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For, Friday, July 17, 2015

This weekend a modest art film starring a 76-year-old actor is going up against a Marvel blockbuster about a diminutive superhero, though both may be overtaken by a raunchy comedy. Stay tuned.

“Mr. Holmes” (PG). Ian McKellen, best known these days as Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” flicks, and as Magneto in the “X-Men” movies, stars here as 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes, a real-life version that abhors the fiction his friend Dr. Watson wrote about him. The setting is 1947 London as the long-retired detective is called upon to investigate a potential murder. Laura Linney co-stars.

“Ant-Man” (PG-13), the petty crook that becomes the smallest of Marvel’s superheroes, is played by Paul Rudd and reportedly the film has been developed as a wry comedy. Michael Douglas is the scientist that develops the Ant-Man concept for himself but then mentors Rudd to take it on. Co-stars include Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll and Bobby Cannavale, with cameos by several stars of other Marvel films.

“Trainwreck” (R). Amy Schumer wrote and stars in this raunchy comedy (directed by Judd Apatow, of “Knocked Up” fame) about a commitment-phobic woman who finds herself involved with a suitor (Bill Hader) who wants more than a one-night stand. Co-stars include Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton and John Cena.

“Testament of Youth” (PG-13). Adapted from the futility-of-war memoir by Vera Brittain (played by Alicia Vikander), this British drama tells of an independent woman’s trials when, in 1914, she abandons her studies at Oxford to become a nurse in the military during World War I, which takes her to France to attend to the wounded. Emily Watson co-stars. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Strangerland” (R). Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes are an unhappy couple newly moved into a small, remote town in the Australian outback when their teenage children disappear just before a huge dust storm in this atmospheric mystery. Hugo Weaving co-stars. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“The Tribe” (Not Rated). Ukrainian film set in a school for the deaf where a new kid discovers it is a hotbed for organized crime, including robbery and prostitution. When he falls for one of the girls he’s supposed to pimp out, things take a wrong turn. Told entirely in Ukrainian sign language without subtitles. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)