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Photo | Submitted Ben Mendelsohn plays the villain Talos in “Captain Marvel.”

Captain Marvel (PG-13) When I see a film with credits for “Visual Effects” personnel that scroll on for page after page, I get the feeling that humans got lost in the process of making a film. Exhibit one is this…

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Photo | Submitted Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden star in “Fighting with My Family.”

Fighting with My Family (PG-13) Yeah, so it’s predictable and the characters tend to be a bit stock, but this is one fun movie about a real-life person. Florence Pugh stars brilliantly as professional wrestler Paige (aka Saraya Knight) with…

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Photo | Submitted Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig star in “Cold War.”

Cold War (R) – This is an “art film” so it may be hard to locate but it is also a nominee for Best Foreign Film for the Oscars and is well worth the drive to Bethesda Row, AFI or…

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Photo | Submitted John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star in “Stan & Ollie.”

Stan & Ollie (PG) This is a truly wonderful film. The performances are awesomely fine by Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy. Reilly, in fact, is nearly unrecognizable as himself as he brings off his totally…

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Photo | Submitted Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson star in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Mary Poppins Returns! (PG) What a total delight this movie is! Pure magic from the first bars of the opening waltz, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky,” to the reprise of the waltz at the end, this should keep you enthralled,…

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Photo | Submitted Ryan Reynolds and David Leitch star in “Deadpool 2.”

Deadpool 2 (R) This film, like its predecessor, is total nonsense from start to finish, but it is funny nonsense nevertheless. It cannot be a critic’s favorite because so many of the lines go by so fast that this poor…

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A Private War (R) This may be the most chilling pictorial interpretation of a major conflict in the history of film. Rosamund Pike is astounding in her portrayal of Marie Colvin, who makes the word “intrepid” sound like weak tea.…

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Photo | Submitted Joseph Mazzello, Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee and Ben Hardy star in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13) This biopic will undoubtedly mean more to Queen fans than to the common moviegoer, but even those of us who know only two Queen songs can learn a lot from this movie. Both of them, “We Are…

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Photo | Submitted John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix star in “The Sisters Brothers.”

The Sisters Brothers (R) Two brothers, Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) Sisters, are on the trail of another tough guy, John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) in 1851. All three are under the command of a mysterious “Commodore” who has…

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A Star Is Born (R) Never a Lady Gaga fan entirely, I am now! What a performance she gives, both dramatically and musically in this fourth  remake of the classic “rising star, falling sponsor” franchise. The film has previously been…