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Free State of Jones: Matthew McConaughe­y portrays Newton Knight in this fact-based movie about how Knight led a group of Mississipp­i farmers and slaves to rebel against the Confederac­y during the Civil War.

Len and Company: Rhys Ifans is a punker in crisis in this comedy that also stars Juno Temple.

Les Cowboys: This original take on John Ford’s “The Searchers” deals with a Frenchman who’s a fan of Westerns and goes on his own search to find his daughter, who has become a Muslim.

Independen­ce Day: Resurgence: Those pesky aliens have returned, and Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are among those back from the 1996 movie (no Will Smith, though) who try to stop another attempt to destroy the Earth.

Kaili Blues: A mystical and mysterious story about two doctors from a country clinic in the Guizhou province of China.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: A documentar­y about the great cellist and his merry band of musicians who perform all over the world.

Neon Demon: So you want to be a beautiful model in Hollywood? You may want to think again after seeing this film starring Elle Fanning, who finds herself going up against some pretty dangerous women.

The Shallows: A surfer played by Blake Lively fights for her life when she ends up on a rock 200 yards from land with a great white shark.

Therapy for a Vampire: Sigmund Freud uses his psychoanal­ysis on a vampire. We are pretty sure it’s fictional.

Three: Johnny To directs this action film in which a criminal who is shot in the head tries to break out of a hospital. Expect lots of blood.

Tickled: In this documentar­y, a journalist finds out about an online tickling competitio­n and ends up uncovering things that aren’t always funny.

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