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Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet & Clank CNS photo by Gramercy Pictures
April 28, 2016

Busy 3-D visuals fail to mask the flat tone and by-the-numbers storytelling of the animated sci-fi adventure "Ratchet & Clank" (Gramercy). In fact, even undemanding youngsters may feel the space-time continuum yawning before them as the seemingly interminable 94 minutes of this video-game adaptation tick away.

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Mother's Day
Mother's Day
April 27, 2016

Nearly everyone in the sprawling ensemble comedy "Mother's Day" (Open Road) harbors a secret.

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The Huntsman: Winter's War
The Huntsman: Winter's War
April 20, 2016

"The Huntsman: Winter's War" (Universal) is both a prequel and a sequel. As such, it falls between two stools -- with a resounding thud.

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The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
April 18, 2016

Forest, fauna and beast never looked as good as they do in "The Jungle Book" (Disney), a lavish retelling of the 1894 collection of stories by British author Rudyard Kipling.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut
Barbershop: The Next Cut
April 18, 2016

"Barbershop: The Next Cut" (Warner Bros.), director Malcolm D. Lee's third entry in a franchise that began in 2002, is a fundamentally moral film. As scripted by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, it upholds community values and vindicates marital commitment.

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Criminal
Criminal
April 18, 2016

The spirit of "Young Frankenstein" looms over the contrived plot of the mind-swap yarn "Criminal" (Summit). Since the newer film is meant to be a serious action adventure, that's not such a good thing.

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Hardcore Henry
Hardcore Henry
April 8, 2016

The obscenely violent sci-fi action flick "Hardcore Henry" (STX) is presented entirely from the point of view of the title character, a man whose scientist wife, Estelle (Haley Bennett), brings him back to life as a cyborg.

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The Boss
The Boss
April 8, 2016

"The Boss" (Universal) is obviously intended as a comedy vehicle for its star and co-writer, Melissa McCarthy. Presumably, audiences were meant to be tickled by McCarthy's brash humor and charmed by insights into her character's vulnerable side.

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