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10 Cloverfield Lane

This low-budget horror-mystery is a "secret" spin-off of the J.J. Abrams-produced giant monster movie Cloverfield. John Goodman plays a survivalist who rescues a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and stashes her away in his underground bunker. But is the world really coming to an end, or is he just a crazy dude? (Given that this is a sequel to Cloverfield, the surprise ending probably isn't much of a surprise.) 105 minutes PG-13.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman and Superman duke it out in a grimdark setting that involves lots of glowering, real estate-flattening explosions and concrete-colored costumes. The action is frenetic, the production design is faithful to its comic book roots and there's plenty of fan service--but the film just doesn't differentiate its heroes enough for the long-awaited confrontation to feel particularly justified. Batman and Superman are now both dark, brooding, murderous vigilantes feared by polite society. This crowded, lengthy film wastes a lot of energy setting up future Justice League films, but doesn't spend enough time being fun or escapist or particularly entertaining. FULL REVIEW: Superheroes battle to see who can cause the biggest explosion in unnecessarily dour franchise filler by Devin D. O’Leary (3/24/2016). 153 minutes PG-13.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 3D

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Deadpool

Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds single-handedly tries to rescue his cult superhero for the horribly botched 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of most comic book fans. In this self-mocking parody, he stars as a brain-addled mercenary who gains incredible healing powers but loses his good looks thanks to a little mad science. Boil it down and the film is your basic "get revenge on the bad guy and rescue the girlfriend" plot. But the third-wall-breaking humor, raunchy sex and over-the-top violence make this a shockingly fun "adult" action comedy. FULL REVIEW: Comic books get comic in R-rated superhero parody by Devin D. O’Leary (2/11/2016). 108 minutes R.
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The Divergent Series: Allegiant--Part 1

The third film in the Divergent trilogy shows up, and--par for the course--it's part one of two. Following the "Earth shattering" revelations of Insurgent (their words, not mine), pouty but special rebel girl Tris (Shailene Woodley) must lead her futuristic millenials in a rebellion against the evil totalitarian government. Fans know what they're in for. 121 minutes PG-13.
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Gods of Egypt

Egyptian mythology gets the CGI-heavy, Clash of the Titans-esque treatment in this epically overdesigned action flick by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City). Scottish actor Gerard Butler plays Set, the ancient Egyptian god of the darkness, which should tell you where this is going. 127 minutes PG-13.
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Like father, like son

Kung Fu Panda 3

There's a surprising amount of life and laughter left in this lovable series. Jack Black is back as the roly-poly panda with the mad martial arts skills. This time around he's stuck between his adoptive father (James Hong as a gruff but loving goose) and his biological dad (Bryan Cranston, in fuzzy panda mode). Can he figure out who he is in time to defeat an evil yak turning kung fu masters into stone-faced slaves? FULL REVIEW: Family feud grounds martial arts fantasy in unexpected emotional reality by Devin D. O’Leary (1/28/2016). 95 minutes PG.
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Kung Fu Panda 3 3D

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London Has Fallen

Having saved the American president (Aaron Eckhart) from evil terrorists attacking the White House in 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, tough-guy Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is prevailed upon to save him once again again from a slightly different bunch of evil terrorists. This time the action takes place in London--so, you know, change of scenery. 99 minutes R.
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Max

Lassie gets a patriotic, post-9/11 makeover. A dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan returns to America and is adopted by his handler's teenage brother after "suffering a traumatic experience." Troubled teen and troubled dog bond. Then somebody gets lost in the woods, and there's an adventure. 111 minutes PG.
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Miracles From Heaven

Ben Affleck's estranged wife Jennifer Garner stars in this faith-based "true story" about a little girl with a rare digestive disorder who fell out of a tree and subsequently--according to the book her mother wrote, anyway--went to Heaven and met Jesus. Also, she was cured of her disease. If you paid to see that other "kid meets Jesus" film Heaven Is For Real, the producers of this one want your money as well. 99 minutes PG.
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