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This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows James Baldwin, center, in “I Am Not Your Negro.” (Dan Budnik/Magnolia Pictures via AP)

A Cure For Wellness: Echoes of Cronenberg, Gilliam, Jeunet and Scorsese may be found in this large-scale thriller from director Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) concerning a young business exec (Dane DeHaan, “Amazing Spider-Man 2”) who travels to a bizarre medical clinic in the Swiss Alps to investigate the whereabouts of the company’s CEO. Jason Issacs (“Harry Potter”) plays the facility’s head creep. 2 hr. 26; R.

 

A Dog’s Purpose: This tearjerker from director Lasse Hallström (“The Cider House Rules”) and writer Audrey Wells (“The Truth About Cats & Dogs”) tells the epic story of a dog named Bailey (voice of Josh Gad) and the lives he touches through various canine reincarnations over several decades. Dennis Quaid (“Truth”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”), and Peggy Lipton (“Twin Peaks”) star. 2 hr; PG.


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Fifty Shades Darker: Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the sequel to the 2015 “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on the second in the trilogy of erotic romance novels by British author E.L. James. Stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as the lead characters. But just as the “Twilight” series replaced the original’s female director with men for the rest of the films, Sam Taylor-Johnson is out and James Foley is in. 1 hr.55; R.

Fist Fight: In this updated take on the ’80s cult comedy “Three O’Clock High,” Ice Cube (“Barbershop”) and Charlie Day(“Horrible Bosses”) star as a pair of high school teachers who plan to duke it out on school grounds after one accidentally causes the other to get fired. Other faculty members include Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Dennis Haysbert, KumaniNanjiali and Jillian Bell. 1 hr. 31; R.

The Great Wall: Released overseas in December, this epic fantasy about a mercenary (Matt Damon, “Jason Bourne”) fighting monsters in medieval China has already earned back its $150 million budget. Helmed by veteran director Zhang Yimou(“House of Flying Daggers”), the film boasts one of the largest Chinese casts in film history. Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, PedroPascal and Jing Tian co-star. 1 hr. 14; PG-13.

Hidden Figures: Based on the biographical novel by Margot Lee Shetterly, this film tells the true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”) and her colleagues Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, “Moonlight”) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer, “The Help”), the African-American women whose calculations were crucial to NASA’s early space missions. 2 hr. 7; PG.

I Am Not Your Negro: Named one of the top 10 films of 2016 by the New York Times, this Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature is based on an unfinished manuscript by writer and activist James Baldwin (1924-1987) entitled,“Remember This House.” Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of black-white relations in America and holds a mirror to today’s climate of racism. 1 hr. 35; PG-13.

John Wick - Chapter Two: Stars Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix”), John Leguizamo (“American Ultra”) and director Chad Stahelski all return for the follow-up to the 2014 surprise hit action film about a retired assassin (Reeves) who makes a vengeful return to the criminal world after the baddies kill his dog.This time out, Wick re-unretires and heads to Rome to punch and shoot even more people. 2 hr. 2; R.

La La Land: With seven Golden Globe nominations and glowing reviews across the board, this musical rom-com starring Ryan Gosling (“The Nice Guys”) and Emma Stone (“The Help”) has become front-runner for next year’s Academy Awards. Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s previous film was the Oscar-winning 2014 drumming drama “Whiplash.” 2 hr. 7; PG-13.

The LEGO Batman Movie: 2014’s “The LEGO Movie” was much funnier and financially successful than anyone anticipated, so it’s a pretty safe bet that having one of Hollywood’s most enduring superhero characters front and center for a new film while we wait for the proper 2019 sequel will stuff the Warner Bros. pockets nicely. Cartoon Network vet Chris McKay (“Robot Chicken”) directs the celebrity voice cast. 1 hr.44; PG.

Lion: Dev Patel (“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) stars with Rooney Mara (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) as the son of adopted parents (Nicole Kidman, “Moulin Rouge” and David Wenham, “Lord Of The Rings” ) who travels with his childhood best friend to find his hometown. Based on the non-fiction book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. 1 hr. 58; PG-13.

The Space Between Us: Asa Butterfield (“Hugo”) stars as a boy who was the first human born on a Mars colony and encounters physical and developmental challenges when he visits Earth at age 16. Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”) co-stars as his girlfriend along with a supporting cast that includes with Gary Oldman (“The Dark Knight”), B.D. Wong (“Jurassic World”) and Carla Gugino (“Sin City”). 2 hr; PG-13.

Split: Following the success of his 2015 comeback movie “The Visit,” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) returns to his trademark psychological mystery style for this frightening-looking story of a man with dissociative identity disorder (James McAvoy, “X-Men: First Class”) who abducts three teenage friends (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula) and imprisons them. 1 hr. 57; PG-13.

– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/staff

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