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'Kung Fu Panda 3,' 'The Finest Hour,' 'Fifty Shades of Black' debut on final weekend in January

(Photo courtesy: DreamWorks) (Photo courtesy: DreamWorks)
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The final weekend of January 2016 brings with it the continuation of the Kung Fu Panda franchise, a thrilling true story starring Chris Pine, and a goofy spoof of one of 2015’s most popular films.

First, in the newest release in the ever popular DreamWorks animated franchise, Kung Fu Panda 3 returns with Jack Black voicing the portly panda Po.

Po must once again fight an almighty evil; this time in the shape of Kai (J.K. Simmons), an evil warrior who gets stronger with each battle.

Along with the help of his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston) and a newly discovered group of clumsy pandas, Po must face his mightiest foe yet.

Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, and Dustin Hoffman all return to reprise their roles with new additions Kate Hudson and the for mentioned J.K. Simmons and Bryan Cranston.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor.

Next is the Craig Gillespie (The Million Dollar Arm) directed The Finest Hours starring Chris Pine as Bernie Webber in this thriller based on actual events.

In 1952, the Coast Guard attempts to rescue victims of two destroyed oil tankers after they are hit by a massive blizzard off the coast of Cape Cod.

Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana star in this adaptation of the book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.

The Finest Hours is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril.

The final wide release of the week is Fifty Shades of Black, the latest spoof from the actor-director team of Marlon Wayans and Michael Tiddes, the crew responsible for A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2.

In this spoof of Fifty Shades of Gray, Marlon Wayans plays Christian Black, a wealthy businessman who’s odd tastes places a strain on his relationship with college student Hannah (Kali Hawk).

Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, and Mike Epps star in this racy comedy.

Fifty Shades of Black is rated R for strong crude sexual content including some graphic nudity, and for language throughout.

In limited release comes the newest film from Gavin O’ Connor the director of 2011’s Warrior and 2004’s Miracle.

Jane Got a Gun stars Natalie Portman as the titular heroine Jane Hammond as she attempts to save her outlaw husband from a gang set on killing him.

Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro, and Ewan McGregor star in this action packed western.

In extremely limited release comes the 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films, an exhibition of all short films nominated for an Academy Award.

Here is a list of this week’s newest releases and theater counts courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

  • Kung Fu Panda 3
    • 3,900
  • The Finest Hours
    • 3,000
  • Fifty Shades of Black
    • 2,150
  • Jane Got a Gun
    • 550
  • 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films
    • 150

The first weekend of February sees the release of the newest Joel and Ethan Coen production Hail, Ceaser! and the movie adaptation of the popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

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