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Friday, Feb. 8

What Men Want takes the premise of Nancy Meyers' What Women Want and flips it around. Taraji P. Henson plays a female sports agent who challenges the gender bias in her industry after imbibing a shamanistic potion (given to her by a perfectly cast Erykah Badu) that gives her access to men's inner thoughts. Tracy Morgan plays the male client who emits the most cogitation. Adam Shankman (Hairspray, A Walk to Remember) directs a screenplay by Tina Gordon, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck.

(If you really want to know what men want (or don't want), grab the popcorn and settle in to read the flurry of anti-feminist comments under this trailer on YouTube. They just might be more entertaining than the movie itself! Ed.)

Also opening this week:

A Violent Man; The Amityville Murders; Beneath the Leaves; Berlin, I Love You; Cold Pursuit; The Divorce Party; The Gospel of Eureka; High Flying Bird; The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Movie; Lords of Chaos; The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot; Pinsky; The Prodigy; St. Agatha; The Isle; To Dust; Under the Eiffel Tower; Untogether

L.A. Weekly also recommends (still in theaters):

Miss Bala; Glass; The Boy Who Would Be King; Jihadists; The Favourite; If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Vice; Roma; Bohemian Rhapsody; Ralph Breaks the Internet; Mary Poppins Returns; Green Book; A Star Is Born

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