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Mission Control

Latest installment of ‘Fast and Furious’ hits theaters Friday

ARTICLE BY: AMY MAGINNIS-HONEY


FAIRFIELD — Number eight in “The Fast and the Furious” series arrives on the big screen Friday.

“The Fate of the Furious” centers on the globetrotting team settling into a routine when Dom is seduced into a world of crime by a mysterious woman. The elite force crisscrosses the globe to stop an anarchist and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris and Charlize Theron are featured in the action adventure, which is rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release are:

“Spark: A Space Tail,” an animated film about a wisecracking teen living on an abandoned planet with his friends who learn of a plot to wipe out the entire universe. Hillary Swank, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Stewart are some of the voices in the film, which is rated PG.

“The Lost City of Z,” which tells the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific community, he returns again in an attempt to prove his case, only to mysteriously disappear. The film is rated PG-13.

“Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo,” a documentary about the faltering start of the Mercury and Gemini programs, the tragic Apollo 1 fire and the Moon landings. It’s not rated.

“My Entire High School is Sinking into the Sea,” an animated feature about best friends preparing for another year at Tides High School. When a blossoming relationship threatens to destroy the friendship, one of them learns the student body is in danger. Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham and Maya Rudolph are some of the featured voices in the movie, which is rated PG-13.

“Altitude,” which features Denise Richards as a headstrong FBI agent who goes rogue on a hostage negotiation and is sent packing to a desk job. On her flight back to Washington, D.C., her seatmate offers her millions of dollars if she can get him off the plane alive as his ex-partners stage a brutal hijacking. It’s rated PG-13.

“Finding Oscar,” a documentary that centers on a young boy who was spared during a forgotten massacre in Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, only to be raised by one of the soldiers who killed his family. Almost 30 years after the tragedy, he sets out to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible. It’s not rated.

“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” which features Richard Gere in the story of a man who only wants to matter. He has a lonely existence in the shadow of power and money, using any angle or connection to put himself in a position of significance. Things change when he buys a pair of expensive shoes for a lowly Israeli politician, who becomes prime minister. It’s rated R.

“A Quiet Passion,” which features Cynthia Nixon in the story of poet Emily Dickinson. It’s rated PG-13.

“Jeremiah Tower,” a documentary about one of America’s first celebrity chefs. It’s not rated.


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