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  • The Burnt Orange Heresy

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- There's Arianism, Nestorianism, semi-Pelagianism and now there's "The Burnt Orange Heresy" (Sony). It's title notwithstanding, however, this literate but mannered suspense drama has nothing to do with false religious teaching and everything to do with art.

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  • The Grizzlies

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Director Miranda de Pencier's drama "The Grizzlies" (Northwood Entertainment) tells the inspiring true story of a town that suffered the highest suicide rate in North America but found hope through the introduction of a lacrosse program for its teens.

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  • Radioactive

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The key to any good film biography of a scientist is found in the montages that show the discovery or invention that gained the subject fame. On that score, "Radioactive" (Amazon), the story of Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike), the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for physics, does not disappoint.

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  • Yes, God, Yes

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Sex is more fun than being Catholic. That's the basic message of writer-director Karen Maine's semi-autobiographical drama "Yes, God, Yes" (Vertical). Having promoted the physical death of the innocent by helping to pen 2014's abortion-themed romantic comedy "Obvious Child," Maine now boosts spiritual suicide with this screen memoir. Its premise is the shocking revelation that those who profess to be Christian are nonetheless prey to temptations to which they often succumb.

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  • Palm Springs

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- There's an adolescent quality to the nihilism that underlies director Max Barbakow's feature debut, the romantic comedy "Palm Springs" (Neon/Hulu). Its frivolous and degraded view of matters sexual is equally immature.

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  • Flannery

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Despite a tragically brief and illness-plagued career, Catholic author Flannery O'Connor, who died in 1964 aged just 39, is recognized as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, excelling especially in her short stories.

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  • First Cow

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The minimalist poetic glory that is "First Cow" (A24) combines a sharp examination of capitalism and entrepreneurship with a sympathetic look at outsiders in the Pacific Northwest of the 1820s.

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  • Greyhound

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The novels of British author C.S. Forrester (1899-1966) have proved a rich resource for Hollywood. In 1951, for example, Gregory Peck took the title role in "Captain Horatio Hornblower," playing the protagonist of Forrester's popular series of books about the Napoleonic Wars.

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  • Disintegration

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Timely topics as well as such perennial themes as the nature of humanity are highlighted in "Disintegration," the latest from Private Division. This first-person shooter game has players take on the role of a cyborg fighting back against the very system that created him.

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  • The Outpost

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- With a commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat -- and careful attention to the emotional lives and steadfast valor of soldiers -- "The Outpost" (Screen Media) seems likely to become an instant classic of the war-film genre.

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  • Wasp Network

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The furtive world of Miami-based activists working either on behalf of or against the Castro regime in Cuba in the 1990s is lazily re-created in the undisciplined drama "Wasp Network" (Netflix).

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