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February 15

'Donnybrook' struggles but puts up a fight

Boxing drama features weak script but strong performances.
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February 14
Rebel Wilson finds her life has become a rom-com starring Liam Hemsworth in “Isn’t It Romantic.”

Rom-com spoof 'Isn't It Romantic' only skims the surface 

Sendup of romantic comedies hits all the highlights, but could have delved deeper.
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February 14

Minnesota-made film explores fallout from a shooting

Shooting aftermath We don’t have to dig very deep to find the real-life inspiration for “Black.” The drama, shot in Minnesota by Minneapolis filmmaker…
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February 14

Mini reviews of 'Arctic,' 'Happy Death Day 2U' and 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Arctic ⋆⋆⋆ out of four stars Rated: PG-13 for language and some bloody images. Theater: Edina.   This nearly silent yet gripping survival…
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February 14
Painter Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) is loosely based on German artist Gerhard Richter in “Never Look Away.”

Although based on a true story, German Oscar nominee 'Never Look Away' feels fake

Drama gets to a good place, but takes too long to get there.
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February 7
Lucy/Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks, and Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, in “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”

Everything isn't awesome in so-so sequel to 'Lego Movie' 

Cluttered movie takes the accent off comedy and puts it on action.
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February 7
Liam Neeson in “Cold Pursuit.”

Snow, bodies pile up in Coen-esque 'Cold Pursuit' 

There are echoes of the Coen brothers in a remake of Norwegian thriller.
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February 7
Jackson Robert Scott and Taylor Schilling in “The Prodigy.”

'Prodigy' offers an ingenious twist on the creepy kid horror theme 

The young villain is a metaphor for parental failure.
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February 7
In “Bao,” a Chinese woman suffering from empty-nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood — with a dumpling.

Academy Award shorts focus on parents, children and life's fragility

Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts lean heavily on familial bonds and the shadow of death.
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February 7
Taraji P. Henson in "What Men Want."

We want more from Taraji P. Henson's twist on Mel Gibson comedy 

Gender-reversal "What Men Want" is just a so-so comedy.
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January 31
Ismael Cruz-Cordova and Gina Rodriguez in “Miss Bala.”

Gina Rodriguez in remake of 'Miss Bala' can't match the original 

Hollywood's attempt to cash in on Mexico's "Miss Bala" misses the mark.
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January 31
A scene from the WWI documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”

Riveting WWI doc 'They Shall Not Grow Old' gets well-deserved wide release 

The director used modern-day technology to revive 100-year-old archival footage.
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January 24
Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway in “Serenity.” GRAHAM BARTHOLOMEW • Aviron Pictures

Overstuffed Anne Hathaway/Matthew McConaughey movie doesn't quite come together 

This thriller isn't entirely successful, but it offers an intriguing update of film noir tropes.
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January 24
Rhianna Dorris, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo and Louis Ashbourne Serkis in “The Kid Who Would Be King.”

As a family flick, 'The Kid Who Would Be King' rules 

King Arthur legend is cleverly recast as contemporary tale.
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January 18
Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie.”

Laurel & Hardy biopic is another fine mess 

The film about one of comedy's greatest duos has a hard time playing it straight.
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January 17
Bruce Willis in M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass."

Latest from M. Night Shyamalan is a clever sequel that flirts with ridiculousness 

M. Night Shyamalan's new one is not perfect, but "Unbreakable" fans should welcome it.
January 17
Nicole Kidman is dysfunctional alcoholic Erin Bell in “Destroyer.”

'Destroyer' ruins Nicole Kidman's gutsy effort 

Wallowing in pulpy affectation and hopelessness, the whodunit routinely overdoes it.
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January 17
Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig in “Cold War.”

Short-listed for the foreign film Oscar, Polish "Cold War" is a doomed love story 

Polish actor Joanna Kulig is electrifying in a filmmaker's take on his parents' troubled romance.
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January 10
Keanu Reeves in “Replicas.”	STX Entertainment

Sci-fi thriller 'Replicas' opens

Deja vu-doo If you’ve watched football on TV lately, you’ve probably seen 200 ads for “Replicas” (rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, disturbing images,…
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January 10
Lucas (Jonah Hauer-King) and Bella (Amber) in Columbia Pictures' A DOG'S WAY HOME. ORG XMIT: Jonah Hauer King (Finalized)

'A Dog's Way Home' is worth a tail wag

Family flick "A Dog's Way Home" chronicles a pet's 400-mile journey.
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