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For, Friday, June 22, 2018

There’s only one major movie opening this weekend, and, as often happens when big bad franchise flicks come out, Hollywood decided to get out of the way and just allow it to take over the box office. There are, however, three so-called “art films” in town as well.

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (PG-13). Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong return in this fifth entry in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, a direct sequel to “Jurassic World,” which has them getting caught up in a controversy over whether the surviving dinosaurs on Isla Nublar should be saved or allowed to become extinct. This one also brings back a veteran of the first two “Jurassic Park” films, Jeff Goldblum as chaos-theory expert Ian Malcolm. With Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine and Geraldine Chaplin.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (PG-13). This biographical film about Fred Rogers and his PBS career with the long-running children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” (1968-2001) has been getting rave reviews. But it’s an adult documentary and reportedly contains some cursing and a picture of a male backside, as well as discussions about one of Rogers’ co-workers' sexual identity.


“The Seagull” (PG-13). Adapted from the classic work by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, with the time period pushed ahead a few years into the early 20th century, this story of an aging actress (Annette Bening) whose summer visit to a country estate to visit her brother and her son upends the lives of several innocents. With Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle (who also co-starred in the recent “On Chesil Beach”), Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Billy Howle, Jon Tenney, Brian Denney and Mare Winningham.

“The Catcher Was a Spy” (R). Paul Rudd stars in this true drama as Moe Berg, a 15-year baseball veteran who was recruited as a spy during World War II but successfully kept his activities a secret from all who knew him. With Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, Giancarlo Giannini, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Connie Nielsen. (Exclusively at the Megaplex Jordan Commons Theater.)