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Smurfs: The Lost Village
April 7, 2017

If you've always wondered, "Just what is a Smurfette?" then "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Columbia) may be the film for you.

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Going in Style
Going in Style
April 7, 2017

Despite its title, there's nothing very spiffy about "Going in Style" (Warner Bros.). In fact, this leaden caper comedy feels distinctly cut-rate.

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The Case for Christ
The Case for Christ
April 6, 2017
Christian apologetics, the branch of theology devoted to proving the reasonableness of belief in Jesus, is almost as old as the faith itself. Three documents in this genre, for instance, survive from the writings of St. Justin Martyr, who died in the middle of the second century.
 
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The Zookeeper's Wife
The Zookeeper's Wife
April 5, 2017

Moviegoers of goodwill may ask themselves, while watching the fact-based historical drama "The Zookeeper's Wife" (Focus), why they aren't enjoying themselves more. The story the film tells is undeniably inspiring. But the manner in which it's told is dramatically thin.

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The Blackcoat's Daughter
The Blackcoat's Daughter
April 4, 2017

This year's crop of demon-possession plots -- that hardy stalwart of horror -- kicks off in high style with the very adult "The Blackcoat's Daughter" (A24).

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'Abortion: Stories Women Tell,' 8-9:35 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 3, HBO
April 3, 2017

Sports-averse TV viewers may be looking for an alternative to the NCAA basketball championship, which airs April 3. 

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Two new offerings on connection between faith, science disappoint
March 31, 2017

Few areas of thought today are as exciting and as important as the conversation between religion and science. Unfortunately, these two books don't contribute that significantly to this dialogue. Both authors, with strong backgrounds in science and far weaker backgrounds when it comes to theology, disappoint the reader in different ways.

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Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell
March 31, 2017

"Ghost in the Shell" (Paramount), director Rupert Sanders' murky, boring adaptation of a series of comics by Masamune Shirow, offers little beyond glitzy futuristic cityscapes. This live-action version of Shirow's sci-fi-themed manga -- first published in 1989 and previously the inspiration for two animated features -- is also somewhat exploitative.

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