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A Dog's Purpose

Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, Hachi: A Dog's Tale) directs this movie about a dog who tries to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Every time he dies, you see, he's reincarnated as another dog. In other words: It's a feel-good movie about a dog who dies. Repeatedly. Josh Gad voices the dog. Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. 120 minutes PG.
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Fist Fight

Charlie Day ( "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is a nebbish teacher who runs afoul of a pugnacious fellow teacher (Ice Cube), gets him fired and is challenged to an after-school fight. The bulk of this simple comedy is taken up with our protagonist trying to avoid the titular altercation. 91 minutes R.
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Hidden Figures

This important historical drama is based on the true story of the Human Calculators, a team of African-American women who worked for NASA, providing crucial mathematical data in the early, pre-computer days of the American space program. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star alongside Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. It's a formulaic, feel-good tribute to unsung heroes, but it delivers its predetermined beats with humor and sympathy. 127 minutes PG.
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John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves shot back into relevance with 2014's hard-hitting, stripped-to-the-bone, out-of-nowhere action flick John Wick. This second outing amps things up a bit for Reeves' titular, light-lipped assassin, but--between Reeves' grimly stone-faced performance and the film's near-balletic bloodshed--still manages to achieve the same level of pure pulp poetry. 122 minutes R.
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The LEGO Batman Movie

Fans of 2014's The LEGO Movie (and there are plenty) are, no doubt, salivating at the prospect of a spinoff concentrating on Will Arnett's hilariously self-obsessed crimefighter. This time around, Bruce Wayne finds himself dealing with a wave of criminals in Gotham City (including, but not limited to, Zach Galifianakis' Joker, Jenny Slate's Harley Quinn, Conan O'Brien's Riddler, Doug Benson's Bane and Billy Dee Williams' Two-Face). On top of that, our hero's learning to accept the responsibility of his recently adopted ward, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera). No, it's not as profound as its predecessor. But damned if it isn't ridiculously fast-paced fun. 104 minutes PG.
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The LEGO Batman Movie 3D

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Lion

Adapted from Saroo Brierley's autobiographical book A Long Way Home, this tear-jerking/inspirational drama relates the life story of a 5-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. Eventually, he is a adopted by a kindly Australian couple. Some 25 years later, he returns to India to sort out his confusing past and mixed identity. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars alongside Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Rooney Mara. 118 minutes PG-13.
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Split

M. Night Shyamalan--on something of a roll after 2015's surprisingly good, stripped-down thriller The Visit--casts James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as a psycho killer with 24 distinct personalities. In order to escape his death dungeon, three young women must seek out and exploit the "nice" personalities inside of him, while avoiding the "nasty" ones. Sure, there's a twist to it all, but Shyamalan expertly delivers enough psychological gimmickry and nerve-jangling scares to give this claustrophobic little frightener a solid base before the big--and completely unexpected--reveal. 117 minutes PG-13.
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