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Movies opening this week: ‘Don’t Breathe,’ ‘Southside,’ ‘Mechanic’

In “Don’t Breathe,” teens (including Jane Levy) break into the home of a blind war veteran for an easy burglary, but they have no idea of the horror that awaits.
In “Don’t Breathe,” teens (including Jane Levy) break into the home of a blind war veteran for an easy burglary, but they have no idea of the horror that awaits. Screen Gems

“Don’t Breathe”

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

This well-received entry at the 2016 South by Southwest festival is the first original feature screenplay from Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, whose directorial debut was a remake of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead.” Nominated for a Fright Meter Award for her performance in that 2013 film, Jane Levy plays a woman who recruits her pals to break into the house of an unexpectedly resourceful blind man (Stephen Lang). Rated R. Time: 1:28.

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong.

“Southside With You”

Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday

On a summer day in 1989 Chicago, young legal associate Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) woos attorney Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) on a whirlwind date. Inspired by the Obamas’ real-life first date. Rated PG-13. Time: 1:24.

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, "Southside With You" recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a day

“Hands of Stone”

Opens Friday

In this fact-based biopic, Robert De Niro plays boxing trainer Ray Arcel to Edgar Ramirez’s Roberto Duran as the fighter prepares to go up against Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond). Rated R. Time: 1:45.

The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.

“Mechanic: Resurrection”

Opens Friday

Jason Statham returns as ace contract killer Arthur Bishop, forced out of retirement when the love of his life, Jessica Alba, is abducted. Rated R. Time: 1:39.

“Equity”

Opens Friday

A female investment banker (Anna Gunn) must navigate the sexism of Wall Street. Rated R. Time: 1:40.

“Eat That Question”

Opens Friday

This documentary on Frank Zappa, the eccentric musician, composer and free thinker, uses archival footage to explore his legacy. Rated R. Time: 1:33.

“The Land”

Opens Friday at Screenland Crossroads

Hip-hop’s Nas was executive producer on this drama about Cleveland teens (Rafi Gavron, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias and Ezri Walker) who hope skateboarding will be their ticket to a better life. Not rated. Time: 1:44.

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