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The 1990s were a time of wistful reflections set to soaring soundtracks in which our writer/narrator (who’s also sometimes producer and/or director) tells us his family story. Good times, bad times, bah, blah, blah. By 1995, it was time to let Mexican boomers have their day in the L.A. sun, so we end up with writer/director Gregory Nava’s “My Family” (mi familia). The cast is loaded with talent (Edward James Olmos leads), but most are underutilized as Nava rushes through a blue-collar punch list of cultural cliches. But it does make you wistful – for the film it could have been.

Truth be told, it’s absolutely unnecessary to review “A Dog’s Way Home” (2019). It’s PG, CG and PC, a celebration of dogs, diversity and (melo)drama. If you like these kinds of wholesome movies, you’ll like this one no matter how exploitatively mediocre it is (hint, hint). If you’re film tastes are more artistic and/or cynical, you don’t need a review to tell you to pass on it. But anyway, a pit bull mutt puppy gets adopted, arrested, rescued, lost, re-adopted, etc., etc., with an avalanche and hapless animal control officer hijinks thrown in. It gives you exactly what you’d expect.