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Friday’s openings redux: Return of a classic


You'll find at least a couple of adjustments to Friday's opening-movies lineup. One is thanks to Disney:

"Dream Big, Princess: The Little Mermaid": Building on its own brand, and setting the scene for its upcoming live-action adaptation of its Oscar-winning 1989 animated film, Disney is re-releasing that rousing, music-minded bit of animation. "The Little Mermaid" is part of a joint Disney-AMC series that will bring four of the studio's animated films back to theaters. Following in short order will be "Beauty and the Beast" (Sept. 13-19), "Tangled" (Sept. 20-26) and "The Princess and the Frog" (Sept. 27-Oct. 3).

  And at the Magic Lantern:

"Luce": Adapted from a play by J.C. Lee, this Julius Onah-directed film tackles the touchy subject of a white couple (Naomi Watts, Tim Roth) having to face an unpleasant truth about their adopted, Eritrean-born son (Melvin Harrison Jr.).

Los Angeles Time critic Justin Chang describes "Luce," as "a neatly constructed puzzle, an engrossing weave of suburban drama and sociopolitical whodunit."

That's the lot. So go, see a movie. And enjoy.

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