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'Power Rangers' review: A reboot that's more goofy than gritty

Back in the '90s, you probably knew them as Mighty Morphin, and these days they take the pre-fix "Saban's," but we all know them best as simply the Power Rangers. Executive producer Haim Saban discovered the "Super Sentai" series on Japanese television in the '80s, and brought the concept of teens...

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    'Beauty and the Beast' review: Animated Disney musical's charms lost in translation

    The chaotic, pushy remake of Disney’s 1991 screen musical “Beauty and the Beast” stresses the challenges of adapting a success in one form (animation) for another (live-action). We’re in for a long line of Disney remakes in the coming years: Everything from “Dumbo” to “Aladdin” is headed for a...

  • 'Kiki' review: Exuberant documentary on LGBT voguing scene

    'Kiki' review: Exuberant documentary on LGBT voguing scene

    The various bodies moving through "Kiki," an energetic and enveloping documentary about New York City's LGBT ballroom scene, are capable of astonishing, even superhuman physical feats. They dance and gyrate on underground subway platforms, down half-empty streets and on the grass at Christopher...

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    'The Last Word' review: Amanda Seyfried, Shirley MacLaine movie dead on arrival

    There's a piece of great advice in "The Last Word," courtesy of a character who is reluctant to speak ill of an acquaintance: "If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, say nothing at all." If that standard were to be applied to this movie review, it would render it the world's shortest...

  • 'The Ottoman Lieutenant' review: Creaky melodrama set in Turkey at onset of World War I

    Joseph Ruben's "The Ottoman Lieutenant" offers a theoretically noble if B-grade and somewhat propagandistic attempt to shed light on a murky historical chapter — while falling into a similar puddle of romance-novel cliches from which it can't get up. Less discriminating viewers jonesing for some...

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