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‘UglyDolls’ is the perfect movie for tots

"UglyDolls" feels like an extended YouTube kids’ video with Jumpscape songs performed by a cast of well-known entertainers

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‘La Llorona’ excellent for those looking for a good scare

“The Curse of La Llorona” intends to immerse viewers in a murky underworld and drown them in trepidation and dread. Instead, audiences receive a rearrangement of “The Nun” and “Momma” lavished with a stunning female-led, Latinx cast that suffers from anemic spirituality and the conversion of a culturally complex folk tale to rudimentary movie-making capitalism. Somehow this is supposed to fit in "The Conjuring" universe.

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‘Pet Sematary’ remake more psychological thriller than horror

We live in a time where children are lost to accidents, mass shootings and domestic assaults. So, it is inadequate that Stephen King’s cult classic, “Pet Sematary” would be regurgitated as a blisteringly tame remake.

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‘Us’ is a must see film for any horror, thriller fans

Jordan Peele’s créativité noire is back with another cerebrally gymnastic movie in “Us.”

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Character development lacking in ‘Captain Marvel’

Nostalgia abuse continues in Marvel's "Captain Marvel." It's 1995 and Vers (Brie Larson) falls through the roof of a Blockbuster Video store.

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Latest ‘Dragon’ installment delights as much as predecessors

The “Hidden World” exploits the stereotype of millennials as ill-prepared to pivot and overcome threats to their existence and that growing up is hard to do when you are outgrown by your friend dragon.

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Some nuances were lost in translation in the ‘Miss Bala’ remake

It’s complicated. That would be a more fitting title for “Miss Bala,” a remix of the much more impassioned and riveting, “Miss Bala” (2011). Brought to us by "Twilight” director, Catherine Hardwicke, and winning Phoenix Film Festival writer, Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.

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‘Serenity’ good for McConaughey fans, not drama or thriller fans

Matthew McConaughey is back with another feature dipped in his special brand of Southern fried gristle. McConaughey excels in films that drip with humidity and damp shirts.

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‘The Upside’ a light-hearted comedy

“The Upside” joins the foray of remakes that hope to capitalize on a flipped version of that which was already vetted and brilliant.

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‘Bumblebee’ great for Transformers fans and families

“Bumblebee,” one of the most easily recognized and adorable AutoBots, is back in a spin-off that is dripping with gooey feels and a lot of heart between a girl and her transforming robot car.

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