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Film Review: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

The fifth time may not quite be the charm, but the latest entry in Michael Bay's crunched-metal robot-war mega-series is badder, and therefore better. Sort of. The “Transformers” films, as befitting a series spun out of a Hasbro monster-truck toy system designed to connect with the inner worldview of nine-year-olds, started off, in 2007, as exceedingly wholesome. What a difference a decade of baroquely semi-coherent robot-fury overkill makes! “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth ........

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OK Jaanu movie review

OK Jaanu movie review: Why do our young lovers sound so juvenile? OK Jaanu movie director: Shaad Ali OK Jaanu movie cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Leela Samson, Naseeruddin Shah, Kitu Gidwani Ok Jaanu movie rating: 1.5 stars The official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Ok Kanmani tries for everything that a winsome romance should have: good–looking young couple, perky dialogues, song-and-dance, picturesque locations. Ratnam’s pass at young love in Mumbai was a hit, but wasn’t a ........

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Film Review: ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’

It's gun-blazing, body-splattering business as usual for the fifth installment of the 'Underworld' series, in which fashionista Vampire Kate Beckinsale leads a war against the Lycans. It’s always fun to see a classy, venerable British actor grunge it up by letting himself be cast in the role of a real black-leather badass. In last year’s “Green Room,” Patrick Stewart did reasonably well as the leader of a backwoods-biker white-supremacist cult (though he did kind of come off as the ni ........

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Dangal Movie Review

A Bollywood girl-power drama about a father-coach turning his daughters into star wrestlers is too much of a formula thing. Aamir Khan, the star of “Dangal,” is as formidable and celebrated a movie star as India has going. Two years ago, he played the lead character in “PK,” a sci-fi comedy about an alien who visits earth and points out everything wrong with it; the film went on to become the top-grossing movie in Bollywood history. Fifteen years ago, Khan starred in “Lagaan,” the ........

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Film Review: ‘Trolls’

The beaming, long-haired cherub dolls get their own animated film, and it turns out to be a madly colorful and blissed-out ride. There are certain animated films — like, say, “Inside Out” — that achieve rarefied levels of feeling, imagination, and head-boggling audacity. In their kid-friendly way, they aim high and sail over the bar of their own ambition. But in our desire to celebrate them, let us not overlook the unadulterated magic of a Day-Glo ride for tots like “Trolls.” On t ........

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Film Review: ‘Doctor Strange’

In the increasingly cookie-cutter realm of Marvel comic-book movies, a little strange goes a long way. Although Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” offers very few insights into the childhood of its main character, applying what we know about bullying on American schoolyards, it’s safe to assume it wasn’t easy growing up with a name like Stephen Strange. Perhaps that explains the complex that has driven Strange (that rare superhero who keeps his name after acquiring his incredible new ........

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Queen of Katwe Is the Best Kind of Feel-Good Story

A new Disney film starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo follows the rise of Phiona Mutesi, a poor girl from Uganda who becomes a chess prodigy. Most movies that fall under the umbrella of “feel good” have a few things in common. They’re often, to varying degrees, sentimental or agreeably superficial. They follow fairly straightforward emotional arcs that end in uplift—with a triumph or epiphany or a moral lesson learned. They can be guilty pleasures (Love Actually), nostalgic cl ........

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Film Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Ransom Riggs' novel, about a group of special children with extraordinary powers, may as well have been written for Tim Burton to direct. The title may read “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” but there can be no doubt for anyone buying a ticket: This is really Tim Burton’s Home for Peculiar Children. Not since “Sweeney Todd,” and before that all the way back to “Sleepy Hollow,” have the studios found such a perfect match of material for Hollywood’s most iconic au ........

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Film Review: ‘The Wild Life’

nWave's latest dynamic 3D toon reimagines Robinson Crusoe as the ultimate party-crasher, telling his story from the p.o.v. of the animals whose tropical paradise he invaded.   For nearly three centuries, audiences have marveled at the “strange surprizing adventures” of Robinson Crusoe, “who lived eight and twenty years, all alone in an un-inhabited island on the coast of America.” Well, not entirely alone. Crusoe shared his oasis with birds and beasts aplenty, and thanks to the magi ........

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Film Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why director Justin Lin was handed the reins of the “Star Trek” series from the outgoing J.J. Abrams. Lin, the director of four “Fast and Furious” films, is a virtuoso at making vehicles fly through space, and his “Star Trek Beyond” has a few of the most spectacular set pieces ever seen in the series. What’s more, if you had to find a theme in the “Fast and Furious” films — apart from their real theme, which is that speed an ........

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