• “Booksmart” (R): Actress Olivia Wilde directs her first feature follows a pair of high school best friends who realize prior to graduation they should have studied less and partied more. Determined not to fall short, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night. Critics are giving this one very high grades so far.

• “Aladdin” (PG): This live-action re-imagining of the animated classic from 1992 about a street urchin who finds a magic lamp (this time with Will Smith as the voice of the genie) and falls for a beautiful princess is directed by Guy Ritchie.

Brightburn (R): This horror/sci-fi/thriller asks the question: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?


• “Isn’t It Romantic” (PG-13): A young woman (Rebel Wilson) disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy after being knocked unconscious during a mugging. Also starring Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra.

• “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (PG): When young Viking chief Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury dragon, both rider and dragon must make impossible decisions to save their kind from an evil tyrant.

• “The Upside” (PG-13): Inspired by a true story, this comedy explores the relationship between a recently paroled ex-convict (Kevin Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) when is hired to help him.


By Chuck Sheppard

People Different From Us: Kaz James, 37, from Salford, Greater Manchester, England, has known since he was a child that he was different from other people. “I didn’t ever feel like a human. I always felt like a dog that was really out of place.” He first started to understand his peculiarity when he gained access to the internet at 17 years old. “I was known by my friends for ... grabbing hold of the collar of their shirt in my teeth and biting or licking them, very canine-type behaviors,” James said. Today he eats out of a dog bowl and owns three custom-made dog suits — one a $2,600 fur suit shipped from Canada. “(M)y behaviors were quite dog-like in childhood, probably from the age of 6,” he said.

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