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Incredibles 2 cast photo

‘Incredibles 2’

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson

Directed by: Brad Bird

Rated: PG

In the pantheon of animated studios, Pixar remains the best, not only for the high-quality graphics, but for the storylines and characters as well. It’s been almost 15 years since the first “Incredibles” premiered in 2004. It was a huge hit then and outshined such luminaries as “Toy Story 2” and “Shrek.” So my only complaint about this movie is why did it take so long to get here?

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Rachel Wesiz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola in Disobedience

‘Disobedience’

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Sebastian Lelio

Rated: R

Earlier this year, director Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” took home the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and he’s in the midst of remaking “Gloria” with Julianne Moore taking on the iconic Gena Rowlands role. Somewhere in between, he managed to direct and write (along with Rebecca Lenkiewicz) this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel.

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Claire Foy in Seven Soderbergh's Unsane

‘Unsane’

Starring: Claire Foy, Jay Pharoah

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Rated: R

As a cinematic experiment, this feature is pretty interesting. It was director Steven Soderbergh’s choice to film the entire movie on an iPhone. And it’s obvious that the usual technical aspects we barely notice most of the time are missing here.

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Lesley Manville and Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread

For a director so devoted to his own material and vision, Paul Thomas Anderson has suffused his latest film with delicate notes of Hitchcock that recall the classic “Rebecca.” Prior to its release, very little was known about “Phantom Thread,” save for the fact its star, Daniel Day Lewis, has declared this to be his last movie. Based on his stellar performance in this, I hope he will change his mind.

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Wes Studi in Scott Cooper film Hostiles

‘Hostiles’

Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Rated: R

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Margo Robbie in I, Tonya

All these years later, Tonya Harding is but a small smear on the revered sport of ice-skating. While one of the most talented skaters of her generation — the only one to land a triple axle — it seemed fairly obvious she didn’t have the grace and style of other dancers like Nancy Kerrigan. Well, and then there was that infamous incident involving Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.

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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in Spielberg's The Post

‘The Post’

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

Director: Steven Spielberg

Rated: PG-13

Watching this made me wonder what venerable journalist and editor Ben Bradlee would make of the current climate for his profession. Terms like “fake news” would be an anathema to a man like Bradley, who based his reputation and that of the Washington Post on telling the truth — or in many cases, speaking truth to power. Few did it better than Bradley, who passed away in 2014.

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Jessica Chastain (left) plays Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin's 'Molly's Game'

‘Molly’s Game’

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Rated: R

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Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's Darkest Hour

‘Darkest Hour’

Starring: Gary Oldman, Lily James

Directed by: Joe Wright

Rated: PG-13

It’s not often that I’m not ready for a movie to end. I really wanted this one to go on and instead of taking us up to the point that England entered World War II, take us all the way through. Of course, the caveat would be that the incomparable Gary Oldman would continue in the part of a lifetime as Winston Churchill.

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Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig

‘Lady Bird’

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Rated: PG-13

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