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Friday’s openings redux: Oscar contenders

It's going to be a banner week for movie fans. On Friday, the movies I've already announced will open along with a couple that are making best-of lists around the country. The additions to Friday's openings are as follows:

"Elle": French actress Isabelle Huppert is receiving raves for her performance as a woman who tries to track down the man who raped her. In French with English subtitles.

"Jackie": Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) tries to cope both with the death of her husband but also with the struggle to protect her late husband's legacy.

"Patriots Day": An action-packed look at what occurred during the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. Starring the new everyman, Mark Wahlberg.

Two notes:

1, The Magic Lantern had hoped to open "Jackie" also, but instead will pick up a second-run screening of "Lion";

2, "Manchester By the Sea," which just garnered a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for Casey Affleck, is being dropped by AMC, so today, Wednesday and Thursday may be your last three chances to see Kenneth Lonergan's film on the big screen — at least for a while. I'd suggest taking advantage of the opportunity.

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