There’s nothing about the titular canine that dooms Max, although the humans surrounding him are another story. In fact, the film suggests a worthwhile opportunity to salute military dogs who assist their soldiers both on the battlefield and the home front. Yet unfortunately it bogs down in sentimentality and melodramatic contrivances that reduce its emotional […]

The week’s DVDs begin in Mali:

DVDs and streaming for June 23 by Boo Allen This week, we begin in Mali:     Timbuktu (***1/2) The people move slow, but justice moves swiftly in Timbuktu, a spare yet compelling examination of living life under siege. Once upon a time, the name Timbuktu connoted a sense of strange remoteness, a faraway place […]