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Richard Linklater's follow-up to (Credit: AP / Van Redin)

Richard Linklater's follow-up to "Dazed and Confused" follows the antics of college baseball players in the year 1980. It's a lovely balance between nostalgia and cultural anthropology, with a fine cast of fresh faces. Women, sorely underrepresented, may find it less endearing. (Rated R)

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

The new young cast is great, especially Daisy
(Credit: Walt Disney Pictures / David James)

The new young cast is great, especially Daisy Ridley as the loner Rey and Adam Driver as the vulnerable Kylo Ren, but let's face it: Harrison Ford is still the star. (Rated PG-13)

"Son of Saul"

Hungary's foreign-language Oscar-winner, only the country's second ever,
(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Hungary's foreign-language Oscar-winner, only the country's second ever, follows an Auschwitz prisoner (Géza Röhrig) as he tries to bury the body of a murdered boy. Masterful directing from first-timer László Nemes; few Holocaust films have been as intense as this one. With English subtitles. (Rated R)

"In the Heart of the Sea"

Ron Howard's historical drama about a whaling ship

Ron Howard's historical drama about a whaling ship that inspired "Moby-Dick" is formulaic, macho and thoroughly satisfying. With Chris Hemsworth. (Rated PG-13)

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"Pixels"

When aliens invade Earth disguised as vintage video
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When aliens invade Earth disguised as vintage video games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong), humanity's best hope is a middle-aged arcade jockey (Adam Sandler). Though utterly trashed by critics, "Pixels" is a perfectly fine way to kill an evening, especially with some popcorn. (Rated PG-13)

"99 Homes"

In post-recession Florida, a desperate homeowner (Andrew Garfield)
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In post-recession Florida, a desperate homeowner (Andrew Garfield) goes to work for the ruthless broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him. A fine dramatic thriller with very good acting and plenty to say about the hollow-bottomed American dream. (Rated R)

"Mustang"

In a small Turkish town, five young sisters
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In a small Turkish town, five young sisters confront their limited futures with varying degrees of resignation, optimism and rebellion. Gripping and gorgeously filmed. In Turkish with English subtitles. (Rated PG-13)

"The 5th Wave"

Chloë Grace Moretz leads a human army against
(Credit: Sony Pictures / Chuck Zlotnick)

Chloë Grace Moretz leads a human army against an alien invasion. Entertaining, but this feels like a late-arriving entry into the fading young-adult dystopia market. (Rated PG-13)

"Jane Got A Gun"

The idea of a feminist Western sounds good,
(Credit: The Weinstein Company / Jack English)

The idea of a feminist Western sounds good, and Natalie Portman is intriguingly counter-cast as a homesteader defending her turf. She and her fine co-stars, however -- notably Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor and Noah Emmerich names -- get bogged down in the murky storyline and slow pacing. (Rated R)

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"Creed"

Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa for the seventh
(Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Barry Wetcher)

Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa for the seventh time, now training a young newcomer (Michael B. Jordan). Stunning fight scenes by director Ryan Coogler make up for a so-so story. (Rated PG-13)

"The Forest"

After an American girl disappears in Japan's notorious
(Credit: Gramercy Pictures / James Dittiger)

After an American girl disappears in Japan's notorious "suicide forest," her sister flies there to find her. Cool premise inspired by a real location, but that's about the best idea in this low-wattage horror film. Natalie Dormer, of "Game of Thrones," plays both women. (Rated PG-13)

"The Revenant"

The story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), the
(Credit: Kimberley French)

The story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), the American frontiersman who survived a grizzly mauling. Squeeze this epic onto the small screen if you must, but you risk missing the full sensory experience of Alejandro Iñárritu's Oscar-winning film. (Rated R)

"Bridge of Spies"

When director Steven Spielberg, leading man Tom Hanks
(Credit: Disney / Jaap Buitendijk)

When director Steven Spielberg, leading man Tom Hanks and writers Joel and Ethan Coen get together, a best picture nomination is sure to follow. This Cold War drama, based on a real-life prisoner negotiation in 1960, is well-crafted, high-gloss entertainment. Mark Rylance is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. (Rated PG-13)

"The Finest Hours"

A hugely corny but perfectly acceptable action-drama about
(Credit: Disney/Claire Folger)

A hugely corny but perfectly acceptable action-drama about an oil tanker in peril. Strong work from Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Based on true events. (Rated PG-13)

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"45 Years"

On the eve of their 45th anniversary party,
(Credit: Agatha A. Nitecka)

On the eve of their 45th anniversary party, a wife and husband (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay) get some distressing news. Andrew Haigh's film is an emotional drama, but it unfolds like a thriller, gripping you tighter with each scene. Better acting you may never see. (Rated R)

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

Not as dumb as you'd think. The feminist
(Credit: AP / Jay Maidment)

Not as dumb as you'd think. The feminist twists are fun, and Jane Austen's elegant voice can still be heard above the screams. With Lily James and Sam Riley. (Rated PG-13)

"Daddy's Home"

A doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) feels threatened by
(Credit: Paramount and Granite Pictures)

A doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) feels threatened by his kids' much cooler biological father (Mark Wahlberg). Very funny and surprisingly touching. Suggestive humor makes it best for young teens and up. (Rated PG-13)

"Where to Invade Next"

Michael Moore's latest has a glib title but
(Credit: Dog Eat Dog Films)

Michael Moore's latest has a glib title but asks a serious question: How have other countries solved some of our most persistent problems, from health care to education? Worth watching in this election year. (Rated R)

"Anomalisa"

A troubled author on a book tour falls
(Credit: Paramount Pictures)

A troubled author on a book tour falls for a naive fan in this R-rated, stop-motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman. Bizarre and utterly fascinating. With the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan. (Rated R)

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"Carol"

Todd Haynes' Oscar-nominated romance stars Cate Blanchett and
(Credit: The Weinstein Company / Wilson Webb)

Todd Haynes' Oscar-nominated romance stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women who fall in love in the early 1950s. Lush, compelling and a tad steamy. (Rated R)

"Midnight Special"

A father goes on the run to protect
(Credit: AP / Ben Rothstein)

A father goes on the run to protect his son -- a boy with inexplicably destructive powers -- from a religious cult and the U.S. government. Writer-director Jeff Nichols mixes "Firestarter" with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to come up with a decent sci-fi thriller, even if the plot doesn't quite add up. With Michael Shannon and Jaeden Liberher. (Rated PG-13)

"Zootopia"

Disney's animated movie about a rabbit cop (Ginnifer

Disney's animated movie about a rabbit cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) who befriends a con-man fox (Jason Bateman) is an unexpected treat, a family-friendly comedy filled with clever commentary about racism, prejudice and -- just for the heck of it -- the Department of Motor Vehicles. Smart, inventive and fun. (Rated PG)

"By the Sea"

Brad Pitt and writer-director Angelina Jolie play a
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Brad Pitt and writer-director Angelina Jolie play a depressed American couple on vacation in France. If boredom were a sport, watching this movie would make you an Olympic gold medalist. Don't do it. (Rated R)

"Norm of the North"

An awful animated kiddie-flick, starring Rob Schneider as
(Credit: Lionsgate)

An awful animated kiddie-flick, starring Rob Schneider as the voice of a polar bear who must travel to Manhattan to save the Arctic. The story is weird, the jokes flat, the visuals unappealing. A good choice for punishments and timeouts. (Rated PG)

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"Krampus"

When a young boy turns his back on
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When a young boy turns his back on Christmas, he unleashes the evil spirit of the anti-Claus. A promising concept, squandered by weak jokes and a non-plot. With Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner, who all deserve better. (Rated PG-13)

"Zoolander No. 2"

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as dim-bulb
(Credit: Paramount Pictures / Philippe Antonello)

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as dim-bulb male models. No great shakes, but not a stain on the original comedy's legacy, either. Will Ferrell is once again priceless as the clown-haired fashionista Mugatu. (Rated PG-13)

"Joy"

David O. Russell's kinda-sorta biopic of Long Island
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David O. Russell's kinda-sorta biopic of Long Island entrepreneur Joy Mangano has a wild energy that works about half the time -- and that's good enough when you've got Jennifer Lawrence to watch. (Rated PG-13)

"Deadpool"

Ryan Reynolds plays a mutant with a mean
(Credit: 20th Century Fox Film / Joe Lederer)

Ryan Reynolds plays a mutant with a mean streak. Audiences loved this raunchy, R-rated, anti-superhero film from Marvel. It's become a $761 million hit. (Rated R)

Everybody Wants Some!!

Richard Linklater's follow-up to
(Credit: AP / Van Redin)

Richard Linklater's follow-up to "Dazed and Confused" follows the antics of college baseball players in the year 1980. It's a lovely balance between nostalgia and cultural anthropology, with a fine cast of fresh faces. Women, sorely underrepresented, may find it less endearing. (Rated R)

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"Green Room"

The late Anton Yelchin plays a punk rocker
(Credit: Scott Patrick Green)

The late Anton Yelchin plays a punk rocker whose band is trapped in a sleazy nightclub after witnessing a murder. Brutal and bloody, with a suitably gnarly soundtrack. Patrick Stewart plays the club's neo-Nazi owner. (Rated R)

"The Hateful Eight"

Quentin Tarantino's epic Western (with Kurt Russell, Samuel
(Credit: The Weinstein Company)

Quentin Tarantino's epic Western (with Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and others) is part yak-fest, part splatter-fest and only marginally entertaining. Spaghetti Western maestro Ennio Morricone won his very first Oscar for the score. (Rated R)

"Race"

A biopic of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the
(Credit: AP)

A biopic of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the African-American runner whose four Olympic gold medals in 1936 put Hitler's Aryans to shame. Owens doesn't exactly come to life, but this is a handsome-looking movie with interesting historical details. Jason Sudeikis plays Owens' hard-driving coach. (Rated PG-13)

"Hail Caesar!"

The Coen brothers' latest, starring Josh Brolin as
(Credit: Universal Pictures)

The Coen brothers' latest, starring Josh Brolin as a Hollywood executive in the 1950s and George Clooney as a dim-bulb actor, tends to polarize viewers. Some hate the barely there plot, others love the comedic energy and dazzling camerawork. (Rated PG-13)

"Kung Fu Panda 3"

Jack Black returns as ancient China's cuddliest martial-arts
(Credit: AP)

Jack Black returns as ancient China's cuddliest martial-arts master, this time discovering his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston). Brisk comedy and some lovely animation compensate for the overstuffed plot. With Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan. (Rated PG)

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"The Divergent Series: Allegiant"

The wheels finally fall off an already wobbly
(Credit: Lionsgate / Murray Close)

The wheels finally fall off an already wobbly franchise in this muddled, meandering entry. Shailene Woodley's Tris remains overshadowed by Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, which may be an unfair thing to say, but there it is. Also with Naomi Watts and Theo James. (Rated PG-13)

"Eddie the Eagle"

The semi-true story of hopeless British ski-jumper Michael
(Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film / Larry Horricks)

The semi-true story of hopeless British ski-jumper Michael Edwards (an endearing Taron Egerton), who nevertheless went to the Olympics. Hugh Jackman plays his drunken coach, a fictional character. Enjoyably light and sweet. (Rated PG-13)

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2"

Nia Vardalos returns as Toula, the misfit heroine
(Credit: Universal Pictures/George Kraychyk)

Nia Vardalos returns as Toula, the misfit heroine of 2002's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." The magic of that film is absent from this weak follow-up, but the vibrant original cast (particularly Andrea Martin) can be fun to watch.

"10 Cloverfield Lane"

Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a young woman whose
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a young woman whose captor (John Goodman) insists that the outside world has been invaded by aliens. This taut, tingly thriller is enjoyable on its own, though it works better if you've seen J.J. Abrams' sleeper hit "Cloverfield" (2008). (PG 13)

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

The good news is that Ben Affleck is
(Credit: Warner Bros. Picture / DC Comics / Clay Enos)

The good news is that Ben Affleck is quite convincing as a human-scale Batman. The overall film, however, is plain bad: ponderous, self-serious and silly. With Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as an irritating Lex Luthor. (Rated PG-13)

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"Hello, My Name Is Doris"

An eccentric older woman falls for a co-worker
(Credit: Aaron Epstein)

An eccentric older woman falls for a co-worker nearly half her age. Sally Field, in the starring role, elevates this movie from cute comedy-drama to absolute must-see. (Rated R)

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