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Welcome to L.A. Weekly's Movie Guide, 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.

Opening wide

Friday, March 29

The shuttering of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in 2017 seems to have ushered in a rose-tinted nostalgia for the big top, starting with last year's musical hagiography The Greatest Showman. Dumbo is another love letter to the circus, and the latest live-action remake of a Disney animated classic. Unlike the 1941 charmer about an outcast elephant, this one shifts focus from the animals — who remain refreshingly devoid of speech — to the human subjects, including a father of two (Colin Farrell) tasked with caring for an infant pachyderm with outsized ears. Those who find Disney's live-action retreads mildly offensive might want to consider making an exception for this one, as Tim Burton's auteur credentials are once again tested under the auspices of the Mouse.

Also opening Friday, March 29: The Brink; Unplanned; A Vigilante; White Chamber; Wounds

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