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Movie Reviews: Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob, Oscar Shorts

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The creators of The Matrix are back, and Academy Award-nominated short films are showcased among this week's new releases in Utah theaters.

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Scott Renshaw wishes that the visual imagination of the Wachowskis were matched by a little more fun in Jupiter Rising. The new big-screen adventure The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water promises live-action/CGI hijinks, but it's actually much better when it just captures the TV show's engaging silliness. And two collections of Oscar-nominated shorts open at the Tower Theatre: the animation program, including the richly emotional The Dam Keeper; and the live-action program, with the Israeli drama Aya serving as the standout entry.

Eric D. Snider laments the rote fantasy beats of Seventh Son, including an excruciating performance by Jeff Bridges.

Also opening this week and not screened for critics: the made-in-Utah romantic dramedy Romance in the Outfield.

In this week's feature review, Scott Renshaw finds the Dardennes brothers, assisted by Marion Cotillard's Oscar-nominated performance, again brilliantly exploring moral choices in the haunting Two Days, One Night.