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(PG) Sony’s new faith-based film Mir­a­cles from Heaven is adapted from a mem­oir writ­ten by a Texas mother-of-three, Christy Beam (Jen­nifer Garner), whose young daugh­ter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) de­vel­oped ter­mi­nal in­testi­nal motil­ity dis­or­der. For much of its time, this Chris­tian film plays as a can­cer drama with a re­lent­less mother, a help­less but noble father, Kevin (Martin Hen­der­son), and a revered med­i­cal spe­cial­ist, Dr Nurko (Eugenio Der­bez). But the fo­cus is on the fam­ily and their bat­tles and mi­nor vic­to­ries. Di­rec­tor Pa­tri­cia Riggen’s un­will­ing­ness to push faith down a viewer’s throat — even as all man­ner of tubes are pushed up poor Annabel’s nose to lit­tle avail — is a re­lief in her brightly shot film.

Lon­don has Fallen (MA15+) The US pres­i­dent (Aaron Eck­hart) and his body­guard (Ger­ard But­ler) find them­selves in Lon­don dur­ing an at­tack that kills many of the Western world’s lead­ers. Of course our pro­tag­o­nists mirac­u­lously es­cape the car­nage and spend the rest of the film shoot­ing the vast num­bers of bad guys who crop up round ev­ery cor­ner. This non­sen­si­cal plot is given crude, vi­o­lent treat­ment in this very medi­ocre se­quel to Olym­pus has Fallen.

Rent Part au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and part adap­ta­tion of Puc­cini’s La Bo­heme, Rent is a scrappy col­lage that brings to­gether the sor­row of the AIDS epi­demic, anger at yup­pi­fi­ca­tion and the

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