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Annabelle: Creation

The ugly, haunted doll from Annabelle and The Conjuring gets another spinoff movie. This one reveals the doll's secret origin story--which you've all, no doubt, been clamoring for. It involves a heartbroken dollmaker, a bunch of homeless orphans, a nun or two and some sort of demon, I guess. But mostly it involves a doll in a dark bedroom turning its head and people screaming. The script is silly, but director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) conjures up a few old-fashioned, jump-out-and-go-boo! frights. 109 minutes R.
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The Big Sick

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") and his wife wrote this unusual romantic comedy based on their own fractured path to a relationship. Nanjiani stars as a Pakistani-American dodging his old school parents' attempts to land him an arranged marriage. He meets and falls in love with the perfect (Caucasian) gal (Zoe Kazan), but she unexpectedly falls into a medical coma. Oddly enough, this causes him to meet and bond with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). It sounds like serious stuff--and in parts it's brimming with well-earned emotions--but it's also really funny. This is about as well-written and well-acted as rom-coms get. 119 minutes R.
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Cars 3

Cars 3

This time around Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the old-timer, trying to prove, one last time, that he can compete against a new generation of high-tech race cars (who talk, of course). Real-life racer Darrell Waltrip contributes a voice as "Darrell Cartrip." That's funny. Is that funny? I can't tell anymore. This sentimental trip around the track is a damn sight better than the last sequel. FULL REVIEW: Sentimental and scenic, trilogy-ending sports flick cruises to the finish line by Devin D. O’Leary (6/22/2017). 109 minutes G.
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The Dark Tower

Stephen King's epic dark fantasy series (eight books, a few short stories and some comics) gets loosely adapted with this long-in-development flick that ended up in the lap of Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (Truth About Men, A Royal Affair). Idris Elba is a supernatural gunslinger locked in eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), trying to stop him from destroying the Dark Tower, a mystical object that holds all universes together. Or something like that. Basically all the books are mashed together here in an attempt to tell one quick story. Fans are likely to be disappointed. 95 minutes PG-13.
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Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy) offers the finest film of his already impressive career with this epic yet intimate war story about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France during World War II. Nolan's ingenious script spins three stories at once, taking us to a week before the evacuation, a day before the evacuation and an hour before the evacuation. First, a terrified soldier tries to get off the bloody beach in France. Second, a fleet of ragtag private boats sets out from England to rescue the stranded army. Finally, a dedicated pilot runs a last-minute mission over the English Channel. As the time-fractured stories progress, they crash, successively, into one another. The result is a visceral, nerve-shredding and ultimately stirring portrait of the fear, chaos and heroism that surrounds war. FULL REVIEW: Christopher Nolan goes to war in a heart-pounding, historical drama about victory in the jaws of defeat by Devin D. O’Leary (7/20/2017). 106 minutes PG-13.
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The Emoji Movie

Hey, what if the emojis on your phone were, like, real and lived in a city called, I don't know, Textopolis or something? Hah! I mean, can you imagine the sort of crazy conversations that the "eggplant" emoji would have with the "thumbs up" emoji? LOL! It's just ... It's like ... Ah, hell I blame millennials for this crap. Speaking of which, Patrick Stewart plays the "poop" emoji. It's a bad time to be alive, people. 86 minutes PG.
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The Emoji Movie 3D

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Kidnap

It's now an unwritten rule in Hollywood that when tough guy actors reach a certain age, they're given the option of starring in one of those Taken knock-offs in which their daughter gets kidnapped and they stop at nothing to exact bloody revenge on the kidnappers. While letting Halle Berry in on some of that sweet action isn't what you'd call original, it at least counts as some sort of gender parity. This one's been sitting on the shelf since 2014. 94 minutes R.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming

After the successful events of Captain America: Civil War, Columbia (who retains rights to Marvel's Spider-Man) plays nice with Disney to collaborate on this rebooted version of the web-slinging hero. (Andrew Garfield, we hardly knew ye.) Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea, The Lost City of Z) stars as high school genius/newbie superhero Peter Parker/Spider-Man, caught in a war between high-tech heavyweights Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton). 133 minutes PG-13.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming 3D

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Wonder Woman

Warner Bros. finally gets around to tackling one of DC Comics' most famous characters. Israeli actress Gal Gadot stars as the titular Amazonian princess, whose sheltered life is ended when a World War I pilot (Chris Pine) crashlands on the Amazon's isolated island home and tells of the conflict raging in the outside world. Princess Diana (Gadot) volunteers to suit up, return the outsider and see what she can do about stopping this War to End All Wars. Believe it or not, Warner Bros. is finally getting a handle on this superhero thing--thanks, in large part, to director Patty Jenkins (Monster), who handles the character with care, intelligence and a sense of adventure. 141 minutes PG-13.
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Times and listings are for Friday 10/13 through Thursday 10/19

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