel by Garth Stein, is marred by a treatment of reincarnation that prevents endorsement of it for impressionable viewers.
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Movie Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood’

While the script's reflections on friendship, the link between fiction and reality and life as an actor and/or celebrity all resonate, the movie appeals to viewers' worst instincts.
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Movie Review: ‘The Lion King’

Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the 1994 animated musical uses a blend of live-action techniques and computer-generated imagery to retell a touchstone of contemporary culture.
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Movie Review: ‘Crawl’

What Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" did for sharks, director Alexandre Aja's deliberately claustrophobic chiller "Crawl" (Paramount) sets out to do for alligators.
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Movie Review: ‘Stuber’

With a shared-economy premise that's no doubt meant to be timely and an odd-couple pairing as hoary as David Letterman's beard, "Stuber" (Fox) takes viewers for a spin. But the result is no joy ride.
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Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

Snappy and substantial, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" (Columbia), director Jon Watts' follow-up to his 2017 feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming," is an adventure full of bloodless derring-do and gentle, innocent romance. As a result, many parents may consider it acceptable for older teens.
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Movie Review: ‘Yesterday’

Fans of the lads from Liverpool will rejoice over the mostly amiable Beatles-themed comedy "Yesterday" (Universal). Parents of teens anxious to patronize the film, however, will have mixed feelings, given the lapses in behavior and language it includes.
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