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  • Munich: The Edge of War

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Jeremy Irons as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain dominates the historical drama "Munich: The Edge of War" (Netflix). The unvarnished dialogue that regularly crops up in director Christian Schwochow's otherwise polished screen version of Robert Harris' 2017 novel makes it most suitable for grown-ups. But the parents of older teens may see the film's educational value as outweighing that consideration.

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  • Scream

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Imitation is said to be the highest form of flattery. But in the case of a masked, knife-wielding maniacal murderer, perhaps the compliment is better left unpaid. Such may be the takeaway for moviegoers unwise enough to patronize the gruesome slasher flick "Scream" (Paramount).

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  • Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" (Amazon) -- the fourth installment in the animated franchise, primarily populated by iconic figures from classic horror films, that kicked off in 2012 -- conceals no threatening fangs.

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  • The 355

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Who needs one James Bond when you can have five Jane Bonds? That's the premise behind "The 355" (Universal), an entertaining thriller featuring a quintet of lady spies. Like Ian Fleming, who based his 007 character on a real-life secret agent, "The 355" is similarly inspired, hearkening back to an unnamed female operative in the Revolutionary War. Known only by her code number (355), this colonial spy relayed vital information on British troop movements to Gen. George Washington.

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  • American Underdog

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cheerful as a dance floor boot scoot and livelier than a touchdown drive, the sports-themed, faith-tinged biopic "American Underdog" (Lionsgate) goes light on matters of religion, focusing instead on the steep challenge of building a career in the NFL.

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  • Sing 2

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Sing 2" (Universal), writer-director Garth Jennings' follow-up to his 2016 animated musical comedy, finds that film's ensemble of animal entertainers aiming for the big time. As they work to fulfill their ambition, some of the dangers through which they pass are too scary for little kids. Fueled by familiar tunes and buoyed by enjoyable humor, though, their story is on target for most others.

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- You wouldn't care to spend the rest of your life floating unconscious in a pod full of goo, would you? Well, neither would Keanu Reeves, and so we get "The Matrix Resurrections" (Warner Bros.), the fourth film in the blockbuster sci-fi series that first hit screens way back in 1999.

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Action, humor and drama are skillfully combined in "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (Columbia), the lavish final installment of a trilogy of films starring Tom Holland as the Marvel Comics superhero.

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