Capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Mark Olsen (M.O.) and other reviewers. Compiled by Kevin Crust and Ed Stockly.
“Altered Minds” — A noted psychiatrist is accused of conducting experiments on his adopted children. With Judd Hirsch. Written and directed by Michael Wechsler. (1:46) NR.
Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements.
What it’s about: A young brontosaurus goes on an incredible journey to learn how to face his fears, and that there’s no place like home.
“Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” takes place 30 years after the death of Darth Vader in a galaxy we know well by now. It opens the evening of Thursday, Dec. 17. Already it’s a bigger deal than Christmas. It constitutes, in fact, a war on Christmas, and when Fox News figures this out they’ll send out the storm troopers in force.
Speaking of which ... earlier this month news came down, hard, on the “Star Wars” fanatics who are counting the days. Many, if not all, U.S. theater chains have banned moviegoers from attending the new “Star Wars” film accompanied by any “Star Wars” toy weaponry or storm trooper masks, or even from wearing face paint.