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First Posted: 3/20/2015

In theaters (some starting Friday):

THE GUNMAN Former assassin Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is suffering from PTSD and digging wells to atone for his violent past in the Congo where he assassinated the country’s minister of mining. After an attempt is made on his life, Terrier flies to London to find out who wants him dead. Terrier’s search leads him to a reunion with Annie (Jasmine Trinca), a woman he once loved, who is now married to an oily businessman (Javier Bardem) with dealings in Africa. R; 1:55

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Now on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. They must find out what Tris’ family sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them. Side by side, they unravel the secrets of the past and the future of their world. PG-13; 1:59

CINDERELLA When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters. They make her their scullery maid, but despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger in the woods and an invitation to a palace ball. PG; 1:43

RUN ALL NIGHT Longtime hit man Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson), best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), has seen better days. He’s haunted by the sins of his past and by a police detective for the past 30 years. However, when his estranged son (Joel Kinnaman) becomes a mob target, Jimmy figures that the only way to atone for his past mistakes is to make sure his son doesn’t wind up at the wrong end of a gun. R; 1:54

CHAPPIE — In the future, a mechanized police force keeps the streets safe and deals with lawbreakers, but, the people fight back. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he acquires the ability to feel and think for himself. While the robot, dubbed “Chappie” puzzles out human behavior, the authorities begin to see him as a danger to mankind. They will stop at nothing to ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind. R; 2 hours

STILL ALICE An accomplished linguistics college professor (Julianne Moore) deteriorates in front of her friends, family and herself as Alzheimer’s disease slowly destroys her mind. Also starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth. PG-13; 1:41

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL — Before his marriage, Sonny sets his eye on opening a second residence for the elderly, but finds the project requires more time than he can spare. Meanwhile, Evelyn and Douglas wonder where their relationship is going, Norman and Carol try to remain exclusive, Madge juggles two rich suitors, and the single remaining vacancy poses a problem for two new arrivals. As the demands of Sonny’s traditional Indian wedding threaten to overwhelm them all, an unexpected solution appears. PG; 1:57

UNFINISHED BUSINESS —A business trip to Europe goes disastrously awry for a small-business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco), who are hoping to close the most important deal of their lives. R; 1:31

FOCUS — Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice, Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess — now an accomplished femme fatale — unexpectedly shows up. Her appearance throws Nicky for a loop at a time when he cannot afford to be off his game. 1:45

THE LAZARUS EFFECT — Medical students (Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde) develop a serum that brings the dead back to life, but things go horribly wrong after they use it on a human. PG13, 1:23

MCFARLAND USA — Track coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high-school in California’s Central Valley. Coach White and his new students find they have much to learn about one another. Things begin to change when White realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability. More than just physical prowess drives the teens to succeed; their strong family ties, incredible work ethic and commitment to their team all play a factor in forging these novice runners into champions. PG; 2:09

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY — A literature student (Dakota Johnson) begins a daring affair with a controlling businessman (Jamie Dornan) whose sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure. R; 2:07