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Angelina Jolie is cursed with an unworkable script in this disastrous sequel
      Saved from her curse by Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is queen of the fairies in the Moors, solving grievances from tree creatures and keeping peace between humans and magical creatures. 
      Trouble comes in the form of love. 
Phoenix rises on an astounding performance
      Just released from a mental institution after a breakdown and afflicted with hysterical laughter when he feels stress, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is unappreciated. He believes himself destined to be a comedian, but the only job he can get is as a clown.

Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland reclaims the spotlight

     Nineteen-sixty-eight finds Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) trying to outrun a ruined reputation. She’s considered past her prime, unemployable and unreliable. Deeply in debt, she needs money to keep her children in a custody dispute. 
Brad Pitt journeys to the ends of the solar system to get over his daddy issues
     In the near future, space remains the final frontier. Bases have been established on the moon and Mars, but scientists are still trying to make contact with intelligent life beyond our stars. Decorated astronaut Cliff McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) volunteers to lead a mission to the outer orbit of Neptune to send signals into deep space.
A woman finds her stride in this surprisingly emotional comedy
     Brittany (Jillian Bell) is jogging in place, metaphorically. While her friends are flourishing with families and careers, Brittany still parties every night and works the same dead-end job she’s had for years. It’s not the life she wants, but it’s the life she thinks she deserves. 

A great cast can’t overcome a meandering script in this tepid horror sequel`

      Twenty-seven years ago, an evil clown feasted on the children of the remote town of Derry, Maine. A band of kids calling themselves The Losers Club beat the beast.
     Or so they thought.
     Now Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) is back.
Marrying rich isn’t the same as marrying well in this clever horror flick
      The wedding hosted by the Le Domas family for their youngest son Alex (Mark O’Brien) and his bride Grace (Samara Weaving) was fabulous. It’s the Le Domas wedding night tradition for the newcomer to draw a card at random and play a game with the family. She selects Hide and Seek.
Three classics on the job
     For your after-work leisure hours, Bay Weekly Moviegoer Diana Beechener chose three classic takes on hating, loving and obsessing about work. 
9 to 5

Three tweens make us laugh while learning the ins and outs of the grownup world

      Tweens Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) call themselves the Beanbag Boys. Best friends since they were five, they happily fill their days with roleplaying, hiding from Thor’s creepy little sister and trying to puzzle out the grownup world. 
Scary snakes are more believable than the story 
     Mara (Alice Englert) follows the dogma of her father Lemuel (Walton Goggins), the preacher of an Appalachian Pentecostal community that proves their faith by handling venomous snakes. 
      Lapsed believer Augie (Thomas Mann) wants Mara to leave the mountain with him for the bigger world. She fears that people off the mountain are under the devil’s sway.