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  • The Commuter

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- If you think your trip back and forth to work is trying, consider the plight Liam Neeson finds himself in as "The Commuter" (Lionsgate). Neeson's character, police officer-turned-insurance-salesman Michael MacCauley, is already having a bad day even before he catches the train from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal to suburban Tarrytown. Strapped for cash to begin with, Michael has just been let go from his job.

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  • The Post

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The oddest scenes in "The Post" (Fox), a nostalgic account of The Washington Post's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, involve Meryl Streep as that newspaper's owner, Katharine Graham, hovering about its press and linotype rooms.

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  • Paddington 2

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Unlikely as it seems, "Paddington 2" (Warner Bros.), an endearing blend of animation and live action, sends the much-loved bear of its title (voice of Ben Whishaw) to the slammer. More predictably, once imprisoned -- in a grim Victorian fortress of a jail -- he still manages to exert his trademark charm on all around him.

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  • Insidious: The Last Key

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The easiest way to judge the quality of an "Insidious" film is to gauge how quickly the actors get into a poltergeist-haunted house. On that score, "Insidious: The Last Key" (Universal), the fourth installment in the franchise, does not disappoint, since it opens in one.

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  • Father Figures

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- About the funniest joke in the threadbare comedy "Father Figures" (Warner Bros.) concerns the fact that, in childhood, its two main characters -- now-grown and estranged fraternal twins Kyle (Owen Wilson) and Peter (Ed Helms) Reynolds -- had a pet cat named Chairman Meow

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  • Downsizing

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- An odd combination of elements makes up the offbeat drama "Downsizing." But the residue that remains with viewers is ultimately a positive one. On the dramatic level, what begins as a curious sci-fi fantasy about a futuristic technology people can use to shrink themselves (and thereby greatly reduce the toll they take on the environment) becomes a deeply humane, faith-tinged story once it veers off in an unexpected direction.

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  • All the Money in the World

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- By turns suspenseful, darkly comic and stridently moral, "All the Money in the World" (Sony), a slightly fictionalized account of a famous kidnapping, makes a strong case that immense wealth not only can't buy happiness, it also imposes depths of misery that few ever know.

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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- More than a few parents have, no doubt, had occasion to be alarmed at how easily --- and how often -- kids become absorbed by gadgetry these days. Perhaps they can take comfort in the fact that such preoccupation is nothing compared to what transpires in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" (Columbia).

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  • The Greatest Showman

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The life of pop entertainment pioneer P.T. Barnum provides the subject matter for the big, brash musical "The Greatest Showman" (Fox). Ironically, the film arrives in theaters almost seven months to the day after the demise of the 19th-century impresario's most lasting legacy, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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  • Pitch Perfect 3

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The third time's not a charm for "Pitch Perfect 3" (Universal), a discordant and exceedingly unfunny musical comedy. Although this second sequel in the five-year-old film franchise, directed by Trish Sie ("Step It Up All In"), reunites the cast of both previous movies, and features the expected toe-tapping tunes and lowbrow humor, it lacks originality and runs out of steam well before the end credits roll.

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  • Ferdinand

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Generations of children have fallen in love with the peace-loving protagonist of Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson's 1936 classic "The Story of Ferdinand." Now that amiable bull, who was featured in an Academy Award-winning 1938 short from Walt Disney, gets his first full-length screen outing with "Ferdinand" (Fox), a pleasing piece of animation in which he's voiced by wrestler-turned-actor John Cena.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Despite the high price of a movie ticket these days, patrons are unlikely to come away from a showing of the engrossing sci-fi epic "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Disney) feeling shortchanged.

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  • Just Getting Started

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- There's bad, there's awful and then there's "Just Getting Started" (Broad Green). This dismal attempt at comedy is so epically empty that it makes the average "Porky's" sequel seem like a scintillating masterpiece.

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  • The Disaster Artist

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fact-based comedy "The Disaster Artist" (A24) is certainly not a film for everyone. Wholly unsuitable for kids, it also includes elements that many adults will prefer to avoid.

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