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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

“All Roads Lead Here”

Directed by Drew Goddard
Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Chris Hemsworth

Four people check into the El Royale hotel, a once-thriving establishment straddling the California-Nevada border in Tahoe: Vacuum cleaner salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan (Hamm), Catholic priest Father Daniel Flynn (Bridges) and traveler Darleen Sweet (Erivo) arrive first, followed by a moody hippy (Johnson) whose name we ultimately discover to be Emily. They are greeted by the manager, Miles (Pullman) and check in on the Nevada side of the hotel. Then the secrets start to come out.

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Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018)

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“Because if Aquaman can get a movie, anyone can.”

Directed by Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath
Starring Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett and Kristen Bell

The Teen Titans are probably among the world’s bottom five superhero teams, largely due to a tendency to go into a hip-hop patter number instead of finishing their foes.  Robin (Menville) is determined to achieve true superhero status in the only way that matters in the modern world: By getting a movie made about himself. With the help of his team mates Beast Boy (Cipes), Raven (Strong), Cyborg (Payton) and Starfire (Walch), he sets out to convince director Jade Wilson (Bell) that her next movie should feature the Titans by securing master manipulator Slade (Arnett) as their arch-nemesis.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

“Real Heroes. Not Actual Size.”

Directed by Peyton Reed
Starring  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Douglas

In the wake of Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) is under house arrest, while Hank Pimm (Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Lilly) are in hiding. When Scott has a dream about Hope’s mother, Janet (Pfeiffer), he is dragged into their work to rescue Janet from the Quantum Realm. Unfortunately, keeping their work under the radar attracts the attention of shady tech dealer Sonny Burch (Goggins), and the mysterious, phase-shifting Ghost (John-Kamen).

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The Incredibles 2 (2018)

“Suit up.”

Directed by Brad Bird
Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener

Picking up directly from the end of The Incredibles, Mr Incredible (Nelson) and Elastigirl (Hunter) try to keep their children Violet (Vowell) and Dash (Milner) out of their battle with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger). As a result, the battle runs out of  control, and the government scraps the Superhero Relocation Program. In the Parr family’s hour of need, entrepreneur Winston Deavor (Odenkirk) and his sister, creative genius Evelyn (Keener), offer a ray of hope.

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

“Prepare for the second coming”

Directed by David Leitch
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Shioli Kutsuna and Jack Kesy

Wade Wilson (Reynolds) – aka Deadpool – is living the dream, killing bad guys for cash and living it up with his girlfriend Vanessa (Baccarin). Everything else is spoilers, so let’s put the breakline in here.

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Annihilation (2018)

“Fear What’s Inside”

Directed by Alex Garland
Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac

Biology professor Lena (Portman) is being questioned in an isolation lab. She recounts how she had been waiting a year for word of her soldier husband, Kane (Isaac), when he turned up almost literally out of the blue and then collapsed. She was abducted by government agents and delivered to a military operation called Southern Reach, studying a phenomenon called the Shimmer, a mysterious field covering an increasingly large area of the South.

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Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

“Rise Up”

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
Starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, Zhang Jin and Charlie Day

Ten years after the closing of the Breach, the Pan-Pacific Defence Corps continues to guard against the return of the extradimensional Kaiju, while scavengers like Jake ‘Son of Stacker’ Pentecost (Boyega) and Amara Namani (Spaeny) scavenge derelict jaegers for profit or, in the latter case, to build her own mini-jaeger, the totally awesome Scrapper.

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

Directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers
Starring Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff

Olaf (Gad) is thrilled that Anna (Bell) and Elsa (Menzel) have planned a grand holiday surprise party for all of Arendelle (which, based on the information here that the great Jule Bell can be heard across the kingdom, is presumably about the same size as London’s properly Cockney East End, but significantly less densely populated,) only for the populace to leave before the announcement to commence their individual household traditions.

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White Christmas (1954)

“First and unforgettable picture in VISTAVISION”

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen

A pair of singers – Broadway star Bob Wallace (Crosby) and aspiring entertainer Phil Davis (Kaye) – team up to produce a show for their unit during WWII. After the war, they become a successful double act, and are asked to view an act put on by their mess sergeant’s sisters, Betty (Clooney) and Judy (Vera-Ellen). Wily opportunists Phil and Judy hit it off, while Bob and Betty form a certain rapprochement tempered by the conflict of his cynicism with her idealism.

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Rebourne: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

“The Game Has Evolved”

Directed by Jake Kasdan
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale

The Original

Years after a boy is sucked into a mysterious board game, two more children find the game and begin to play. In order to avoid getting trapped themselves, they must play the game to the end, and in the process learn some important lessons about themselves.

The Late Sequel

In 1996 a teenager finds, but sets aside the Jumanji board game. To lure him in, it becomes a computer game. Twenty years later, four mismatched students – nerdy gamer Spencer (Alex Wolff), jock Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), queen bee Bethany (Madison Iseman) and angry young woman Martha (Morgan Turner) – are given detention and tasked with clearing out old papers from the basement. There they find the game, and it pulls them in.

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