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Movie review: ‘Queen of Katwe’ is an irresistible joy

Just try to resist the charms of Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” a triumph-of-the-human-spirit movie that’s ultimately, well, triumphant. The story – a true one, as you’ll be reminded in the delightful end credits – is one of those irresistible underdog tales: Phiona (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl growing up in poverty in the slums of Katwe, Uganda, learns unexpectedly that she has a knack for chess. With the help of a kind mentor, Robert (David Oyelowo), and the support – if not always the understanding – of her fiercely loving, widowed mother Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), Phiona works hard to achieve her dream of becoming a chess champion.

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Movie review: ‘Masterminds’ is goofy fun, but not a masterpiece

There’s a certain subset of the population that may find Zach Galifianakis in a ridiculous hairdo the height of comedy. If you are in that segment, welcome, join us. You’ll find much merriment in the lightweight and very silly comedy “Masterminds,” which is astonishingly based on the true story of one of the largest cash robberies in the United States. Also, Galifianakis sports a variety of insane wigs and ’dos, from a long blond number to a kinky black perm to his own Prince Valiant bob, styled for the heavens.

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Movie review: ‘Snowden’ is the Hollywood version of NSA leak case

“Snowden” opens with the caveat that this is a “dramatization” of events that happened between 2004 and 2013. It’s an important message to keep in mind as Oliver Stone’s biopic of the notorious whistleblower eventually blurs the line between documentary and fiction. If Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour” was the technical, unflinching, nonfiction version of Edward Snowden’s explosive NSA leaks, Stone’s film is most definitely the Hollywood version. But perhaps this is the one that might resonate the most with the public at large.

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Review: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ is a charming return to form

Renée Zellweger is charming as ever in “Bridget Jones’s Baby ,” a lively return to form for the unlikely trilogy about an ordinary woman and her professional and romantic woes. It turns out a little break is just what this series needed to find its footing after the manic missteps of “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” which fell into some of the all-too-common traps of sequels looking to up the stakes (hello, Thailand prison sequence).

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Watch the movie trailer for The Magnificent Seven

With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money. In theaters now.
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Watch the movie trailer for The Magnificent Seven

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Movie trailer: 'Fifty Shades Darker'

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Trailer: 'Other People,' based in Sacramento and directed by local writer

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