Latest movies: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Deepwater Horizon, Free State of Jones, Swiss Army Man

Real-life heroics, flights of fantasy and a dead guy

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN ★★★★

If you’re up for something completely different, then Tim Burton’s latest is for you, a fairy tale that doesn’t condescend to younger viewers and will just as likely scare the pants off them. Asa Butterfield is the new arrival at a home for “special” children where Eva Green presides as a sort of gothic Mary Poppins.

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FREE STATE OF JONES ★★★

Everything that Matthew McConaughey recently touched has turned to box-office gold. This American Civil War drama may represent the end of that streak, but he is still a commanding presence as real-life Confederate Army rebel Newton Knight. We eagerly await his next venture, for which he’s gained weight and gone bald, and is ironically titled Gold.


DEEPWATER HORIZON ★★★★

Mark Wahlberg keeps a cool head as one of the last engineers to escape the titular offshore rig after the 2010 explosion that led to the worst oil spillage in history. The star says, “He’s an amazing guy who’s done extraordinary things. He doesn’t like being called a hero but he certainly is in my eyes.”


SWISS ARMY MAN ★★★

What on Earth would possess an A-list actor to take a role playing dead?  That’s exactly what Daniel Radcliffe has done, starring as a corpse washed ashore on the island where Paul Dano finds himself stranded. Essentially, he’s the Wilson to Tom Hanks’s castaway – except he smells really bad.


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COURTED ★★★

THE FENCER ★★★

KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE ★★

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU ★★★★

UNDER THE SHADOW ★★★★

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URBAN HYMN ★★


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