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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

WONDER WHEEL

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In the Coney Island amusement park during the 1950s, the lives of four people are changed by circumstance. Ginny (Kate Winslet), a former actress who makes a living as a waitress in a clam house, and her carousel operator husband Humpty (Jim Belushi) get an unexpected visit from his estranged daughter Carolina (Juno Temple), who is on the run from her gangster husband and the mob after turning informant. Unhappy in her own marriage, Ginny turns to handsome lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake), who has ambitions of becoming a playwright. Angst and turmoil are the order of the day.

Solid performances can't overcome an anemic plot that's void of

COCO

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Although there has been a perplexing ban on music for generations in his family, young Miguel ( the voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming a famous musician like his deceased idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Thanks to a magical circumstance during the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead. Here he meets the happy-go-lucky Hector (Gael García Bernal), who guides him on a quest to discover his destiny.

Mexican lore and culture spring to life in this dazzling and delightful animated spectacle. In the tradition of "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo", Disney/Pixar presents this family-themed adventure that both

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 Ciarán 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

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

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A murder occurs on the Orient Express and famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is on the case. His suspects include all of his fellow passengers and the crew on board. When this train ride through Europe gets halted by an avalanche, Poirot has his hands full trying to unmask the killer.

A stellar cast and lush scenery make this latest filming of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel an