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  • The Equalizer 2

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Reprising his role as dispenser of do-it-yourself justice Robert McCall, Denzel Washington once again imagines that vengeance is his in "The Equalizer 2" (Columbia). Neither Washington's gifts nor the good his character sometimes achieves compensate for the gruesome mayhem that results -- or for the skewed values underlying returning screenwriter Richard Wenk's script.

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  • Skyscraper

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Way back in 1958, James Stewart's character struggled with vertigo in the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. But he had it easy compared to Dwayne Johnson's ex-U.S. military security expert Will Sawyer in "Skyscraper" (Universal).

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  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Like the excursion around which it's built, the animated kids' comedy "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (Sony) makes for a pleasant diversion. If it's more likely to satisfy little ones than grown-ups, director and co-writer (with Michael McCullers) Genndy Tartakovsky's cartoon is at least free of any genuinely objectionable ingredients.

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  • The First Purge

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A love of violence for its own sake, a profoundly dishonest attempt to disguise itself as a political allegory and reverse racism characterize "The First Purge" (Universal), a despicable bit of slaughter porn.

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  • Uncle Drew

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- NBA fans will likely appreciate the mostly harmless sports comedy "Uncle Drew" (Summit). Viewers without a passion for the game and its attendant culture may be less indulgent. Based on a Pepsi ad campaign featuring the title character, the film centers on hapless basketball coach Dax (Lil Rel Howery). With the prestigious Rucker Classic street ball tournament looming, Dax's players desert him in favor of his longtime -- and obnoxious -- rival, Mookie (Nick Kroll).

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- There's plenty of humor and action in the fast-paced sci-fi adventure "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (Disney). What's noticeably lacking is any exposition or guidance for those not already familiar with the characters and their relationships from 2015's "Ant-Man" and 2016's "Captain America: Civil War." While the film can still be enjoyed on its own, newcomers will feel somewhat left out as a result.

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  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Terrorism and the problem of human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border combine to create a crisis in the grim action sequel "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" (Columbia). Though the artistic intent of director Stefano Sollima's follow-up to 2015's "Sicario" is clear, an unsteady moral tone and ultimately over-the-top bloodletting make the film unfit for any age group.

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  • Gotti

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Aficionados of stilted dialogue in low-budget crime sagas will likely find much to savor in "Gotti" (Vertical Entertainment). Those not eagerly forming a queue at the cliche buffet might nonetheless enjoy John Travolta as the late mobster John Gotti, his face set in a purse-lipped scowl, chest puffed out, not so much walking as strutting, and ready to slap or shoot at a second's notice.

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Apparently, it's time to check in again with everybody's favorite prehistoric era, because here comes "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (Universal). Director J.A. Bayona's follow-up to the 2015 reboot of the hugely successful franchise ratchets up the mayhem and adds a bit more gore but keeps the on-again, off-again central romance refreshingly innocent.

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  • Race 3

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Fasten your seat belt -- and put on your dancing shoes -- for "Race 3" (Yash Raj), a wild action thriller. This latest "Race" film, directed by Remo D'Souza in Hindi with English subtitles, reboots the Bollywood franchise with a new cast and a stand-alone story. It's a whirlwind of a movie, written by Shiraz Ahmed with dialogue by Kiran Kotrial, which is part family soap opera, part James Bond adventure, and part "Dancing with the Stars."

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  • Tag

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Some rituals of childhood bonding are best left in the past. The cringe-inducing "Tag" (Warner Bros.) is a perfect example. The plot is loosely based on Russell Adams' Wall Street Journal article about 10 classmates (one of whom is now a priest) from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington, who found a way to keep a game of tag going into adulthood for more than 20 years.

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  • Superfly

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Going only by its title, kids may mistake "Superfly" (Columbia) for the latest Marvel or DC Comics-based adventure involving a mutant. But the AARP set will recall director Gordon Park Jr.'s 1972 blaxploitation feature "Super Fly," perhaps best remembered today for Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack ("Freddy's Dead," etc.).

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  • Incredibles 2

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The first family of superheroes returns in "Incredibles 2" (Disney), the highly anticipated sequel to a much-loved 2004 animated film. Alas, the passage of time (a truly incredible 14 years) has not been kind. Despite Brad Bird's return as writer and director, "Incredibles 2" lacks the spontaneity, charm and style of its precursor (as well as the leading article from "The Incredibles").

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  • Hereditary

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Imagine a mash-up of an intense family drama along the lines of 1980's "Ordinary People" and a foray into the occult like "Rosemary's Baby" from 1968 and you'll have a sense the unusual tone of "Hereditary" (A24).

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  • Ocean's 8

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- What with the glitterati dressing up like all manner of churchmen and saints in connection with the exhibit "Heavenly Bodies," the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual gala has been on the minds of many Catholics lately.

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  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- First off, to answer everyone's question about "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" (Focus), the cheerful and reverent documentary about Fred Rogers, creator and host of the PBS stalwart "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood": Will it make you cry?

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