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Opening in Orlando: Fifty Shades Freed, Peter Rabbit and more



THIS WEEK: The 15:17 to Paris In 2015, a bunch of passengers fought off a would-be terrorist on a European train. As story pitches go, that's gotta be the most Clint Eastwood concept ever – especially since his film dramatization of the event, like the book on which it's based, drastically reduces the importance of the subduers who weren't 100 percent American. Not only that, but Clint the Chair Whisperer has taken the unconventional step of having the three real-life heroes with whom he's concerned play themselves, thus announcing to the world that it's better to risk your movie on a trio of untrained and unproven performers than call attention to someone who would choose dual citizenship with France. But what's with that title? Most of the red-blooded, truck-nutting Amurricans who would get worked up for a movie like this won't understand the reference to a 15th hour, because it's based on two things they have no personal knowledge of: European life and military service. Boom, roasted. (PG-13)

Fifty Shades Freed One of the more incongruous moments of the Golden Globes' determined me-tooing was a brief commercial interlude in which Christian Grey was shown forcing himself on Anastasia Steele in an elevator. Guess time isn't up quite yet after all – at least, not until we find out if there's any audience left for the Fifty Shades brand of self-shaming slap and tickle. In this third and supposedly final installment, Ana frets that her pregnancy may be complicated by Christian's immaturity and controlling nature. Gosh, how could she have seen that coming? The supporting cast includes Winter Park girl-made-good Arielle Kebbel, whom we're always happy to see doing well. See? I said something nice! (R) Oscar Shorts 2018 As we point out every year, actually seeing the Academy Award-nominated shorts will give you an incredible edge when ballots are handed out at that Oscar-night viewing party you're going to. The subject matter of this year's live-action nominees tends toward the grim, ranging from school shootings to Kenyan terrorism to the murder of Emmett Till. For light-hearted, non-controversial relief, the animated program brings us ... Kobe Bryant. Jesus, maybe I should just Christmas-tree that thing after all. (NR; opens Friday at Enzian Theater, Maitland)

Peter Rabbit Did somebody call for an anti-Paddington? Trailers for this Beatrix Potter update drew howls of fury in England, where the sight of Peter twerking, among other things, was taken as a sure sign we're about to experience a successor to the putridity of Trolls and The Emoji Movie. But why so aggro, limey pals? The voice of Peter is provided by James Corden, and he's already distinguished himself via his contributions to ... Trolls. And The Emoji Movie. Shit. (Margot Robbie fills the role of Flopsy, who now presumably will be seen kneecapping the other critters.) (PG)

Also playing: Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Made in the United Arab Emirates, this animated feature steeped in the legends of the Arabian Peninsula got good reviews but underperformed at the box office in the UAE, Turkey and Lebanon. It received a limited Stateside release last weekend, just in time for ... look out, it's Clint Eastwood! (PG-13)

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