A tale of revenge, attempted redemption coming to theaters

FAIRFIELD — An animated gang of bad creatures decided to reform in order to escape going to prison in “The Bad Guys,” which is coming to local theaters this weekend.

Also in local theaters is a tale of revenge with “The Northman,” which is set in Iceland. After a young man loses his father to murder, he sets out to avenge him.

Opening nationwide are:

“The Bad Guys,” in which notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. They think trying to become upright citizens will help then avoid prison, so they set out on the biggest con yet: to play upstanding citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good. The film is rated PG.

“The Northman,” in which Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy’s mother (Nicole Kidman). Two decades later, Ameth is now a Viking who raids Slavic villages. He soon meets a seeress (Björk) who reminds him of his vow – save his mother, kill his uncle, avenge his father. The film is rated R.

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” in which Nicolas Cage plays himself in this much-anticipated film. Feeling creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of his biggest fan. Things take a wild turn and Cage is forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. The film is not rated.

Opening in limited release are:

“Brut Force,” in which newly-fired reporter Sloane Sawyer (Patricia Velasquez) returns to her rural California hometown to reluctantly investigate the harassment of local vineyard workers and uncorks a tangled web of crime and corruption behind hidden in wine country. The film is not rated.

“A Cowgirls Song,” in which teen sisters Hailey and Brooke are shipped off to live with their grandmother when their father is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. The girls’ grandmother is a retired country singer, and they work to convince her to come out of retirement to raise money for their dad’s defense. The success of the concert is marred when they realize the money was stolen and they race to get it back. The film is not rated.

“Charlotte,An animated drama that tells the true story of Charlotte Salomon, a young German-Jewish painter who comes of age in Berlin on the eve of the Second World War. Her dreams of becoming a famous artist are dashed by the war. She flees to France but soon finds that isn’t safe either. She comes to believe her salvation is to paint her life story. The film is not rated.

For information on Edwards Cinemas in Fairfield, visit www.regmovies.com/theatres/regal-edwards-fairfield-imax. For Vacaville showtimes, visit www.brendentheatres.com. For Vallejo showtimes, check www.cinemark.com/theatres/ca-vallejo. More information about upcoming films is available at www.movieinsider.com.

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