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For, Friday, July 31, 2020

Wow! In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, who would have thought we’d see nine — count ’em, nine! — new movies opening at the local Megaplex multiplexes? But here they are, playing this weekend.

Of course, they are also playing online; you can search the streaming sites of your choice.

As to whether any of them are worth a trip to the socially distanced movie theater as opposed to the safety of your own living room is a question I can’t answer. Ya takes yer chances.

“I Used to Go Here” (not rated). A 35-year-old novelist (Gillian Jacobs) is invited to speak at her alma mater where she re-evaluates her life after becoming involved in the lives of a group of students.

“Rebuilding Paradise” (rated PG-13). Ron Howard directed this documentary about the rebuilding of Paradise, Calif., after the devastating wildfires of 2018.

“The Fight” (rated PG-13). This political documentary follow the travails of the ACLU as it battles against the Trump administration over LGBTQ rights.


“Summerland” (rated PG). Gemma Arterton is a reclusive writer in this British drama, recalling her bond with a young boy during World War II when she reluctantly cared for him during the Blitz.

“Most Wanted” (rated R). Josh Hartnett is a journalist investigating the arrest of a drug addict who was duped into playing a role in a Canadian Security Intelligence Service sting in this true story. With Jim Gaffigan.

“The Shadow of Violence” (rated R). In rural Ireland an ex-boxer becomes an enforcer for a drug-dealing gang but balks when he is ordered to kill for the first time in this British thriller.

“The Big Ugly” (rated R). Here’s an American action film about a London mob boss (Malcolm McDowell) who sends an enforcer (Vinnie Jones) to West Virginia to set up a money-laundering operation with an oilman (Ron Perlman).

“The Wretched” (not rated). This horror yarn has a teenage boy struggling with the divorce of his parents when he finds himself confronted by a 1,000-year-old witch who is posing as a familiar neighbor.


And, of course, the Megaplex Theaters, the Redwood Drive-in — and new this weekend, the Cinemark Jordan Landing theaters — will all be playing the usual vintage suspects: “Jaws,” “The Fugitive,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Goonies,” various “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” flicks, and many more.

Added this weekend are “Grease,” “Hook,” the “Fast and Furious” sequels “Furious 7” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as the unexpected addition of a genuine golden-oldie — “The Searchers” (reviewed elsewhere on this page today).