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Two love stories intertwine in this lush romantic drama
     Mae (Issa Rae: Little) spent her whole life wondering why her mother Christina (Chanté Adams: Bad Hair) didn’t love her. A talented photographer, Christina spent her life chasing pictures and leaving behind everyone in her life—including her daughter. When she dies, Mae grieves not for her mother, but the relationship that they never had. 

(The movie formerly known as Birds of Prey: The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

     Unfortunately, great movies don’t always earn great box office returns. Because Birds of Prey had the lowest opening weekend of any DC movie, Warner Brothers has decided that re-titling the film to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey is the only way to up ticket sales.
Budget constraints don’t dull this interesting take on an old fairytale
     In a small desolate little room, Gretel (Sophia Lillis: It Chapter Two) makes a plea to her mother, begging to be allowed to stay in her home. Things have been hard since Gretel’s father died. Food is scarce, finances are desperate. 
Guy Ritchie returns to the gangster comedy in this fun caper flick
     Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey: The Beach Bum) went from a nobody in Texas to the king of marijuana distribution in England in two decades. He’s beloved by the gentry, feared by other gangsters and celebrated for making high quality strains of weed that no other distributer can touch. If you smoke it, Mickey’s probably got a hand in producing it. 

A boy falls in love with a girl who can bring out the sun in this beautiful story

     The second he turns 16, Hodaka (Brandon Engman: The Oath) runs away from his small island home, with dreams of making it big in Tokyo. Though he has hopes of an exciting city life he finds himself homeless and hungry within a week. 
     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.