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Movies opening this weekend: ‘Last Witch Hunter,’ ‘Rock the Kasbah,’ ‘Jem and the Holograms,’ ‘Paranormal Activity’ again

Vin Diesel trades in his fast cars for a different kind of adventure in “The Last Witch Hunter,” about the battle against a queen witch out to destroy the world.
Vin Diesel trades in his fast cars for a different kind of adventure in “The Last Witch Hunter,” about the battle against a queen witch out to destroy the world. Lionsgate

“The Last Witch Hunter”

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

Vin Diesel stars as mankind’s last defense against a tribe of evil witches. No, seriously. With Elijah Wood and Rose Leslie. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:46.

“Rock the Kasbah”

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

A washed-up rock ’n’ roll manager (Bill Murray) takes on a new client: a teenage girl competing in the popular TV show “Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Rated R. Time: 1:40.

“Jem and the Holograms”

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

A small-town teen musician goes from viral video sensation to global superstar, with her sisters in tow. Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott and Aurora Perrineau star in this live-action adaptation of the TV cartoon series. Rated PG. Time: 1:58.

“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

Aka “The Horror Film Franchise That Wouldn’t Go Away.” A young family moves into a new house and begins recording strange phenomena on an old video camera. With Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw and Olivia Taylor Dudley. Rated R. Time: 1:28.

“Coming Home”

Opens Friday

A devoted couple (Chen Daoming, Gong Li) are forced to separate when the husband is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner. Finally released in the last days of China’s Cultural Revolution, he returns home only to find that his wife suffered from amnesia after an accident and remembers little of her past. Mandarin with subtitles. PG-13. Time: 1:49.

“Bone Tomahawk”

Opens Friday at Town Center

More than two decades after “Tombstone,” Kurt Russell returns to the Western genre twice in the coming months. In January, we’ll see him in Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” But on Friday we’ll see him lead a posse out to rescue captives from cannibals in “Bone Tomahawk.” With Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette and Sean Young. Not rated. Time: 2:12.

“Peace Officer”

Opens Friday at Alamo Drafthouse

Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson’s documentary — a big winner at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas — examines the militarization of law enforcement through the eyes of former Utah lawman Dub Lawrence, who has devoted his retirement to solving the murder of his son-in-law. Not rated. Time: 1:45.

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