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'Max' review: A darned good dog, a passable dog movie

'Max' review: A darned good dog, a passable dog movie

"Semper fidelis," the Romans used to purr into their dogs' ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for "Always faithful" as their motto. Most faithful of all? Marine Corps war dogs. That's the message of "Max," a touching if somewhat clunky crowd pleaser about one such dog who comes to live with the family of the soldier who died serving with him in Afghanistan. One day, Max, a Belgian Malinois, is serving with his handler, Kyle (Robbie Amell) in Kandahar, sniffing out arms caches in villages controlled by the Taliban. An ambush leaves Kyle dead and Max refuses to leave his side. Kyle's Texas family, played by Lauren Graham,...

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