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Beauty and the Beast

Disney's animated classic from 1991 gets the live-action remake treatment. (Soon, all will submit!) Emma Watson from the Harry Potter series takes over as Belle, the bookish heroine who finds herself falling for a hairy prince (Dan Stevens from "Downton Abbey"). Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson are among the stars voicing various animate household objects. It looks and sounds gorgeous--but, yes, you've seen it all before. 129 minutes PG.
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Beauty and the Beast 3D

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

The fourth film in this popular kids' series (based on the books by Jeff Kinney) finds the Heffley family on a road trip to Meemaw's 90th birthday party. But self-described "wimpy kid" Greg (Jason Drucker, replacing Zachary Gordon--sidelined, no doubt, due to puberty issues) tries to steer the trip off course so he can attend a video game convention. Alicia Sliverstone and Tom Everett Scott are on mom and dad duty. 90 minutes PG.
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The Fate of the Furious

This eighth entry into the hyperbombastic Fast and Furious franchise finds car thief turned hero Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) shockingly double-crossing his mixed family of spies/thieves/superheroes/whatever they're supposed to be for evil terrorist Charlize Theron. The increasingly crowded cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans and Scott Eastwood. Fans, of course, will go ape shit. 136 minutes PG-13.
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Gifted

Gifted

Chris Evans (you know, Captain America) stars as a single man trying to raise his precocious, orphaned nice, Mary. When the 7-year-old turns out to be a math prodigy, however, her guardian gets sucked into a contentious custody battle with his formidable mother (Lindsay Duncan, "Sherlock"). Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man) directs. FULL REVIEW: Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels by Devin D. O’Leary (4/13/2017). 101 minutes PG-13.
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Going in Style

This remake of a 1979 comedy of the same name finds three well-aged pals (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) plotting to rob a bank after their retirement funds are stolen by shady bankers. Zach Braff (star of "Scrubs," director of Garden State) directs. 96 minutes PG-13.
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How To Be A Latin Lover

Dumped after 25 years of marriage, a man who made a career out of seducing rich older women finds himself living with his estranged sister and learning to appreciate the value of family. This Spanglish comedy stars Mexican icon Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), south-of-the-border import Salma Hayek and American actors Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Michel Cera and Rob Corddry. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. 115 minutes PG-13.
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Kong: Skull Island

Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, freakin' everybody shows up on an uncharted Pacific island trying to solve the mystery of its isolation--only to discover its primary inhabitant is a hundred-foot-tall ape with anger issues. Between this silly fun creature feature and the recent reboot of Godzilla, Legendary Entertainment is hoping to launch their own giant monster franchise. 120 minutes PG-13.
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Power Rangers

TV-to-movie nostalgia hits '90s kids with this big budget reboot of the loooong-running Saban series that basically steals all its special effects from old Japanese TV shows. In it, some high school kids are infused with unique superpowers, get color-coordinated outfits and fight giant space aliens (led by Elizabeth Banks). Unfortunately, the film spends an awful lot of time dealing with angsty teenage melodrama. It's like everybody involved was too embarrassed to get out and, you know, fight those giant space aliens. When the action finally does arrive, it's fun and flashy--even though it's swamped in that "realistic" grimdark monochrome of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Seriously, Hollywood, make with the color again! 124 minutes PG-13.
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Smurfs: The Lost Village

Neil Patrick Harris and Hark Azaria gracefully bow out of this all-animated take on the Smurfs. Seems that, for this go-around, a mysterious map sends Smurfette and her tiny blue pals on a journey through the Forbidden Forest to discover "the biggest secret in Smurf history." Parents are advised to dump the kids and run. 89 minutes PG.
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