On Screens in Orlando: John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Wild Nights With Emily and more

Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in 'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum'
Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry in 'John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum' Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Opening this week: The Biggest Little Farm This documentary about a couple who abandon city life to spend eight years building their own farm has been a big hit on the festival circuit, inspiring plaudits that incorporate words like "joyful," "sustainable," "harmony" and "footprint." There's probably a "mindful" in there too, but thank God I didn't see it, or I'd be taking hostages. Fun detail: The couple in question didn't just up and decide to leave Los Angeles, but rather were evicted thanks to the barking of their dog. That inciting incident inadvertently announces the big theme of this week's openings, explored further below. (PG; opens Friday at Enzian Theater, Maitland)

A Dog's Journey Up until now, I had been hoping that the sequel to A Dog's Purpose would be titled A Dog's Purpose-Driven Life. But I guess that's just one of those things the universe won't let us have because it knows we'd like them too much. Anyway, get ready for more heart-tugging adventures, all based on the curious proposition that every dog you have ever owned in your life is a direct reincarnation of the previous one. That seems like a concept best appreciated by folks who give their pets names like "Frisky 2" rather than recognizing them as discrete beings who would rather you just give up the kibble and stop fixating on some animal they couldn't care less about. Maybe a dog's real purpose is to distract you from being such a maudlin feeb. (PG)

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Continuing our canine motif, here's the latest chapter in the story of modern filmdom's most famous dog fancier, one celebrated in countless memes for his willingness to commit multiple murder to avenge a four-footed pal. But wait: What if everybody he kills just gets reincarnated into the next hit man? It's A Thug's Purpose! In this installment, Wick is facing a fatwa that makes it almost impossible for him to get out of New York alive. The picture also features a supporting role for Halle Berry, who somehow this year escaped her traditional punishment of having to star in a DOA spring thriller. You made it all the way to May, Halle, and into a movie somebody might actually see. Celebrate as only you can: Leave the scene of an accident! (R)

The Sun Is Also a Star Based on the YA novel of the same name, this story of star-crossed adolescents attempts to put a young and good-looking face on the current deportation crisis. It's also where I finally have to abandon this week's running gag, unless I can convince you the film's working title was This Shouldn't Happen to a Dog. (PG-13)

Also playing: Wild Nights With Emily Molly Shannon portrays Emily Dickinson in a movie that's stirred controversy by alleging the legendary poet was a lifelong lesbian. Hence the little-known full version of her famous quote, "Hope is the thing with feathers, but joy is actually kinda fuzzy." (PG-13; playing at Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20 & RPX)


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