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‘Invictus’ brings tale that inspired a nation

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, left, and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar in “Invictus.” Warner Bros. (Warner Bros.)
Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, left, and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar in “Invictus.” Warner Bros. (Warner Bros.)

“Invictus”: Clint Eastwood directs the story of Nelson Mandela as he motivates South Africa’s rugby team to win the World Cup to inspire national unity. With Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon. (2:14; PG-13 for brief strong profanity) •••

“Valentine’s Day”: L.A. couples propose, break up and learn truths on a stressful Valentine’s Day. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx. (2:05; PG-13 for risque language, sexual candor) •••

“The Messenger”: An Army officer assigned to a team that informs families about the deaths of their loved ones falls for a soldier’s wife. With Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone. (1:52; R for profanity and some sexual content/nudity) •• 1/2

“Extraordinary Measures”: Parents whose son and daughter suffer from a rare gene disorder seek an unconventional scientist’s help on discovering a cure. With Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell. (1:46; PG for thematic material, profanity and a mild suggestive moment) ••



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