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For, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

Universal Pictures has rebooted one of its classic 1930s monsters in R-rated 21st century fashion, for good or ill, and this weekend’s four other new movies are a biography, a documentary and two TV series adaptations.

“The Invisible Man” (R). Elisabeth Moss stars in this very loose adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel as a woman trapped in a violent, controlling marriage with a brilliant scientist. When she finally manages to escape, she learns that he has committed suicide — but she has her doubts, especially when evidence suggests that he has become invisible and is tormenting her.

“Seberg” (R). This is the true story of American actress Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) who achieved stardom in 1960 in the French film “Breathless,” and who was surveilled and harassed by the FBI after she became associated with Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie) and the Black Panthers. With Jack O’Connell, Colm Meaney, Vince Vaughn and Stephen Root.


“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” (R). Robertson and the title “roots-rock” group are profiled in this Canadian confessional documentary, which features appearances by Martin Scorsese (who directed The Band’s acclaimed 1976 “farewell concert” film, “The Last Waltz”), Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and many more. (Exclusively at the Tower Theater.)

“Impractical Jokers: The Movie” (PG-13). Based on the TV series, this one does have a scripted story of sorts, which unfolds during interludes between hidden-camera “reality show” pranks performed by the improvisational comedy team The Tenderloins on unsuspecting “civilians.” Paula Abdul makes an appearance.

“My Hero Academia” (PG-13, alternate screenings offer soundtracks dubbed in English or in Japanese with English subtitles). This Japanese anime fantasy is based on a popular manga comics and the subsequent anime TV series, here telling the story of a superhero-loving boy who has no powers but is determined to enroll in a prestigious hero academy.