What’s in theaters this week: ‘A Dog’s Way Home,’ ‘The Upside,’ ‘Replicas’

Plus a new film festival sets up in Dunedin.
Published January 9

OPENING FRIDAY:

A DOG’S WAY HOME

A canine travels 400 miles to reunite with her human. With Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Edward James Olmos and the voice of Bryce Dallas Howard. Directed by Charles Martin Smith. (96 minutes, PG)

THE UPSIDE

A paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) hires an ex-con (Kevin Hart) to be his caretaker. With Nicole Kidman. Based on the 2011 French film The Intouchables. Directed by Neil Burger. (125 minutes, PG-13)

REPLICAS

A neuroscientist (Keanu Reeves) who is working on re-creating the human brain for Alzheimer’s research uses his work to replicate his family members after they’re killed in a car accident. With Alice Eve and Emily Alyn Lind. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. (107 minutes, PG-13)

NEWCOMER: Dunedin International Film Festival

The inaugural Dunedin International Film Festival will take place this weekend at seven locations around Dunedin. The opening night screening of Virgin Blacktop, right, at Soggy Bottom Brewery on Friday will be followed by a Q&A with director Charlie Samuels and an after-party. Saturday features a Women in Film and Television Panel at 11 a.m. at Blur Night Club. And a 5:30 p.m. Walking Dead Discussion Panel with Stephen F. Campbell, the show’s director of photography, is at Soggy Bottom Brewery. Sunday’s closing night gala will be at the Fenway Hotel. $10-$25, $45 for two-day passes. For schedule and tickets, see dunedininternationalfilmfestival.com.

CRITICS’ PICKS

Roma: An extremely quiet, even meditative picture by writer-director-producer Alfonso Cuarón, whose childhood experiences are the bedrock of this family story. On Netflix.

The Favourite: This viciously entertaining period comedy-drama takes us to the 18th century court of Queen Anne, in a Golden Globe-winning, magnificent performance by Olivia Colman.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Thoroughly rejuvenated Spider-Man myth in this quick-witted, formula-busting and visually gorgeous animated feature.

If Beale Street Could Talk: Barry Jenkins’ followup to Moonlight melds color, music and portraiture to do more than tell a story.

Ben Is Back: As a mother (Julia Roberts) prepares for the Christmas holiday, her addicted son (Lucas Hedges) returns unexpectedly from a stint in drug rehab.

UPCOMING RELEASES

All dates subject to change.

Jan. 18: Glass

Jan. 25: The Kid Who Would Be King; Serenity

Feb. 1: Miss Bala; Jacob’s Ladder

Feb. 8: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part; What Men Want; The Prodigy; Cold Pursuit; The Amityville Murders

Feb. 13 and 14: Isn’t It Romantic; Alita: Battle Angel; Happy Death Day 2U

Feb. 22: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Fighting With My Family; The Rhythm Section

March 1: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral; Chaos Walking

March 8: Captain Marvel

March 15: Us; Wonder Park

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