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Not a perfect match but fun to watch

     This historical dramedy returns us to 1973, when Billie Jean King (Emma Stone: La La Land) ranks among the biggest names in tennis — yet earns one of the smallest paychecks. The rationale is that men are more fun to watch — yet women’s events sell as many tickets. To change the status quo, King convinces the female tennis players of southern California to join in a women’s tour.
Spoofing Bond with ups and downs 
     Gentlemen with lethal fighting skills, The Kingsman are England’s modern Knights of the Round Table.      Newest Kingsman Eggsy (Taron Egerton: Sing) is in a period of adjustment. Coping with the loss of his mentor, Harry (Colin Firth: Bridget Jones’ Baby), he’s in charge of stopping global terrorism. He’s also dating a princess (Hanna Alström: Sami Blood).

Killer clowns and childhood traumas populate this fearsome thriller

     In the sleepy town of Derry, Maine, six-year-old Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott: Fear the Walking Dead) goes out to play in the rain and is never seen again. It should be shocking, but Derry’s children tend to disappear.
A fascinating drama about one man caught between his tradition and his family
     Brooklyn’s Hasidic community is a world of its own. The orthodox laws of Judaism are followed to the letter in this Yiddish-speaking enclave. Menashe (Menashe Lustig in his feature debut) lives by the rules until the rules refuse him his son.        As a ­widower, he is an unfit parent. His strict brother-in-law takes in his son. Meanwhile Menashe tries to prove himself a capable single father, but in truth he may not be. 

A young woman aspires to rhyme her way out of her dying town

      Patti Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald: The Rachels) spends her waking hours serving drunks in a dim bar in the bowels of New Jersey. When she’s not being harassed by customers, Patti must wrangle her mother, a hopeless alcoholic who uses the karaoke nights at Patti’s bar to relive her dreams of singing professionally. In her free time, Patti is the primary caregiver for her grandmother, who has accrued enough medical bills to keep Patti and her mother in debt for life.
Great chemistry more than makes up for the horrendous plot and gory action
     Bodyguard Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds: Life) lost his cache, girlfriend and lifestyle after a client was murdered. From elite bodyguard he dropped to glorified, bitter babysitter.       His ex, Interpol agent Amelia (Elodie Yung: The Defenders), offers him a way back. But the high-profile client he’s to protect is infamous hitman Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson: Kong: Skull Island). 
A terrifying doll gets an old-fashioned horror origin in this clever scare movie
    Moving from a dreary orphanage to a secluded country mansion could be these girls’ dream come true. Instead, it’s their nightmare.      Their welcome by Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia: Riviera) is gruff. They’re warned that his wife is an invalid and that they must not approach the locked room on the second floor. Immediately intrigued, the girls entertain themselves by making up spooky stories about Mr. Mullins and his mysterious wife.

A powerful film about abuses of power 

     It’s 1967 and Detroit is descending into chaos. A police raid escalates into rioting in the burning city. Police and the National Guard storm the streets to bring order. Instead they bring more turmoil and violence. People are shot and businesses destroyed in a city war zone.      Larry (Algee Smith: The New Edition Story) and Fred (Jacob Latimore: Collateral Beauty) seek refuge at the Algiers Motel, renting a room for the night.

Charlize Theron beats her way through Berlin in this fantastic spy thriller

Ten days before the Berlin Wall falls, the KGB kills MI-6’s best agent. The list he acquired of all the operatives working on both sides of the Iron Curtain is in the wind. The list also identifies Satchel, a notorious double agent who plagues the British government.

No scares, but plenty of philosophic pondering

Death comes calling on the ordinary life of M (Rooney Mara: The Discovery) and C (Casey Affleck: Manchester by the Sea). C dies in a car wreck, leaving M alone in the world.     Only she isn’t alone.     C has followed M home. Covered now in an autopsy sheet, C is witness to M’s mourning, grief and eventual acceptance. Clearly, he is seeking closure with his wife. Yet when M moves, C stays behind.