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Articles by Diana beechener

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. 
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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Maybe elephants shouldn’t fly if this is the best they can do
    After having lost an arm fighting in World War I Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), returns home to find his hopes dashed. His wife has died from influenza, and his war injury has ruined his chances at reclaiming his job at the Medici Brothers Circus. 
     Holt is reduced to caring for the elephants. 
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This horror masterpiece forces us to look in the mirror 
     Left mute and wounded by a childhood trauma, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) struggled into adulthood. Now she is married, has two children and is thriving by American standards.
     But husband Gabe (Winston Duke) is status-obsessed. Daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) barely looks up from her phone. Son Jason (Evan Alex) is oddly given to masks and magic tricks. 
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See the tense reality behind America’s ­successful moon landing 

      President John F. Kennedy promised that America would send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s. To reach that goal, breaching the heavens and exploring the universe beyond, America made a massive investment: $23 billion. NASA was born, and its astronauts became the stars of American pop culture. 
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A feminist superhero makes a strong debut 

      Long before Thanos snapped his fingers to eradicate half the universe, a female soldier in an intergalactic war was seeking her destiny. Vers (Brie Larson) has great power, in the form of powerful photon beams that shoot from her hands. But is the newest member of the Kree army ready for battle?
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A family wedding leads to disaster in this tense drama

     Laura (Penélope Cruz) and her children fly to Spain from Argentina to celebrate her niece’s wedding. Everyone in the small village is curious about a woman they see as glamorous and rich. Increasing the intrigue is her husband’s absence. 
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It’s man against nature in this gripping drama
     Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen) has timed his survival to the second. The only survivor of an Arctic plane crash, he’s created a strict regimen ruled by the beeps of his wristwatch. Mornings he visits the burial site of his co-pilot to maintain the massive SOS he has carved in frozen snow. Afternoons he grapples up to the highest point he can to hand-crank an emergency transponder in hopes someone will hear him....