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Articles by Diana beechener

A Hitchcockian thriller with a comic twist 

      Widow Stephanie (Anna Kendrick: Pitch Perfect 3) is a mommy blogger obsessed with perfection. She searches out healthy and delicious recipes for her son. She volunteers for every school activity. She crafts her heart out to cultivate the perfect Pinterest life.
      But Stephanie can’t make friends. Other parents find her mockingly obnoxious. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.

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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.

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The hero of Wakanda makes a fantastic ­addition to the Marvel pantheon

      Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman: Marshall) returns to his native Wakanda after the death of his father in a terrorist attack. Wakanda’s image as a charming but reclusive third-world nation is an illusion. In reality, a mountain of the powerful metal vibranium has given the nation technological prowess. The Wakandans have kept their secret to avoid the exploitation endured by other resource-rich African nations. 
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A beautiful fairy tale for fish out of water 

     Orphan Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins: Maudie) knows hard times. Mute since a childhood throat slashing, she works as an unnoticed janitor at a secret government facility in Baltimore. 
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