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The Little Prince

Opening in Orlando: Hello, My Name Is Doris, Miracles From Heaven and The Little Prince 

Hello, My Name Is Doris An older woman (Sally Field) spends her life being ignored, but discovers love (and herself) thanks to a self-help seminar and a handsome stranger. (R)

The Little Prince This is a bad week to go near a multiplex if you have an aversion to movies about little kids who tell stories that are hard to swallow. The first is The Little Prince, the latest adaptation of the classic 1943 novella about a towheaded tyke who claims to be from a distant asteroid. Any kid tries to tell me a whopper like that, I'm gonna kick his asteroid. But the story remains a favorite, having yielded a 1974 live-action feature and now this hybrid of computer and stop-motion animation. Released last year in France and elsewhere, the pic has garnered strong reviews and international box office. And while director Mark Osborne is best known for the first Kung Fu Panda, he holds a special place in my heart for the absolutely flattening 1998 short More. So maybe you want to check this one out, even if you believe that French moppets who come bearing unlikely backstories should be seen and not heard. (PG)

Miracles From Heaven In 1976, the Lutz family of Amityville, Long Island, made a quick buck by telling the world that they had fled a haunted house. Their story was quickly exposed as a hoax, but America didn't seem to mind too much, putting the Lutzes at the center of a publishing and filmmaking empire that has remained profitable for 40 years. People just believe whatever supernatural hooey they want to, and the latest iteration is the flurry of pinky-swear accounts from kids who claim to have died temporarily and visited the afterlife. Most of those tales also have been exposed as scams or simply collapsed under the weight of their own patent illogic, but they remain cash cows nonetheless, because Jesus. Now we have Miracles From Heaven, in which mom Jennifer Garner watches in reverent amazement as her daughter is cured of not one but two medical crises after a quick round trip to the Pearly Gates and back. If you believe that, I have a house in Long Island for sale. (PG)

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