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Movie Reviews: 13 Hours, In Jackson Heights, Ride Along 2, Mustang

A newly minted Oscar nominee and a military drama are among the new entries in Utah theaters this week.

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A newly minted Oscar nominee and a military drama are among the new entries in Utah theaters this week.

Michael Bay—best know for the Transformers movies—takes on the controversial 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks in 13 Hours (pictured), which sticks mostly to the intensity of heroic men under siege. The Turkish drama Mustang, nominated this week for Best Foreign Language Film, offers a generally compelling story of girls in a conservative society imprisoned to preserve their chastity. Documentary filmmaking legend Frederick Wiseman applies his fascination with institutions at work to a multi-cultural New York neighborhood in the fascinating In Jackson Heights.

Eric D. Snider acknowledges the general amiability of Ride Along 2, which, like its predecessor, will play in the background on cable for years to come.

Also opening this week, but not reviewed: the animated adventures of a polar bear in New York in Norm of the North.

In this week's feature, one critic explains why he's fine with having no part in shaping the "Oscar conversation."

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