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CAPTIVE STATE: Not reviewed

It’s 10 years after an alien invasion. In this sci-fi tale starring Vera Farmiga, Machine Gun Kelly and John Goodman, some are working with the invaders and others still are fighting them. (Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, some crude sexual content, brief language and drug material)

FIVE FEET APART: Not reviewed

Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play teens with deadly illnesses who fall in love at the hospital. (Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and suggestive material)

WONDER PARK: Not reiviewed

A young girl’s imagination comes alive to create an amazing amusement park. The voice cast for the animated feature includes Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Mila Kunis, John Oliver and Ken Jeong. (Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and action)

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Alita is a typical teenage girl who loves chocolate and a bad boy with floppy hair, but she’s also an atypical one who can slice apart a single falling tear with her ferocious battle sword. The heroine of Yukito Kishiro’s manga tale is brought to the screen by producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez. The film crams in so many plot lines that it risks being overstuffed but somehow stays true to its mesmerizing vision and emerges as a sci-fi success, if not a triumph. Alita is both machine and human and the big-budget screen adaptation is both live action and computer generated. Even with huge CG eyes, Rosa Salazar conveys deep emotion without a crucial acting tool. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language) (AP)


If there was one inspired stroke behind the first solo movie for the Atlantis hero, it was in casting Jason Momoa in the Justice League role. His charisma is as formidable as his brawn. So why is “Aquaman” so soggy with Atlantis mythology and drowning in special effects when all it really needs to do is let Momoa’s Aquaman rock? Director James Wan deserves both criticism for soaking the film so thoroughly in kitschy CGI and praise for the glowing synthetic beauty of Atlantis. Both Wan and Momoa have a surprisingly firm grasp of who Aquaman is, and they ultimately — more than two hours later — steer their film toward sincerity and away from bombast. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language) (AP)


The sixth “Transformers” film is a stand-alone origin story written with disarming skill by Christina Hodson and starring the gifted Hailee Steinfeld. It’s a charming tale of a girl and her adorable car-robot, flipping the script on the tired, bloated franchise. While hard-core fan-boys may complain it’s too soft, this film may turn out to be the perfect way to save the franchise. Hard-core fans may be unhappy that there’s not enough robot-on-robot violence or turned off by the meet-cute between teen and bot, but hopefully it will attract an audience either tired or turned off by the franchise’s past rigidity and addiction to spectacle. This is what we needed: Smaller, quieter, more human and sweeter. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence) (AP)


There are some twists and turns and a scene-stealing orange cat that would be difficult to discuss here without spoiling everything. All-in-all it’s fine, but nothing to get too excited about. And it could have and should have been so much better: The cast was there, the cool directing talents (Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck), the budget and the “brand” goodwill. Halfway through most Marvel movies, I don’t often find myself dreaming up some other Brie Larson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Gemma Chan movie but it happened in “Captain Marvel.” The first female-led movie of the MCU deserved more. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action and brief suggestive language) (AP)


From the imaginations of “Fast & Furious” producer Neal H. Moritz and “Insidious: The Last Key” director Adam Robitel comes “Escape Room,” in which the characters are as random as an audience-chosen improv group (Investment banker! Soldier! Miner! Smart teen! Grocer!), the rooms look like discarded Nine Inch Nails music video sets (not exactly a criticism), the stakes are $10,000 or death, which seem far too low and too high, and everyone agrees that Petula Clark’s “Downtown” is a bad song (which is both incorrect and a strange, rude hill to die on). It isn’t actually all that bad, just kind of silly. You could do worse in January. (Rated PG-13 for terror / perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language) (AP)


This enjoyable sports tale is based on the true story of two working-class siblings (played by Florence Pugh and Jack Lowdon) in England who aspire to be professional wrestlers. Not only does one of them succeed, but her leap into megawatt fame puts a strain family dynamics. It’s a compelling and likable cast, and writer-director Stephen Merchant keeps the film, for all its sports-movie cliches, mostly lively, good-hearted and consistently funny. (Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material, language throughout, some violence and drug content) (AP)


Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young woman new to New York City finds a leather handbag on the subway and decides to return it to the owner (Isabelle Huppert), a tiny, nice-looking woman in her 60s. This is the first of many mistakes Frances makes in writer and director Neil Jordan’s stylish and knowingly over-the-top film, a dark, Brian De Palma-esque fairy tale about the dangers of trusting a lonely soul. The film gets really insane in the third act, but it keeps moving and is swiftly resolved. It’s as retrograde as you can get, but it’s also tremendously silly and kind of a blast. (Rated R for some violence and disturbing images) (AP)