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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm Times and listings are for Friday 3/20 through Thursday 3/26

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Big Hero 6

When Disney took over Marvel, everyone wondered what that mash-up would look like. Now we know. Based (quietly) on the Marvel comic of the same name, this sci-fi cartoon feels like a Disneyfied (in the best sense) take on the superhero genre. Tech-savvy teenager Hiro lives in futuristic San Fransokyo with his brother and aunt. But when his bro is murdered and his greatest invention stolen, Hiro teams up with an inflatable robot named Baymax and a group of self-proclaimed "science nerds" to get revenge on the masked villain responsible. The story is your standard superhero origin tale. But the sci-fi flourishes are well conceived, and the unflappably kindhearted Baymax is easily the most lovable character of the year. 108 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:00, 3:30, 6:30
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:25, 4:10, 6:55

The Boy Next Door

Jennifer Lopez stars in this time-wasting erotic thriller about a divorced teacher who has a torrid affair with the new boy across the street. Things get complicated when he turns up as a student in her high school class and then goes all Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction on her. Oops. 91 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:10, 5:10, 10:10

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Peter Jackson wraps up his monumental (perhaps a little too much so) adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Here we finally get to the closing action sequence, a war that pits five armies and a dragon against one another in a battle for the fate of Middle-earth. 144 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 4:30, 8:00
Movies West Fri-Thu 9:40

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

When their pal Lou (Rob Corddry) gets in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the old hot tub time machine. Unfortunately, they end up in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott, replacing John Cusack) trying to fix their time-traveling screw-ups. Expect more raunchy humor with cameos from Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase and Thomas Lennon. 93 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00
Movies West Fri-Thu 2:40, 7:40

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1

Hollywood is sick of trilogies. That's only three movies' worth of profits. The cool thing now is to take the final book in a trilogy and split it in two different movies (like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--Part 2). So apparently Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has destroyed the Hunger Games. She's hiding out, trying to rescue her boyfriend (Josh Hutcherson) from evil government forces when she gets a call from the rebel leader (Julianne Moore) asking her to become the face of the rebellion. It beats being the face of L'Oreal. 123 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 9:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:05, 6:50

Into the Woods

At this point mashing up a bunch of fairy tales is nothing new in movies (Shrek) or TV ("Once Upon a Time"). Nonetheless, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's hit Broadway musical does some interesting work finding the "adult" undertones of the old Brothers Grimm tales. Disney has glossed over some of the darker material, and the perpetually moving ensemble cast was probably better suited to stage. Still, actors Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and James Corden are fun to watch as they reinvent Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and the like. 124 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:30am
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00
SUB Theater Tue 8:00; Wed 4:00, 7:00; Thu 3:30

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Ben Stiller and friends (and the monkey) are back in this third outing about wacky hijinks at a natural history museum after the lights go out. Seems the magic that causes all the displays to come to life at night is fading, and our security guard hero (Stiller) must travel the globe, uniting characters old (Robin Willams' Teddy Roosevelt) and new (Dan Stevens' Sir Lancelot) to save it. 97 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20

Project Almanac

Well, we've had found-footage monster movies (Cloverfield), found-footage zombie movies (the [REC] series), found-footage ghost movies (the Paranormal Activity series), found-footage devil movies (The Last Exorcism), found-footage mummy movies (The Pyramid), found-footage space movies (Apollo 18), found-footage comedies (Project X), found-footage superhero movies (Chronicle), found-footage kids' movies (Earth to Echo) and found footage disaster movies (Into the Storm). So why not a found-footage time machine movie? 106 minutes PG-13.
Movies West Fri-Thu 4:05, 9:55

Seventh Son

This epically troubled fantasy production shed countless cast members, production companies and release dates over the course of its creation. It's based on "The Wardstone Chronicles" books (known in America as "The Last Apprentice") by British fantasy author Joseph Delaney. Ben Barnes (from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) plays a young lad born with the magical ability to see ghosts and fight supernatural creatures. He's soon recruited by a crusty old knight (Jeff Bridges) for a big-ass training montage. Eventually, he gets to fight an evil witch (Julianne Moore). This looks like yet another failed attempt to launch a young adult fantasy series. (Sorry Eragon, Lemony Snicket, City of Ember, The Golden Compass, Inkheart, The Mortal Instruments, The Seeker, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Cirque du Freak, et al.) 102 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:05am, 4:50, 7:40
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:45, 7:05

Seventh Son 3D

Movies 8 Fri-Thu 1:50, 10:30
Movies West Fri-Thu 4:25, 9:50

Strange Magic

Before he sold the farm, George Lucas spent several years working on this secret project. It's an animated musical about goblins, elves, fairies and imps, all battling over a powerful magical love potion. Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Chenoweth provide some of the voices. Popular tunes by Whitney Houston, Heart, The Four Tops and ELO make up of the musical numbers. It's like somebody took your aunt's Spotify list, the Cliff Notes version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and a Tinkerbell cartoon and jammed them in a blender. 99 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:10am, 1:40

Taken 3

It really does not pay to be friends or family with ex-government agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). Everybody he knows has been killed or kidnapped by bad guys, whom he is then obliged to stalk and kill using his "particular set of skills." This time around his wife has been killed, and he's framed for murder. Oh, somebody's in for an old man ass-kicking! As before, French action king Luc Besson pens it, and the awesomely named Olivier Megaton directs it. 109 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:30, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:50

The Wedding Ringer

Josh Gad (Frozen) plays a well-meaning, friendless schlub who hires a fake best man (comedian Kevin Hart) in order to impress his fiancée (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) at their wedding. As one does in contrived romantic comedies. 101 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:20am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:55

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