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Free Fire

90 Minutes/ Rated R
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Sharito Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer

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  • Wednesday, April 26-Thursday, April 27:  (4:45), 7:00

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

British director Ben Wheatley assembles an eccentric cast in this down-and-dirty action movie, centered on an arms deal gone bad.

Twelve angry men and one tough “bird” walk into a dilapidated Boston warehouse and proceed to blast the building and one another to smithereens in “Free Fire,” a dizzyingly choreographed — and unexpectedly comedic — shoot-’em-up in which the body count hits double digits, while the bullet count proves downright impossible to fathom. A virtuoso feat of indiscriminate gunplay from director Ben Wheatley — who is, without a doubt, the most exciting thing to hit British genre cinema since Guy Ritchie, minus the latter’s eagerness to sell out — this almost cartoonishly over-the-top action movie crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-movies, in which audiences hoped for a few minutes of what “Free Fire” sustains for the better part of 90 minutes.

Peter Debruge / Variety

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GIFTED

PG-13 / 101 minutes
Directed by: Marc Webb
Cast: Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer

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  • Wednesday, April 26 - April 27: (5:30), 8:00
  • Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30: (1:45), 4:15, 7:00
  • Monday, May 1 - Thursday, May 4: (4:15), 7:00

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Mary's teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

'Gifted' is a smart, engaging family film

★★★ out of four

“Gifted” is an engaging comedy-drama that avoids becoming too much of a tearjerker. Working from a screenplay by Tom Flynn, director Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) elicits strong performances and does a good job of keeping the outcome of the custody battle in doubt. But the film lacks the depth and nuance of the Oscar-winning “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Evans, who is best known as the resolutely dependable Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brings a different kind of heroism to surrogate dad Frank. Grace delivers a performance that’s refreshingly free of child-actor cutesiness. And Slate (“Obvious Child”) lends an appealing quirkiness to her role as romantic interest.

“Gifted” is significantly smarter than the usual family film.

Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

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