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MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE. 2 stars. Liam Neeson stars in this timely but tepid drama about the man better known as deep throat, an high-ranking FBI man who leaks information on the Watergate investigation to the press in order to combat the dangerous overreach of the Nixon administration. 1 hr. 43 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

MARSHALL. 3 stars. Chadwick Boseman stars as a young Thurgood Marshall trying in 1940 to clear a black man (Sterling K. Brown) of rape. Featuring Josh Gad and Kate Hudson. 1 hr. 58 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US. 1.5 stars. A strange lack of chemistry between leads Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in this story of two people stranded by a plane crash on a snowy mountain peak, hiking to safety. With Beau Bridges. 1 hr. 40 PG-13 (sexuality) -- Gary Thompson

ONLY THE BRAVE. 3 stars. Based on the tragic true story Arizona firefighters battling a deadly fire in 2013. Josh Brolin gives a solid, subtle performance as their leader, heading a good cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. Impressively photographed. 2 hrs. 10 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN. 2.5 stars. Historical drama about William Marston (Luke Evans) who invented Wonder Woman and had a secret three-way marriage to two women (Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcoat). With Connie Britton, Oliver Platt. 1 hr. 48 R (sexuality) -- Gary Thompson

SNOWMAN. 1 star. A mutilated thriller about dismembered women, starring Michael Fassbender as a detective in Oslo on the trail of a serial killer. The badly edited story is nonsensical, which makes the movie's lurid flourishes seem grotesquely cruel. With Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, Chloe Sevigny, and Toby Jones. 1 hr. 59 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

SUBURBICON. 1.5 stars. Misfired black comedy from director George Clooney, adapting a Coen brothers script, about a post-war suburban father (Matt Damon) reacting brutally to a home invasion. Related storylines about racism are poorly handled, and the movie's garish tonal shifts are jarring. With Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac. 1 hr. 45 R (violence) -- Gary Thompson

THOR: RAGNAROK. 3 stars. Mercifully funny diversion into a quirky corner of the Marvel universe, with Cate Blanchett has the vengeful and power mad sister of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ascending the throne, banishing her brother to a prison planet, where he recruits the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to his cause. With Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston. 2 hrs. 10 PG-13 (violence) -- Gary Thompson

TYLER PERRY'S BOO 2: A MADEA HALLOWEEN. (Not previewed) Madea and the gang go on vacation and end up at a haunted campground, pursued by ghosts and goblins. Starring Tyler Perry, Cassie Davis, and Patrice Lovely. 1 hr. 40 PG-13 (sexual references, drug content, language, some horror images)

VICTORIA & ABDUL. 3 stars. Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria, who late in life develops a rejuvenating friendship with an Indian servant (Ali Fazal) who teaches her about the customs of his native land, to her delight and to the consternation of her scandalized staff. With Eddie Izzard, Olivia Williams. Directed by Stephen Frears. 1 hr. 52 PG-13 (language) -- Gary Thompson

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