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ARTEMIS FOWL

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Antiques dealer Artemis Fowl I (Colin Farrell) and his family are reputed to be criminal masterminds. When his father is kidnapped, brilliant 12-year-old Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw) is determined to get him back. He must take on the underground world of fairies, who are suspected of the kidnapping. The ransom is the missing Aculos, a powerful and magical device that the fairies desperately want returned. The young Fowl sets a plan in motion that leads to a dangerous confrontation. Fast-paced action and striking effects fill this colorful fantasy adventure. Kenneth Branagh directs the

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

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The peaceful lives of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and her goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) in the Moors are about to change. When the kingdom of Ulstead's Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) proposes marriage to Aurora, she accepts. A dinner to honor the upcoming union at the castle of King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) doesn't go as planned. A clash between future in-laws ends with Maleficent storming off and finding herself in danger. With the wedding in question, a war between humans and fairies is forthcoming. Fans of the revisionist "Maleficent" (2014) will be enchanted once again with wondrous sets, costumes, effects and a sensational lead performance. This sequel, released 60 years after the debut of Walt Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty" (based on Charles Perrault's tale "La Belle au bois Dormant"), suffers from

DUMBO (2019)

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After losing an arm during the war, former horseback-riding sharpshooter Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns to the struggling traveling circus of Max Medici (Danny DeVito) hoping to revive his career. Max puts Holt, who must provide for his young son Joe (Finley Hobbins) and daughter Milly (Nico Parker) after the death of his wife, in charge of the elephants. Good fortune smiles on the circus when newly purchased pachyderm Mrs. Jumbo gives birth to Baby Jumbo. A laughingstock because of his big ears, the re-named Dumbo can fly - making him a star attraction. Drawing the attention of powerful businessman V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), Medici is conned into partnering with Vandevere in his giant entertainment venture called Dreamland and teaming Dumbo with aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green). But dangerous secrets lurk in the shadows of this theme park. Director Tim Burton puts his quirky touch on this live-action remake of Walt Disney's magnificent animated delight, r

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

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

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