Collide: Originally scheduled for an October 2015 release and pushed back five times since, this fast-paced action flick starsFelicity Jones (“Rogue One”) as the girlfriend in peril to hard-driving hero Nicolas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) as he crasheslots of nice cars and faces off with dual villains Anthony Hopkins (HBO’s “Westworld”) and Ben Kingsley (“Iron Man 3”). 1 hr.39; PG-13.
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 story of a dog named Bailey (voice of Josh Gad) and the lives he touches through canine reincarnations over several decades. Dennis Quaid (“Truth”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland”) and Peggy Lipton (“Twin Peaks”) star. 2 hr; PG.
Fifty Shades Darker: The sequel to the 2015 “Fifty Shades of Grey” is based on the second in the trilogy of erotic E.L. James novels. 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 ’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. 1 hr. 31; R.
Get Out: Buzz is strong for this “Stepford Wives”-inspired horror satire from writer-director Jordan Peele (Comedy Central’s“Key & Peele”) about an interracial couple (Daniel Kaluuya, “Sicario” and Allison Williams, “Girls”) whose visit to a ritzy familyestate unfolds into a mysterious and surreal nightmare. Erika Alexander, Brad Whitford, and Katherine Keener co-star. 1 hr.44; 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 recouped 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. 1 hr. 14; PG-13.
Hidden Figures: Based on the biographical novel by Margot Lee Shetterly, this film tells the 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.
John Wick - Chapter Two: Stars Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix”), John Leguizamo (“American Ultra”) and director Chad Stahelski return for the follow-up to the 2014 hit action film about a retired assassin (Reeves) who makes a vengeful return to the criminal world after baddies kill his dog.This time, Wick 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 the 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 more successful than anticipated, so having one of Hollywood’s most enduring superhero characters for a new film while we wait for the 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 to find his hometown. Based on the nonfiction book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. 1 hr. 58; PG-13.
Moonlight: One of the most well-received films of 2016, the sophomore effort from writer-director Barry Jenkins went on to multiple Oscar wins including Best Picture. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the drama tells the story of two friends portrayed by different actors as the characters age. 1 hr. 51; R.
Oscar Animated Shorts: 2017 Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film include “Ennemis Intérieurs” (France, 29min.), “Borrowed Time” (USA, 7 minutes), “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Canada/UK, 35 minutes), “Pearl” (USA, 6 minutes) and“Piper” (USA, 6 minutes). Not rated. Playing exclusively at Athens Ciné.
Oscar Live Action Shorts: 2017 Academy Award nominees for Best Live Action Short Film including “Blind Vaysha” (Canada, 8min.), “La Femme et le TGV” (Switzerland, 30 min.), “Silent Nights” (Denmark, 30 min.), “Sing (Mindenki)” (Hungary, 25 min.)and “Timecode” (Spain, 15 min.). Not rated. Playing exclusively at Athens Ciné.
Rock Dog: In this family animated movie based on the Chinese graphic novel “Tibetan Rock Dog”, Luke Wilson (“LegallyBlonde”) stars as the voice of Bodi, a young mastiff who becomes the musical and spiritual apprentice of an aging rock starcat, Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard). The debut feature of “Toy Story 2” co-director Ash Brannon sports a massive celebrityvoice cast. 1 hr. 30; PG.
Split: Following the success of his 2015 comeback movie “The Visit,” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) returns to psychological mystery for this story of a man with dissociative identity disorder (James McAvoy, “X-Men: First Class”) who abducts three teenage friends and imprisons them. 1 hr. 57; PG-13.
– Compiled by Andrew Shearer/staff