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    Review: Tatum and his merry men continue to enchant in 'Magic Mike XXL'

    "Magic Mike XXL" comes up a little short compared to the original, director Steven Soderbergh's blithe and bonny Channing Tatum showcase inspired by Tatum's salad days as a male stripper. This time the jokes are heavier, more on-the-nose, though a surprising percentage of them work anyway.

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    Review: 'Terminator Genisys' mixes visceral thrills with logic holes

    Much like the "cybernetic organism" played by Arnold Schwarzenegger throughout the "Terminator" film franchise, a movie critic is only part living human tissue; the rest is ruthless killing machine.

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    'The Overnight' parties hard but stays modestly lucid about relationships

    There's a jangly, good-natured looseness to "The Overnight" that provides a welcome tonic to the strident summer blockbusters surrounding it. A modest, reed-thin slice of contemporary Los Angeles life, this often ribald, ultimately thoughtful comedy of social and sexual manners may not aim particularly...

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    'Ted 2' is more of the same bawdy bear

    "Ted 2" reunites Mark Wahlberg's insecure-wallflower character (it's called acting, folks) with the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and racial, sexual, scatological and '80s-reference insults voiced, with movie-saving acumen, by co-writer and director Seth MacFarlane.

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    'The Farewell Party': Euthanasia and old-timers in Israel

    "The Farewell Party" opens with a pair of feet slowly shuffling behind the tennis ball-covered stems of a walker. The owner of those feet, an elderly woman with cancer, plops onto a chair with no small amount of effort and picks up a ringing telephone. It's God. He's calling to tell her to keep ...

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    Max' is touchy but clunky

    "Semper fidelis," the Romans used to purr into their dogs' ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for "Always faithful" as their motto.

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    'Me and Earl' is a surprising, inspiring

    There's an air of precocious genius around "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," which despite its glum title is an inspired existential comedy. Yes, it's about two high school boys and a girl, cancer and young love. But it is far wiser than all that, and free of stock figures. It brims with self-referential...

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    Ambitious 'Dope' finds laughs, violence and drugs at 'The Bottom'

    "Dope" is the most daring comedy of the summer, a funny film that hunts for laughs in the everyday menaces that face black teens growing up in the corner of Los Angeles named Inglewood, in the neighborhood its residents call "The Bottom."

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    Pixar finds its way back to the heart in 'Inside Out'

    It's not the laughs that tell us Pixar has returned to form with its latest offering, "Inside Out." It's the heart.

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    'Jurassic World' a barbed, modern monster movie

    To those who weren't around at the time, it's hard to convey the excitement of the first "Jurassic Park" in 1993. The characters on screen were seeing dinosaurs for the first time, but it really felt as though the audience were seeing them, too. It was as though all the picture books that you'd ...

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