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Boaz Yakin started out as an indie upstart director to watch with the urban chess thriller Fresh in 1994 followed by A Price Above Rubies in 1998, but since then has pursued more mainstream fare like Remember the Titans and Uptown

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Boaz Yakin started out as an indie upstart director to watch with the urban chess thriller Fresh in 1994 followed by A Price Above Rubies in 1998, but since then has pursued more mainstream fare like Remember the Titans and Uptown Girls (with a brief harder flirtation thanks to 2012’s Safe starring Jason Statham). His new effort Max, about a U.S. Marine dog from the war in Afghanistan that comes back to the states and is adopted by his handler’s family after enduring a traumatic experience, falls squarely in line with the broad latter half of his career. Academy Award-nominee Thomas Haden Church (Supporting Actor for Sideways) continues along his own multiplex milking path (after 2014’s Heaven if for Real) here. (Now in theaters) (PG) Not reviewed

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