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Allison Janney as LaVona Fay Golden, in "I, Tonya." (Photo: Neon)

“The Commuter”: If you’re stoked about seeing Liam Neeson in action movies directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, you’ll be happy to know that “The Commuter” is their fourth time working together in the past seven years. Unrelated to any of their previous films, this one finds Neeson aboard a passenger train with Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) as they race against time to solve a deadly conspiracy. 1 hr. 45; PG-13.

 

“The Darkest Hour”: During the course of shooting this World War II biopic, Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight”) spent over 200 hours in the makeup chair and smoked over 400 cigars to portray Winston Churchill in his early days as Britain’s prime minister facing off against Hitler’s army. This looks to be director Joe Wright’s best since 2007’s “Atonement” as well as an Academy Award lock for Oldman. 2 hr. 5; PG-13.

“Ferdinand”: Based on the 1936 children’s classic “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, this computer-animated comedy stars the voice of pro wrestler John Cena to tell the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight matadors. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (“Ice Age”) and featuring the voices of Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Gina Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias. 1 hr. 48; PG.

“The Greatest Showman”: “Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman trades his claws for a top hat for this musical biopic about the life of P.T. Barnum, co-founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus that was purchased by the Ringling Brothers in 1919 and ran until its closing in May 2017. The film centers on Barnum (Jackman) and the lives of the show’s attractions played by Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. 1 hr. 45; PG.

“I, Tonya”: Equal parts “Boogie Nights” and “Best In Show,” this darkly comedic mockumentary dramatizes the life of U.S.figure skating champion Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie, “Suicide Squad”), who was implicated in a 1994 scandal involving aphysical assault on her Olympic teammate Nancy Kerrigan (Cailin Carver, “Paper Towns”). Allison Janney and Sebastian Stanco-star. 2 hr.; R.

“Insidious - The Last Key”: The fourth entry in the increasingly mind-boggling supernatural horror franchise follows up 2015’s “Insidious: Chapter 3” by bringing parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) out of retirement once again to expand on the series mythology, this time in New Mexico. Shaye is consistently excellent, and these movies are much more fun than “The Conjuring.” 1 hr. 43; PG-13.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”: A sequel in name only to the 1995 Robin Williams family adventure, this action-oriented comedy transports four teenagers into a video game set in the jungle where they inhabit the bodies of Dwayne Johnson (“Baywatch”), Kevin Hart (“Ride Along”), Jack Black (“School of Rock”), and Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as their avatars as they navigate the Jumanji world. 1 hr. 59; PG-13.

“Lady Bird”: Greta Gerwig (“Mistress America”) makes her solo debut as a writer-director with this comedic drama starring Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) as a high school senior who attempts to escape a dysfunctional relationship with her overbearing mother (Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”) by applying to colleges on the other side of the country. Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges and Beanie Feldstein co-star. 1 hr. 33; R.

“Molly’s Game”: Acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”) makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of the memoir by Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain, “The Hurt Locker”), who spent years running a top secret, exclusive high-stakes poker game played by powerful Hollywood stars, politicians and mobsters. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and Chris O’Dowd co-star. 2 hr. 20; R.

“Paddington 2”: With its careful balance of rude humor and well-paced adventure, 2014’s “Paddington” preserved the dignityof Michael Bond’s beloved character (voiced by Ben Whishaw) while updating it for modern audiences. With most of the maincast returning, the new film sends the CGI animated bear off to prison after a case of mistaken identity involving a stolenbook. 1 hr. 43; PG.

“Pitch Perfect 3”: In the third and supposedly final entry in this musical comedy series, the Barden Bellas get back together to bring their high energy, a capella vocal stylings overseas for a USO show in Europe. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and all of the main cast return under the direction of frequent OK Go music video director Trish Sie. Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-stars as the head of a rival group. 1 hr. 33; PG-13.

“The Post”: Director Steven Spielberg rides the coattails of the 2015 Oscar-winning newspaper drama “Spotlight” with thispolitical thriller detailing the 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers by the Washington Post, and the ensuing governmentopposition. Meryl Streep stars as publisher Katharine Graham opposite Tom Hanks as executive editor Ben Bradlee. 1 hr. 55;PG-13.

“Proud Mary”: The ad campaign for this action thriller from “London Has Fallen” director Babak Najafi pushes “Hidden Figures” star Taraji P. Henson as the heir to the throne of Pam Grier by using the same typeface as the classic “Foxy Brown” posters and showing off Henson looking cool with a variety of firearms as the title character, a professional hitwoman with a tragic past. 1 hr. 28; R.

“The Shape of Water”: For years, director Guillermo del Toro (“Crimson Peak”) was attached to a remake of the Universal classic “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” that never happened, but now it looks like he sort of did it anyway. Sally Hawkins (“Paddington”) stars as a mute janitor who develops a relationship with an amphibious creature (Doug Jones, “Hellboy”) at the facility where she works. 2 hr. 3; R.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: Picking up where 2015’s “The Force Awakens” left off, the eighth movie in the “Star Wars” series finds Rey (Daisy Ridley) training with a reclusive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as her friends Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) battle the evil First Order led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The film features the final screen performance of Carrie Fisher in the role of General Leia Organa. 2 hr. 32; PG-13.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”: Frances McDormand (“Fargo”) might have her big comeback role in this dark comedy from writer-director Martin McDonagh (“Seven Psychopaths”). McDormand plays Mildred Hays, a foul-mouthed single mom who takes on the entire police force of their small town following the murder of her teenage daughter. Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes co-star. 1 hr. 55; R.

— Compiled by Andrew Shearer/Staff

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