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MIRACLES VS. SCI-FI THRILLERS

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, March 18, 2016

A faith film with a couple of Hollywood stars opens this weekend, along with a vehicle for Sally Field, a pair of sci-fi thrillers and a pair of foreign-language animated features.

“Miracles From Heaven” (PG). A young girl comes down with a rare digestive disorder, but just as things look bad, they get worse when she falls from a tree and injures herself. Or do they? After a near-death experience, it appears she has been miraculously cured. This faith film is a true story, based on Christy Beam’s memoir, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah.

“Hello, My Name Is Doris” (R). This zany comedy has the 60-something title character (played by Sally Field, who turns 70 this year) as a dowdy, quirky spinster who is inspired by a self-help seminar to romantically pursue a much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield). Co-stars include Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Peter Gllagher and Natasha Lyonne. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” (PG-13). The third film in this series, based on the final novel in the book franchise by Veronica Roth, is “Part 1,” splitting the book in two — a trend if ever there was one (see “The Hobbit,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” etc.). This time around Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) escape the futuristic Chicago of an apocalyptic world, only to find new dangers on the other side of the wall that surrounds the city. Co-stars include Miles Teller, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and Maggie Q.

“The Bronze” (R). A foul-mouthed former Olympic gymnastics medalist becomes jealous of a new young talent in her hometown. Raunchy comedy vehicle for former stand-up comic Melissa Rauch, who also co-stars on “The Big Bang Theory.” Gary Cole co-stars.

“Boy & the World” (PG, in Portuguese with English subtitles). Animated feature from Brazil about a young boy living in a small town in a mythical country, when his father sets out for the capital to find work and is gone for several weeks, during which time the boy is magically transported to another world. Lush animation marks this unique film. (Exclusive at the Tower Theater.)

“Only Yesterday” (PG, in Japanese with English subtitles). Another animated feature, this one from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli and released in that country in 1991, and targeting adults with its story of a 27-year-old office worker traveling a rural countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. (Exclusive at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Southbound” (Not Rated). Gory horror anthology, an independent production, relates five stories of weary travelers on a desolate stretch of desert highway. (Exclusively at the Tower.)