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‘Dog Days’ review: Humans’ best friend helps forge connections
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"Dog Days," an omnibus comedy about the unique ability of dogs to connect us to others and ourselves, is the kind of mildly amusing, pandering film that shows up in movie theaters at random times throughout the year when nothing else notable is playing and people are willing to watch just about...

‘The Meg’ review: We’re gonna need a bigger ocean
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Have sharks jumped the Fonzie? Seems like it’s always Shark Week around here, and “here” means everywhere.

Think of how long it has been since the first “Jaws” (1975). A digital effects revolution and a generation later, “Deep Blue Sea” (1999) closed out the century with some forgettably entertaining...

Review: Spike Lee at his peak, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ uses the past to explain where we are to
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Before Black Lives Matter and I Can't Breathe became hashtags — before hashtags even existed — Spike Lee was making movies exploring social justice issues and savaging societal racism. "BlacKkKlansman" is his latest, and it is one of his best.

Several things are remarkable about this film, which...

‘The Darkest Minds’ review: One YA dystopia too many
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 Kids under the age of 18 are being persecuted by adults for their special powers in "The Darkest Minds ," an adaptation of book one of Alexandra Bracken's young adult trilogy that's about five years and 15 movie dystopias too late to feel the least bit fresh or interesting.

And it's not for lack...

‘Christopher Robin’ review: Winnie the Pooh reminds a middle-age workaholic the joys of doing nothin
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Two key dates in the annals of Winnie the Pooh:

Dec. 24, 1925: A.A. Milne publishes a front-page children’s story in the London Evening News, changing the name of his nascent bear character (formerly Edward) to Winnie the Pooh. The bear is inspired by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, his stuffed...

‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ review: We choose to accept it
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The terrorists’ manifesto in the spiffy new “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” hinges its action plan for global slaughter on the phrase “the greater the suffering, the greater the peace.” So cruel. And yet so applicable to the ways of the action franchise!

In his sixth round as Impossible Mission...

‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ review: Further laptop adventures turn too grim
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Back in 2014, when the computer-based "Unfriended" was released, the kind of online menace we could imagine was mostly bullying — an anonymous mob unleashed online. That was even the platform First Lady Melania Trump announced as the issue she was going to tackle in the White House. That all seems...

Review: Does ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ improve on the original? ABBA-solutely!
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Everything old is shockingly, stirringly new again in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the rare sequel so unexpectedly enchanting that it plays less like a rehash than a reclamation. It may take you a moment to understand why, or how, this could be the case. The title alone feels like a winking admission...

‘The Equalizer 2’ review: Denzel Washington simultaneously charming and psychotic
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It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington , that's "The Equalizer" films, based on the '80s TV show about a former intelligence agent using his skills to help the less fortunate. Directed by Antoine...

‘Skyscraper’ review: Dwayne Johnson shows off his dramatic acting chops
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The hardest working man in showbiz, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson debuts his third blockbuster action flick in nine months this weekend. The descriptively titled "Skyscraper," which comes on the heels of "Rampage" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber,...

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat
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It's all about the zing.

If you are not up on monster speak, the term zing refers to what happens once in the life of a vampire, mummy, werewolf, etc. It's that moment when they know they have found the one true love in their life.

In the case of "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," Dracula...

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ review: Guns blazing, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro enter border de
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Sick as it sounds, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is the lucky beneficiary of every belligerent tweet, crying child and political point scored in the chaos of the current Mexico/U.S. border crisis.

At its mean, snakelike best, it’s also a brutally assured commercial action picture, unburdened by...

‘The First Purge’ review: The riskiest-ever federal entitlement program begins
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Warning: The following review contains references to the political content, rampant and pointed, in the “Purge” franchise begun in 2013. With these movies, there’s no way around what they’re really saying.

The latest “Purge” is an erratic, fairly absorbing and righteously angry prequel. It sets...

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