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     A drilling crew must escape disaster in this fun but shallow thriller.      At the bottom of the Mariana Trench, mechanical engineer Norah (Kristen Stewart: Charlie’s Angels) is brushing her teeth when the building explodes around her. The crew is in the deepest part of the ocean, which means the pressure outside will crush them immediately, and the building is badly damaged and collapsing rapidly. The bad news is that whatever caused the problem is still banging around outside. 

 

One man tries to bring justice to Alabama

      Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx: Robin Hood), Herbert Richardson (Rob Morgan: Stranger Things) and Anthony Ray Hinton (O’Shea Jackson Jr.: Godzilla: King of the Monsters) sit around gossiping on a lazy Sunday.       It’s all incredibly normal – except the three men in question are sitting on death row in Alabama. 
Two soldiers try to stop a massacre in this World War I drama 
     Lying in a field of wildflowers, lance corporals Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman: The King) and Schofield (George MacKay: A Guide to Second Date Sex) can almost pretend that the world isn’t ending around them. Mere feet away is the mouth of the trenches, a system of rat-infested troughs of rot, despair and mud. Bloodied men limp; others huddle in little coves clawed out of the dirt.
Greta Gerwig brings Alcott’s classic up to date in this charming adaptation of the book
     Jo March (Saoirse Ronan: Mary Queen of Scots) sits in a New York publisher’s office, listening to a man tell her what women want to read. Though he has not read her submission, he says her stories need more thrills, they need more romance — and no matter what, the woman needs to be married or dead at the end. 
More like a dud
      Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), host of Fox News’ popular Fox & Friends morning show hates how her two male cohosts belittle her and dismiss her opinions. When she complains, she’s replaced and moved to her own show at the relatively dead time slot of 4pm.      The rules at Fox News are clear: Women wear short sheath dresses, giggle at the boys and keep on message. If network head Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) asks you to his second-floor office, you do what he says. 
A family is torn apart and glued back together by grief
      Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a popular high-school wrestling star with a beautiful girlfriend. But his domineering father Ronald (Sterling K. Brown) is his constant critic.        Then everything goes wrong. An injury ends Tyler’s wrestling career. His girlfriend is pregnant and keeping the baby. His stress compounds because he dare not tell his father how he’s struggling.
A couple on the run — from the cops and America
      Sparks don’t fly on the first date for Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya). On the way home, the couple still can’t seem to agree. 
Can a dysfunctional family find a murderer before they kill each other? 
      Renowned mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) gathers his family to celebrating his birthday. There’s cake, drinking and an argument. The next morning, Harlan is dead, lying in a pool of blood with his throat slashed.        The family insists it was suicide.        But investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) isn’t so sure. As he picks through the happenings at the party, he finds more suspects than he anticipated.
Thawing and slushy
     Disney released Frozen in 2013 to praise as a smart princess movie. The film played with and subverted stereotypes and offered up some snappy songs while preserving the family values that Walt wanted all his pictures to embody. The movie hauled in so much money that Disney changed its theme parks to keep up with demand. If all this makes you hope for a fresh and inventive sequel, you should probably let it go.       I had to. 
Two friends battle corporate idiocy and racing royalty to make history
     In the mid-1960s, Ford Motors was in a slump. Bad enough that sales are falling and the Ford legacy is in question. Worse still is fellow car magnate Enzo Ferrari’s insult. Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) responds by hitting Ferrari where it hurts: his legacy. Ford Motors will challenge him in Le Mans, the grueling 24-hour car race that Ferrari has dominated for the better part of a decade.