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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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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2016

Each year, hundreds of movies hit theaters — some awful, most mediocre and a select few features that will be remembered for years to come. Without too much fanfare, here are the top 10 movies of 2016 as selected by The Bock’s Office.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ uplifting biopic about America’s lift-off into space

Genius is rarely recognized in the right way, and in a divisive system that keeps members of society down, it’s even less likely that mankind can progress into the future. Hollywood’s efforts to convey this are usually less than subtle, but then, they aren’t as smart as the main characters of “Hidden Figures.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Passengers’ a sci-fi feature fueled by star power

A first date that involves a spacewalk, swimming in zero gravity, a robot in a red blazer — the science-fiction romance “Passengers” truly has it all in its telling of lovers who are literally star-crossed. Or rather, crossing stars.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Collateral Beauty’ has sadness to spare, not much story

Would “A Christmas Carol” have the same kind of emotional impact if it turned out Bob Cratchit was behind the whole thing to force Ebenezer Scrooge to be a better person? There might be better ways to get a day off and a raise, but resurrecting the ghost of Jacob Marley for your own selfish purposes would still be more acceptable than the actions of “Collateral Beauty.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Rogue One’ the most stellar ‘Star Wars’ story in decades

With much ado lately about a galaxy far, far away, the chances of pleasing a demanding fan base are pretty slim. Well, to speak for the makers of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” never tell them the odds.

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The Bock’s Office: Myth, music make ‘Moana’ memorable Disney outing

A few years ago, the world learned to enjoy the snow and ice in a new way with “Frozen.” Not that there was much difficulty of losing the love for it, but the tropics gets the same adoring treatment in “Moana.”

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ a fun, frenzied watch

With about a decade of magic behind us, it seems like moviegoers wouldn’t be impressed by much. Yet, the scaly, slimy, feathery, clawed and horned denizens of hammerspace within “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” show it’s still possible to be amazed.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Trolls’ helps you find your happy place

The internet age has given certain mythical creatures a bad name, but they’re taking back their honor in the animated movie “Trolls” One might argue they’re overcompensating with sweetness, but hey, we all have different tastes.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Doctor Strange’ is Marvel magic at its mightiest

Not everyone is equipped to twist time to their advantage, take a portal as a day trip to the summit of Mount Everest or engage in a bare-knuckle brawl while maintaining the consistency of gossamer. Then again, “Doctor Strange” isn’t your average practitioner.

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The Bock’s Office: Action movie ‘The Accountant’ doesn’t add up

All minds are different, that much we know by now, as science has moved to the point where most people can accept there’s no one way to process thoughts and actions. Nevertheless, there’s still no telling what the makers of “The Accountant” were thinking while in development.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ouija’ sequel summons spookiness

Nobody thinks of the term “toy movie” as anything other than pejorative, but just because the name Hasbro is attached doesn’t mean a film can’t rise above “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” and “Battleship.” Sometimes, such as in “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” there actually is more than meets the eye.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Girl on the Train’ derailed by poor adaptation

With a form of transport as antiquated as a train, timing is everything to keep it moving the way it should. But, with the movie “The Girl on the Train,” the people at the controls speed along so much, we’re destined to have a crash.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ a mediocre update that misses the point

The way the past is remembered is usually through rose-colored glasses, but as “The Magnificent Seven” shows, even when you’re trying to keep your sights facing forward, you’re bound to trip up by repeatedly glancing over your shoulder.

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