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Movie Review: ‘Five Feet Apart’

"Five Feet Apart" (Lionsgate), a generally engaging young-adult romantic drama about the redeeming power of sacrificial love, is aimed, with the precision of a heat-seeking missile, at 17-year-old girls.
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Movie Review: ‘Wonder Park’

The most frequently used word in the animated adventure "Wonder Park" is "splendiferous."But the constant, eventually annoying, repetition of the term only draws attention to the fact that it does not apply to the proceedings on screen -- which fall far short of such a superlative.
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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: ‘Fighting With My Family’

You can't judge a book by its cover -- or, in this case, a film by its title. "Fighting With My Family" (MGM) turns out to be an entertaining comedy-drama despite its off-putting name.
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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: ‘The Kid who would be King’

The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in "The Kid Who Would Be King" (Fox), a thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world
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Movie Review: ‘Upside’

Take the "white savior" formula of 2009's "The Blind Side," in which a Caucasian of considerable means changes the life of an impoverished African-American, mix in a little of "Driving Miss Daisy" from 1989, and you have "The Upside"
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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: ‘On the Basis of Sex’

Moral courage does, of course, prevail, and the film is an unapologetically heroic narrative correct in its historical details even when the dialogue lurches into wooden cliches, lacking only a college fight song to pump up emotion at its conclusion.
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