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AP­PROACH­ING THE UN­KNOWN

Ar­riv­ing not long af­ter 2015’s The Mar­tian, this movie takes a much more low-bud­get ap­proach to sim­i­lar ma­te­rial. Wil­liam Stanaforth (Mark Strong) is an astro­naut at­tempt­ing a soli­tary mis­sion to Mars. When the safety of his space­craft is com­pro­mised, he de­cides to press on against all odds. Luke Wil­son co-stars. Rated R. 90 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Not reviewed)

THE CON­JUR­ING 2

Pa­trick Wil­son and Vera Farmiga re­turn as the real-life para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors Ed and Lor­raine War­ren, who in the 1970s and 1980s, looked into a num­ber of spooky hap­pen­ings — in­clud­ing, most fa­mously, the Ami­tyville Hor­ror. In this drama­ti­za­tion of a 1977 in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the cou­ple trav­els to the U.K. to look into pol­ter­geist ac­tiv­ity at a coun­cil house in North Lon­don. Rated R. 133 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas; Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)

DARK HORSE

Around the turn of the mil­len­nium, Janet Vokes, a bar­maid in an eco­nom­i­cally de­pressed Wales min­ing town, con­vinced her friends and cus­tomers to pitch in to­gether, pur­chase a thor­ough­bred, and pay for its train­ing. They bought and bred Dream Al­liance, and the horse even­tu­ally en­joyed suc­cess on the rac­ing cir­cuit in the U.K. — at­tract­ing a good deal of me­dia at­ten­tion for how the story up­turned class-struc­ture norms. Through new in­ter­views, dra­matic recre­ations, and archival footage, this doc­u­men­tary tells Dream Al­liance’s story. Rated PG. 85 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not reviewed)

DOUGH

Not rated. 94 min­utes. The Screen. See re­view, Page 46.

THE IDOL

Not rated. 100 min­utes. In Ara­bic with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 45.

MAG­GIE’S PLAN

Rated R. 98 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 42.

MEN & CHICKEN

In this quirky com­edy from Den­mark, David Den­cik and Mads Mikkelsen play broth­ers who learn at their fa­ther’s deathbed that they’re adopted. They travel to find their real fa­ther, and dis­cover that he’s a ge­neti­cist and that they have other broth­ers — all of whom, in­clud­ing them, have been ex­per­i­mented on by their fa­ther. Not rated. 104 min­utes. In Dan­ish with sub­ti­tles. Jean Cocteau. (Not reviewed)

NOW YOU SEE ME 2

In 2013, Now You See Me — a rel­a­tively un­her­alded movie about four ma­gi­cians who are framed for theft, pull off a se­ries of un­be­liev­able tricks, and fool a mas­ter (Mor­gan Free­man) — broke through the block­busters of sum­mer and found an au­di­ence. Those il­lu­sion­ists (Jesse Eisen­berg, Woody Har­rel­son, Dave Franco, and now Lizzy Ca­plan) are back, and this time are forced to pull off their great­est heist yet by a crooked tech-ge­nius mas­ter­mind (Daniel Rad­cliffe). Free­man, Mark Ruf­falo, and Michael Caine also re­turn from the first film. Rated PG-13. 129 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)

VITA ACTIVA: THE SPIRIT OF HAN­NAH ARENDT

Not rated. 125 min­utes. The Screen. In English, He­brew, Ger­man, and French, with sub­ti­tles. See re­view, Page 44.

WAR­CRAFT

If you’re one of the mil­lions of sub­scribers to the World of War­craft MMORPG (mas­sively mul­ti­player on­line role-play­ing game), then it’s time to leave the PC for the mul­ti­plex, as the big-screen adap­ta­tion is here. If you’re of the bil­lions who have never joined an on­line guild to com­plete a quest (or never heard the term MMORPG), don’t fret — the movie is just your ba­sic ef­fects-heavy, orcs-and-war­riors fan­tasy flick. Dun­can Jones

(Moon) di­rects. Rated PG-13. 123 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. Screens in 2-D only at DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)

Where’s Wil­bur? Janet Vokes with Dream Al­liance in Dark Horse, at Re­gal DeVar­gas

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