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‘Dunkirk’ tells of evacuation as one of war’s greatest stories

While the film about the 1940 evacuation of British troops in the face of the Nazi onslaught is not for the fainthearted, it is a compelling historical drama marked by heroic pluck and generosity of spirit.

‘The Last Tycoon,’ July 28, Amazon Prime

A few significantly objectionable moments, reflecting the worst excesses of contemporary TV and film production, mar the otherwise appealingly old–fashioned storytelling of "The Last Tycoon."

‘The Exception’ might stretch credulity, but it’s still exceptional

Historical kitsch applied to World War II espionage doesn't get more gloriously over the top than in this strange little story, which is so well-crafted, the stale elements simply fall away.

When not in the gutter, ‘Girls Trip’ offers some bonding time

Buried underneath several layers of crass gags, the film has a substantial story about loyalty and moral decisions. But libidinous raunch is the evident lure for moviegoing women.

‘Planet of the Apes’ meets ‘Apocalypse Now’

Sentient ape hero Caesar enters the heart of darkness in "War for the Planet of the Apes," the climactic third film of the rebooted franchise that features some troubling spiritual messages.

Harry Potter still captivates fans, cultivating theological conversations

Two decades since the publication of its first book, the seven-book series by J.K. Rowling continues to draw countless readers, gaining ground among some faithful initially put off by the themes of magic and witchcraft.

Rime: A Gorgeous, Humane Game About Grief

The video game "Rime" (Grey Box) starts simply, then builds up an emotional wallop. It's no surprise there are YouTube videos featuring players weeping at the unexpected ending.

Books on saints uplifting but one has grave errors on Scripture

These two short books about saints are devotional, suitable for spiritual reading and quiet meditation.

A favorite superhero matures in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Mentored by Iron Man, the web-spinning comic hero aspires to join the Avengers in this fast-moving adventure, which features little gore but strong language.

Movie review: The House

Had "The House" (Warner Bros.) been made as a taut, dark comedy about the price of greed, it might have some merit. Instead, director Andrew Jay Cohen has produced a sloppy, illogical, cringe-inducing time-waster.