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TRUE STORIES, MORE OR LESS

For Hicksflicks.com, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

A Biographical film about Olympic Gold Medal-winner Jesse Owens, a biblical story from a unique point of view and the true story of a transient woman in London lead this weekend’s new movies.

“Race” (PG-13). This is the true story of Jesse Owens and his bid to become the greatest track-and-field athlete in history, which put him squarely in the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany, going up against der Fuhrer’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Stephan James stars, with Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons and William Hurt in support.

“Risen” (PG-13). A biblical retelling of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of a non-believing Roman Tribune, who has been tasked with disproving the Christians who claim He has risen from the dead. Joseph Fiennes stars, with Tom Felton and Peter Firth in support.

“The Lady in the Van” (PG-13). Maggie Smith stars in this British comedy-drama, the true story of an irascible elderly transient who lives in her car and coerces a proper middle-aged gentleman into letting her park in his driveway for a couple of months, which turns into 15 years. Jim Broadbent, Deborah Findlay and Dominic Cooper co-star.

“Ip Man 3” (PG-13, in Cantonese with English subtitles). Hong Kong martial-arts king Donnie Yen again stars as in the title role of this continuing story of the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster, whose students included Bruce Lee. Here, Ip Man goes up against a crooked property manager trying to take over the city.

“The Witch” (R). Puritan horror set in 1630s New England as a homesteading Christian family is split over the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. A Canadian film.

“Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer” (PG-13, in Spanish with English subtitles). Comedy about a man fed up with his nagging, nitpicking wife who decides to find her a boyfriend, actually a professional seducer nicknamed “The Tiger.”