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Here are a few movies you should see this weekend

Michiel Huisman and Hera Hilmar star in “The Ottoman Lieutenant.”
Michiel Huisman and Hera Hilmar star in “The Ottoman Lieutenant.” Paladin

There are at least three big screen offerings in local theaters this weekend that are worth your time.

“The Shack”: At the heart of this film based on the best-selling novel, Sam Worthington plays Mack Phillips, a loving father who takes his three children on a camping trip where the youngest daughter is kidnapped. The loss of the child creates an overwhelming sorrow and suffering that is tearing apart the family. The film has a strong faith-based message but can also be viewed as how it’s important to find support when dealing with a crisis no matter where you have to turn.

“Get Out”: Jordan Peele, the former “MADtv” cast member better known these days as half of the comedy duo of Key and Peele, has created a 21st century horror film that is similar in tone and design to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or “The Stepford Wives.” The terror comes from never knowing where or when the danger will come in a world that, on the surface, looks perfectly normal.

“The Ottoman Lieutenant”: It’s not the best film in theaters this weekend but a solid story and beautiful scenery make this worth a look. Joseph Ruben’s “The Ottoman Lieutenant” is a lot like those cheap romance novels with the beautiful couple locked in a passionate embrace on the cover. If only the story inside were as interesting as those two then the book would be more than a B-grade tale. Here, the beautiful couple is played by the dashing Michiel Huisman and the timeless beauty Hera Hilmar.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1