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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

“Life Finds a Way”

Directed by J.A. Bayona
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B. D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum

Years after the collapse of Jurassic World, and with Isla Nubla having reverted to active volcano status, debates rage over whether the dinosaurs are deserving of legal protection, with Dr Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) taking the position that nope, fuck those guys. Claire Dearing (Howard) leads a campaign to protect the dinosaurs, and is tapped by John Hammond’s silent partner Sir Benjamin Lockwood (Cromwell) to take her staffers Franklin (Smith) and Zia (Pineda) back to the island, along with Owen Grady (Pratt) to save at least eleven species of dinosaurs and bring them to a new sanctuary.

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Solo (2018)

“Never tell him the odds.”

Directed by Ron Howard, among others
Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany

On the shipbuilding planet Corellia, young scoundrel Han (Ehrenreich) and his girlfriend Qi’ra (Clarke) try to escape the clutches of xeno-Fagin Lady Proxima (Linda Hunt). Qi’ra gets caught, but Han gets out by signing up for the Imperial military academy, given the surname ‘Solo’ as he has no people.

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Not Cinderella’s Type (2018)

Directed by Brian Brough
Starring Paris Warner, Tim Flynn, Tanner Gillman, Scott Christopher and JJ Neward

Indy Zimmerman (Warner) is orphaned and sent to live with her aunt Clarise (Neward) and her family, who stick her in an attic and treat her like a servant. Her crappy life takes a turn for the even crappier when alliterative milquetoast high school stud Bryant (Flynn) hits her cat with his car and suddenly becomes her total stalker.

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Upside Down (2012)

So, if he’s Adam, is she God?

“Two worlds. One future.” (The English taglines are a real letdown compared to the French ‘And if love were stronger than gravity?’)

Directed by Juan Diego Solanas
Starring Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst and Timothy Spall

Adam and Eden are childhood sweethearts, pulled apart by false accusations, different social status, and the fact that they live on opposing planets in a binary world in which any given thing is only subject to the gravity of one world.

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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

“Be a Warrior”

Directed by Ava Duvernay
Starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine

Meg Murray (Reid) isn’t having a good time of it. It’s been four years since her father (Pine) disappeared, leaving Meg, her mother (Mbatha-Raw), and her newly adopted, infant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) to the whispers and rumours of neighbours and schoolmates, as well as their own doubts. Then Charles Wallace brings the stranges ‘Missuses’ into their lives, and ‘recruits’ Calvin (Levi Miller), a popular kid with a bit of a crush on Meg, to join them on a mission to rescue their father.

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Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

Find your inner piece

Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan 
Starring Dave FrancoJustin TherouxFred ArmisenAbbi JacobsonOlivia MunnKumail NanjianiMichael PeñaZach Woods and Jackie Chan

A young boy enters an antique shop, where the owner (Chan) tells him the legend of Ninjago, a city under constant attack by the evil Lord Garmadon (Theroux). The city is defended by six mysterious ninjas under the tutelage of Master Wu (Chan), one of whom is actually Lloyd Garmadon (Franco), estranged by still widely despised son of Lord Garmadon. In an attempt to finally drive his father out of his life, Lloyd steals the Ultimate Weapon from Wu, inadvertently unleashing the terrible Meowthra on the city.

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Storks (2016)

“A bundle of trouble is coming”

Directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland
Starring Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo

The storks of Stork Mountain have long been out of the baby business, instead delivering packages for Totally Not Amazon(TM). Top delivery stork Junior (Samberg) is due to be promoted to CEO when the incumbent, Hunter (Grammer), gets kicked upstairs, but first he need to ‘liberate’ the company’s sole human employee, Orphan Tulip (Crown), whose delivery address was lost when she was a baby, precipitating the move away from baby delivery. Taking pity on Tulip, Junior instead moves the overeager young woman to the defunct postal sorting room. There, she transfers a letter from lonely only-child Nate (Anton Starkman) into the old baby factory, creating a custom baby girl.

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The Death Cure (2018)

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“Every Maze Has an End”

Directed by Wes Ball
Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson and Rosa Salazar

Following Teresa’s (Scodelario) betrayal in The Scorch Trials, Thomas (O’Brien) and Newt (Brodie-Sangster) are intent on rescuing their comrade Minho (Lee), with the help of survivalists Jorge (Esposito) and Brenda (Salazar) and revolutionary Vince (Pepper). WCKD are determined to hold onto Minho, however, as Teresa and her mentor Ava (Clarkson) believe that his blood holds the key to a cure which could save the Last City from the Flare virus.

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The Commuter (2018)

“Lives are on the Line”

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, Elizabeth McGovern and Sam Neill

Ex-cop turned insurance salesman Michael McCauley (Neeson) takes the train to work in the city every day, until the day he gets laid off after ten years and with his son about to go to university. After meeting up with former partner Alex Murphy (Wilson) for a drink and a moan about the state of the world and the politicising of cops under the likes of Captain David Hawethorne (Neill), he takes the train home. En route, a mysterious woman named Joanna (Farmiga) offers him $100,000 if he can find someone on the train who is riding to the last stop on the line, but does not belong among the regular commuters.

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Goosebumps (2015)

“You will believe in monsters”

Directed Rob Letterman
Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Ryan Lee, Jillian Bell

Zach Cooper (Minnette) moves from New York to Madison, Delaware, the small-townest of small-town American small towns, so that his mother (Ryan) can take up a new job as vice principal of his new high school. He forms a friendship with Hannah (Rush) the beautiful girl next door, but when he fears her intense and secretive father (Black) is abusing her, he and his new friend Champ (Lee) break into their house and stumble across a stash of manuscripts for the Goosebumbs children’s novels.

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