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David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

Queen of Katwe

A typical sports underdog story with an exotic African backdrop, "Queen of Katwe" feels like a lot of random moves instead of a comprehensive narrative.
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Deepwater Horizon

A multimillion-dollar movie about mistakes made to hold onto one-millionth of a profit percentage, but it mostly finds value in the right places.

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The Shallows

“The Shallows” won’t linger in your memory, but it should keep you entertained.
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The Magnificent Seven

"The Magnificent Seven" is a well-built summer blockbuster that doesn't supplant the original but certainly doesn't shit in its bed.

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Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition

The Disney classic kicked off a golden age of animation, and 25 years later it looks better than ever.
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Blair Witch

You can't recapture lightning in a bottle, but "Blair Witch" is thematically and aesthetically a true inheritor to the original game-changing film.

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Captain America: Civil War

"Captain America: Civil War" is the sort of super-hero movie that hits its marks and gives you everything you expected but offers no surprises or boldness.
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Sully

Though it chooses to cut its story thread in strange places, "Sully" is still an engrossing tale of an unremarkable man who did an extraordinary thing.

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows J.K. Simmons, left, and Susan Sarandon in a scene from "The Meddler." (Jaimie Trueblood/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

The Meddler

Susan Sarandon anchors this funny/romantic story about a neurotic mother who blasts past all boundaries.
Michael Fassbender stars as Tom Sherbourne and Alicia Vikander as his wife Isabel in DreamWorks Pictures poignant drama THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the acclaimed novel by M.L. Stedman.

The Light Between Oceans

A beautiful and tender story of romance and tragedy that takes its time to build the emotional world of its characters.

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The Jungle Book

A pleasing mix of old and new, "The Jungle Book" is a fine family film with CGI action and just enough musical numbers.
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Hands of Stone

Strong performances, including Usher Raymond & Robert De Niro, buoy this Roberto Duran biopic, but it dances around the ring of the fighter’s life too much.

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Maggie’s Plan

A smart and sharp comedy with a streak of insightful social commentary, “Maggie’s Plan” is about the conflicting choices young women face these days.
Gunrunners David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) fist-bump after delivering some Berettas to Iraq in "War Dogs," a 2016 comedy-drama from Warner Brothers.

War Dogs

Feels like a Martin Scorsese LEGO set, down to a Jonah Hill minifig with articulated middle fingers you can raise. Without him, "War Dogs" would be useless.