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Movie review: Road trip movie 'Boundaries' fails to gain traction

The estranged family road movie has become a genre unto itself, especially in the indie world. Perhaps we can blame it on the runaway success of "Little Miss Sunshine," but more likely, it's the easy conventions that make for a quick budget-friendly family movie. The ripe-for-drama contained space, opportunities to incorporate many different quirky characters at stops along the way and a built-in story arc make the genre appealing for many different reasons. But all these films feel the same, and therefore, they aren't very interesting. The genre is too well-trodden and conventional for Shana Feste's "Boundaries" to gain any traction – the tires here are bald.

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Movie review: In 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' the story's bite is shallow

The best thing "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" has going for it is director J.A. Bayona, who takes a mediocre script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow and directs the living daylights out of it. This installment may have merely shallow ideas, but it's easy to be distracted in the moment by the verve and style "The Orphanage" auteur brings to the beloved dino franchise. It just won't stick with you the second you leave the theater.

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Movie review: 'Incredibles 2,' awesome, action-packed superhero sequel was worth the wait

Parents need to know that the highly anticipated sequel "Incredibles 2" picks up immediately after "The Incredibles," following the Parr family – Bob/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) – as they again use their powers to rescue the people of their city. From there, the movie explores the Parrs' family dynamics and eventually pits them against a villain named Screenslaver. Like the original, the sequel has frequent, intense superhero action/violence (large-scale destruction, frequent peril, weapons, laser beams shooting out of a character's eyes, a scary fight with lots of flashing lights, etc.). Someone is shot in a flashback (the act itself isn't shown), and there are references to dead parents and several fight sequences that could be too intense for very young or those who are sensitive to violence that puts kids or parents in danger. But there's also lots of humor, even in the action sequences, as well as themes of teamwork, courage, communication, and perseverance – not to mention how easy it is to be manipulated by the screens all around us. Expect a bit of kissing, hugging, and flirting; a little drinking by adults; a character with a long-stemmed cigarette; and a few uses of words like "sucks" and "jerks."

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'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is an improvement, which doesn't make it necessary

Dinosaurs: Keep them alive or kill them off? It's a question that haunts the human characters in between fireball-dodging cardio workouts in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the spectacularly ho-hum new entry in Hollywood's longest-running parable about the fatal idiocy of messing with Mother Nature. At this point in the game – five films deep in a franchise that has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide over a quarter-century – that question might seem less applicable to the dinosaurs than to the movies themselves.

Film producers talk about 'The Corporation'

Film producers Jose Daniel Freixas and Tony Gonzalez talks about how they partnered with T.J. English to bring "The Corporation" into existence.