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On Friday: A wide range of movie offerings

It's only Monday, but we already know what movies are (most likely) going to open on Friday in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. These are only the preliminary bookings, so things could change. But the range of material at this point is, to be sure, vast.

The openings:

“Rio 2” (in both 2-D and 3-D): After being forced to adapt to life in the Amazon, Blu (voice by Jesse Eisenberg) must now face his scariest foe — his father-in-law. BTDT.

“Heaven Is for Real”: When his son survives a near-death experience, and claims to have visited heaven, his father (Greg Kinnear) faces a difficult choice: accepting his son's story or getting him psychological help. This is Hollywood. You can guess what path he chooses.

“Draft Day”: Kevin Costner plays the general manager of the Cleveland Browns who tries to pull off a tricky deal to save his struggling franchise. My wife is already giddy. “Yay,” she says, “my favorite genre — cheesy sports film!”

“Oculus”: I took this straight from IMDB: “A woman (Karen Gillan) tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.” No clue as to whether frogs fall from heaven (which is a better title than the Greg Kinnear movie above).

“The Raid 2”: The sequel to one of the best action films of the past several years, 2011's “The Raid: Redemption,” continues the story of Jakarta's only good cop, Rama (Iko Uwais), who goes undercover to root out the bad guys.If you like fight scenes. this is the movie for you.

And at the Magic Lantern:

“The Unknown Known”: Errol Morris interviews former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the man famous for writing thousands of memos known as “snowflakes.” Hint: It doesn't snow emotions.

“Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1”: Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier follows the story of Joe (Stacy Martin, Charlotte Gainsbourg), whose obsession with sex nearly destroys everything she touches. Including, perhaps, Von Trier's fading reputation. Caution: FULL FRONTAL EVERYTHING! (Vol. II opens April 18.)

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