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OPENING FRIDAY

Non-Stop — U.S. air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) is a drinker and a smoker, a sad-eyed man who doesn’t like to fly, in this solid, workmanlike action picture that builds slowly. Somebody is threatening the 150 passengers and crew on Marks’ cellphone, and framing Marks with the dirty work to his superiors back on the ground. In the wee hours of this red eye from New York to London, that first text arrives on his “secure” phone: “In exactly 20 minutes, I’m going to kill someone on this plane.” Marks may have had a nip from a bottle before boarding, but he’s sharp enough to observe and profile every face on the plane. Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra does a little better by Neeson here than he managed with the identity-theft thriller Unknown. But tension is in short supply as we lurch toward the film’s lulu of a finale. With Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery and Linus Roache. Rated PG-13, 104 minutes. — McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Omar — This Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film follows a young Palestinian man, Omar (Adam Bakri), as he falls in league with a terrorist whose sister, Nadia (Leem Lubany), he wants to marry. But in his first terrorist act, Omar is captured by Israelis, who then use the young man as a double agent to trap Nadia’s brother. Writer-director Hany Abu-Assad creates a perilous situation and then sustains it with heightened tension. Not rated, 96 minutes. At the Angelika Dallas and Plano. — Boo Allen

Son of God — A film portraying the life of Jesus, from birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks and Adrian Schiller. Written by Nic Young. Directed by Christopher Spencer. Rated PG-13, 138 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

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About Last Night — Two couples navigate the ups and downs of modern love and romance in this remake of the 1986 film of the same name. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). Rated R, 100 minutes. — LAT

American Hustle — David O. Russell co-wrote and directed the story of Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who in 1978, began running scams with his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). Busted by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), the two then help trap politicians. High-energy scenes combine with bad hair and worse costumes for a wild ride. Jennifer Lawrence burns up the screen as Irving’s unstable wife. Rated R, 138 minutes. — B.A.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — Super-sized R-Rated Version (1/2) This alternate cut of last year’s film includes more than 700 new jokes. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) gets fired from his job hosting a morning show, but opportunity comes in the form of a new 24-hour news channel. Burgundy heads for New York, stopping to gather the old news team from San Diego (David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell). With Christina Applegate, James Marsden and Kristen Wiig. Rated R, 143 minutes. — The Associated Press

Endless Love — A privileged young woman and a charismatic young man spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Directed and co-written by Shana Feste (Country Strong). PG-13, 105 minutes. — LAT

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — In this Jack Ryan reboot, Chris Pine takes over as Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst. Inspired by Sept. 11, Ryan joins the Marines and is heroically injured in Afghanistan. During his recovery, he meets his eventual fiancee (Keira Knightley) and is lured to the CIA by a mysterious recruiter (Kevin Costner). Director-actor Kenneth Branagh endows his film with (mostly) old-fashioned competency but little to distinguish it from superior thrillers that have come before. Rated PG-13, 105 minutes. — AP

The Lego Movie — There are so many things to like about The Lego Movie: a great voice cast, clever dialogue and a handsome blend of stop-motion and CGI animation that feels lovingly retro, while still looking sharp in 21st-century 3-D. Set in a world built entirely of Legos, the story revolves around construction worker Emmet Brickowski (voice of Chris Pratt), who must join forces with a group of rebels to stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). With the voices of Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Rated PG, 94 minutes. — The Washington Post

Lone Survivor — Mark Wahlberg stars in this true story of four Navy SEALS in Afghanistan in 2005 on a mission to find and eliminate a Taliban leader. When the squad is reduced to one (hence the title), he finds refuge in an unlikely place. The standard action flick accentuates the bravery of the squad, but co-writer and director Peter Berg never raises his film beyond routine adventure material. With Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kitsch. Rated R, 121 minutes. — B.A.

The Monuments Men — George Clooney stars in this World War II drama that he also directed and co-wrote, with Grant Heslov, from Robert Edsel and Bret Witter’s nonfiction book. Clooney heads a team of aging art experts who identify and then attempt to recover art treasures stolen by the Nazis. Segmented film never gathers momentum but plods along with little building dramatic engagement. The fine cast includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — B.A.

Philomena — In director Stephen Frears’ film, Judi Dench plays the title character, an Irish woman who decides to try and find the son she lost to adoption 50 years ago, when he was snatched away by nuns. Infuriating but at times inspirational film captures the pain of loss suffered by a mother. Based on the book by Martin Sixsmith, played here by Steve Coogan. Rated R, 98 minutes. — B.A.

Pompeii — In the year 79 A.D., a slave turned unstoppable gladiator races against time to save his true love from a corrupt Roman senator and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Rated PG-13, 105 minutes. — LAT

RoboCop — Director Jose Padilha’s remake of the 1987 film of the same name delivers plenty of mayhem and action. Joel Kinnaman stars as a Detroit detective blown up by a car bomb only to be reincarnated as the titular crime-fighting robotic cop. Abbie Cornish plays his wife, and Michael Keaton goes over-the-top as a corporate villain. With Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Rated PG-13, 118 minutes. — B.A.

That Awkward Moment — This chatty romantic comedy in the modern mode — rude, nude and crude — has some funny, writerly riffs on relationships and how to avoid them. But the movie, like star Zac Efron and writer-director Tom Gormican, never lets us forget that it’s trying too hard. Efron, Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) play three New York pals who vow, when one is dumped by his wife, to stay single and enjoy the mingling. Which all of them ignore. Rated R, 94 minutes. — MCT

3 Days to Kill — Kevin Costner and director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Luc Besson’s script in 3 Days to Kill, a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood. Costner is Ethan, a veteran CIA agent diagnosed with cancer. But his new control agent, a vamp named ViVi (Amber Heard), wants him to finish one last massacre — taking out a nuclear arms dealer and his associates in Paris. The carrot? She has an experimental drug that might give Ethan longer to live. And that could mean more time with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Daft and sloppy as it is, 3 Days rarely fails to entertain. — MCT


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