The Oasis - the virtual-reality universe in which much of "Ready Player One" takes place, and where the population of its dystopian world escapes from the misery of real life by donning digital avatars - is, in the words of its creator, "full of the things that people love." (Or, as one wag sitting behind me at a recent screening of the new Steven Spielberg-directed sci-fi thriller observed, with a snort, "Some people.")

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson have been here before, of course, 15 years ago this summer, when they starred in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation." But it's illuminating to see how much has changed in the critical waters between that film and their newest, Wes Anderson's mostly acclaimed "Isle of Dogs," which was co-written by Sofia's brother and cousin, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

In ways both thematic and circumstantial, Michael Haneke's "Happy End" suggests a sequel of sorts to the Austrian filmmaker's "Amour." Like that Oscar-nominated 2012 film, which explored the gray area between coldblooded murder and assisted suicide as an act of love, Haneke's latest effort also stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, once again in the role of an elderly man named Georges.

Turkish-German director Fatih Akin's gripping "In the Fade" feels urgently relevant to the present moment. Set in contemporary Hamburg, it's the story of a woman whose husband and 6-year-old son are killed in a bombing. But here, the tired screen stereotypes about terrorism are reversed, with immigrants of Muslim background as the senseless crime's innocent victims, and the far-right movement its perpetrators.

First thing's first: Though it features a character named "P.T. Barnum," "The Greatest Showman" is in no way a factual account of the life of the celebrated 19th-century circus founder and huckster. In fact, you'll have to completely set aside any unsavory stories you may have heard about the real-life Barnum, because this one is played by the ever-charming Hugh aJckman. Resistance is futile.

With its title tongue-in-cheekily evoking "I, Claudius," another epic tale of madness and debauchery, the dramatic comedy "I, Tonya" revisits - with verve, intelligence, scathing humor and more than a touch of sadness - the bizarre 1994 attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, by goons associated with the camp of Kerrigan's athletic rival, Tonya Harding.

"The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer's row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn't even see…