Movie Review: ‘Captain Marvel’

Wit, positive messages and lavish production values buoy the origin story "Captain Marvel" (Disney). While some of the mythos in this adaptation of various strands of Marvel Comics lore, as well as other considerations, make it unsuitable for kids, the film is tame enough to be possibly acceptable for mature teens.
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Movie Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

Everything viewers need to know about the futuristic action adventure "Alita: Battle Angel" (Fox) is summed up in the line of dialogue that describes its young heroine, played by Rosa Salazar, as having "the face of an angel and the body of a warrior."
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Movie Review: ‘Isn’t it Romantic’

The essential message of "Isn't It Romantic," concerns the need to appreciate yourself before you can be open to receiving love. That's a valid enough lesson for emotionally fearful Natalie to learn. But, along the way, her educational adventure takes on topics best suited to mature viewers.
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Movie Review: ‘Miss Bala’

"Miss Bala" (Columbia), director Catherine Hardwicke's remake of a well-received 2011 Spanish-language film, is meant to be the tale of an ordinary woman discovering her inner toughness when placed in extraordinary circumstances.
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Movie Review: ‘Serenity’

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway head the bill playing emotionally scarred Iraq War vet Baker Dill and his ex-wife, Karen. In the aftermath of their breakup, Baker has found refuge on a remote tropical island where he works as a fishing boat captain.
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Movie Review: ‘Welcome to Marwen’

Steve Carell makes a dedicated effort in his portrayal of Hogancamp. But his performance fails to redeem this project, weird as it is in all the wrong ways.
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Movie Review: ‘Vice’

Considering the history-altering events in which the film's three main characters were involved, a more nuanced approach would have served the audience far better. As it is, "Vice's" main appeal would appear to be the opportunity to hiss at a pair of villains.
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Movie Review: ‘Aquaman’

Viewers taking the plunge to follow his adventures will be treated to a sprawling, lush spectacle. But the DC Comics adaptation built around him also is overlong, overcomplicated and, at times, just plain dumb.
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Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

It has taken more than half a century, but at long last "Mary Poppins Returns" (Disney). The result is a delightful sequel to the 1964 classic that will divert all but the youngest and most skittish members of the family.
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Movie Review: ‘Creed II’

Working from a script Stallone co-wrote with Juel Taylor, director Steven Caple Jr. handles themes of disability, family estrangement and good sportsmanship with dexterity.
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Movie Review: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated follow-up "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Disney). So too does the best friend he acquired in the first outing, diminutive race car driver Vanellope von Schweetz.
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Movie Review: ‘Halloween’

One of modern Hollywood's most enduring horror franchises turns 40 this year. To mark the occasion, director and co-writer David Gordon Green presents us with "Halloween" (Universal), a direct sequel to the eponymous 1978 original. 
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