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  • House of Gucci

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Is "House of Gucci" (MGM) the real article or a trashy knock-off? Whether considered artistically or morally, the answer would have to be, something in between. Aesthetically, and despite its tragic conclusion, for most of its running time this fact-based dynastic saga, fueled by tumultuous emotions, has the feel of a high-end soap opera. Call it an extended episode of "Dallas" transplanted from the world of Texas oil barons to the runways of Milan.

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  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In 2002, director Paul W. S. Anderson presided over the first big-screen adaptation of the zombie-themed videogame series "Resident Evil." Five sequels followed and, while the tone of the movies may have softened over time, the subtitle of the last follow-up "The Final Chapter" (2017) will nonetheless have come as a relief to many.

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  • Encanto

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Will viewers be charmed by "Encanto" (Disney)? For the most part, the answer is probably yes, though this vivacious animated musical does include content that could be of concern for the parents of impressionable kids.

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Close to four decades after Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis took on a demonically controlled giant marshmallow man, with memorable results, comes "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" (Columbia).

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  • King Richard

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Will Smith aces it in "King Richard" (Warner Bros.). His vivid performance as the father of not one but two future tennis greats energizes this intriguing fact-based sports drama while the script, penned by Zach Baylin, promotes an array of positive values.

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  • Belfast

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- In 1969, as the wider world focused on such events as Apollo 11's mission to the Moon, long-simmering sectarian tensions in Northern Ireland boiled over, initiating a period of religious and political strife, known as the Troubles, that would last for the next 30 years.

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  • Teaching media literacy seen as a positive, but schools slow to add it

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Media literacy has shown itself to have positive effects. But schools across the United States have been slow to add it to their curriculum. "How are we as a nation? We're very poor," said Helen Lee Bouygues, founder and president of the Reboot Foundation, which stresses media literacy as one needed component to develop critical thinking and "actually systematically teach media literacy in schools."

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  • Clifford the Big Red Dog

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Given that it charts the rapidly deepening bond between a kid and a pooch, "Clifford the Big Red Dog" (Paramount) would not, presumably, be a film designed to please the great comedian W.C. Fields.

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  • Last Night in Soho

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- It may have been author Peter De Vries rather than baseball great Yogi Berra who first observed that "nostalgia ain't what it used to be." Whoever originated the quotation, it applies in spades to the initially upbeat but eventually menacing psychological thriller "Last Night in Soho" (Focus).

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  • Antlers

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- While far removed in intent from a slasher film, the gothic tale "Antlers" (Searchlight) nonetheless abounds in disturbing sights many will wish to avoid and may consider offensive.

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  • Eternals

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A mixed bag, both ethically and cinematically, director and co-writer ChloƩ Zhao's Marvel Comics adaptation "Eternals" (Disney) is presented on an undeniably large scale. Yet the big canvas on which Zhao works ends up feeling remarkably empty.

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