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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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The Resistance, under General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), continues the war against the First Order and its mysterious leader. While Rey (Daisy Ridley) is immersed in Jedi training, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) carry on without her needed help. The villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has a secret mission of his own that could decide more than just his fate. With new weapons, the opposition is gaining strength. The heroic Resistance fighters have an uphill battle.

Hyperspeed action and stunning effects fuel this satisfying sci-fi adventure. J.J. Abrams returns to the director's chair for the final chapter in this Skywalker saga. Working from

RICHARD JEWELL

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Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser), the security guard who reported finding the explosive device at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics bombing, became an instant hero when his actions saved many lives. Desperate to find the culprit, the FBI's rushed investigation under agent Tom Shaw (Jon Hamm) made Jewell their number one suspect. With his life now in shambles, thanks in part to pushy reporter Kathy Scruggs (Olivia Wilde), the hounded wannabe lawman sought help from his friend and lawyer Watson Bryant (Sam Rockwell). It was an uphill battle for the attorney with no public support and only his client's mother Bobi (Kathy Bates) on their side.

Iconic director Clint Eastwood makes this straightforward telling of a terrible real-life injustice an engaging cinematic experience. Working from the screenplay by Billy Ray, based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner, the filmmaker keeps things

KNIVES OUT

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Following his 85th birthday party, famed crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate. Distinguished detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is hired by an unknown person to aid the police, led by Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield), in the investigation. There's no shortage of suspects in the mansion. Among the dysfunctional family members with motive include: Harlan's daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her avaricious husband Richard (Don Johnson), their disinherited black sheep son Ransom (Chris Evans) and Thrombey's son Walt (Michael Shannon) who recently was fired from running his father’s publishing company. Walt's wife Donna (Riki Lindhome), son Jacob (Jaeden Martell), the patriarch's widowed daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette), who has been found stealing from Harlan, and her daughter Meg (Katherine Langford) are also on the list. Chief among the staff is Harlan’s loyal private nurse and companion Marta (Ana de Armas…

FROZEN II

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Queen Elsa (the voice of Idina Menzel), listening to a distant voice only she can hear, hopes to learn about her past. With forces of nature threatening the kingdom of Arendelle at the same time, she sets out on a journey to save her realm and uncover the mystery of her icy powers. Elsa's sister Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Anna's boyfriend Kristoff (the voice of Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) join the queen on the quest to find an enchanted forest where the answers await.

Unwilling to let it go, Disney has concocted another magical musical "Frozen" adventure. While not as captivating as the original,

MIDWAY (2019)

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On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked with devastating results. The United States entered WWII, beginning the clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy. As the war escalated, Admiral Chester Nimitz (Woody Harrelson) and intelligence officer Lieutenant Commander Edwin T. Layton (Patrick Wilson) desperately sought the upper hand for America. Gathered information led to the battle for control of Midway Island from June 4-7 in 1942. This confrontation became the pivotal turning point of the war in the  Pacific Theater.

Superb battle sequences and a solid ensemble cast bring this harrowing conflict to life. Director Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") is no stranger to delivering

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE

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In an altered future, the evil Skynet has been replaced by the deadly A.I. machines of Legion. Facing human opposition, this new cyberforce sends an upgraded Terminator, a Rev-9 (Gabriel Luna), back in time to eliminate their biggest threat: an unsuspecting Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes). Cyborg soldier Grace (Mackenzie Davis) is sent by the Resistance to save Dani. The fugitives get unexpected help from Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Mankind's salvation is once again at stake.

The indestructible sci-fi franchise goes back to basics for this action-packed thriller. Producer James Cameron returns to the series for the first time since "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and brings

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