New Movies

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Ghost in the Shell, weak, The Zookeeper’s Wife, muddled, and The Boss Baby, great fun

Also notice the choreography super star Mr. Gaga and the one-time pop-up O, Brazen Age

Another hit of Trainspotting for happy cynics, Power Rangers for the kids and Life for space horror fans

Also new films with Kristen Stewart, Woody Harrelson, seniors in Toronto reclaiming their life and family yearnings in Japan

A new and splendid Beauty and the Beast plus two contrasting Canadian films, the Goon sequel and Weirdos

And so much more: a defense of trees, a city tour with cats, a plane hijacker’s own story, disaster experiences from Japan and a subtle English novel squeezed into a movie.

Kong is big but unremarkable, Window Horses is diverse and whimsical and The Last Word welcomes back Shirley MacLaine

And notice especially the passionate defense of journalistic courage in All Governments Lie

Logan, better than a comic book movie, Before I Fall, teen self-help and The Shack, contentious religion

Also Ballerina for dreamy young girls, Table 19 for wedding outsiders and Bitter Harvest, about Stalin’s wrath in the Ukraine

Racial attitudes inspected in a tough documentary, in a bit of history and a biting satire

Also two animated Oscar contenders and a new slant from Britain on zombies

The Great Wall, not so great, A Cure for Wellness, slow acting, and real BC history at The End of the Road

Also salutations in film for Gordon Pinsent and the return of an Oscar contender named Ove

Lego’s second has less charm, Paterson enthralls and John Wick just goes on shooting

Also now on screen: all the short films with Oscar nominations, a bad-boy ballet dancer, a Canadian lesbian love story and an alarming look at modern policing

The Salesman, high drama from Iran, The Comedian, a De Niro dud, and The Space Between Us, sci-fi romance for teens

Also the bittersweet lament and history lesson Quebec My Country and the clumsy chiller Rings

The German hit Toni Erdmann, Gold, the Bre-X clone, and the animal rights target, A Dog’s Purpose

Also a celebration of an iconic Canadian artist, a gritty film from trailer park England and a couple of lurid ones from France
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