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“Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” sees the sun set on this trilogy and these characters, making this both a suitable conclusion and a relief.

“Blow The Man Down” is a nicely filmed, beautifully written, skillfully directed tale of old histories, bad decisions and the idea that some secrets are better left hidden.

This is a British movie sorely in need of some “oomph.” And that doesn’t mean more sweeping shots of the coastal cliffs.

Slinging arrows at one percent-ers has been done ad infinitum, so there is not much to separate “Greed” from other exercises in skewering excess.

“I Still Believe” is a simple love story about a boy and a girl – and God. It questions why God asks us to sometimes walk a rocky path and offers one man’s wonderful answer.

This is really a movie with the Serenity Prayer theme front and center.

“Onward” is not a traditional Pixar film. Its pace dips in the middle to gain momentum at the end, while the narrative follows a traditional trajectory, yet as this story concludes, audiences are brought home to Disney Pixar with a hug and tears to leave us with a memorable journey of discovery.

Based on a true story, two African American businessmen devise an audacious and risky plan to help fellow African Americans pursue the American Dream during the early 1960s.

Beautiful and talented, Iowa-born actress Jean Seberg became the face of the French New Wave and a fashion icon in the 1960s. When her civil rights activism blossomed, she became a cruel and invasive target of the FBI, which ruined her life and career.

“The Invisible Man” uses tension, silence and secrets to fuel a harrowing story with doubt, sinister twists and revenge.

Alternately charming and frustrating, “Olympic Dreams” squanders its spectacular setting with a scattershot romance that ultimately is a letdown.

“Incitement” is a compelling film showing the radicalization of an intelligent man who shrugs off reason and hope to become the tip of the spear that rights his radical wrong.

Hired by a film production company in New York, Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, is eager to please in her junior assistant job. However, she begins to see shady behaviors and practices in use, learning how sexual predator behavior is accepted as others look the other way.

Here are Reel World movie reviewers Kent Tentschert and Lynn Venhaus with their “best” choices for this year’s Oscars.

“The Gentlemen” is a knockdown, drag-out, chin up, dark comedy that will have you laughing, cringing and cheering throughout this unabashed journey.

The acclaimed but strange animated film, “I Lost My Body,” has expert visuals and an oddly fascinating story.

“Les Miserables” is a film imitating life with interesting questions, few suitable answers and plenty of emotional reactions.

“Invisible Life” is a beautifully lyrical look at the pain and consequences of loss and the enduring strength of the human spirit.

"Like A Boss" is a kind of paycheck movie the trio signed up for, and although everyone tries real hard, it’s just a throwaway piece of entertainment aimed at a girls’ night out for female friends looking for a few hours’ respite of a cold winter and a cruel world.