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MOVIE REVIEW: The once mighty 'Power Rangers' franchise comes roaring back with high-tech tweaks

Twenty years after the last Power Rangers theatrical release, the sci-fi series returns with an updated visual style and reconfigured storyline, as the Saban Entertainment property moves from 20th Century Fox to Lionsgate. Unlike the TV program (still running after 24 seasons), the feature films faded away after 1997's Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the follow-up to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, released two years earlier.

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CHiPs 83 R The latest recruits for the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, forced to work together and clashing instead of clicking: Jon Baker (director Dax Shepard), a professional motorbike rider trying to put his life and marriage back together, and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (Michael Pena), a cocky, undercover FBI agent investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. With Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ryan Hansen, Maya Rudolph, Jessica McNamee. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

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Life

An Alien-derived creature feature that would be serviceable (if underwhelming) under ordinary circumstances, Daniel Espinosa's Life faces the unenviable prospect of emerging less than two months before Ridley Scott's new chapter in that franchise.

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The Last Word

I'll admit to being a fan of director Mark Pellington, who's probably best known for his music video work (which includes "Shut It Down" by Public Enemy and "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam).

COMING ATTRACTIONS

The Boss Baby, PG A new baby's (voice of Alec Baldwin) unconventional arrival in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, is only the beginning of his impact on his new family. Turns out Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot involving an epic battle between puppies and babies. Animated, with voices of Miles Christopher Bakshi, Tobey Maguire, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, ViviAnn Yee, Eric Bell Jr.; directed by Tom McGrath. March 31

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Beauty is a beast at the box office

LOS ANGELES -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast brought so many guests to movie theaters over last weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener of 2017 so far, and the seventh-best debut of all time.

Theroux trod lightly to film My Scientology Movie

"I've said in the past that the strangest thing about strange people is how normal they are," says BBC documentarian Louis Theroux.

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Wilson

If director Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) were to chop up Wilson into 5- to 10-minute segments in random order and then post them to YouTube, the final result might seem like a comic masterpiece.

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Stream on: 10 films from 2016 worth seeing

Last year, more than 730 films were released in the United States, an inundation that would stymie even the most hardcore of cinephiles -- math isn't really my thing, but we can estimate you'd have to watch a minimum of two films a day for each day of the year to have a shot at watching all of them (and considering the lowest-grossing of these films, something called Pet, racked up a hefty $70 in the course of its distribution, it would appear even hardcore completism has its limits).

Super Quiz: Long Book Titles

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Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Most airplane flights these days do not have enough time between layovers for the cleaning crew to wipe down tray tables. To keep from picking up germs, I pack several antibacterial wipes and keep them in my purse to wipe down the trays and armrests. They are also handy to use in the plane's lavatory.

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You'll see more of the world this year. A change of venue brings something fresh to your personal life. In April you'll fix something that you broke. June is for stretching your emotional muscles and taking risks with your heart. August will introduce you to new income.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM.: I've finally had to face the fact that my main goal in life is to get other people to like me. I guess most people are like this, but sometimes I'll go overboard trying to win someone's favor, even if it means doing something that's wrong. How can I quit this?

NW Previews

CHiPs 83 R The latest recruits for the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, forced to work together and clashing instead of clicking: Jon Baker (director Dax Shepard), a professional motorbike rider trying to put his life and marriage back together, and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (Michael Pena), a cocky, undercover FBI agent investigating a multimillion dollar heist that may be an inside job. With Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ryan Hansen, Maya Rudolph, Jessica McNamee. (1 hour, 40 minutes)

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