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“The Wild Goose Lake,”

directed by Yi’nan Diao

(not rated, 1 hour, 53 minutes)

Not for the lazy summer-sliding seeker of predictable story-telling. This is a tough, tense and darkly funny Chinese crime story, beautifully photographed and tautly told, about a gangster who has abandoned his family and, while on the run, encounters a seemingly mild-mannered woman who harbors a relevant secret.

It’s ironic that the film’s opening scene is a station on the outskirts of Wuhan, where the coronavirus made its first strides in capturing the world’s attention.

With Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao, Regina Wan. Subtitled.

“Mighty Oak,” (PG-13, 1 hour, 42 minutes) This extraordinarily odd little movie got a sort-of theatrical release earlier this year; it might have been the last movie to open in Arkansas theaters before covid-19 shut everything down. It presents as an innocent sacrificed to the inscrutable gods of pandemic marketing — it’s a children’s movie that posits a 12-year-old as the re-incarnation of Bob Dylan’s grandson (or at least a character played by Bob Dylan’s grandson) that also has something of the flavor of an underfunded faith-based film.

That said, there are worse choices, though the movie is largely an infomercial for the pleasant, but by no means stunningly impressive musical chops of young Tommy Ragen, who we might indeed hear from someday. If we do, he’ll probably regard this mild and morbid curiosity as a youthful indiscretion. With Janel Parrish, Carlos PenaVega, Alexa PenaVega; directed by Sean McNamara.

“Trolls World Tour” (PG, 1 hour, 30 minutes) Clever enough to amuse parents while keeping kids’ attention, this colorful dance-laden animated sequel to 2016’s Trolls focuses on a discovery by Poppy and Branch that there are six different troll tribes — with six different preferences in music– scattered over six different lands. With the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake,

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