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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

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

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

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

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War is raging between humans and Transformers. With Optimus Prime missing, it's up to hunted inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) to step in and help save mankind. Joined by Bumblebee and some friendly Autobots, Yeager seeks out the reason why they keep returning to Earth. Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), an authority on the history

SNATCHED

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After her boyfriend breaks up with her just before their non-refundable exotic vacation, Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) cons her mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) into going along for some fun and relaxation. But their good times in Ecuador end when the pair are kidnapped and held for ransom in Colombia. Frantic attempts to escape ensue.

Boisterous humor and good chemistry between the two stars give this predictable comedy an entertaining boost. There's nothing here you haven't seen before, but the teaming of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn is

GHOST IN THE SHELL

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Supposedly saved from a terrible crash, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is a human who has been cyber-enhanced to be the perfect soldier. Part of the Section 9 task force in the near future, Major seeks to stop a terrorist who is killing employees of Hanka Robotics and is capable of hacking people's minds to control them. While on this mission, she uncovers lies about her past and must find the truth before others are hurt.

Stunning visuals don't compensate for the

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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Only true love can save a young prince (Dan Stevens), cursed to live life in his castle as a beast. When Belle (Emma Watson) arrives at the castle to save her imprisoned father (Kevin Kline), the Beast releases him in exchange for her. Over time, she becomes fond of the hideous creature and his enchanted staff. When the villagers attack, led by Belle's unwanted suitor Gaston (Luke Evans), she must make a life-changing decision.

While 1991's cartoon classic (the first animated feature to be nominated in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category) is still the winner, this new version is absolutely charming. This time around, real people ably take the place of their two-dimensional counterparts - with an assist from some fabulous CG effects. Director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") paints a mesmerizing picture that's filled with lavish sets and costumes, colorful characters and unforgettable music.