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CAPTAIN MARVEL

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A war wages in outer space between the warrior Krees and the shape-shifting Skrulls. Kree military commander Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) leads a team, including his superpowers endowed protégé Vers (Brie Larson), against the Skrulls and their leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). After a battle, Vers is captured. During her escape, she crashes into a Blockbuster store on Earth in 1995. Soon she's on the radar of young S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). With the Skrulls on her trail, Vers must deal with the situation while having flashes of a past life.

Solid performances and almost non-stop action keep

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

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In a post-apocalyptic world, cyborg scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) finds robotic remains in a junkyard and rebuilds his discovery - naming her Alita (the voice and motion-capture body of Rosa Salazar) after his deceased daughter. The wide-eyed teen awakens with no recollections of her previous life, but is rebellious and determined to become a Hunter-Warrior in the bleak Iron City. Befriending Hugo (Keean Johnson), a robotic parts dealer, the cyborg teen becomes involved in Motorball - an arena, gladiator-style death race that's controlled by Vector (Mahershala Ali) and Ido's ex-wife Chiren (Jennifer Connelly). The victor gets the promise of reaching the utopian sky city of Zalem, which hovers above the grim metropolis. But flashes of memories from her past and mysterious enemies get in the way of Alita's goals.

Immersive 3D and massive special effects highlight this technically

COLD PURSUIT

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As a snowplow driver and recently named Citizen of the Year in a Rocky Mountains resort town, Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) leads a good life with wife Grace (Laura Dern). But when their son is found dead, he becomes distant from his spouse and is obsessed with eliminating those responsible. The body count begins to rise as Nels works his way up the chain - leading to violent drug kingpin Viking (Tom Bateman) and a final confrontation that includes a rival gang.

This grisly revenge drama is laced with dark-edged humor. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film "In Order of Disappearance" (original title "Kraftidioten") starring Stellan Skarsgård, the loose remake feels

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

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Running away from bullies, young teen Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) stumbles upon the legendary Sword in the Stone. Pulling Excalibur from the stone, the youth is now tasked with saving the present-day world from the evil enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), who was powerful during the reign of King Arthur and is ready to rise with her army to rule mankind. With the help of Merlin (Patrick Stewart), now transformed into a nerdy youth (Angus Imrie), Alex must convince friends and foes to become knights in his quest to stop the malevolent sorceress.

A mostly youthful cast energizes this inventive update of the mythical sword legend. Director/writer Joe Cornish deftly keeps

GLASS

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David Dunn (Bruce Willis), a security guard with super powers, seeks to put an end to the killing spree of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a murderer with multiple personalities controlled by The Beast. A deadly encounter between the two gets them captured and sent to an asylum under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). Another patient, Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), has a connection to the new residents that could have devastating results.

Director/writer M. Night Shyamalan's latest big screen effort is

STAN & OLLIE

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Embarking on a live stage tour of Britain in 1953, Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) are looking to revive their declining popularity. The comedy duo's film career is pretty much behind them and Ollie has major health issues. But audiences are slowly building and Stan is seeking backing for a movie spoof of Robin Hood. While their relationship is strained, the boys get a needed lift when wives Ida Laurel (Nina Arianda) and Lucille Hardy (Shirley Henderson) join them in England. The show must go on.

Remarkable performances dominate this loving tribute to Laurel & Hardy. Makeup and prosthetics play a big part in

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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With the bank about to foreclose on the Cherry Tree Lane family home, recently widowed Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) has much on his mind. Having to raise three children by himself, with a little help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer), the pressure is building up. Arriving just in time to lend a hand is the childhood nanny of Michael and Jane: the magical Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt). Taking youngsters Anabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) on extraordinary adventures is only the beginning of putting the Banks household back in order. Tagging along is lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), who assists in the nanny's objective.

This delicious spoonful of sugar is a practically perfect sequel to Walt Disney's 1964 masterpiece. New songs, endearing characters and fabulous hand-drawn animation make