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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

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Wreck-It Ralph's (the voice of John C. Reilly) actions cause the steering wheel on his best friend's, racer/glitch Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), arcade game Sugar Rush to break. Now the desperate pair must find a replacement before arcade owner Mr. Litwak (Ed O'Neill) tosses out the game console. Ralph and Vanellope enter the internet to find and purchase a rare controller, but gathering enough money proves to be a problem.

A simple and familiar story takes a backseat

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

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Aspiring singer/songwriter Farrokh Bulsara (Rami Malek), later known as Freddie Mercury, forms the British band Queen. With members Brian May (Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello), the group rises to the top of the charts. Freddie's complicated life with girlfriend Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) plays out behind the scenes as he and the band become superstars. The journey culminates with their reunion at 1985's Live Aid concert.

This rock biography has a beat you can dance to, but

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

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Searching for a key that will unlock a precious gift from her late mother, Clara (Mackenzie Foy) is drawn into another world of four magical Realms. While in the lands of Flowers, Snowflakes and Sweets, she meets Nutcracker soldier Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight) and the Realms' rulers: Hawthorne (Eugenio Derbez), Shiver (Richard E. Grant) and Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). To reclaim the key, Clara and Phillip must enter the dark Fourth Realm and face the tyrannical Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren) and a gang of mice. The fate of the kingdoms is in their hands.

This Disney cinematic gift will put most family members in a festive spirit. But there's more

FIRST MAN

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After losing his young daughter to a malignant brain tumor, test pilot and aeronautical engineer Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) decides to try out for NASA's space program as a civilian astronaut. When the ultimate challenge arises, he leaves wife Janet (Claire Foy) and family behind to join the flight to his fated destination: the Moon.

Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle strike movie gold again as they
depart La La Land for

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

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Young orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), who happens to be a warlock with a magically creepy old house. There's a dangerous clock hidden in the walls that will have dire
consequences if it's not found. Jonathan and witch neighbor Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) enlist Lewis' help in finding the elusive timepiece before something bad happens. The clock is ticking.

A witchy brew of laughs and chills energizes this family Halloween treat. Produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, it feels like one of his films. But it's directed by Eli Roth, who wanders from

A SIMPLE FAVOR

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Widowed single mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger with a growing audience, finds a new best friend in Emily (Blake Lively) - the mother of her young son Miles' (Joshua Satine) schoolmate Nicky (Ian Ho). When Emily suddenly disappears, Stephanie is determined to find out what happened. She teams up with the missing housewife's distraught husband Sean (Henry Golding) and seeks help from her online viewers. As the puzzle unfolds, complications arise.

Pitch perfect performances from Anna Kendrick and

ALPHA

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20,000 years ago in Europe's harsh terrain, teen Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) accompanies his father Tau (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) and tribal members on the annual bison hunt for the first time. When he becomes injured and presumed dead, Keda must learn to survive in the unforgiving wilderness. In an attack by a wolf pack, the teen seriously injures the leader. Rather than killing the abandoned animal, Keda nurses the canine he names Alpha back to health. Together, they slowly

THE MEG

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Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), who lost crew members years ago in an attack by a giant prehistoric shark in uncharted deep waters, gets a second chance to face the creature. A team of divers for a modern undersea research facility are trapped inside a submersible at the bottom of the deepest Pacific trench with the threatening Megalodon outside. With little time to save his team, oceanographer Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao) recruits a reluctant Taylor for the rescue mission. Paired with Zhang's daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), Jonas faces

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

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Pressured by the demands of work, an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) has little time to devote to his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). But when his childhood companion Winnie the Pooh (the voice of Jim Cummings), a stuffed toy bear, magically turns up in London, Christopher gets the chance to return to the Hundred Acre Wood and the joys of his youth.

Whimsical characters and an uplifting story put some bounce into this nostalgic family film. Blending the adult life of Christopher Robin with

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT

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After a failed assignment, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Missions Force must stop a nuclear disaster from occurring. Joining the group is CIA operative August Walker (Henry Cavill), tasked with making sure all goes well. But Hunt is being framed and it becomes a race against the clock to clear himself and prevent a catastrophic event.

Realistic edge-of-your-seat stunts and an intricate plot worthy of the classic television series make for another accomplished mission. Action superman Tom Cruise, doing

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

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On the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is preparing for the grand reopening of her mother Donna's (Meryl Streep) villa/hotel with a little help from Sam (Pierce Brosnan), one of her possible fathers. On Sophie's guest wishlist are her other dads Harry (Colin Firth) and Bill (Stellan Skarsgård), along with Donna's best friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters). She also wants to save her troubled marriage to Sky (Dominic Cooper) while learning about her mother's past. The youthful Donna's (Lily James) romances with Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skinner) and Bill (Josh Dylan) are revealed. Also unveiled is her life with

SKYSCRAPER

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Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson), a former war vet and FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader, evaluates security for skyscrapers. While assessing China's tallest and safest high-tech structure, fire erupts and he is blamed for starting it. A desperate Will must clear his name and rescue his family, trapped in the blazing building where they are staying. Some bad guys get in the way.

Brainless action dominates this derivative thriller. Dwayne Johnson grins and grimaces his way through an array of outlandish stunts, assisted by

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

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Under house arrest following his participation in the Civil War with Captain America, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), adjusts to his home life while spending time with his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). But Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne/Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) need Scott's help to retrieve wife/mother Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), who was lost on a mission as the Wasp in the Quantum Realm - a mysterious and dangerous dimension previously

INCREDIBLES 2

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After their battle with the Underminer (the voice of John Ratzenberger) leaves the city in shambles, the super Parr family and Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) are forced out of the limelight. But Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) of DEVTECH want to restore the public's faith in superheroes. They enlist Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to fight crime and show off her prowess with a tiny camera attached to her uniform. Reluctantly, Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) has to stay home and take care of their super kids Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile), whose powers will soon be revealed. When Helen has trouble with a new villain called Screenslaver (Bill Wise), it's up to her family and

OCEAN'S 8

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Released after almost six years in prison, Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been planning a big heist in the tradition of her legendary conman brother Danny. Enlisting the help of her ex-associate Lou Miller (Cate Blanchett), she gathers a team to extract a 150 million dollar diamond necklace that will be worn by famous actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala event. The expert group includes fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), jeweler Amita (Mindy Kaling), street con artist Constance (Awkwafina), skilled fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson) and hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna). Together they must pull off the impossible to take the prize.

An engaging cast steals the spotlight in this

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

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Space cowboy Han (Alden Ehrenreich) meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), gets a last name and is taken under the wing of Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a criminal who is looking to eliminate what he owes to the feared wealthy gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). This motley crew is joined by charismatic gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) on a heist that will clear Beckett's debt. Han is getting close to his goal of becoming a pilot, getting a ship and reuniting with Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), the girlfriend he was forced to leave behind on an Empire-controlled planet. But there is trouble along the way.

The early life of Han Solo unfolds in this action-filled galactic western, complete with gunplay and showdowns. Anyone who grew up with "Star Wars" will be thrilled with

DEADPOOL 2

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Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) gathers a team for what he thinks is a worthy cause. The mission: save young mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) from the clutches of Nathan Summers/Cable (Josh Brolin), a cybernetic soldier from the future who wants to terminate the kid. There are complications along the way.

The irreverent R-rated humor that made 2016's "Deadpool" such a refreshing spin on the genre returns in this juiced-up deadpan sequel. While not as

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to combat the mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin). The ruthless super villain is seeking control of the universe's six powerful Infinity Stones, which will make him invincible. An army of heroes must miraculously find a way to save the future.

"Epic" doesn't even begin to describe this mind-exploding spectacle. Marvel has crafted its biggest, and quite possibly best, "thank you" to fans. Elements from many previous films in this cinematic universe come into play here. Having a little knowledge of past adventures is helpful. A who's who of the studio's screen characters dominate

RAMPAGE

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Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a loner whose main concern is the albino gorilla George he raised, has his hands full when a corporation's secret genetic experiment on an exploding space station finds its way to Earth. Three crashed canisters turn George, a wolf and a crocodile into gigantic raging monsters. It's up to Okoye, discredited genetic engineer Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris) and government agent Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to save mankind.

Dwayne Johnson, huge monsters, an evil corporation and lots of destruction add up to

READY PLAYER ONE

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In 2045, teen Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is living his meaningless life in a depressed area of Columbus, Ohio known as "The Stacks" - where trailer homes are piled high atop one another. To escape reality, Wade joins many citizens in the virtual world of OASIS. This fantastic universe is the creation of genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, his fortune and control of this fantasy world will go to the person who finds a hidden digital Easter egg within the VR realm. In OASIS, where no one uses their real name, Wade's avatar, Parzival, enters the race to find

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING

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Years after the monstrous other-worldly Kaiju were defeated by the human-piloted super robotic Jaeger along the Pacific Rim, another threat is imminent. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), whose legendary father died saving the world from the monsters, is involved in criminal activity after abandoning pilot training. Caught stealing Jaeger parts, Jake and young hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny) are given the choice of prison or pilot training. They join the inexperienced pilots just in time for the new battle.

For those craving another "Transformers" epic, this giant robot sequel fills the void in a better way. Director/co-writer Steven S. DeKnight (TV's "Daredevil" and "Smallville") has

TOMB RAIDER

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Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is driven to find out what happened to her father, Lord Richard Croft (Dominic West), who vanished while searching for the tomb of Queen Himiko on a mythical island off the coast of Japan. Although the legend says that the fabled queen's touch causes death, Lara sets out on a dangerous quest to find answers. Joining her is Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), a boat captain whose father disappeared along with Lord Croft. When their destination is reached, they must face

A WRINKLE IN TIME

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Middle school student Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is desperate to find her missing physicist father (Chris Pine), who may be held captive by an evil force. She finds mystical help in the form of three astral guides of the universe: Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling). Along with her gifted younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and classmate Calvin (Levi Miller), Meg embarks on the adventure of a lifetime across space and time.

Strictly for preteens and the young-at-heart, this trippy addition to sci-fi cinema will only

RED SPARROW

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After a career-ending injury, Russian ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is desperate to help her ailing mother (Joely Richardson). Coerced by her Uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high-ranking government official, she is recruited to endure sadistic training at the Sparrow School to become a seductive spy. As the most dangerous Sparrow, Dominika is assigned her first mission: get close to American CIA agent Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) and uncover the name of a mole in the Russian government.

Jennifer Lawrence and a fine cast give this

GAME NIGHT

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Competitive married couple Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) host a weekly game night with friends. When Max's successful and charming brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) comes to town, the fun evening gets exciting. Brooks sets up a murder mystery party with fake bad guys and government agents, but then he gets kidnapped. Is this part of the fantasy game or is it real? The players are

BLACK PANTHER

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Battling villains as Black Panther, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must return to his homeland of Wakanda after the death of his father King T'Chaka (John Kani). As the new king, T'Challa becomes protector of his people while keeping a secret from the outside world: the supposed third world nation is technically-advanced thanks to the alien metal vibranium. Getting in the way are

EARLY MAN

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Caveman Dug (the voice of Eddie Redmayne) and his tribe lead a simple life that includes hunting rabbits, but the young hunter would prefer larger prey. Their existence is threatened by the arrival of Lord Nooth (voiced by Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City army. The Lord, Queen Oofeefa (Miriam Margolyes) and their city worship football (soccer). A game between the cavemen and Nooth's professional team will decide

PETER RABBIT

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When Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) inherits his relative's farm, he must keep Peter Rabbit (the voice of James Corden) and the woodland creatures from destroying his vegetable garden. Complicating matters is his growing fondness for neighbor Bea (Rose Byrne), who happens to be an animal lover.

Endearing characters, fabulous CG effects, colorful storybook animation sequences and a foot-stomping soundtrack overcome a

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

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Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and a small group of surviving Gladers, who are immune to a deadly virus, seek to break into a fortified city run by the WCKD (World in Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department) organization. The mission: rescue the immune kids, including good friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee), who are part of an experiment to find a cure for the lethal disease. Once inside the maze-like city, this band of warriors must face company enforcer Janson (Aidan Gillen) and his army of killers. Also in their way are WCKD's leader Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) and Thomas' former love turned turncoat Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), who will do anything to put an end to the virus.

Impressive action sequences can't

12 STRONG

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Set in the harrowing days following 9/11, a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners. - Warner Bros. Pictures

Bursts of combat action and solid performances make this incredible true story worth seeing. Chris Hemsworth heads the

PADDINGTON 2

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Living a happy life with the Brown family, Paddington Bear ( the voice of Ben Whishaw) has become a beloved member of the Windsor Gardens community. While seeking the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy's (voiced by Imelda Staunton) 100th birthday, the determined bear comes across a rare pop-up book of London in Mr. Gruber's (Jim Broadbent) antique shop. A costly item, he sets out to earn the money in a series of jobs. When the book is stolen, Paddington is framed and sent to prison. Now it's up to the Brown family and friends to find the real thief and free the bear.

Overflowing with heart and humor, this delightful romp is a charmer for the whole family. There are so many sight gags, in-jokes and

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

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The final years of legendary film noir actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) are explored in this true story. Escaping scandal that followed her life in America, Grahame moved to England where she started performing on stage. It was here that she met young actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). A romance led to a friendship that lasted until her death from cancer in 1981.

Annette Bening lights up the screen in this stunning portrait of a fading star. Based on Peter Turner's memoir of the same name, this engrossing film could easily have turned into a run-of-the- mill May-December romance if not for