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For, Friday, March 9, 2018

Quite a mix of disparate movies open this weekend, led by the highly anticipated Disney adaptation of a popular youth fantasy.

“A Wrinkle in Time” (PG). A teenage girl (Storm Reid) works with her brother, a school friend and a trio of astral travelers (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling) to rescue her father (Chris Pine), who is being held captive on a distant planet. Disney’s computer-generated/live-action adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle sci-fi/fantasy youth novel co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña and David Oyelowo.

“The Hurricane Heist” (PG-13). A team of hackers plots to steal $600 million from a coastal branch of the U.S. Mint just as a Category 5 hurricane is bearing down. But a straight-arrow Treasury agent (Maggie Grace) holds the code needed for them to complete the heist.


“Gringo” (R). David Oyelowo stars in this dark comedy as an introverted businessman sent to Mexico by his company to hand-carry a new form of medical marijuana, a “weed pill,” to its manufacturing plant. But after he’s kidnapped by drug traffickers, he learns that his bosses (Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton) have double-crossed a Mexican cartel. With Amanda Seyfried and Thandie Newton.

“Thoroughbreds” (R). Echoing “Heavenly Creatures,” this teen thriller follows two upper-crust former childhood friends who reconnect in Connecticut after years apart, and while they initially seem to be wildly different from each other, they soon join forces to eliminate an overbearing stepparent.


“The Strangers: Prey at Night” (R). A family takes a road trip to spend time with relatives at a secluded mobile home park but upon arrival see that it’s deserted. After dark, however, masked psychopaths come calling. Sequel to the 2008 horror yarn, “The Strangers.” With Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson and Bailee Madison.

“Before We Vanish” (Not rated, in Japanese with English subtitles). Three aliens travel to Earth and take possession of the bodies of three earthlings as part of their reconnaissance mission ahead of a planned mass invasion. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“A Fantastic Woman” (R, in Spanish with English subitles). A transgender woman struggles to make her own way after her lover dies and his family refuses to acknowledge her. This Chilean drama won the Oscar for best foreign-language film.