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Ben-Hur

Jack Huston ( "Boardwalk Empire") takes over for Charlton Heston (no pressure) in this actionized new adaptation of Lew Wallace's acclaimed novel about a Jewish prince enslaved by the Romans. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) goes full-on Gladiator with this 3D spectacle. There's a bit more Christ (played by Rodrigo Santoro from 300) in this go-around ... and a lot more chariot racing. At least Morgan Freeman's around to do the wise mentor thing. 124 minutes PG-13.
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Ben-Hur 3D

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The BFG

British humorist Roald Dahl's beloved bedtime fable about a kindly giant who refuses to eat children comes to life courtesy of director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who teamed up on a little film called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) gives voice to the titular (CGI-rendered) Big Friendly Giant. 117 minutes PG.
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Central Intelligence

Big, muscular Dwayne Johnson and tiny, motormouthed Kevin Hart are a couple of old high school pals reunited through Facebook for one of them buddy action-comedy adventures. Hart is a mild-mannered accountant and Johnson is an international superspy. Hijinks ensue. 114 minutes PG-13.
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Ghostbusters

Yes, this reboot to the endlessly quotable 1984 supernatural comedy does feature four female leads (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones). If that's a problem, you should just stay home and complain about "feminazis" all you want on the internet. Everybody else can judge this one on its own merits. Is it innovative? No. Is it funny? Pretty much. Basically, if you grew up on the original films, this (much like the recent Star Trek movies) is just a watered-down remake with different actors. If you're fresh to the franchise, it's a perfectly servicable action comedy. 114 minutes PG-13.
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Ghostbusters 3D

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Hands of Stone

Robert De Niro, now too old to step into the ring (after Raging Bull and Grudge Match), takes on the role of a boxing coach, training the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) for his bout with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond). This solid if conventional biopic is based, of course, on true events. 105 minutes R.
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Ice Age: Collision Course

Jeez, how many of these movies have they made? So many, apparently, that the Pleistocene Age animals (voiced again by Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah) are now reenacting the plot to Armageddon. Yup, a giant meteoroid is heading towards Earth threatening to wipe out mammal-kind--and it's up to a mammoth, a sloth and a saber-toothed tiger to stop it. Hey, kids gotta learn history somehow. 94 minutes PG.
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Ice Age: Collision Course 3D

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Lights Out

Lights Out

A ghost haunts a mentally unstable mother and her emotionally traumatized kids. This ghost, though, is afraid of the light. So, naturally, everybody arms themselves with faulty flashlights and goes creeping around in the dark. The slightly clever gimmick (based on a short film by the same director) is stretched thin over the course of the film's sub-90-minute runtime. If you're a big fan of "jump out and go boo!" ghost movies (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Conjuring), this inexpensive fright film is for you. FULL REVIEW: Under-illuminated ghost story is too dim to really be scary by Devin D. O’Leary (7/21/2016). 81 minutes PG-13.
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Nerve

Borrowing more than a little inspiration from the Thai film 13: Game of Death (and its American remake 13 Sins), this tween-themed horror thriller finds a high school senior (Emma Roberts) lured into an online game in which she must complete a string of increasingly deadly stunts in order to win big bucks. It's based on the young adult novel by Jeanne Ryan. 96 minutes PG-13.
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Star Trek Beyond

The "Kelvin Universe" timeline (previously known as "J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot series) finally gets around to telling an original story. The Enterprise has actually set off on its original "five year mission" and is exploring the edge of the known universe. Naturally, the crew manage to tick off the wrong space villain, who declares war on the Federation. For this outing, directing duties fall to by Justin Lin (who directed four of the last seven Fast and Furious films). That means, of course, that this is the explodiest, most fast-paced Star Trek movie ever. 120 minutes PG-13.
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Star Trek Beyond 3D

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