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Despicable Me 3

Poor, misunderstood mad scientist Gru (Steve Carell) tried to go legit in the last Despicable Me movie, but this newest animated outing finds him fired from his job as a superspy. A timely reunion with his long-lost (and incredibly successful) twin brother has him plotting one last villainous heist (with the help of his minions, of course). 90 minutes PG.
Movies 8

The Foreigner

It's becoming an increasingly common cliché in Hollywood to give aging actors their "Liam Neeson in Taken" comeback. Nonetheless, watching martial arts superstar Jackie Chan do the "retired special agent hunts down the kidnappers/killers of his daughter" thing doesn't sound that bad. This tightly budgeted thriller actually spends more time with Pierce Brosnan as a Northern Irish politician trying to quell sectarian violence—but the mix of action and politics ends up working. 114 minutes R.
Movies 8


Bombastic writer-producer Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla) turns writer-director so he can mash up the last 15 years' worth of disaster flicks into one overstuffed apocalypse. Seems that, in the near future, mankind has developed a series of satellites that can control the weather. But when the tech gets hacked (unleashing tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, you name it), it's up to super-genius Gerard Butler to save the Earth. Don't think: Just unhinge your jaw and watch cities go ka-blooey! 109 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

Happy Death Day

This cheap but clever horror flick from Christopher Landon (Scout's Guide to the Apocalypse, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) mixes the 1981 slasher Happy Birthday to Me with the 1993 fantasy Groundhog Day. Seems a young college student (Jessica Rothe from "Mary + Jane") spends her birthday being brutally murdered—only to wake up that morning and repeat the whole thing. If only she could puzzle out the identity of her killer, she might be able to stop it from happening over and over again. 96 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8


Half of Steven King's horror classic (the young kid parts) gets adapted in this feature film reboot. Bill Skarsgard ("Hemlock Grove") takes over from Tim Curry as the demonic clown luring kids into the sewers of a small New England town. Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti (Mama) directs with skill and some old-fashioned scares. If this one does well—unlike The Dark Tower—we'll get the second half. 135 minutes R.
Movies 8


You can argue all you want over whom the most indestructible movie boogieman is: Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers. Just keep in mind that John Kramer (a.k.a. Jigsaw) croaked three films into his eponymous slasher series. And yet he's managed to rack up an impressive postmortem kill count in four additional films. Now there's a fifth. It's been 10 years since Jigsaw died, and police are looking into a killer using suspiciously similar Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions to murder people. 91 minutes R.
Movies 8


Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up, Captain America: Civil War) stars in this biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Traveling back to 1941, this one recounts young Thurgood's work on Connecticut v. Joseph Spell—a case in which a black chauffeur was accused of the rape and attempted murder of his employer's wife. Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Ladies Man) directs. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell round out the cast. 118 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as mismatched strangers who survive a plane crash and must form a connection to survive an extreme trek over a remote, snow-covered mountain. This mainstream romantic adventure comes to us from Israel-born director Hany Abu-Assad, who previously gave us such foreign hits as Paradise Now, Omar and The Idol. Based on the best-selling novel by Charles Martin. 103 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Tyler Perry straps on a dress again to play the scrappy granny Madea, who travels to a campground with some gal-pals where they are forced to fend off the advances of various monsters, goblins and boogeymen. 101 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8