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Welcome to L.A. Weekly's Movie Picks, your look at the hottest films in Los Angeles theaters this week — from indie art-house gems and classics to popcorn-perfect blockbusters and new movies garnering buzz. Check here every week before you make your big-screen plans.

Friday, March 1

Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral is the 11th installment in the profitable franchise featuring Mabel “Madea” Simmons, a sassy, elderly woman based on Perry's mother and aunt. Her latest misadventure takes her to Georgia for a — yep, you guessed it — family funeral in which grievances are addressed and family secrets unearthed. The whole film apparently was shot in a week, which makes Perry (who writes, directs and stars) the most efficient producer since Roger Corman. Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely co-star.

Also opening Friday, March 1: Apollo 11; Chaos Walking; Furie; Giant Little Ones; Greta; The Hole in the Ground; Level 16; Mapplethorpe; Pretty Broken; Saint Judy; Sharkwater Extinction; The Sower; Stray; Styx; Superpower Dogs; This Magnificent Cake!; Virginia Minnesota; We Die Young; The Wedding Guest; Woman at War