Po (voiced by Jack Black) frolicking in the panda village's hot spring in "Kung Fu Panda 3."

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Grades are by World-Herald critics, an A being the best.


Kung Fu Panda 3 Po the panda faces new threats in the second sequel in the popular family franchise. B+


The 5th Wave An adaptation of a popular YA novel in which alien attacks have left Earth devastated and the last shreds of humanity are barely hanging on.

The Boy Creepy doll horror movie in which an American nanny is hired to take care of an English family’s boy, who is really a life-sized doll, which is weird.

The Choice Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer star as a couple whose love is tested by life’s hardships in this adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Daddy’s Home Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are competing fathers in this goofy comedy.

Eddie the Eagle A comedic biopic of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, the Brit ski jumper who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Stars Taron Egerton (“Kingsman”) and Hugh Jackman.

The Finest Hours Chris Pine stars in one of those “based on an incredible true story” movies about a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue of men stuck on a pair of sinking oil tankers.

Gods of Egypt A profoundly silly-looking fantasy about gods and monsters fighting in ancient Egypt. Gerard Butler (white) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (white) star as the Egyptian gods because whatever.

Lady in the Van Maggie Smith stars as a transient woman living in her car who befriends the man whose driveway she’s using.

Race A Jesse Owens biopic focusing on the runner’s role in the 1936 Olympics, where he faced off against Hitler’s Aryan supermen. C+

Risen The story of Christ’s resurrection, from the perspective of a Roman military tribune (Joseph Fiennes).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens The seventh film in the “Star Wars” saga plays it a little too safe but still makes for a satisfying return. B

Zoolander 2 Fifteen years later, the saga continues.


13 Hours A Michael Bay-directed account of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Patriotic, serious and exciting, but also way too long. B-

45 Years Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are excellent as a long-married couple whose domestic bliss is shattered when a secret is revealed. A-

Anomalisa Filmmaker Charlie Kaufman explores a man’s midlife crisis using puppets and stop-motion animation. Bleak, beautiful and sometimes brilliant. B+

Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer A man tries to end his marriage by finding a boyfriend for his terrible wife in this comedy from Mexico.

Deadpool The mouthy superhero finally gets his very own movie, and it’s a sometimes funny/mostly tiresome recycling of comic book clichés put in an R-rated package. C-

Dirty Grandpa Zac Efron takes his dirty grandpa (Robert De Niro) to Florida for spring break, and, oh boy, are there shenanigans — vile, gross and hateful shenanigans. F

How to Be Single Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie star as single women looking for love in New York City in this raunchy rom-com.

Spotlight A superb dramatization of the Boston Globe’s 2001 investigation that uncovered sex abuse and a cover-up conspiracy in the Catholic Church. A-

The Revenant This 1820s-set Western epic from the director of “Birdman” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a frontiersman who just won’t die. Not until he gets his revenge anyway. B+

Room “Room” is about a mother and her 5-year-old son, Jack, who are imprisoned in a backyard shed. After years of just surviving, “Ma” decides it’s time for her and Jack to escape. A-

Triple 9 This cops and robbers thriller is heavy on atmosphere and action but light on things that make a viewer care. C+

The Witch This 1630s-set horror movie is perfectly made and completely terrifying and will stand as one of the best films of 2016. A

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