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The week’s openings: The president needs help

The president is in trouble. In Hollywood, at least. There, though, Gerard Butler is around to play the rescuer — as he does in one of Friday's opening movies.

The week's list, as defined by the national-release schedule:


"Ready or Not": A new bride discovers that her husband's family has a curious way of initiating her into their company — a game of run, hide or die. Beats getting a new set of steak knives.


"Angel Has Fallen": In his third outing as Mike Banning, the all-everything government agent, Gerard Butler stars as the man who — accused of assassinating the president (Morgan Freeman) — must find a way to clear his name. His word is his pledge.

"Overcomer": A high school coach facing personal problems helps a young girl become a skilled cross-country runner. From the Bible quote "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

As usual, I'll update as area theaters finalize their bookings.