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Friday’s openings: Cats and dogs, heroes and villains

It seems like theaters have been filled with nothing but superheroes and supervillains for the last few months, but this weekend brings about the final comic book movie – and, arguably, the last major blockbuster release – of the summer.

Here are the week’s wide releases:

“Suicide Squad” – After the boondoggle that was “Batman v. Superman,” the folks at DC try their luck with an all-star cast of bad guys who are assigned to fight even badder guys. Early reviews are middling, but it will no doubt make a boatload of cash anyway.

“Gleason” – I saw this documentary about Spokane native Steve Gleason, a former NFL player living with ALS, at the Seattle International Film Festival, and it’s still fresh in my mind. Emotionally wrenching, but nonetheless uplifting.

“Nine Lives” – Remember the 1980 comedy “Oh! Heavenly Dog,” in which Chevy Chase is murdered and reincarnated as Benji. No? Well, whatever, here’s a movie where Kevin Spacey gets turned into a cat.

At the Magic Lantern:

“Wiener-Dog” – The latest from drolly misanthropic director Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “Happiness”) is a quartet of stories involving an unfortunate dachshund and its various owners. You can read my review of the film, which I also saw at SIFF, here.

Below: The trailer for “Wiener-Dog.”

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