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MY BIG FAT PORTUGUESE …

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

A light romantic comedy, a zany fashion-world comedy, a bloody superhero comedy, a raunchy romantic comedy — gosh, Hollywood knows how to please the public on Valentine’s Day weekend!

“A Date With Miss Fortune” (Not Rated). Gentle Canadian romantic comedy is a Portuguese riff on “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” with real-life marrieds Jeannette Sousa and Ryan Scott as the culture-clash couple (they also co-wrote the script). At a restaurant, Jack (Scott) sees his ex-wife on a date, so he asks a stranger, Maria (Sousa), to pretend to be his date. They click and WASP Jack is introduced to her wacky Portuguese family. Joaquim de Almeida co-stars as her father. (Exclusively at the Megaplex District multiplex in South Jordan.)

“Zoolander No. 2” (PG-13). Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed and stars in the title role of this sequel to his 2001 show-biz/fashion spoof as the world’s dumbest male model. Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are also back as, respectively, Zoolander’s pal and his nemesis. Also aboard are Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Sting, Fred Armisen, Kim Kardashian, Milla Jovovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, and in guest roles playing themselves, Justin Bieber, Myley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Billy Zane, among others.

“Deadpool” (R). The latest Marvel superhero to get his own big-screen movie is the titular crime-fighter, or more correctly, vigilante, who is out for revenge and has a run-in with two of the X-Men team. Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a mercenary with cancer that is cured by an experiment that also disfigures him and gives him superpowers. Morena Baccarin co-stars as his girlfriend, and Leslie Uggams plays an elderly blind woman.

“How to Be Single” (R). Raunchy farce with Dakota Johnson as naïve young woman fresh out of a long-term relationship who moves to New York and immediately begins receiving lessons in the single life from Rebel Wilson. Leslie Mann, Alison Brie and Damon Wayans Jr. co-star.

“Where to Invade Next” (R). Michael Moore’s latest biting satirical “documentary” (which, as usual, is about Moore as much as his subject) tackles progressive politics with Moore visiting Finland, France, Italy and Portugal, among other international locales, to investigate alternative ways to deal with social ills in America.

“Son of Saul” (R, in Hungarian with English subtitles). A day-and-a-half in the life of a Hungarian prisoner in crisis at a Nazi death camp, one of many inmates forced to dispose of gas-chamber victims. When he handles a body that appears to be his own son, he attempts to get him a traditional Jewish burial. (Exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.)

“Oscar Shorts: Documentary” (Not Rated). Collection of documentary shorts nominated for Academy Awards. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City.)