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Vin Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick – a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy – a "Riddick," the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with the hit sci-fi film "Pitch Black."
Diesel reprises antihero role as ex-con, mercenary in Riddick, opening in wide release this weekend.

Riddick

Genre: Action and science fiction
Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk and Keri Hilson
Director: David Twohy
Rated: R

Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film “Pitch Black” and continued with 2004's “The Chronicles of Riddick” reunites writer/director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel.

Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.

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

A Teacher

Genre: Drama
Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars and Chris Doubek
Director: Hannah Fidell
Not rated

Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, “A Teacher” explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex and dangerous as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment.

Adore

Genre: Drama
Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frechevile and Ben Mendelsohn
Director: Anne Fontaine
Not rated

Naomi Watts and Robin Wright deliver riveting performances in “Adore,” a sensual and provocative drama about two lifelong friends who find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention.

An unpredictable tale of misguided love and a heartfelt celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship, the film is the English-speaking directorial debut of distinguished filmmaker Anne Fontaine. It is adapted for the screen by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton, from a novella by Nobel Prize winner for Literature Doris Lessing.

Good Ol’ Freda

Genre: Documentary
Director: Ryan White
Rated: PG

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.

History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band's circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles' devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.

In “Good Ol’ Freda,” Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few films with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the music industry.

Populaire

Genre: Comedy and drama
Cast: Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier, Nicolas Bedos and Miou-Miou
Director: Régis Roinsard
Rated: R

Spring, 1958.

Rose Pamphyle, a 21-year-old, lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that's not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed.

Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she'll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He'll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but also in the world! But a love of sport doesn't always mix well with love itself.

Salinger

Genre: Documentary
Cast: Régis Roinsard Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal, A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank

Director: Shane Salerno
Rated: PG-13

For more than 50 years, J.D. Salinger, the elusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine articles as well as several biographies.

Yet all of these attempts have been hampered by lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. Thus, Salinger has largely remained an enigma to the public and media alike. During the nine years in which “Salinger” was in production – including the six years while the project was being shot under wraps – filmmaker Shane Salerno interviewed hundreds of people the world over, many of whom had previously declined to go on the record about their relationship with the iconic author.

Salerno's much speculated-upon documentary, which has made front page news since 2010, offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger’s World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, his “New Yorker” colleagues, and people with whom he had relationships that were unknown even to his own family.

Providing unparalleled access to never-before-published photographs, diaries, letters, legal records, and documents, the highly anticipated “Salinger” paints a definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century. Particularly illuminating the last 56 years of the writer's life – a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers – Salerno has, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall.

Touchy Feely

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama
Director: Lynn Shelton
Rated: R

“Touch Feely” is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels.

Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page).

Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).

Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office. As Abby navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis, her formerly skeptical brother discovers a whole new side of himself. “Touch Feely” is about the experience of living in one’s own skin, both literally and figuratively. The film, written and directed by Shelton, and co-starring Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and newcomer Tomo Nakayama (of the indie rock band Grand Hallway), is filmed on location in Shelton’s hometown and urban muse of Seattle.
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