(PG-13; 132 minutes; Lionsgate): In the faith-based film “The Shack,” a young father (Sam Worthington as Mack) suffers a horrible family tragedy and spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his beliefs. Then he gets an anonymous letter telling him to go to an abandoned shack in the middle of the Oregon woods – and he actually goes. There he meets a trio of strangers (including Octavia Spencer as Papa) who help guide him back to his faith by helping him better understand the tragedy that befell his family. “The Shack” is based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Canadian author William P. Young. Critics didn’t care for it, but audiences (and fans of the book) sure did.
‘Before I Fall’
(PG-13; 99 minutes; Open Road): Another movie based on a popular novel, “Before I Fall” explores what happens when teenager Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) is caught in a horrific version of “Groundhog Day,” where one tragic day repeats itself over and over as Samantha tries each time to alter the terrible outcome. It’s difficult to write much more about this without giving away important plot points, but it’s a solid rental and Deutch is very good.
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(R; Warner Bros.): Teachers behaving badly. Charlie Day plays Andy, a low-key teacher who gets fellow teacher Ron (Ice Cube) fired. Ron, who has some anger and control issues to start with, challenges Andy to a fight after school. The rest of the movie is basically Andy trying in vain to avoid getting beat up and humiliated. It also stars Tracy Morgan, Christina Hendricks, Dean Norris and Jillian Bell.
Also out May 30
- “The Blackcoat’s Daughter”
- “Major Crimes: Season 5”
- “Queen Sugar: Season 1”
- “Suits: Season 6”
- “The Last Kingdom: Season 2”