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New Vacation elicits look at laughable remakes

In Hollywood's reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few things are harder to rekindle than the elusive elements -- Bill Murray's timing, John Belushi's eyebrows -- that make up a great comedy.

MovieStyle: Your mission, if you choose to accept it ...

These are the dog days of summer, and it's OK to seek out a dim cavernous movie theater for simple relief. So why not go see Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane?

Entertainment Notes

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Mr. Watson, you presumed

Elderly detective tries to correct his record in Mr. Holmes

"Mr. Holmes" is the sort of movie that doesn't often come around in the summertime, a sedate and ruminative affair about an old man sorting through the accumulated detritus of his almost-over life, trying to remember the details and work out whether any of it means anything.

PREVIEWS

87 Mr. Holmes

Film festival to be Arkansas' Outfest

One way to look at cinema is as a glimpse into the lives of others.

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Southpaw

Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) spends much of the first half of this boxing-as-redemption story draped in blood, fresh or dried, either his own, his opponent's or, tragically, that of his loving, doting wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), his childhood sweetheart, who also grew up in a New York orphanage.

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Home Movies

"Kung Fu Killer:" An energetic and proficient actioner that concerns convicted killer Hahou Mo (Donnie Yen), a kung fu expert, who offers to help police catch vicious and violent Feng (Wang Baoqiang), who's running around Hong Kong dispatching the city's martial arts elite.

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Ant-Man No. 1; Marvel on a roll

Superhero film "Ant-Man" topped the weekend with $57.2 million, marking the 12th consecutive Marvel film to open in first place.

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Testament of Youth

"Testament of Youth" is an exquisitely composed portrayal of the despair and futility of World War I as seen from the rarely revealed viewpoint of an idealistic young woman.

The Vatican Tapes

The Antichrist is a woman. This may sound like a belief held by misogynist men's rights activists, but it's also the thesis of the religious horror flick "The Vatican Tapes," and a rather clumsily, haphazardly executed one at that.

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Paper Towns

Based on an earlier teen fave novel by "The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green, "Paper Towns" is a mild coming-of-ager about dawning awareness and life lessons learned among a small group of Florida high school seniors.

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Pixels

Where is Wreck-It Ralph when he's most needed?

COMING MOVIES

"Vacation:" Billed as a "sequel" to "National Lampoon's Vacation," but pretty much a remake. Opens Wednesday.

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