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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.
A love letter to the achievement and tragedy of a great artist
     In 1888, Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) wearied of the Paris art scene. The Impressionists want all artists to see as they do, no one buys his paintings and he hates the grey light of the city. Depression and mania are rising; even with the support of his brother, he can’t find his footing. 
Three women fight for power and position in this fascinating dramedy
      In the early 18th century, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) doesn’t want to be bothered with financing a war or running her country. Suffering from gout and fear of being unloved, she prefers to stay in her chambers, shouting at servants and playing with her 17 rabbits — one for each child she’s lost. 

Videogame characters discover the World Wide Web and the meaning of friendship

      After finding a friend and his place in the world, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly: Stan and Ollie) thinks he has it all. His daily routine has two parts. When the arcade is open, he’s super villain Ralph who wrecks a building in an old-school 8-bit game. When the arcade closes, he meets his best friend, racer Vanellope (Sarah Silverman: I Love You America), for a few pints of root beer. 
Nazis conscript the dead in this clever horror movie
      On the eve of D-Day, the Allied Forces are hopeful of bringing the Second World War to an end. Standing in the way of success is the most powerful German radio tower in France. To knock it out, a squad of paratrooper goes behind enemy lines.

In this sensational heist flick, four women fight the patriarchy by robbing it 

      Veronica Rawlings (Viola Davis: How to Get Away with Murder) has made a happy life by blinding herself to husband Harry’s (Liam Neeson: The Commuter) work as an armed robber.       Until she gets a harsh dose of reality. Harry’s last job — the one that got him and his crew killed — involved robbing one of the biggest gangsters in the Southside of Chicago. The loot burned up with Harry and his crew, so the gangsters expect Veronica to pay them back.
A disappointed author writes her way to infamy in this fantastic drama
       Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy: The Happytime Murders) is good at her job, biography, but not at her profession. She’s uppity and standoffish with other writers, refuses to do radio or press for her books, berates her agent and drinks herself into scenes. Only her cat loves her.

A pair of brothers seeks greater purpose in this existential Western

     The Sisters Brothers Charlie and Eli (Joaquin Phoenix: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; John C. Reilly: Kong: Skull Island) work as toughs and killers for land magnate The Commodore.        Charlie is content, but Eli wants a way out. He fancies a schoolteacher and has fantasies about leaving gunplay and blood for a little local store in a small town. Eli, however, doubts that violent and capricious Charlie can manage without him.

A horror rematch 40 years in the making 

     In 1978, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis: New Girl) survived masked lunatic Michael Myers’ murder spree. Her friends were butchered, but Laurie lived to see Michael captured and committed. Still, she couldn’t move on. 

In what he says is his last film, Robert Redford reminds moviegoers why he’s a star

      Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford: Our Souls at Night) loves what he does for a living. The work has never lost its thrill. It puts spring in his step and a smile on his face. Everybody sees it; people describe him as “a happy guy.”       His secret: He robs banks for a living.