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Here are a few movies you should see this weekend

Jessica Chastain plays Antonina Zabinski in “The Zookeeper's Wife.”
Jessica Chastain plays Antonina Zabinski in “The Zookeeper's Wife.” Focus Features

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

“The Zookeeper’s Wife”: The film - both powerful and haunting - is the latest to look at the evils committed during World War II but feels fresh because Caro keeps the focus on small moments like the one at the train station or with the young girl. The film is based on Diane Ackerman’s book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story” that recounts the true story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, owners of the Warsaw Zoo in 1939. Director Niki Caro’s film takes a simplistic view of evil and tells this tale through strong performances by Chastain and Helderbergh.

“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.

“T2: Trainspotting”: Just like the original “Trainspotting,” the sequel doesn’t rely as much on plot as it does on the charm of the four main characters. Both films are designed to make the audience a fifth member of this mismatched group, being allowed to listen in on inane conversations, be part of doomed plans and share a scant few tender moments.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1