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Friday’ openings: When the X turns dark

It's time for the latest chapter in the ongoing X-themed superhero series, the newest X-Men saga. According to the national release schedule, the week's opening movies on Friday are:

"Dark Phoenix": Sophie Turner, she of "Game of Thrones" fame, continues her reinvention of the Jean Grey role (from Famke Janssen) in this X-Men spinoff focusing on Grey's transformation into the dangerous Dark Phoenix. Definitely not Famke.

"The Secret Life of Pets 2": More misadventures of animals who play while their masters are away. Woof!

And at the Magic Lantern?

"The Biggest Little Farm": A couple buys land outside Los Angeles and attempts to cultivate a sustainable habitat.

"Rafiki": Two young Kenyan women face danger when they flout the rules of their shared culture.

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