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  • Wonder Park

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The most frequently used word in the animated adventure "Wonder Park" (Paramount) 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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  • Five Feet Apart

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "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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  • Captain Marvel

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- 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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  • Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Tyler Perry has given his alter ego Mabel "Madea" Simmons, in what is billed as the final film of her escapades, a sweet and funny valedictory in "A Madea Family Funeral" (Lionsgate).

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  • Greta

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Regrets about "Greta" (Focus)? You'll have a few. But this psychological thriller still rises to the level of a guilty pleasure thanks to the abundant talent of its lead players, Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In his 1922 book "What I Saw in America," the great Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton reflects on how beautiful New York's Times Square would be for someone who couldn't read. Similarly, the animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" (Universal) would benefit from being shown without sound.

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  • Fighting With My Family

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- 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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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- 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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  • Isn't It Romantic

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Funny thing about recent Hollywood comedies, many of them are anything but. Whether marred by a post-"Hangover" desire to be outrageous or by actions or situations entirely unrelated to normal human behavior, they usually wind up being more tiresome than tickling.

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  • Happy Death Day 2U

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Like its 2017 predecessor, "Happy Death Day 2U" (Universal) is all about being trapped in time. But a scattershot effort to cross genres and the undercutting of its essentially sound basic values by gory moments and some vulgar content may leave viewers of writer and returning director Christopher Landon's follow-up feeling as though they're the ones confined.

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  • The Prodigy

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Grown moviegoers with a strong tolerance for mayhem will learn from the edgy creepy-kid tale "The Prodigy" (Orion), if they didn't already know it, that the technical term for having different colored eyes is heterochromia.

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  • What Men Want

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "What Men Want" (Paramount) examines female empowerment and the constant mutual misunderstandings that beset the sexes. A somewhat high raunch factor, however, necessitates a restrictive rating.

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  • Cold Pursuit

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A grieving father embarks on a murderous rampage to avenge the death of his son in "Cold Pursuit" (Summit), a bloodthirsty crime thriller. Director Hans Petter Moland has taken the unusual step of remaking his own Norwegian-language film, 2014's "In Order of Disappearance," this time in English and relocated to the American Rockies. Despite some fine acting and stunning cinematography, this time-worn tale of vigilante-as-hero remains as unacceptable for viewers of faith as it was in the "Death Wish" movies of old.

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  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Everything is (still) awesome in "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" (Warner Bros.), a spirited and amusing sequel to 2014's "The Lego Movie." This go-round, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller turned the directing reins over to Mike Mitchell ("Shrek Ever After"), but remained as co-writers, serving up the expected preponderance of puns and bounty of belly laughs that made the original animated movie so popular.

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