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Brady Jandreau as Brady Blackburn in “The Rider.”

Rider (R) ***** Let me start by saying this is a remarkable film for many reasons, most of all the story. It is the story of a young man, Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), who was a rodeo rider until suffering…

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“Rampage” is another wreck-the-city movie, this time Chicago, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Isle of Dogs (PG-13) ***** An extraordinarily funny, clever and moving animated experience is what awaits you in this cross-cultural epic. “Epic” if only because it has an amazingly large cast of bi-national voiceover stars (Japanese and American, including Yoko…

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Red Sparrow (R) **** Jennifer Lawrence is certifiably one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen. She certainly holds up that standard in this film about espionage and betrayal at many levels. Her dance double, Isabella Boylston,…

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Peter Rabbit (PG) ***** A rival for the recently released “Paddington Bear” hit, this one is equally as clever with even funnier dialogue. James Corden does a crackerjack job as the antagonistic Peter. A supporting cast including Sia, Sam Neill,…

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12 Strong “is an excellent war story that memorializes some brave troops.”

Paddington 2 (PG) ***** Call me an old softie, but this live animated sequel nearly brought me to tears with its simplicity, charm, wit, special effects (yes, they can be charming) and its plot. The plot concerns Paddington Brown, a…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) **** This charming sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel of a couple of years ago will probably fill theaters with the same older demographic, but younger audiences might find this one more…

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The Theory of Everything [PG-13] **** Everything you have heard about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in this film is correct. It is beyond correct, it is mind-blowing. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s story is so unlikely that it beggars belief to begin with,…

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St. Vincent (PG-13) ***** When a character has lines like, “Lady of the Night — one of the more honest ways to make a living,” and, when asked why he always makes things more difficult that character replies: “It makes…

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Dolphin Tale 2 (PG) *** What can be wrong with a movie that features two cute kids, not one but TWO dolphins, Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.? Not much, as it turns out. For anyone who loves…

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And So It Goes PG-13 **** Love among the aging is a topic often developed and often laughed at. Mainly because many audiences are too young to realize that life’s urges die slowly, if at all. Stories of elder love…