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The Bock’s Office: ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ meaningful Holocaust melodrama

Looking at the denizens of a typical zoo may fill the average person with either wonder or outrage, depending on their stance on animals behind bars. Yet, you can’t help but respect such a structure when it’s used for a noble purpose like that in “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Gifted’ doesn’t add up as dynamic drama

Add an A-list star with a cute kid and multiply it byaudiences’ alleged appreciation for features about education, and you’d think that would equal success. But, you don’t have to be the brilliant mind of “Gifted” to know the math isn’t quite that simple.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Furious’ franchise refuses to slow down

In a series that knows no limits, logic dictates that land, air and sea be conquered as the world proves too small when you live your life one quarter-mile at a time. And, if you’re familiar with what led up to “The Fate of the Furious,” you know there’s no doing things halfhearted.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ haunted by casting choices, slow development

With massive holographic advertisements, mechanical geishas and other embodiments of artifice prominent in the Asian metropolis of “Ghost in the Shell,” you’d think that’d be the biggest example of fakery. But, the inauthenticity goes even deeper, dear viewers.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Boss Baby’ just as cute and immature as you’d expect

With a cartoon called “The Boss Baby,” you can’t be too surprised with less-than-brilliant dialogue, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just because the protagonist rattles off the phrase “Fart-poop-doody!” as a curse word.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Life’ offers thoughtful but tiring sci-fi suspense

There’s no shortage of films depicting mankind’s initial encounter with extraterrestrials, but it’s getting a little difficult to get excited for all of them. And so, we see the first time — again — in “Life.”

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The Bock’s Office: Disney’s latest live-action remake a real ‘Beauty’

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme… You’ve known the story and its title tune for years, but that doesn’t make the new “Beauty and the Beast” any less magical.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kong’ keeps going strong as reigning king of Hollywood

Besides the time period in which it’s set, “Kong: Skull Island” bears a great deal in common with movies like “Apocalypse Now.” But, though what the quarry characters are after is about the same build as the man who played Walter Kurtz, he’s much less demanding, at least in terms of salary.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Get Out’ an eye-opening look at race that evokes laughs, screams

It was about 50 years ago that “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was considered well ahead of its time in its depiction of interracial love. Decades later, a movie like “Get Out” makes a counterpoint that’s… well, hard to ignore.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Logan’ an X-ceptional bookend to the Wolverine trilogy

Raising a child is hard enough without a kid who has retractable claws in her hands and feet and is willing to slice open a convenience store clerk rather than own up to shoplifting. Enter the proud parent of “Logan.”

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The Bock’s Office: Oscar fever

Hollywood’s biggest night is nearly upon us, with the stage set for the 89th annual Academy Awards Sunday. With trophy magnets and small successes alike on the ballot this year, anything can happen as we await the announcement of which movies of the past year will take home the gold. My predictions for how the night will go can be found below.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lion’ roars triumphantly as true tale of overcoming impossible odds

Many of us have parts of our childhood we’d like to forget, but for just as many, drawing a complete blank can be just as upsetting. For those who need motivation to piece together both the painful and pleasant parts of their life, that’s why a movie like “Lion” exists.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Lego Batman’ — Holy successful spin-off!

With a rogues gallery that includes a crocodile man, a lady in pigtails and harlequin makeup and a sentient glob of muck, you’d think “The Lego Batman Movie” would already be as crazy as it could get. You’d be wrong.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ a sweet but insipid pet picture

Rarely do we actually get in the head of our movie canines, and as lovable as Old Yeller, Benji and Air Bud were, viewers didn’t always know what made them tick. But, as “A Dog’s Purpose” shows, just seeing the world through their eyes doesn’t intrinsically answer that question.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘La La Land’ a lovely, laudable film we’ve already seen before

This year, a city that prides itself on always having the right look, the right sound and most importantly the right feel finally gets its due after decades of going unacknowledged. And, if you believe that buildup, you’ll love everything about “La La Land.”

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