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After his brother is killed in combat, Justin Wincott (Josh Wiggins) agrees to take ownership of his dog.  Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

After his brother is killed in combat, Justin Wincott (Josh Wiggins) agrees to take ownership of his dog.
Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

MAX

Critical rating: 2½ stars out of four

Directed by: Boaz Yakin (“Safe”)

Starring: Josh Wiggins, Thomas Haden Church, Lauren Graham, Luke Kleintank, Mia Xitalia, Dejon LaQuake and Robbie Amell

Rated: PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements

The story: When a U.S. Marine dog handler is killed in combat, his dog – a Belgian Malinois – won’t work with anyone else. The dead Marine’s brother (Josh Wiggins) agrees to work with the animal rather than watch the military put it down.

The scoop: The plot is far-fetched and director Boaz Yakin relies heavily on melodrama and sentimentality. This will bother some viewers, but dog lovers should enjoy the film’s moving tribute to the loyalty of canines and the wonderful bond they develop with owners.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Transcendence,’ ‘Sabotage,’ ‘Heaven is for Real’ and ‘The Single Mom’s Club’

TRANSCENDENCEThis week’s home video releases include an Arnold Schwarzenegger action film, a well-publicized Christian movie and a science-fiction epic starring Johnny Depp.

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Video Verdict: ‘John Carter,’ ‘Safe House,’ ‘Act of Valor,’ ‘Journey 2’

Taylor Kitsch finds himself in a tight spot playing the title character in “John Carter.”

A thriller starring Denzel Washington and an adaptation of a much-loved science-fiction novel anchor this week’s home video releases.

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Video Verdict: ‘War Horse,’ ‘We Bought a Zoo’

Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse Joey form a remarkable bond in “War Horse.” The drama, by director Steven Spielberg, earned six Academy Awards nominations, including one for best picture.

This week’s home video releases include a terrific family film starring Matt Damon, and a Steven Spielberg drama that earned six Oscar nominations.

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Video Verdict: ‘Salt,’ ‘Easy A,’ ‘Devil,’ ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’

Angelina Jolie plays a mysterious secret agent in the action-thriller “Salt.”

This week’s home video releases cover a lot of ground, ranging from a mainstream horror film to an action-adventure featuring Angelina Jolie.

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