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‘Logan’

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

Directed by: James Mangold

Rated: R

 

This franchise might be aging, but don’t count it out. At least, not with this installment that is equal parts brutal and poignant to the point that, hold on, tears might be shed. Fair warning, X-Men fans.

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Lion

Oscar nominees continue to come and go from local theaters, and the latest one, “Lion,” is a great film.

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This has to be a record: There are four Oscar-nominated movies playing in local theaters right now. Right here in town. “La La Land” has been here long enough for Oscar fans to see it. Recently, “Manchester by the Sea” arrived, and “Fences” is doing a second tour after earning some solid nominations. But the surprise among these is “Moonlight.”

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Oscar nominations were announced last week, and like most years, there were surprises, snubs and foregone winners in some categories. Or maybe not. The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held last weekend and there were some game-changing surprises. Because the SAG awards start with actors nominating and then voting for other actors, it can be a better predictor of what is to come at the Oscar ceremony a few weeks from now.

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Peter Berg, the director and one of the writers of this film, seems drawn to tough, real subject matter. In a short time, he’s put out the war story “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon” about the BP oil spill in the Gulf, and now this, which is a ripping, tense account of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

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