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Radioactive

NEW YORK—The key to any good film biography of a scientist is found in the montages that show the discovery or invention that gained the subject fame. On that score, “Radioactive” (Amazon), the story of […]

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The Outpost

With a commendable sensitivity to both the inanities and the unrelenting raw horror of combat — and careful attention to the emotional lives and steadfast valor of soldiers — “The Outpost” (Screen Media) seems likely […]

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Greyhound

The novels of British author C.S. Forrester (1899-1966) have proved a rich resource for Hollywood. In 1951, for example, Gregory Peck took the title role in “Captain Horatio Hornblower,” playing the protagonist of Forrester’s popular […]

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Corpus Christi

NEW YORK—Polish films on Catholic themes run the gamut of taste. On one side is 2013’s exquisite “Ida” in which the novice nun of the title (Agata Trzebuchowska) learns that, although raised Catholic, she’s really […]

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Onward

NEW YORK—Though it reaches a heartwarming conclusion, the trajectory of the animated adventure “Onward” (Disney) is not all upward. Instead, the film is loaded down with an overly detailed mythos, values focused primarily on self-empowerment […]

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I Still Believe

NEW YORK—In keeping with the song and book from which it takes its title, nondenominational affirmations of faith permeate the fact-based romantic drama “I Still Believe” (Lionsgate), making the film congenial fare for Christians of […]

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Emma

NEW YORK—”Emma” (Focus) is a delightful screen version of Jane Austen’s classic novel, lovely to look at and abounding in gentle humor. Only the momentary introduction of a bit of visual earthiness, presumably meant to […]

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Dolittle

NEW YORK—Exactly a century ago, British author Hugh Lofting published “The Story of Doctor Dolittle,” the first in a long series of books for children that have won lasting popularity for their protagonist, a physician-turned-veterinarian […]

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Little Women

NEW YORK—Writer-director Greta Gerwig, who proved her bona fides as a screen moralist in 2017 with “Lady Bird,” has repeated the feat with her elegant, vibrantly emotional adaptation of the 19th-century classic “Little Women” (Sony). […]