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"When We First Met" -- Romantic comedy about a young man given a chance for a do-over (and over) with his dream girl. With Adam Devine, Alexandra D'Addario, Robbie Amell. Written by Devine, John Wittington. Directed by Ari Sandel. NR.

CRITICS' CHOICES

"Call Me By Your Name" -- Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. (J.C.) R.

"Dunkirk" -- Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, Christopher Nolan's immersive World War II drama is being ballyhooed as a departure for the bravura filmmaker, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it is anything but. (K.Tu.) PG-13.

"Hostiles" -- Written and directed by Scott Cooper and powered by a dynamic trio of interwoven performances by Christian Bale, Wes Studi and Rosamund Pike, this latest example of the Western revival grabs you by the throat and holds on for the duration. (K.Tu.) R.

"Lady Bird" -- As warm as it is smart, and it is very smart, this portrait of a high school senior year marks actor-screenwriter Greta Gerwig's superb debut as a solo director and yet another astonishing performance by star Saoirse Ronan. (K.Tu.) R.

"Lover for a Day" -- Things get complicated when circumstances force a philosophy professor, his 23-year-old lover and his 23-year-old daughter into close quarters in this wistful, wise and finely acted romantic fable from French writer-director Philippe Garrel. (J.C.) NR.

"Paddington 2" -- Everyone's favorite Peruvian-born, London-based bear is back, this time facing off against a nefarious stage actor (Hugh Grant) in this beautifully structured and executed comedy from director/co-writer Paul King. (J.C.) PG.

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"The Post" -- Director Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks combine for a thriller cum civics lesson showing the value of newspapers hanging together and holding government accountable for deception. (K.Tu.) PG-13.

"The Shape of Water" -- Magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical "Beauty and the Beast" tale with moral overtones, Guillermo del Toro's film plays by all the rules and none of them, going its own way with fierce abandon. (K.Tu.) R.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- Building and improving on "The Force Awakens," writer-director Rian Johnson's grand space opera is the first flat-out terrific "Star Wars" movie since "The Empire Strikes Back," full of dramatic echoes of George Lucas' original trilogy but also rich in surprise and imagination. (J.C.) PG-13.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" -- Uncommon writer-director Martin McDonagh and a splendid cast top-lined by Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell present a savage film, even a dangerous one, the blackest take-no-prisoners farce in quite some time. (K.Tu.) R.

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