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A college student fights killers, science and time loops in this fun sequel

     Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) escaped from a time loop of death and resurrection, her lives and deaths controlled by a killer in a baby mask. Her slow evolution to goodness eventually ended her repeating day.         Or so she thought.
Everything isn’t awesome in this lackluster sequel
      LEGO master builder Emmet (voiced by Christ Pratt) expects a prompt return to awesome after saving his world from evil President Business. Instead, a new and possibly more dangerous threat emerges as a new species invades the LEGO world.
Peter Jackson uses technology to breathe life into 100-year-old history
      In 1914, the men of the United Kingdom were called to war. They signed up by the thousands, men and boys as young as 14 joining the British armed forces with hopes of distinguishing themselves.       They thought it would be an adventure: their chance to become like the heroes they read about in books.      The reality, however, was different.

A story too ridiculous to miss — once it streams

     Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) has carved out a sun-soaked life on the idyllic island of Plymouth. When not hunting a fish he’s named Justice, he runs charter-fishing trips for rich clients.       The sudden appearance of his ex, Karen (Anne Hathaway), throws him for a loop. The love of his life and mother of his child left him and took their son, hoping to find a man who could give her the life she wanted.
Two modern comedy greats take on two legends in this fantastic biopic
      In the 1930s, Laurel & Hardy were the movies’ most famous duo. Beloved by the masses, their comedy shorts raked in cash. However, Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) missed out on the wealth.        Signed into an unfair contract, they earned little more than union rates and were forced to work nonstop.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a legend and a feminist icon; Which makes this middling biopic more the shame

      On paper, Ruth Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) seemed a rising lawyer marked for success. One of the first women accepted into Harvard Law School, she was the head of her class and made Law Review. But in the 1950s’ legal climate, Ginsburg ranked as either a nasty know-it-all the men wouldn’t like or a pretty lady the lawyer-wives would see as a threat. Wouldn’t she rather be a nice housewife, she’s asked and turned down wherever she applies. The only job she can get is teaching law at Rutgers. 

Two lovers battle nearly impossible odds to reconnect from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain

     After World War II, Poland is a wrecked nation trying to regroup under Soviet occupation. To remind his countryfolk of their cultural greatness, composer Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) sponsors a trip into the country to learn about traditional folk music and dance. With government agent Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc), he forms a folk arts troop celebrating Polish traditions. 
A fantastic change from the usual gobbledygook of the Transformers franchise
      In 1987, the Autobots rose up to rid their home planet, Cybertron, of the evil Decepticons. It wasn’t looking good so the Autobot B-127 was dispatched to Earth to scout a safe relocation spot. B-127 is promptly spotted by the U.S. Army and the Decepticons. Injured, and with failing batteries, he transforms into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and hopes for rescue.

A moving true story gets too schmaltzy and becomes an endurance test for the audience

      The victim of a brutal hate crime, Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) survives with amnesia, crippling physical delays and PTSD. The once-talented illustrator can barely hold a pen. He’s plagued with nightmares, pops pills and hides at home.

Brilliant performances can’t save this smug political satire

      Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) should have been a drunken lineman in Wyoming who lived an entirely unremarkable life. But through fate and a corrupt political system, he became the most powerful man in the world for eight years.