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A thrilling waste of potential

     When a predator spaceship crash-lands in Mexico, intrepid Captain Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook: Boomtown) falls victim to a devious government containment plan.       The crash landing is a dream come true to ruthless government alien investigator Traeger (Sterling K. Brown: Hotel Artemis). While his team studies the aliens, they hunt humans. 

A Cliff’s Notes take on one of history’s great spy operations

       In the 1960s, Mossad had the double role of protecting Israel as a sovereign nation and defending it from terrorism. So the report of an Argentinian sighting of the architect of the Final Solution, Adolph Eichmann (Ben Kingsley: Backstabbing for Beginners) falls to a distant third place. Until agents convince the higher ups that capturing Eichmann and trying him in an Israeli court will prove Israel’s strength. 

Puppets are people, too

       In an alternate version of Los Angeles, puppets and humans live together. Not quite in harmony, however, as puppets are second-class citizens harassed by police and assaulted by children.
One cop fights for his right to uphold the law in this thoughtful drama
       Raised in a traditional military family with strong values and a stronger sense of right, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington: Ballers) wanted to be a cop. Getting accepted as the first black officer in very white Colorado Springs was his first challenge.        His next was getting out of the records room. His third challenge is going undercover to report on a meeting organized by a local Black Student Union. 

A woman copes with her boyfriend’s family in this charming romance

      Rachel (Constance Wu: Fresh Off the Boat) is quite the catch. A game-theory professor in New York, she’s a funny, self-made beauty whose handsome boyfriend dotes on her. 

A trio of men discover they have the same face in this fascinating documentary

Tom Cruise delivers in this action bonanza

IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise: American Made) neutralized one major threat when he captured former intelligence agent turned terrorist Solomon Lane (Sean Harris: Possum). But Lane’s network of operatives, The Syndicate, remained free to cause chaos. Their latest mission, crafting three nuclear devices, will cause worldwide disaster.             Unless Hunt can stop them.

Answer the call of this challenging surreal satire

Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield: Atlanta) is eking out a living along the poverty line. He bounces from job to job and can’t afford rent, so he lives in his uncle’s garage. Girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson: Annihilation) is his motivation to do ­better.

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick

Teaming up to help Captain America fight the Avengers, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd: Mute) broke federal law. He escapes prison on a plea bargain: two years of house arrest and no hanging with superheroes.     For a year and 51 weeks, Lang has kept his promise. At home, he helps fellow former felons launch the X-Con security company and sets up elaborate games to entertain his daughter.

A timely reminder of the power of kindness.

Fred Rogers was an unlikely television sensation. Sets were cheap, puppets shabby and the host refused to wear silly costumes or pander to young children. Yet Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood became a beloved staple of PBS programming. Feeling his genuine interest in them, children connected with Rogers. Parents appreciated that the show dealt with real topics, like assassination and divorce. People flocked to his neighborhood.