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For, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Summer must be winding down as this week’s new major-studio offerings are a minor animated sequel and a minor horror sequel.

“The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” (PG). Animated sequel has the evil mayor of Oakton bulldozing a public park and replacing it with a dangerous amusement park. So it’s up to Surly Squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett) and his animal friends to save the day. Other voices include Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Katherine Heigl, Jeff Dunham and Gabriel Iglesias, among others.

“Annabelle: Creation” (R). A dollmaker and his wife, whose daughter died 12 years earlier, welcome a nun and several girls into their home when a local orphanage is shuttered. Naturally, the dollmaker’s creation, Annabelle, sets her sights on the girls. A prequel to the horror film “Annabelle” (2014) and the fourth film in the “Conjuring” franchise.

“The Glass Castle” (R). Based on Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir, this melodrama re-creates the often harrowing, sometimes homeless childhood led by Walls (Brie Larson) in a dysfunctional family that was headed by a cruel, deluded drunk (Woody Harrelson) and an eccentric, neglectful artist (Naomi Watts).


“13 Minutes” (R, in German with English subtitles). German drama about Georg Elser, a disaffected worker who carries out a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and other Nazi leaders, a plot that fails but is nonetheless lethal. He is quickly captured and held in a prisoner-of-war camp before being executed just before the camp’s Allied liberation. The title of this true story refers to the amount of time by which the timed bomb narrowly missed killing Hitler in 1939. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Letters from Baghdad” (Not Rated). Documentary about the life and work of Gertrude Bell, a British adventurer and political figure (and perhaps a spy) who helped shape the Middle East after World War I. Tilda Swinton provides the voice of the adult Bell. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Sundance Shorts 2017” (Not Rated). A collection of short films that played at the Sundance Film Festival last January, ranging from documentary to narrative dramas to animation to experimental. Be aware that some films may have R-level content although none have been rated by the MPAA. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)