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  • Saban's Power Rangers

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A Saturday morning children's show gets its third big-screen treatment with "Saban's Power Rangers" (Lionsgate). Regrettably, unlike the two previous films in the franchise, this latest incarnation of the popular 1990s program (then called "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers") is more suitable for late night TV, because of a preponderance of crass humor, off-color language and inappropriate sexual references.

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  • The Belko Experiment

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Faceless executives at corporate headquarters are never crueler to the field office than in "The Belko Experiment" (Orion), a poorly conceived drama that was probably intended as an allegory before wallowing in meaningless gore.

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Disney's live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film "Beauty and the Beast" arrives in theaters amid a swirl of controversy over the updating of one of its characters into an openly gay man.

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  • A United Kingdom

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The historical drama "A United Kingdom" (Fox Searchlight) tells the story of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), an African royal who faced down mid-20th-century racial prejudice to marry Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white office worker he met in post-World War II London.

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread -- an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience -- "Kong: Skull Island" (Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie.

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  • Logan

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Moviegoers unwise enough to take in a showing of "Logan" (Fox), the 10th installment of the Marvel Comics-based X-Men series, will discover that the very first word of the dialogue is a four-letter one beginning with "F" and the last image of the film is sacrilegious.

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  • The Shack

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "The Shack" (Summit), director Stuart Hazeldine's screen version of William Paul Young's best-selling novel, represents a serious effort to tackle the problem of evil from a Christian perspective. As such, it will be welcomed by believers.

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  • Justice League Dark

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- DC Comics' new straight-to-video release "Justice League Dark" (Warner Home Video) should come with a label that reads, "Warning: Not a Real Justice League Movie." Even more important, the fact that this animated feature is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America should be conscientiously brought to parents' attention.

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  • Before I Fall

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Sound values underlie the conversion story "Before I Fall" (Open Road). But the path toward its positive conclusion takes twists and turns that will give the parents of targeted teens pause in considering whether their kids should travel it.

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  • Rock Dog

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog," Elvis Presley famously crooned six decades ago. That pretty well describes "Rock Dog" (Summit Premiere), a feeble animated comedy about a canine with unlikely musical aspirations.

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  • Collide

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- As its title implies, "Collide" (Open Road) involves vehicular mayhem. There's so much high-speed demolition derby, in fact, that it becomes somewhat more entertaining, just on the basis of sheer volume, to focus on that rather than the thin drug-smuggling plot. But director Eran Creevy, who co-wrote the screenplay with F. Scott Frazier, intends all of this with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

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  • Get Out

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Is the thriller "Get Out" (Universal) as good as all get out? Well, not exactly. Clever social commentary from writer-director Jordan Peele does add heft to the proceedings. But late scenes featuring some gory encounters, together with swearing throughout, make his film a rugged ride even for grown-ups.

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  • Fist Fight

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- We have to inquire: What kinds of audience laughter are the makers of the misbegotten "Fist Fight" (Warner Bros.) going for? Broad guffaws at human frailties? Nope, none of that. Expansive hoots at outrageous physical comedy? Again, not here.

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  • The Great Wall

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Those seeking nothing more from a movie than sheer spectacle may be satisfied with director Zhang Yimou's visually interesting but thoroughly implausible action adventure "The Great Wall" (Universal).

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  • A Cure for Wellness

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The Swiss spa that serves as the primary setting for the creepy, but otherwise pointless horror exercise "A Cure for Wellness" (Fox) operates, it seems, on the Hotel California plan.

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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The stylized, nearly cartoonish nihilism and resulting high body count in "John Wick: Chapter 2" (Lionsgate) create most of the apparent appeal of this second drama about a professional assassin.

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  • The Lego Batman Movie

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In 2014's "The Lego Movie," Will Arnett voiced an amusingly self-absorbed version of Gotham City's Dark Knight. With the entertaining spinoff "The Lego Batman Movie" (Warner Bros.), Arnett's character, together with his inflated ego, takes center stage.

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  • Fifty Shades Darker

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- To beat or not to beat, that is the question in the sordid sequel "Fifty Shades Darker" (Universal). Sensible people won't care a whip, er, a whit what the answer is. Extending a franchise whose appeal seems to be that it offers armchair submissives the erotic equivalent of ordering Fra Diavolo sauce in an Italian restaurant, director James Foley pads out his adaptation of E.L. James' novel -- the second in a trilogy, heaven help us -- with nonsexual scenes that range from the boring to the ridiculous. So anyone with a higher interest than mere prurience will be disappointed.

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