Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Feb. 9) are:
Fifty Shades Freed: The latest "Fifty Shades of Grey" follow-up, in which Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) are now happily married ever after. Well maybe not ever after, or there wouldn't be this third franchise entry. Post-marital angst arises when Ana's life is threatened per her former boss, Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), swearing revenge for being fired from SIP. Meanwhile, Ana's old nemesis and Christian's old dominant, Elena (Kim Basinger), returns to make the couple's lives a lot more trouble-prone.
The 15:17 to Paris: Clint Eastwood, post-"Sully" and "American Sniper," is back in the director's chair for another dramatization of true-life events ... in this case, the August 2015 thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train No. 9364 bound for Paris, with the thwarting courtesy of three young Americans traveling through Europe. The film charts the course of the friends' lives, childhood struggles to young manhood. Eastwood's coup: casting Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone as themselves.
Peter Rabbit: In which the infamous bunny becomes the hero of what's described as "his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude." The action centers on the feud between Peter (voiced by James Corden) and Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), fueled by their rivalry over the affections of warmhearted animal lover/next door neighbor Bea (Rose Byrne). On hand for the rivalry, too, are those triplets Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail (voiced by Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley).
Something special: Bloomington's Galaxy 14 has initiated a new series dubbed Reel Movies for Real Needs. The series, on random Saturday mornings through July, is offering family friendly first-run films presented with several audiovisual adjustments for special needs individuals, all the better to create "a more welcoming and comfortable environment." The adjustments include lowered sound volume and brighter auditorium lighting. Regular matinee pricing applies.
Scheduled are: "Peter Rabbit," Feb. 10; "Black Panther," Feb. 17; "Wrinkle in Time," March 10; "Sherlock Gnomes," March 24; "Duck Duck Goose," April 21; "Avengers: Infinity War," May 5; "Solo: A Star Wars Story," May 26; "Incredibles 2," June 16; "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," June 23; "Ant-Man and the Wasp," July 7; and "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation," July 14.