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(Updated Jan. 18)


12 Strong (Jasper 8 Theatres)

Chris Hemsworth plays the leader of the real-life U.S. Special Forces team that helped take out key Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds in Afghanistan after 9/11. But with a running time of two hours and 10 minutes, the action-packed but cliche-riddled adventure has at least 20 minutes of scenes that are either unnecessary or repetitive. (War action, R, 2 hrs. 10 min.)

The Commuter (Jasper 8 Theatres)

On his daily train ride home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) agrees to an offer that sets off a chain reaction resulting in bloodshed and conspiracy theories and madness. Many ridiculous things happen on the train, and virtually every big twist and every major reveal is telegraphed well in advance. (Action thriller, PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.)

Den of Thieves (Jasper 8 Theatres)

For the first hour or so, it appeared as if this Los Angeles-based heist thriller pitting badass sheriff’s lieutenant Gerard Butler against badass gang leader Pablo Schreiber would catch us off-guard in the best way. But just when things should have been heating up, the route grows bumpy and meandering and in some scenes drip-drip-drip slow. (Crime action, R, 2 hrs. 20 min.)


The Greatest Showman (Jasper 8 Theatres)

There were times when I rolled my eyes to the ceiling at the corny and cheesy and shameless sentiment of this musical starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. But then I’d realize my foot was once again tapping in time to the beat of the catchy tunes, at which point I’d acknowledge I was thoroughly enjoying myself, despite all cynical instincts. (Musical, PG, 1 hr. 45 min.)

The Post (Jasper 8 Theatres)

Meryl Streep has often played the most confident of characters, but as 1970s Washington Post publisher Kay Graham, she does an astonishing job of showing us someone unsure of herself as she debates publishing the Pentagon Papers and risking jail. This is a love letter to journalistic bravery and to the First Amendment, and it is the best movie about newspapers since ‘‘All the President’s Men.’’ (Historical drama, PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.)

Also showing at Jasper 8 Theatres: "Den of Thieves," "Forever My Girl," "Paddington 2" and "Jumanji: Welcome Jungle."

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