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Shark adventure ‘The Meg’ bites with tongue in cheek

A cross between "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park," the film fishes for underwater drama with humor and "popcorn escapism" for bait.

Magical ‘Christopher Robin’ enchants young and old alike

The live-action adventures of beloved bear Winnie the Pooh remind viewers of life's true treasures.

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ leaves viewers saying ‘good riddance’

With its jarring mix of crude humor and harsh violence, the action comedy starring Mila Kunis quickly wears out its welcome.

How big is too big for media companies?

Billion-dollar mergers and high-stakes politics are shaping the future of communications channels, and of the news and information they distribute.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Though a mixed bag of good values and a bit of dodgy humor renders it acceptable but not ideal for kids, sharp satire makes the witty animated comedy "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" (Warner Bros.) a hoot for their elders. 

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Updated for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS systems, "Captain Toad" is a delightful and graphically imaginative puzzler suitable for all ages.

Survey of monastic wisdom can aid your spiritual journey

If you've ever wanted to pick the mind of a man or woman steeped in the church's monastic tradition, then this is the book for you. Its 99 entries invite the reader into encounters with deep and tested holiness.

Latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ film possibly franchise’s best

Tom Cruise's heroic agent Ethan Hunt is at the top of his game in the engrossing espionage sequel "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout." Extensive action scenes frame intricate plot twists and one complicated marriage.

Adults-only video game ponders AI/human morals, amidst mayhem

The androids of "Detroit: Become Human" have become self-aware, and are being mistreated. Gamers deal with moral questions of whether those endowed with artificial life can claim the same rights as people.

Vengeance is Denzel Washington’s, again, in ‘Equalizer 2’

Solitary, grieving, beset by mild obsessive-compulsive disorder, lead character Robert McCall would make a sympathetic figure if his hobby were not wreaking bloody vengeance.