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Demolition

Demolition

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a numb Wall Street investment banker who gets even more numb when his young wife dies in an auto accident. He responds by demolishing things in his life like refrigerators, computers and houses. It's meant to be a tragicomic indie film look at grief and the redemptive power of madness. But its quirkiness is too studied to qualify as particularly effective. Gyllenhaal puts a lot of effort into being sad and weird, but the film is extremely scattershot, juggling characters and moods like a boardwalk entertainer. FULL REVIEW: Grief-based comedy unsuccessfully tries to mix quirky and melancholic by Devin D. O’Leary (4/7/2016). 100 minutes R.
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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.
Movies 8
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Gods of Egypt 3D

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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.
Movies 8
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Kung Fu Panda 3 3D

Movies 8
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Seth Grahame-Smith's groundbreaking (and nonetheless silly) mash-up novel finally gets the big screen treatment. Grahame-Smith's version was nothing more than the text of Jane Austen's original novel with the word "zombie" occasionally inserted. This at least adds some grody special effects to the romantic Victorian tale of five sisters on the hunt for suitable husbands. Lily James ("Downton Abbey"), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) are among the stars. 108 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

Race

Stephan James (Selma) stars as famed runner Jesse Owens, thrust onto the world stage at the 1936 Olympics where he is pitted against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons and William Hurt are among the less athletic cast members working for director Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Predator 2, Lost in Space). 134 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

The Revenant

After a brief flirtation with humor in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu returns to the painfully grim style of his early films (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful). Leonardo DiCaprio plays a frontiersman leading a fur-trapping expedition in 1820 who is abandoned and betrayed by the men who hired him. What follows is an extremely brutal tale of survival and (ultimately) revenge. It's extravagantly visual and hard to look away from--but rather punishing. 156 minutes R.
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Ride Along 2

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart continue to do their best to remake 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop, Bad Boys, Rush Hour--basically every buddy cop comedy since 1982. Here cop Cube and annoying future brother-in-law Hart head to Miami to bust an evil drug dealer because ... premise. 101 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
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Risen

Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) and Tom Felton (Malfoy in the Harry Potter series) headline this Biblical epic following the story of Christ's Resurrection. It's told almost as an "X-Files"-ish thriller with Fiennes and Felton cast as a pair of Roman soldiers tasked with hunting down the missing body of the alleged Messiah. This faith-based historical drama comes from the makers of such church-friendly fare as Soul Surfer, Courageous and War Room. 107 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
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Spotlight

Actor/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) writes and directs this serious, sweeping true story about how Boston Globe reporters uncovered a massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. This journalistic procedural lays as much blame on the media as the churches. The big cast (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci) is in rare form, and the muckraking script is gripping (if a bit prosaic). 128 minutes R.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It's been 30 years since the Empire was crushed in Return of the Jedi. But something evil has risen from the ashes, forcing a new generation of heroes (John Boyega and Daisy Ridley among them) to team up with legendary freedom fighters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, returning for another go-around). J.J. Abrams ( "Lost," Star Trek Into Darkness) directs this first new Star Wars film in 10 years. It's littered (both literally and figuratively) with references to the original film. By mirroring the Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope story almost beat-for-beat, the film lacks a level of narrative surprise. But it's smartly nostalgic and a hell of a lot of fun to watch--which is something Episodes I, II and III completely forgot. 140 minutes PG-13.
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