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  • 'Captain America: Civil War' review: Satisfying superheroism

    'Captain America: Civil War' review: Satisfying superheroism

    The solemn, wrecking-ball mediocrity that was "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" made either too much or not enough of its key themes: collateral damage; vigilante excess and the ethics of peacekeeping through extreme force; and, more to the marketing point, the bloodsport appeal of should-be...

  • Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken bring bite to their roles in 'The Family Fang'

    Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken bring bite to their roles in 'The Family Fang'

    Based on the popular 2011 novel of the same name by Kevin Wilson, “The Family Fang” has been adapted for the screen by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Jason Bateman, claiming its own surprising territory with a tone that is by turns darkly comic and bleakly morose. The story grapples with...

  • 'Keanu' review: Key and Peele's cat tale sags in second half

    'Keanu' review: Key and Peele's cat tale sags in second half

    We expect our comedies to be hit-and-miss. They're different from action movies, which, in recent years, have become numbingly relentless — hit-and-never-miss, unless you're third thug from the left and swarthy, and your job is to shoot and then die. Now we have the strange case of "Keanu," starring...

  • 'Mother's Day' review: Your mom deserves better

    'Mother's Day' review: Your mom deserves better

    It seems there's no stopping Garry Marshall's terrifying cinematic rampage on our nation's treasured holidays. Having ruined both "Valentine's Day" and "New Year's Eve" with his star-packed omnibus projects, the director has burned his way through the calendar, landing on "Mother's Day" as his...

  • 'Ratchet & Clank' review: Video game makes a clunker of a kids movie

    'Ratchet & Clank' review: Video game makes a clunker of a kids movie

    Based on a popular Playstation game, the sci-fi animated feature "Ratchet & Clank" seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience this weekend, as well as the gamer crowd who have a familiarity with the space-based game characters. The film is a basic hero story about Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor,...

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