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★★ ½ Dead­pool — Ryan Reynolds stars as the for­mer Spe­cial Forces op­er­a­tive-turned un­con­ven­tional an­ti­hero in the Marvel Comics adap­ta­tion. With Ryan Reynolds, Morena Bac­carin and Ed Skrein. Writ­ten by Rhett Reese and Paul Wer­nick. Di­rected by Tim Miller. 108 min. (R) for strong vi­o­lence and lan­guage through­out, sex­ual con­tent and graphic nu­dity. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers (NR) Dough — An old Jewish baker strug­gles to keep his busi­ness afloat un­til his young Mus­lim ap­pren­tice ac­ci­den­tally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. Di­rected by John Gold­schmidt. Writ­ten by Jonathan Ben­son. Star­ring Ian Hart, Jonathan Pryce, Philip Davis. 94 min. (U). ★★★ Ed­die the Ea­gle — In­spi­ra­tional story of Ed­die Ed­wards, the un­likely Bri­tish ski jumper who cap­ti­vated the world at the1988 Cal­gary Win­ter Olympics. With Taron Eger­ton, Christo­pher Walken and Hugh Jack­man. Writ­ten by Sean Ma­caulay. Di­rected by Dex­ter Fletcher. 105 min. (PG-13) for some sug­ges­tive ma­te­rial, par­tial nu­dity and smok­ing. Em­brace of the Ser­pent — At once blis­ter­ing and po­etic, the rav­ages of colo­nial­ism cast a dark shadow over the South Amer­i­can land­scape in “Em­brace of the Ser­pent,” the third fea­ture by di­rec­tor Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stun­ning black-and-white, it cen­ters on Kara­makate, an Ama­zo­nian shaman and the last sur­vivor of his peo­ple, and the two sci­en­tists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friend­ship with him. The film was in­spired by the real-life jour­nals of two ex­plor­ers (Theodor Koch-Grün­berg and Richard Evans Schultes) who trav­eled through the Colom­bian Ama­zon dur­ing the last cen­tury in search of the sa­cred and dif­fi­cultto-find psy­che­delic Yakruna plant. This is the first Colom­bian film to re­ceive an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for Best For­eign Film and the first film shot in the Ama­zon rain for­est in 30 years. 125 min. (U). — Ken­neth Tu­ran, L.A. Times 45 Years — A mar­ried cou­ple pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate their wed­ding an­niver­sary re­ceive shattering news that prom­ises to for­ever change the course of their lives. Di­rected by An­drew Haigh. Writ­ten by David Con­stan­tine, Haigh. Star­ring Char­lotte Ram­pling, Tom Courte­nay, Geral­dine James. 95 min. (R) for lan­guage and brief sex­u­al­ity. Gods of Egypt — To save his true love, mor­tal hero Bek teams with god Ho­rus to bat­tle Set, the god of dark­ness, who il­le­git­i­mately oc­cu­pies the throne of Egypt. With Ger­ard But­ler, Niko­laj Coster-Wal­dau, Bren­ton Th­waites and Chad­wick Bose­man. Writ­ten by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharp­less. Di­rected by Alex Proyas. 100 min. (PG-13) for fan­tasy vi­o­lence and ac­tion, and some sex­u­al­ity. Howto be Sin­gle — Young un­mar­rieds in New York City nav­i­gate the com­plex in­ter­sec­tions of love and sex. With Dakota John­son, Rebel Wil­son, Ali­son Brie, Les­lie Mann and Da­mon Wayans Jr. Writ­ten by Abby Kohn, Marc Sil­ver­stein and Dana Fox. Di­rected by Chris­tian Dit­ter. 110 min. (R) for sex­ual con­tent and strong lan­guage through­out. Knight of Cups — A writer in­dulging in all that Los An­ge­les and Las Ve­gas has to of­fer un­der­takes a search for love and self via a se­ries of ad­ven­tures with six dif­fer­ent women. Di­rected and writ­ten by Ter­rence Mal­ick. Star­ring Chris­tian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Port­man. 118 min. (R) for some nu­dity, sex­u­al­ity and lan­guage. ★★★ ½ Kung Fu Panda 3 — Furry mar­tial artist Po jour­neys with his long-lost father to a panda par­adise where he must train his klutzy com­padres to fight the evil Kai. Voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoff­man and An­gelina Jolie. Di­rected by Jen­nifer Yuh Nelson and Alessan­dro Car­loni. 95 min. (PG) for mar­tial arts ac­tion and some mild rude hu­mor. — Katie Walsh, Tribune News Ser­vice ★★★ The Lady in the Van — Mag­gie Smith re-creates her stage tri­umph as a Cam­den Town vagabond who ends up park­ing her van for an ex­tended stay in Alan Ben­nett’s mem­oir. 103 min. PG-13. — Michael Phillips, Tribune news­pa­pers ★ ½ Lon­don has Fallen — The fu­neral of the Bri­tish prime min­is­ter is the tar­get of ter­ror­ists in this se­quel to the 2013 hit “Olym­pus Has Fallen.” With Ger­ard But­ler, Aaron Eck­hart, Mor­gan Free­man. Writ­ten by Creighton Rothen­berger & Ka­trin Benedikt and Chris­tian Gude­gast and Chad St. John. Di­rected by Babak Na­jafi. 100 min. (R) for strong vi­o­lence and lan­guage through­out. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers (NR) The Other Side of the Door — A griev­ing mother fol­lows an an­cient rit­ual to try to bring back her dead son for a fi­nal good­bye. With Sarah Wayne Cal­lies and Jeremy Sisto. Writ­ten by Jo­hannes Roberts and Ernest Riera. Di­rected by Roberts. 96 min. (R) for some bloody vi­o­lence. (NR) The Per­fect Match — A smooth op­er­a­tor bets his ther­a­pist sis­ter’s friends that he can re­main in a re­la­tion­ship for a month with­out fall­ing in love. With Ter­rence J., Cassie Ven­tura, Paula Pat­ton, Don­ald Fai­son, Joe Pan­to­liano and Brandy Nor­wood. Di­rected by Bille Woodruff. 96 min. (R) for sex­u­al­ity, some nu­dity, and lan­guage through­out. ★★ Race — Track star Jesse Owens com­petes in the 1936 Ber­lin Olympics, a liv­ing af­front to Adolf Hitler’s ideas of Aryan supremacy. With Stephan James, Ja­son Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons. Writ­ten by Joe Shrap­nel and Anna

In “Dead­pool,” Wade Wil­son (Ryan Rey­onlds) dates Vanessa, played by Morena Bac­carin. Water­house. Di­rected by Stephen Hop­kins. 134 min.(PG-13) for the­matic el­e­ments and lan­guage. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★ ½ The Revenant — The gor­geously bru­tal first hour of “The Revenant” marks the peak of di­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro G. Inar­ritu’s glit­ter­ing if not quite golden ca­reer. For a while his new movie’s re­ally some­thing. Then, as Leonardo DiCaprio crawls across miles of mighty pretty scenery filmed in Canada, Mon­tana and Ar­gentina, grad­u­ally it turns into not much of any­thing. Based on Michael Punke’s 2002 his­tor­i­cal novel “The Revenant,” the story’s set in 1823, fo­cus­ing on a true-life char­ac­ter, fron­tiers­man and tracker Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) who was left for dead by his co­horts fol­low­ing a near-fa­tal griz­zly at­tack. Mirac­u­lously, Glass sur­vived, and the movie delves fur­ther into the realm of bloody al­le­gory, where Amer­ica’s geno­ci­dal sins haunt the char­ac­ters’ ev­ery mile of his mis­sion of re­venge. 156 min. (R) for strong fron­tier com­bat and vi­o­lence in­clud­ing gory im­ages, a sex­ual as­sault, lan­guage and brief nu­dity. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★ Ride Along 2 — The fur­ther mis­ad­ven­tures of two bick­er­ing brothers-in-law. With Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Ken Jeong, Ben­jamin Bratt, Olivia Munn and Bruce McGill. Writ­ten by Phil Hay and Matt Man­fredi. Di­rected by Tim Story. 102 min. (PG-13) for se­quences of vi­o­lence, sex­ual con­tent, lan­guage and some drug ma­te­rial. ★★ ½ Risen — Rome or­ders a mil­i­tary tribune to in­ves­ti­gate Je­sus’ fi­nal weeks and quell a po­ten­tial up­ris­ing in Jerusalem. With Joseph Fi­ennes, Tom Fel­ton, Peter Firth, Cliff Cur­tis. Writ­ten by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello. Di­rected by Reynolds. 107 min. (PG-13) for bib­li­cal vi­o­lence in­clud­ing some dis­turb­ing im­ages. ★★★★ Spot­light — Noth­ing in the su­perb new film “Spot­light” screams for at­ten­tion. It’s an or­di­nary film in its tech­nique, and it’s re­lent­lessly beige. It avoids fist-pound­ing, cru­sad­ing-reporter cliches al­most en­tirely, the ones the movies have loved since the first close-up of the front page rolling off the presses in high­speed repli­cate. The story is a big one, and the movie about how a hand­ful of Bos­ton Globe in­ves­tiga­tive re­porters got that story is thrillingly good. 128 min. (R) for some lan­guage in­clud­ing sex­ual ref­er­ences. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★★ Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens — So: Where were we? Let’s skip past the pre­quel tril­ogy “The Phan­tom Men­ace,” “At­tack of the Clones” and “Re­venge of the Sith,” ap­par­ently writ­ten and di­rected by droids. In chrono­log­i­cal story terms we last saw Luke Sky­walker, Han Solo, princess-turned-queen Leia, Chew­bacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO whoop­ing it up at the Ewok luau back in 1983, in “Re­turn of the Jedi,” cel­e­brat­ing the mas­sive global pop­u­lar­ity and mer­chan­dis­ing sales of Ge­orge Lu­cas’ bright idea. The idea was sim­ple, and quaintly retro: The world, Lu­cas fig­ured, might en­joy a whiz-bang riff on the old “Flash Gor­don” se­ri­als. Now, mi­nus the Ewoks, the gang’s back. And it is good. Not great. But far bet­ter than “not bad.” Solidly, con­fi­dently good. Good is the most ac­cu­rate ad­jec­tive for this Dis­ney-owned prod­uct launch. 136 min. (PG-13) for sci-fi ac­tion vi­o­lence. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News- pa­pers ★★★★ Son of Saul —“Son of Saul” is an Auschwitz pris­oner’s haunt­ing story. It is a stun­ning fea­ture de­but from di­rec­tor Las­zlo Nemes, in which a Hun­gar­ian pris­oner at Auschwitz de­ter­mines to pro­vide a proper burial for one corpse among many. Is the dead boy Saul’s son in ac­tu­al­ity? It’s a ques­tion best left to the viewer, and “Son of Saul” is about far more than a sim­ple ques­tion of iden­tity. 107 min. (R) for dis­turb­ing vi­o­lent con­tent, and some graphic nu­dity. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★ ½ 10 Cloverfield Lane — A woman wakes up to find her­self im­pris­oned in a cel­lar, un­sure whether to be­lieve her cap­tor who claims the out­side world has been ren­dered un­in­hab­it­able. With John Good­man, Mary El­iz­a­beth Win­stead and John Gal­lagher Jr. Di­rected by Dan Tracht­en­berg. 103 min. (PG-13) for the­matic ma­te­rial in­clud­ing fright­en­ing se­quences of threat with some vi­o­lence, and brief lan­guage. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★ Triple 9 — A rookie po­lice of­fi­cer throws a wrench into the heist plans of crooked cops in league with the Rus­sian mob. With Casey Af­fleck, Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, An­thony Mackie. Writ­ten by Matt Cook. Di­rected by John Hill­coat. 115 min. (R) for strong vi­o­lence and lan­guage through­out, drug use and some nu­dity. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★ Whiskey Tango Fox­trot — Tina Fey stars as an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist who dis­cov­ers the ab­sur­dity and adrenaline rush of serv­ing in the war zones of Afghanistan and Pak­istan. With Tina Fey, Mar­got Rob­bie, Martin Free­man. Writ­ten by Robert Car­lock, —The 7-year-old Je­sus Christ and fam­ily dis­cover the na­ture of his di­vine be­ing. With Adam GreavesNeal, Clive Rus­sell, Vin­cent Walsh. Di­rected by Cyrus Nowrasteh. 111 min. (PG-13) for some vi­o­lence and the­matic el­e­ments. ★★★ Zootopia — Rookie cop Judy Hopps - a bunny - teams with slick con-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve a mys­tery in Dis­ney’s 55th an­i­mated fea­ture. Voices by Gin­nifer Good­win, Ja­son Bate­man, Shakira. Di­rected by By­ron Howard, Rich Moore, co-di­rected by Jared Bush. 108 min. (PG) for some the­matic el­e­ments, rude hu­mor and ac­tion. ★★ The Hate­ful Eight —“The Hate­ful Eight” is an ul­tra­w­ide bore. If you have the op­tion, and you’re com­mit­ted to see­ing the thing, you should see Quentin Tarantino’s lat­est in one of its lim­it­e­drelease “road­show” screen­ings, pro­jected on film, com­plete with over­ture and run­ning three hours and eight min­utes in all. Wri­ter­di­rec­tor Tarantino has de­scribed his post-Civil War pic­ture, set largely in a Wy­oming road­house with a bliz­zard rag­ing out­side, as an Agatha Christie Western. It’s not so much a shoot-’em-up (though the vi­o­lence is out­landishly rough when it comes) as a guess-’em-up. I’m all for the old-school, 70 mil­lime­ter whomp of “The Hate­ful Eight.” I just wish the re­sults didn’t feel like 70 min­utes of vi­able story taffy­pulled out to a brazen length. Tarantino is a born writer, but he’s not a born self-editor of his own writerly blab. 67 min. (R) for strong bloody vi­o­lence, a scene of vi­o­lent sex­ual con­tent, lan­guage and some graphic nu­dity. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers ★★★ Room — The premise of di­rec­tor Lenny Abra­ham­son’s splen­didly acted, if ever-so-slightly dodgy, film ver­sion of the 2010 Emma Donoghue novel, is sim­ple and bru­tally con­fin­ing. A young woman known only as “Ma,” played by Brie Lar­son, lives with her newly 5-year-old son, Jack (Ja­cob Trem­blay). Or­di­nary peo­ple liv­ing or­di­nary lives. Yet theirs are be­ing lived in­side a10-by-10-foot gar­den shed. For a time, we watch in a state of dread and won­der. The par­ent/child re­la­tion­ship at the movie’s score is end­lessly fas­ci­nat­ing. And in a key scene, when the shock gives way to old re­crim­i­na­tions, the movie re­minds us that sto­ries such as th­ese can never end in the middle. 118 min. (R) for lan­guage. — Michael Phillips, Tribune News­pa­pers

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