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Movies opening this weekend - April 4
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Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans star in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters, and Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. A number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Genre: Action and adventure
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández
Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Rated: PG-13

From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which continues the big screen adventures of Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up after the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, and finds Steve Rogers living quietly in Washington, D.C., and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue and mystery that threatens to put the world at risk.

Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable new enemy – the Winter Soldier.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Morgan Freeman and Patricia Wright
Director: David Douglas
Rated: G

Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates the IMAX 3D documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers – lemurs.

The film reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary “Born to Be Wild 3D,” and director/cinematographer David Douglas, who was the director of photography on that film.

Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar, where lemurs arrived millions of years ago as castaways. They’ve since evolved into hundreds of diverse species, but are now highly endangered.

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” highlights the tireless efforts of trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright and her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

Dom Hemingway
Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bechir and Emilia Clarke
Director: Richard Shepard
Rated: R

Jude Law plays Dom Hemingway, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous.

After 12 years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Birchir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.

Afflicted
Genre: Horror
Cast: Baya Rehaz, Derek Lee and Clif Prowse
Director: Derek Lee and Clif Prowse
Rated: R

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world.

Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

Alan Partridge
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons
Director: Declan Lowney
Rated: R

Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has had many ups and downs in his life: national television broadcaster; responsible for killing a guest on live TV; local radio broadcaster; a nervous breakdown in Dundee; his self-published book, “Bouncing Back,” subsequently remaindered and pulped.

“Alan Partridge” finds Alan at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting sacked by the new management.

Alien Abduction
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Peter Holden and Riley Polanski
Director: Matty Beckerman
Not rated

“Alien Abduction” is a found footage science fiction thriller capturing the story of the Morris Family’s disappearance in the Brown Mountains of North Carolina.

While on a camping trip in the remote region, youngest son Riley, sees mysterious lights in the night sky, which he is able to record on his hand held video camera. Due to his autism, Riley uses a camera to narrow in his view of the world which otherwise can overwhelm him, and therefore documents his family’s vacation. The film is the recovered footage from the boy’s camera.

Frankie & Alice
Genre: Psychological drama
Cast: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson and Matt Frewer
Director: Geoffrey Sax
Rated: R

From Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and the executive producers of “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Lackawanna Blues” comes a mind-bending drama starring Academy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Halle Berry.

“Frankie & Alice” is inspired by the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer "Frankie" with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a 7-year-old child named “Genius” and a Southern white racist woman named “Alice.” In order to stop the multiple voices in her head, Frankie (Halle Berry) works together with a psychotherapist (Stellan Skarsgård) to uncover and overcome the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Goodbye World
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Remy Nozik and Mark Webber
Director: Denis Henry Hennelly
Not rated

James and Lily live off the grid, raising their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability.

When a mysterious mass text ripples its way across the country, triggering a crippling, apocalyptic cyber attack, their home transitions from sheltered modern oasis to a fortress for the estranged old friends that show up at their door for protection and community. The unexpected reunion – abundant with revelry and remembrances, generously enhanced by organic wine and weed – is quickly undermined by the slights of the past, the spark of lingering flirtations and the threat of a locally grown new world order.

Balancing tense confrontations with slivers of levity, director Denis Henry Hennelly pinpoints a future where ideology explodes into action in every area.

Nymphomaniac: Volume II
Genre: Drama
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr
Director: Lars von Trier
Not rated

“Nymphomaniac: Volume II” picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications.

The film stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin, LaBeouf and Udo Kier.
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