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2017 Oscar-Nominated Documentary, Animated & Live-Action Shorts: For the fourth year running, Tin Pan Theater presents all of the Oscar Nominated Shorts. Make sure to catch 'The White Helmets" in Documentary, "Ennemis intérieurs" in Live-Action and "Borrowed Time" in Animation. A brilliant year for shorts all around. Tin Pan Theater

A Cure For Wellness: Director Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") has an amazing visual eye and "A Cure for Wellness" sees him training that eye on horror for the first time since 2002's "The Ring." A young exec heads to a remote "wellness clinic" in the Swiss Alps to track down the CEO of the corporation he works for. Obviously, some very bad things are happening at the clinic. I'm hoping demons. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

A Dog's Purpose: While the film looks like the perfect drug for people looking to look at cute dogs for a couple of hours, videos of a dog trembling in fear on the set might turn off animal lovers. Also, since this is about a dog getting reincarnated a few times, it might be painful to watch him die over and over, "Marley and Me-"style. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

Elle: A woman turns the tables on her rapist in ways both unpredictable and disturbing. Director Paul Verhoeven always makes challenging and disturbing films, but never as a provocateur. He searches for truth in the unlikeliest of places and, while sometimes he fails ("Showgirls"), his films always generate a powerful discussion. Sisters Movie House

Fifty Shades Darker: We know these movies are bad, right? I mean, the books are terrible because of the writing, but the movies are even worse because the director is bored, the actors seem embarrassed and the writer's understanding of a sub/dom relationship is ignorant at best and dangerous at worst. Be good to yourself and watch "Secretary" instead. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX, Redmond Cinema

Fist Fight: Charlie Day and Ice Cube play teachers who have a fundamental disagreement about something and have to settle it like adults: a fist fight after school in the courtyard. Day and Cube are usually always fun to watch, so expect a few belly laughs but probably not much else. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX. Sisters Movie House | Redmond Cinema

Hidden Figures: Taraji P. Henson stars as Katherine Johnson, one of the key mathematical minds that helped put John Glenn into orbit during the Space Race. Watching Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae take on a sexist and racist NASA while doing twice the work as everyone else is inspiring, but also infuriating. Old Mill Stadium 16

John Wick 2: Keanu Reeves gave one of the great action movie performances in the first "John Wick" and this one looks to be even better. With more people getting shot in the face than can be counted, these movies are an action fan's nirvana. Give the series a chance. It's better than it looks. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

La La Land: Director Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash") takes his incredible eye and style and puts it into making a throwback to Hollywood musicals of the 1940s-50s. Ryan Gosling plays a focused jazz musician who falls in love with Emma Stone, a struggling actress. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

Manchester By the Sea: For those looking for adult entertainment, "Manchester by the Sea" is an emotional powerhouse. Casey Affleck gives the performance of his career as Lee Chandler, a broken man whose brother dies and leaves him as the guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

Moonlight: A genuine masterpiece. The film follows three time periods of a young African-American male as he struggles with understanding himself. Up for multiple Oscars, "Moonlight" is a wonderful work of American cinema that should not be missed by anyone who loves film. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX | Sisters Movie House

Neruda: Historical dramas are usually a safe bet for a good time at the movies and this critically acclaimed flick is set in quite an interesting time. This follows Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in 1948 as he's named an enemy of the state because of his communist leanings. Expect a fascinating and timely political drama. Tin Pan Theater

Rings: After the absolute nadir of horror that was "The Ring 2," it's hard to imagine "Rings" possibly being any worse, but there's always a chance. Continuing the story of an evil girl that kills you a week after you watch a spooky VHS tape, it could be an interesting update to see how it works in the age of social media and Youtube. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX.

Rogue One: Not sure if you guys have heard of this one. It's a little indie space opera about a rag tag group of rebel insurgents who take on a dark and twisted empire hellbent on ruling the galaxy. The final 30 minutes are some of the most emotionally powerful and intense sequences in Star Wars history. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

Split: A newfound brevity has entered the work of M. Night Shyamalan and "Split" is the result. This is a tense, pulse-pounding thriller starring James McAvoy giving one of the finest performances of the year as a man with 23 personalities in his head, all fighting for control. This one is absolutely bonkers. Old Mill Stadium 16

The Great Wall: Matt Damon is the white savior in this pulp, sci-fi/fantasy from visionary director Zhang Yimou. This tells the tale of the "real" reasons behind the construction of The Great Wall of China: Giant monsters. Looks like a dumb, fun ride at the movies. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX | Redmond Cinema

The Lego Batman Movie: There's no reason why "The Lego Movie" should have worked as well as it did, but somehow it did and Batman was one of the breakout characters. The hilarious Will Arnett made Batman a sad, lonely, egotistical jerk while mining the pathos for laughs around every turn. Spinoffs shouldn't work, but this one sorta did. Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX | Sisters Movie House | Redmond Cinema.

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