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Weekend Movies: Greg Kinnear, Perfect Dad … Kevin Spacey, Purrfect Cat?

Plus: ‘Suicide Squad’ doesn’t exactly kill it

Kevin Spacey in 'Nine Lives'

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Kevin Spacey in "Nine Lives"

Kevin Spacey: One Cool Cat?

Nine Lives, the new family comedy about a busy father (Kevin Spacey) who finds himself trapped in the body of the family cat, was not shown to film critics, and that’s seldom a good sign. In fact, we rolled our eyes at the premise, thinking the dad-turns-into-family-pet plot has already been worked to death. But in the end we could find only two other such films: The Shaggy D.A. (Dean Jones goes canine) and Fluke (Matthew Modine). So let’s not judge too harshly. Besides, Nine Lives also has Christopher Walken as a weird pet store owner, so there’s that. In any case, it could NOT be worse than this weekend’s other big attraction, Suicide Squad (see below).

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO Little Men Director Ira Sachs: Why I Don’t Rehearse

As his new film Little Men gets rave reviews nationwide (see below), we recalled this 2014 chat with writer-director Ira Sachs, telling Movies for Grownups why he never rehearses actors before filming a scene.

New in Theaters

* Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice

* Little Men
In his story of two young teen Brooklyn boys whose friendship is torn asunder by their feuding parents, cowriter-director Ira Sachs manages to penetrate the elusive world of kid-dom — while painting a sensitive portrait of adult responsibility. Greg Kinnear is outstanding as a conflicted dad.

Suicide Squad
Mean-spirited, derivative and sloppily slapped together, this DC Comics flick will nevertheless attract millions of 14-year-old boys — who 20 years from now will watch it with their kids, slap their foreheads and cry, “What was I thinking?”

The Little Prince (Theaters and Netflix)

Two-time Oscar-nominated animator Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) brings Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s book to the screen, featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Ricky Gervais, Benicio Del Toro, Albert Brooks and Paul Giamatti.

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* Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice

* The Lobster

Think it’s tough being single? In this dark futuristic comedy, single folks must find a mate in 45 days — or be turned into animals. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly are among those racing the clock.

Louder Than Bombs

Gabriel Byrne stars as a father coping with the loss of his wife, a famed photographer played by Isabelle Huppert. Jesse Eisenberg costars as their son.

Mother’s Day

Despite the star power of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson, the best Mother’s Day gift you could give Mom would be to stay away from this bad and undisciplined comedy. FULL REVIEW

Puerto Ricans in Paris

Luis Guzmán and Edgar Garcia are fun as a pair of NYPD cops dispatched to the City of Light to nab some fashion pirates. It would have been more fun if the guys had brought along their costars, Rosie Perez and Rosario Dawson, who are wasted as their better halves back home in Noo Yawk. FULL REVIEW

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Still Out There

* Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return for a big-screen sequel to their long-running British sitcom, starring as a pair of hard-drinking, bad-mannered publicists. On the run after apparently killing Kate Moss (it was an accident!), they encounter dozens of star cameos. FULL REVIEW

* The BFG

Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) brings a ton of heart to the titular character, a Big Friendly Giant. Director Steven Spielberg expertly balances his appetite for sentiment with author Roald Dahl’s rascally sense of delightful danger. FULL REVIEW

* Café Society

Woody Allen’s latest, the story of a young New York man (Jesse Eisenberg) trying to remake himself in 1930s Los Angeles, starts out as a love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood, then morphs into a meditation on life choices and regrets. Steve Carell is blustery at first, then appealingly melancholy as the hero’s talent-agent uncle. FULL REVIEW

Captain Fantastic

Viggo Mortensen is splendid as a latter-day Thoreau who raises six children in a Pacific Northwest forest, hectoring them about the superiority of their lifestyle compared with us space-age softies. After a while, though, the backwoods boasting starts to chafe like wood chips in your hiking boots. FULL REVIEW

* Finding Dory

Ellen DeGeneres leads an A-list of veteran stars — including Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy — giving voice to the endearing aquatic characters in Pixar’s latest animated masterpiece. There are laughs aplenty, but also — as in every Pixar epic — moments of poignance and beauty. FULL REVIEW

* Ghostbusters

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) remakes the Gone With the Wind of supernatural comedies, this time with an all-female cast of ghost hunters: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. Look for appearances by original stars Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson. FULL REVIEW

* The Infiltrator

Bryan Cranston disappears into yet another character — this time a U.S. customs official who goes undercover in 1980s Miami to trap Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. John Leguizamo costars as his streetwise partner. FULL REVIEW

Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns nearly 10 years after last playing author Robert Ludlum’s amnesia-stricken secret agent, and like the character’s past, this update is instantly forgettable. The film adopts a determinedly humorless attitude: You know when the only guy who cracks a smile in the whole two hours is poker-faced Tommy Lee Jones, it’s one grim affair.

The Jungle Book

This live-action version of the 1967 Disney cartoon is about as close to Kipling’s literary classic as Angry Birds is to Audubon’s Birds of America. Still, the computer animation is jaw-dropping, and Bill Murray enjoys himself as the voice of Baloo the Bear.

The Legend of Tarzan

After 98 years of movie Tarzans, they’re still coming up with new stories for the original swinger. Alexander Skarsgård plays Tarzan this time, returning from his adopted home of London to set things right in his old jungle digs. Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson costar.

The Secret Life of Pets

Albert Brooks, Laraine Newman, Louis C.K. and Dana Carvey are among the familiar voices in this animated tale of how the critters will play when the master’s away.

Star Trek Beyond

You’d think by now they would have run out of places “where no man has gone before,” but in the 13th big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto) and company find themselves stranded on an unknown planet. There are, of course, bad guys hiding up there in the rocks.

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