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Mandy Moore and Ed Skrein star in “Midway,” opening up at theaters this weekend.

‘Midway’ — New

Daily Journal film critic Pam Powell says 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Paramount, Movies 10) The story of the critical World War II Pacific Theater battle between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy in June 1942. With Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson. Written by Wes Tooke. Directed by Roland Emmerich. (138 mins.)

‘Last Christmas’ — New

Daily Journal film critic Pam Powell says 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Meadowvie, Movies 10) In a holiday romantic comedy inspired by the music of George Michael, a young Londoner meets a guy who seems too good to be true. With Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson. Written by Thompson, Bryony Kimmings, story by Thompson, Greg Wise. Directed by Paul Feig. (102 mins.)

‘Doctor Sleep’ — New

The Associated Press says 1 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Paramount, Movies 10) Forty years after the events of “The Shining,” the now-grown Danny Torrance joins forces with a similarly gifted teen to battle dark forces. With Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Carl Lumbly, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Bruce Greenwood, Jocelin Donahue, Cliff Curtis. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the book by Stephen King. (152 mins.)

‘Playing With Fire’ — New

No rating arvailable.

(Movies 10) Firefighters find their lives turned upside down when they rescue three siblings but can’t find the kids’ parents. With John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer. Written by Dan Ewen, Matt Lieberman, story by Ewen. Directed by Andy Fickman. (96 mins.)

‘Arctic Dogs’

No rating available.

(Movies 10) An Arctic fox who dreams of becoming a canine courier uncovers a villainous walrus’ dastardly plot in this animated tale. With the voices of Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, John Cleese, Anjelica Huston. Written by Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker, Matthew Lyon, Bryan Thompson, Aaron Woodley. Directed by Woodley. (93 mins.)

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

Tribune News Service says 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Paramount, Movies 10) “Terminator: Dark Fate” rates as a fairly entertaining sequel to James Cameron’s low-budget, high-yield “The Terminator” (1984) and the hugely expensive and enjoyable “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” (1991). It has zero narrative connection to any of the interim lame-o “Terminator” movies that came for our money after those two, the most recent being “Terminator: Genisys” in 2015. (128 mins.)

‘Harriet’

Daily Journal film critic Pam Powell says 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Movies 10) The film brings us back in time to Minty aka Harriet Tubman, the 19th century African American woman who escaped from slavery and then led hundreds of others to freedom. Her owners treatment is despicable, but filmmaker Kasi Lemmons doesn’t protect us from seeing it. But it’s clear that Minty — her name before her escape — is different. The story takes us on Minty’s harrowing journey to freedom, but this is not the end of the story; it’s just the beginning.

‘Countdown’

No rating available.

(Paramount, Movies 10) A mysterious phone app claims to predict the moment a person will die. With Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, Peter Facinelli. Written and directed by Justin Dec. (90 mins.)

‘Black and Blue’

Tribune News Service says 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Meadowview) A black female rookie cop in New Orleans witnesses fellow officers committing a murder. With Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Mike Colter, Reid Scott, Beau Knapp, Nafessa Williams. Written by Peter A. Dowling. Directed by Deon Taylor. (108 mins.)

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’

Tribune News Service says 1 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Movies 10) Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone reunite to dispatch even more of the undead in this sequel to the 2009 horror comedy. With Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson. Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Dave Callaham. Directed by Ruben Fleischer. (93 mins.)

‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’

Tribune News Service says 2 out of 4 stars.

(Paramount) Angelina Jolie reprises her role as the Disney villainess in this sequel to the 2014 fantasy tale. With Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Michelle Pfeiffer. Written by Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue; story by Woolverton. Directed by Joachim Ronning. (118 mins.)

‘The Addams Family’

No rating available.

(Movies 10) Cartoonist Charles Addams’ creepy, kooky clan returns to the big screen in animated form. Voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara. Written by Matt Lieberman, Pamela Pettler; story by Lieberman. Directed by Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan. (105 mins.)

‘Joker’

Daily Journal film critic Pam Powell says 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

(Movies 10) The controversial film is igniting anti-gun organizations’ political battles as Warner Bros. stands behind this origin story of the Joker. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as the deranged, unstable and sociopath, director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”) creates one of the franchise’s darkest and most disturbingly sinister back stories that actually rings true to the graphic novel. (122 mins.)

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