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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

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

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

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With wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and two young children to support, the unemployed P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) has nowhere to go but up. Using his vivid imagination and energetic enthusiasm, Barnum's persistence leads to the founding of the sideshow museum that would eventually become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

This tuneful, joyful and emotional spectacle is filled with

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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While Resistance fighter Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeks help from self-exiled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the First Order makes their move against the dwindling rebel forces. General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) leads her gallant group of fighters, including pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the evil empire. The fate of the future is at stake.

The Star Wars saga is alive and thriving in another stratospheric adventure. Filled with action, thrills, human drama, awesome effects, twists and surprises, this epic tale is a fan pleaser that may even draw a whole new audience. It's just the kind of satisfying entertainment that

JUSTICE LEAGUE

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Following the death of Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), chaos ensues. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) seeks help from Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher). Centuries-old villain Steppenwolf (the voice of CiarĂ¡n Hinds) has returned to Earth looking to combine three hidden and guarded boxes of energy that will turn the planet into his world. The superheroes unite to save humanity.

Plenty of action and an abundance of passable CGI effects make this a fast-paced matinee epic. The DC lineup is well-represented here, along with a few surprises to please the fans. The dark-edged style of director Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel") is certainly present, but he left this project after

SWEET VIRGINIA

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A triple murder in a small Alaskan town creates an atmosphere of fear. Elwood (Christopher Abbott), a stranger in town, checks into the motel run by former rodeo champ Sam (Jon Bernthal). Discovering they both have ties to Virginia, an uneasy friendship is formed. But the aftermath of the violent deaths leads to more trouble.

This tense thriller is a gripping character study with bursts of violence. The killer and motive are revealed early, but the impact isn't diminished. The Black List screenplay by brothers Benjamin and Paul China is set in Virginia, which makes the title more significant. Director Jamie M. Dagg moved the location to a small Alaskan town, giving the film a