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Women make a charming challenge to the boys’ comedy club

 

      The only woman in a field of men, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) is at the top of the late-night game. She has countless awards, uncompromising standards and a massive legacy. She doesn’t have ratings, however.       And she has grown complacent, ready to blame her writers rather than change her dying show to keep up with the times … Until she learns she’s on the chopping block. Then she demands radical revision so she can go out on top.

It's gonna be a long, long time before you see another biopic this good

     Reginald Dwight (Taron Egerton) is a lonely little boy saved by his ear. Neglected by his mother and spurned by his father, little Reg turns to music. When his grandmother realizes he can copy music from the radio on the piano, she suggests lessons.       As a young man, he learns some harsh lessons: No one is interested in talent without a gimmick; being openly gay will kill his career; no one is going to buy an album from someone named Reginald Dwight.

A street rat wishes his way to a crown in this entertaining but flawed remake

 

     Street kid Aladdin (Mena Massoud) dreams of a better life. His encounter with disguised princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) motivates him to seek a higher station in life and make himself marriageable. 
A former hitman fights for his life in this ­fantastic action romp
      Semi-retired assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is having a bad run. Declared excommunicado for making a hit at a hotel where hitmen find refuge, Wick is under contract. With $14 million on his head tempting his former colleagues, he has one hour to get out of town.

An unlikely duo looks for love in a fraught political climate

      Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is a secretary of state seeking to climb higher. The president, a former TV star uninterested in running the country, has grown bored with his job and will not seek reelection.       He offers Charlotte his endorsement, if she’s able to raise her popularity polling. Field is brilliant, beautiful and poised, but the American people don’t find her likeable or funny. 
A talking critter helps a boy search for his father in this charming family film
     When detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his estranged son Tim (Justice Smith) journeys to Ryme City to look into the disappearance.        Ryme City is a rare place in the world of Pokémon. Founded by billionaire Howard Clifford (Bill Nighy), who cherishes the Pokémon-human relationship, the city is populated by exotic creatures that accompany their humans everywhere they go.
Great performances save a terrible script and make comic fun
      Humiliated in a school assembly, Jordan (Marsai Martin) vows to be a bully. She stays true to her word; the adult Jordan (Regina Hall) revels at humiliating everyone who crosses her path.        Bearing the brunt is Jordan’s assistant April (Issa Rae). Eager to earn a promotion, April tolerates Jordan’s abuse. 
It’s time to get the band back together
      After Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers and eliminated half the universe, Earth fell into despair. With friends and family turned to dust, survivors suffer unimaginable loss. Houses are abandoned, streets desolate, garbage rising to mountains. Despite Captain America’s (Chris Evans) best efforts to keep hope alive, Earth is a dark world, with few sources of hope.
A mythical creature searches for his family in this charming comedy
      Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) made it his life’s quest to discover a mythical creature and prove himself worthy of acceptance by the Explorer’s Club. He’s had close encounters but no proof. 
Stephen King’s classic takes well to the screen
     After a busy year as a doctor in Boston, Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) takes a job in a sleepy town in Maine, planning to be home for family dinners and to tuck in his kids at night.      In the back of their home is a pet sematary, created by the children of the town (hence the misspelling). Mother and wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) finds the burial grounds creepy, but daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) is fascinated.