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More action adds to a busy movie week to come

Dan Webster

Above: Gerard Butler stars in "Copshop," which opens in area theaters on Friday. (Photo/Open Road Films)

I’ve already run down four of Friday’s opening movies in Tuesday’s post. But it looks as if the coming week will be a bonanza of fresh film.

The schedule is a bit uncertain at the moment, but so far the films listed below look to be definite additions to various area theaters:

“David Byrne's American Utopia” (opening today at AMC River Park Square): Directed by Spike Lee, this documentary – which already has streamed on HBO Max – captures the performance of forming Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne in his Broadway show.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: “ ‘American Utopia’ is just the kind of healing, inspiring balm that the audience needs right now. It arrives like an unexpected answer to an unspoken prayer.”

“Blue Bayou”: A troubled past catches up to a Korean-American man as he tries to fight deportation and remain with his American wife and daughter.

Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service: “A tale of intergenerational traumas and personal redemptions that is an emotionally complicated yet ultimately cathartic viewing experience.”

“Copshop”: One rookie police officer finds herself caught between a grifter and the men who seek to kill him.

Kevin Maher, (London) Times: “Echoes of Quentin Tarantino, the noir B-movies of the 1950s and a couple of iconic westerns are all swirling around inside this guilty pleasure cop flick from Joe Carnahan.”

“The Lost Leonardo”: When a “lost” painting by Italian master Leonardo Da Vinci turns up, only to disappear, controversy ensues.

Claudia Puig, FilmWeek: “An enthralling, globe-trotting story of greed. It plays out like a detective mystery and feels as meticulously plotted as an art heist. It's so well told.”

I’ll update as needed. Until then just go, mask up and see a movie.

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