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(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

Teenagers acquire super powers (and videotape them) in this sci-fi romp, an excellent and fresh effort with impressive effects. Our three newly endowed teens are naturally going to handle their powers differently. Nerdy Andrew (Dane DeHaan) will bully his bullies and try to save his dying mom. Cerebral Matt (Alex Russell) will test out “free will.” And popular Steve (Michael B. Jordan) will enhance his popularity. With great young actors, a sharp script and first-rate effects, this is a winner.

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By Tribune Media Services

While the real-life struggles and heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen deserve top-quality portrayals; George Lucas’ long-gestating project isn’t one. Some of the action is fun, but the filmmaking is more in love with its digital effects than with the plight of the characters. In 1944 Italy, a fictional group of African-American pilots finally get to prove their worth. While the actors (Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr.) do all they can, Lucas didn’t get the script right with this one.

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