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Opening wide

Friday, April 5

Shazam! is for DC what Guardians of the Galaxy was for Marvel: a superhero movie with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The story of a teenager who can turn into a grown-up superhero by uttering the titular word is the seventh entry in the DC Extended Universe franchise. The 1941 Republic serial Adventures of Captain Marvel (no relation to the female warrior currently dominating screens) is the unlikely precursor. The film stars the winsome Zachary Levi as the powerful crusader with the heart of a kid, and David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) directs.

Also opening Friday, April 5: Best of Enemies; Billboard; The Chaperone; Division 19; The Haunting of Sharon Tate; High Life; Peterloo; Pet Sematary; The Public; Storm Boy; Super 30; Teen Spirit; The Wind

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