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2 FAMILY FILMS? SCHOOL’S IN SESSION

For Hicksflicks.com, Sept. 12, 2014

It does seem ironic that we have had so many family films in local theaters over the past couple of weeks now that school's in session and families are less likely to be thinking about going to the movies. But here's a British sports film and a sequel to "Dolphin Tale," both rated PG, along with four movies that are more adult in nature.

"Believe" (PG). Purported true tale set in 1984 of a legendary former Manchester United manager (Brian Cox) that comes out of retirement to coach a youth football team (that's soccer for all you non-Brits out there). Natascha McElhone co-stars.

"Dolphin Tale 2" (PG) is a sequel to the film of three years ago, another true story, about a bottlenose dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap off the Florida coast. The sequel is also based on true stories gleaned from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Returning all-star cast includes Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman.

"No Good Deed" (PG-13) is a thriller starring Taraji P. Henson ("Person of Interest") as a homemaker and former district attorney who, with her two young children, is terrorized one night by a mysterious stranger (Idris Elba, of "Pacific Rim" and TV's "The Wire").

"The Drop" (R) is one of the late James Gandolfini's final films. He plays a bar owner where Tom Hardy works, a "drop bar" that launders mob money. When a robbery takes place, it brings unwelcome scrutiny to the neighborhood. Noomi Rapace co-stars.

"Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?" (PG-13). Third and final film in the "Atlas Shrugged trilogy based on Ayn Rand's novel about a dystopian United States society where the economy is on the verge of collapse as the government becomes more brutal toward the workers.

"The Trip to Italy" (not rated) is a sequel to "The Trip," and like that British comedy, this one is also edited from a longer British TV series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing versions of themselves, this time on a restaurant tour of Italy.