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"The LEGO Ninjago Movie"

Coming soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Sept. 22) are:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: The independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion is back to keep the world safe. This time, their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, leading them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. The cast is headed by Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and, "as a fictionalized version of himself," Elton John. 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie: The line of LEGO toys and its TV series spawn are now the feature film, in which the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (voiced by Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Co-starring the vocals of Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pena and Zach Woods.

Stronger: Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, the working-class Boston man who was at the 2013 Boston Marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). As he was waiting for her at the finish line, the terrorist bombing occurred, costing him both his legs. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, he was able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers ... but his own battle had just begun. Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown co-star; David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") directs.

Film clips

Knight moves: As featured in today's GO! cover story, the documentary Legends of the Knight, about real people who've overcome obstacles by locating their inner superhero, screens free at 7 p.m. Thursday, with a post-film panel discussion featuring nationally known author Travis Langley. Also on a tap, at regular theater admissions are late showings of Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, with Michael Keaton, at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Multidisciplinary action: Mexico City's renowned hip-hop artist Bocafloja will be on both screen and stage at the Normal Theater at 7 p.m. Sept. 20. The free event will feature the multi-disciplinary performer (artist, filmmaker, musician, poet, actor) in a spoken word poetry presentation, followed by the showing of his film documentary, Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness

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