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FIFTY SHADES DARKER

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After breaking off her romance with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) takes a job in Seattle at a publishing firm. But Christian can't live without Ana and makes an aggressive attempt to win her back. Standing in his way are her new boss Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) and Grey's own past.

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

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Used to working alone, Batman (the voice of Will Arnett) may need some help to save Gotham City from destruction. The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) is looking to become the Caped Crusader's most hated enemy and has put a plan in motion to accomplish his mission. Bruce Wayne's newly adopted orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), Alfred the Butler (Ralph Fiennes), Commissioner James Gordon (Hector Elizondo) and Gordon's daughter Barbara (Rosario Dawson) are ready to defend the city.

While not quite as awesome and creative as 2014's "The Lego Movie", this stand-alone Batman adventure is absolutely

A DOG'S PURPOSE

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A dog (the voice of Josh Gad) seeks the purpose of life while experiencing several reincarnations with different owners. Rescued from a locked vehicle by young Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) and his mother (Juliet Rylance), Golden Retriever Bailey becomes the life-long family pet. He stays by the side of teenage Ethan (K.J. Apa) through his struggles with an alcoholic father (Luke Kirby) and a romance with neighbor Hannah (Britt Robertson). After this fulfilling life, Bailey's soul is reborn as a female German Shepherd police dog partnered with the lonely Carlos (John Ortiz), a Corgi adopted by college student Maya (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and an Australian Shepherd/St. Bernard mix who ends up with

xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE

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Presumed dead, former government operative and extreme athlete Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) returns when a powerful weapon that can control satellites and bring them crashing back to Earth is stolen. With his old boss Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) gone, Cage now must report to the aggressive Jane Marke (Toni Collette). Xander assembles a team of daredevils to keep the deadly device out of the hands of alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and save the world.

Explosive action, non-stop stunts and a barrage of barely passable special effects cover up the thinnest of familiar plots. Director D.J. Caruso ("Eagle Eye") seems keenly aware that the story is threadbare and the dialogue is goofy at best. He wisely maintains a frenetic pace (filled with scantily-clad women and beefcake men) that keeps the audience from thinking about the film's shortcomings. Vin Diesel is a believable action star, but he has

SPLIT

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Teenagers Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) fight for survival after being kidnapped by Kevin (James McAvoy). He has 23 different, some dangerous personalities. The 24th and most deadly may be on its way.

Director/writer M. Night Shyamalan returns with a chilling and disturbing slice of psychological horror. James McAvoy's brilliant portrayal of a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder is the reason to see this film. Bouncing back and forth between personalities, at one point in rapid succession, has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately, the plot's unfolding doesn't live up to his performance. Chief among the supporting cast is Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Witch") as an abused teen who finds

A MONSTER CALLS

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Having to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness, an unsympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and bullies at school, 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) gets unexpected help from a tree monster (Liam Neeson - voice and performance-capture). The "Monster" comes to the young boy at night to tell stories that will

LION

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Separated from his brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost on a train and taken away from his family and home in India. He learns to survive on his own before ultimately being adopted by

ASSASSIN'S CREED

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Saved from execution, convicted killer Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is reluctantly drawn into the ages-long battle between a secret society known as The Assassins and the oppressive Templar Order. Attached to a

SING

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Koala Buster Moon (the voice of Matthew McConaughey) decides to produce the world's greatest singing competition to restore his once grand theater to its former prestige. This tuneful animated comedy is filled with songs to cover up

PASSENGERS

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - On the Starship Avalon's 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet with over 5,000 hibernated people looking to begin a new life, passengers Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) are awakened 90 years too soon. A malfunction is just the

COLLATERAL BEAUTY

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - After a terrible tragedy, New York advertising executive Howard (Will Smith) withdraws from family and friends. He desperately seeks answers by writing letters to Love, Death and Time. Soon he is

MISS SLOANE

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - One of the top lobbyists in Washington D.C., Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) now faces the toughest opponent of her career. She must do whatever

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - A fun-loving boss (T.J. Miller), his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) and their co-workers must throw a monumental holiday office party to impress a client and save the company branch from being shut down by his CEO sister (Jennifer Aniston). This boisterous comedy may not be art, but

JACKIE

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - In the days following the assassination of her husband, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) reflects on her recent White House years with Life Magazine reporter Theodore H. White (Billy Crudup). Natalie Portman delivers

MAN DOWN

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - After a tour in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home to find a post-apocalyptic America. Along with his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), he desperately

BAD SANTA 2

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) reluctantly heads to Chicago with angry little Marcus (Tony Cox) to rob a charity for a big payoff. Unbeknownst to Willie, his estranged mother (Kathy Bates) is the brains behind this robbery. Even knockout performances from Thornton and Bates

RULES DON'T APPLY

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) disrupts the romance between an aspiring actress (Lily Collins) and her young driver (Alden Ehrenreich). Director/writer Warren Beatty has concocted a good old-fashioned romantic comedy that is sure to please baby boomers. Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich are

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - High school life becomes intolerable for Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) when she finds out that her older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) is dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). Feeling angry and alone, she turns to teacher Mr. Bruner (Woody Harrelson), who becomes a reluctant sounding board for all that is happening

BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - 19-year-old Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), a war hero home on a victory tour with his squad, must come to grips with loss and the aftermath of battle while waiting to participate in the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Dallas football game. Director Ang Lee's latest film is a gripping depiction of the

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

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ROG'S VIEWPOINT - Art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) is haunted by the manuscript of her ex-husband's (Jake Gyllenhaal) new novel - the story of a man's revenge after his wife and daughter are raped and murdered. This "story within a story" weaves back and forth between Susan's troubled real life with