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For, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Like last week, we see the new-movie entries for this week dominated by R-rated films that arrive amid low expectations. Along with a strange-looking fantasy cartoon “from the mind of George Lucas.” Okaaayyy.

“Strange Magic” (PG) is an independent musical animated feature —released by Disney — about goblins, fairies, elves and imps fighting over a powerful potion. Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph and Alfred Molina provide voices and the songs are a variety of pop hits. The film was written by three screenwriters working from a story by George Lucas, directed by a first-timer, Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom.

“Cake” (R) is a drama that’s been getting attention for the change-of-pace central performance by Jennifer Aniston as a woman addicted to prescription drugs who decides to look into the suicide of a member of her pain-support group. Co-stars include Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Mamie Gummer, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Lucy Punch.

“Mortdecai” (R). Johnny Depp appears to be channeling Inspector Clouseau for this broad comedy about a duplicitous art dealer traversing the globe in search of a stolen painting while being pursued by both Russian mobsters and MI-5. Co-stars include Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt and Tom Hardy.

“The Boy Next Door” (R). High school teacher Jennifer Lopez allows herself to fall prey to a teenage stalker after an ill-advised, alcohol-fueled one-night stand. Ryan Guzman plays the 19-year-old with a fatal attraction, who, after he’s rejected, uses 21st century cyber-methods to humiliate Lopez. Kristen Chenoweth and John Corbett co-star.