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Han Solo on his own is fun, but thin

The cheeky charisma of star Alden Ehrenreich in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" adds to the punch of bloodless action scenes as Han steals and deals alongside his weakness for a good cause.

Caped Crusader goes to Japan, with a bang, in ‘Batman Ninja’

Brace yourself for this animated direct-to-video effort from DC Comics. It may be unlike any movie of the genre you've ever seen. It's confusing and flimsy, but also eye-popping with gorgeous vistas and over-the-top action.

Georgetown prof’s study shows efficacy of educational kids’ TV

Before the FCC puts a relaxing of children's TV rules on its agenda, it is worthwhile to pay attention to a study conducted by Sandra Calvert, a professor in the psychology department of Georgetown University in Washington.

Burnout Paradise Remastered

"Burnout Paradise Remastered," is the upgrade of a popular racing title that first debuted in video game format in 2008, and before that was much loved in the arcades.

CNN tackles tumultuous 1968 in 4-hour docuseries

The Tom Hanks-produced "1968: The Year That Changed America" offers adults and teens rare footage and and keen insights depicting a year rife with war, poverty, racism and social disturbances.

Movie review: Show Dogs

Though it goes heavy on the slapstick, "Show Dogs" (Global Road) is, overall, an amiably lightweight comedy.

Book gives grisly narration of Nazi WWII Holocaust of Soviet Jews

This book is chilling reading. One wishes it were a novel rather than a factual recounting of the Nazi World War II slaughter of Jews in what was then the Soviet Union.

Movie review: Deadpool 2

A second helping of excessively violent action with a side of foul-mouthed sarcasm is on offer in "Deadpool 2" (Fox), director David Leitch's follow-up to the 2016 original. 

Movie review: First Reformed

There's much to savor in an often-elegant story about moral dilemmas. Writer-director Paul Schrader does not condescend to belief. He's interested in examining what faith means and what actions best express it.

‘The Great American Read,’ May 22, PBS

Former "Today" co-anchor Meredith Vieira hosts and narrates the admirably conceived, yet cursory and often featherweight, PBS limited series "The Great American Read."