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Pardon My French: Why The Upside Is a Real Downer

This remake takes some crowd-pleasing source material and waters it down into a shallow redemption saga that feels more manipulative than life-affirming.
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Despite the Eye Candy, the Future Isn’t Very Bright in Mortal Engines

A feast for the eyes if not necessarily the brain, this adaptation of a dystopian novel finds its narrative substance overwhelmed by visual spectacle.
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Spin Doctor: The Front Runner Awkwardly Revisits Gary Hart’s Legacy

Given the current political climate, it’s fun to revisit the 1988 presidential candidate's campaign scandal, even if this muddled drama misses the point.
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The New Animated Retelling of The Grinch Isn’t In the Giving Mood

The latest big-screen adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss short story has the whiff of a Christmas cash grab even if it inevitably provides some warm fuzzies.
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David Gordon Green’s Halloween Is Mostly Scary for the Wrong Reasons

Just ignore those last nine sequels and reboots. Forty years later, this new follow-up to John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic can't conjure the same scares.
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Different Attitude, Same Result for Hapless Humans Facing The Predator

This attempt to introduce a more tongue-in-cheek approach to the material fails in part because it indulges in the same action clichés it seeks to satirize.
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Escape Room: The Papillon Remake Plays It Too Safe

This stylish retelling of the 1973 Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman vehicle seems mostly unnecessary, a well-crafted epic that's more exhausting than exciting.
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The Dystopian Fantasy Darkest Minds Isn’t Worth Thinking About

All setup and no payoff, this adaptation of the popular novel features familiar thematic ideas and marks a transparent attempt to launch another YA franchise.
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Tepid Journalism Drama Shock and Awe Is Neither Shocking Nor Awesome

This earnest but heavy-handed period piece chronicles a worthwhile true-life account of investigative reporting in the face of post-Sept. 11 public outcry.
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Despite a Great Cast, the Latest Adaptation of The Seagull Doesn’t Take Flight

It’s so difficult to sympathize with this self-absorbed collection of stuffy artistic types regardless of the language or the setting.
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