CAT RUN

This week’s installment of movies getting 11th-hour pushed into theaters with little advance warning is

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Cat Run

from director John Stockwell, who has done perfectly serviceable contemporary B-movie work with

Blue Crush

,

Into the Blue

, and

Turistas

. And this one looks genuinely inspired: The intoxicatingly gorgeous Paz Vega plays a high-end escort who finds herself tangled up in international intrigue of some sort, with lots of slimy bad guys in shiny suits, things going boom, and Janet McTeer’s assassin handling a small arsenal of firearms and killing everything in sight. Hopefully riotously entertaining brain rot.

Opens April 1

.

HOP

Animated fare about the Easter Bunny’s teenage son (voice by Russell Brand) heading to Hollywood in search of rock ‘n’ roll fame. Yes, you read that right.

Opens April 1.

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

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Films by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s most revered anime auteur, tend to use the same basic elements—kickass animation, a strong young female protagonist, skepticism or hostility toward machinery, Captain Planet concern and affection for the natural world, an Orlando Bloom-pretty male romantic lead, and at least one adorable animal/inanimate object sidekick. Howl’s Moving Castle has all of that. The young female protagonist is Sofi, a mousy shopgirl who gets cursed by a witch and heartbreakingly ages from a shy teenager (voiced by Emily Mortimer) to a plucky seventysomething (Jean Simmons) in a split second. And the Legolas look-alike is Howl (Christian Bale), a fabulously coiffed wizard whose mechanical “castle” tramps around the countryside like a spider. There’s also a fire demon (voiced by Billy Crystal), dark bomber jets, and gooey tar creatures who seep through crevices and grow to menacing proportions in their rush to attack Sofi and Howl. If you like anime even a little, prepare to be stunned. (J. Bowers)

JANE EYRE

Mia Wasikowska stars as the titular girl-to-woman heroine in this latest adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë classic from director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and co-starring Michael Fassbender and the ever radiant Sally Hawkins.

Opens April 1

.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga star in this sci-fi thriller about a solider trying to stop a bomb attack aboard a Chicago train from

Moon

director Duncan Jones.

Opens April 1

.

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