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Roberto Dur?n biopic Hands of Stone stars ?dgar Ram?rez, left, Robert De Niro and Ruben Blades.Weinstein Co.

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

OPENING FRIDAY: HANDS OF STONE Robert De Niro is starring in another boxing movie, so the immediate question is: How does it measure up to the Oscar winner's previous boxing flick? I'm referring, of course, to 2013's Grudge Match with Sylvester Stallone. There's no way the Roberto Durán biopic Hands of Stone (R) ca …

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  1. Review: 'Don't Breathe' a tense thriller for the senses

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    The home invasion thriller gets a violent shift in perspective — emphasis on violent — in Fede Alvarez's new film Don't Breathe.

    A group of robbers including Alex (Dylan Minnette, left) meet their match in a blind Gulf War veteran (Stephen Lang), who serves both as victim and villain in Don’t Breathe.
  2. Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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    OPENING FRIDAY: HANDS OF STONE

    Robert De Niro is starring in another boxing movie, so the immediate question is: How does it measure up to the Oscar winner's previous boxing flick?

    Roberto Dur?n biopic Hands of Stone stars ?dgar Ram?rez, left, Robert De Niro and Ruben Blades.
  3. Interview: 'Southside With You' director Richard Tanne talks casting the perfect Obamas

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    What this election year needs now is love, sweet love.

    Writer-director Richard Tanne, center, poses with stars Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers, who play young Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama in Southside With You.
  4. Review: 'Southside With You' a sweet romance that just happens to be about the Obamas

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    Even if their names were John and Mary, the two people soon to be a couple at the center of Southside With You could make viewers swoon. Richard Tanne's walk-and-talk slice of budding romantic life is that good at expressing those small moments when love begins taking hold.

    Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers play Michelle and Barack Obama on a date in Southside With You.
  5. Review: 'Ben-Hur' has little to offer besides that chariot race

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    Let's cut to the chariot chase. The latest screen version of Ben-Hur would be little more than a condensed miniseries without it, framed for small television screens, with performances to fit.

    Morgan Freeman has an enjoyable turn as Sheik Ilderim, a dreadlocked chariot racing enthusiast, in the role that earned Hugh Griffith an Oscar in the 1959 version.
  6. The Art of Politics: How colors, film, comedy, fashion influence our views

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    Pablo Picasso said, "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth."

    The Art of Politics. Image by Cameron Cottrill, Times.
  7. Political documentaries have a hard time keeping up in 2016

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    Where is Michael Moore when we need him?

    Conservatives insist we don't. Liberals wish Moore had a Fahrenheit 9/11 up his flannel sleeve for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    Donald Trump, left, reacts to the crowd as he shakes hands with South Carolina Freedom Summit co-host David Bossie, founder of Citizens United, which has a Hillary: The Movie sequel in the works.
  8. Review: Irreverent 'War Dogs' splendidly pairs Jonah Hill and Miles Teller

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    The American dream smells like gunpowder in War Dogs, a story too good to be made up.

    Miles Teller, left, and Jonah Hill in a scene from "War Dogs." [Warner Bros. Pictures]
  9. Movie planner: 'Don't Think Twice,' 'Ben-Hur,' movies with causes

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    INDIE FLICKS: DON'T THINK TWICE

    A close-knit improvisational troupe falls apart in writer-director Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice (R), an uncommonly wise movie about comedian psyches, their propelling egos and extrovert fragility. Birbiglia's standup experiences made 2012's …

    An improv team is disrupted when a member hits the big time in Don’t Think Twice.
  10. Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' an art piece masquerading as a kids' movie

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    Kubo and the Two Strings is lovely to behold, if viewers manage to keep their eyes open. It's an animated doozy and drowser at once, an uncomfortable mix of Miyazaki-style imagination and generic dullness. Snooze and you don't necessarily lose.

    Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson, left, and Monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron in a scene from the animated film, "Kubo and the Two Strings." (Laika Studios/Focus Features via AP)
  11. Review: 'Hell or High Water' is a movie with perfect Lone Star swagger

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    West Texas as depicted in David Mackenzie's crime drama Hell or High Water is no country for unarmed men. It's a parched place of desperate characters and Texas Rangers chasing them, with bystanders willing to lend a truck or gun to the pursuit.

    Jeff Bridges, left, and Gil Birmingham play Texas Rangers pursuing bank robbers in Hell or High Water. 
  12. Review: 'Pete's Dragon' is surprisingly good

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    There's a lot that's unlikely about Pete's Dragon, the remake of the 1977 Disney film, particularly how good it is.

    Natalie (Oona Laurence) and Pete (Oakes Fegley) befriend Elliott, a furry, friendly dragon.
  13. On 'Deepwater Horizon' movie set, survivors meet a Hollywood portrayal

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    NEW ORLEANS — On a balmy night on dry land, hell breaks out again on the Deepwater Horizon.

    A Deepwater Horizon replica was constructed in New Orleans. The film focuses on the crew, not the ecological disaster.
  14. Review: 'Indignation' is an oasis of summer movie intelligence

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    After success as a producer and Ang Lee's favorite screenwriter, James Schamus makes an impressive directing debut with Indignation, an oasis of summer movie intelligence.

    Jewish boy Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman) meets Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon) at a small, mostly gentile college in 1951, and her first-date sexuality throws him for a loop.
  15. Movie Planner: 'Wiener-Dog,' 'Gleason,' 'Pete's Dragon'

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    INDIE FLICKS: WIENER-DOG

    Todd Solondz returns to spiky form with Wiener-Dog (R), a quartet of character studies linked by a dachshund and mordant dramedy. It's the filmmaker's most divisive work since Happiness two decades ago, after its finale ignited jeers at the Sundance …

    Keaton Nigel Cooke plays Remi in Wiener-Dog, a series of character studies linked by a dachshund.