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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul CNS photo by Fox
May 19, 2017

 For better or worse, bathroom-themed gags have long been a staple of kids' movies. But the family road comedy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" (Fox) carries this trend to excess.

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Snatched
Snatched
May 15, 2017

There's a kernel of goodness at the heart of the mother-daughter comedy "Snatched" (Fox). But the minority of grown viewers for whom the film is acceptable will have to wade through a veritable cesspool of bad taste to approach it.

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Vintage Mickey Mouse: funny but racially problematic
Vintage Mickey Mouse: funny but racially problematic
May 15, 2017
Strange as it seems, part of the output of an ongoing project to reissue old Mickey Mouse comics warrants a content warning. Not for violence or sexual elements, of course, but for a level of racial insensitivity that was taken for granted in many quarters in the mid-20th century but that now affronts.
 
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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
May 12, 2017

Early on in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (Warner Bros.), the audience is treated to the sight of magically generated giant elephants swinging boulder-size wrecking balls at the ramparts of Camelot. It's an apt visual considering how ponderous this action fantasy turns out to be.

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'Requiem for My Mother,' 7-8 p.m. EDT, Sunday, May 14, PBS
May 11, 2017

With the publication of his work "Requiem for My Mother," Catholic film and TV composer Stephen Edwards turned grief into art. The source of his bereavement was the sudden death of his mom, Rosalie, from ovarian cancer in February 2006.

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The Dinner
The Dinner
May 8, 2017

"The Dinner" (The Orchard), a trenchant morality tale about the nature of evil and mankind's savage underpinnings, turns out to be as infuriatingly dense and labyrinthine as Dutch author Herman Koch's 2009 novel.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 3, 2017

Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups.

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How to Be a Latin Lover
How to Be a Latin Lover
May 2, 2017

There are so many plot threads going in "How to Be a Latin Lover" (Pantelion), they never quite come together. Rather, the film becomes a scattershot comedy wavering uncertainly between warm family fare and a sex farce.

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