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Scary snakes are more believable than the story 
     Mara (Alice Englert) follows the dogma of her father Lemuel (Walton Goggins), the preacher of an Appalachian Pentecostal community that proves their faith by handling venomous snakes.        Lapsed believer Augie (Thomas Mann) wants Mara to leave the mountain with him for the bigger world. She fears that people off the mountain are under the devil’s sway.
Rivals must work together to start a new film franchise in this fun action flick 
      Luke Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is a world-class tracker. He always finds his target, and his hulking figure makes quite the impression. He has been bested only by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a disgraced ex-MI6 agent turned baddie. 
A woman learns the power of grief and family in this gorgeous film
     Billi (Awkwafina) is close to her Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao). From Nai Nai’s home in China, they talk by phone and share a special teasing bond.       Nai Nai’s diagnosis with stage 4 cancer devastates Billi. Her sorrow gives way to confusion when her parents tell her that, following Chinese tradition, Nai Nai will never know her own diagnosis. In China, the fear of death is thought to hasten it. 
A nerd learns be a real man — perils and all
     Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) lives a small, quiet existence. A brutal mugging further entrenches Casey. He feels weak, terrified and incapable of protecting himself. Home from the hospital, afraid to go out after dark, his life becomes even smaller. 

This delightful horror movie worries a family with a hurricane — and worse 

 

With a Category 5 hurricane targeting her family home, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) drives in to find her father. She braves police blockades, floodwaters and abandoned vehicles only to find a barking dog but apparently no dad. 

Traveling Americans learn why you should first check Trip Advisor

Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are not a happy couple. Despite years together, she worries he will leave her. He wants to, but he doesn’t want the bad guy rep.     Before he can work up the nerve to go, tragedy strikes, leaving Dani in a deep depression. Stuck playing the doting boyfriend while complaining to his pals, he insincerely invites Dani along on his boys’ trip to Sweden. Nobody’s happy when she agrees.

On summer vacation, Peter Parker finds his place in the world

 

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for Infinity War, which you should have seen by now. 

Woody discovers his purpose in this hilarious sequel

 

      After spending his life as the favorite toy, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) is in for a rude awakening. His new charge, Bonnie, is a spunky little girl with boundless imagination who loves to play. But she’s not that interested in playing with Woody.       Now, Woody’s left in the closet to watch others have fun. 

Zombie movies get a quirky comedy sendup 

 

      In the sleepy town of Centerville, everything seems routine. Police Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and his Deputy Ronnie (Adam Driver) ride lazily through the streets, stopping at the local diner for coffee and checking on a farmer’s missing chicken.

Women make a charming challenge to the boys’ comedy club

 

      The only woman in a field of men, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) is at the top of the late-night game. She has countless awards, uncompromising standards and a massive legacy. She doesn’t have ratings, however.       And she has grown complacent, ready to blame her writers rather than change her dying show to keep up with the times … Until she learns she’s on the chopping block. Then she demands radical revision so she can go out on top.