FILM: Star Wars and? What's opening in movie theaters this week

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Unless you've been living under a Death Star-sized rock, there's a new Star Wars movie out this weekend, and experts are estimating it'll make all the dollars.

But if all the screenings in your area are sold out, there are a couple other releases hitting big screens — one a heartwarming animated fable, the other a Woody Allen film about a dude drooling over a much younger woman. Wow, great timing.

FERDINAND (3½ stars)
An animated adaptation of the 1936 children’s book about a misunderstood bull (voiced by John Cena) who would rather frolic in fields of flowers than fight in an arena. MaryAnn Johnason calls it a smart, funny family film that espouses a refreshing message about gender stereotypes. Rated PG.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Hey, did you hear? There’s a new Star Wars movie coming out! Director Rian Johnson (Looper) joins the franchise for its eighth episode, which continues young Jedi Rey’s quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding the exile of Luke Skywalker. We’ll have a review of the year’s most anticipated blockbuster next week; in the meantime, do your best to avoid spoilers. Rated PG-13.

WONDER WHEEL
Woody Allen continues to recycle pet themes — and, we can assume, air his questionable personal hang ups — in this 1950s-set drama about a love triangle that develops between an aspiring writer, a married woman and her stepdaughter. A bit on the nose, don’t you think? Rated PG-13.