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Scott Carty on 'Power Rangers' and more

From left to right: Zack the Black Ranger (Ludi Lin), Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G), Jason the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery), Kimberly the Pink Ranger (Naomi Scott) and Billy the Blue Ranger (RJ Cyler) in "Power Rangers." Image courtesy of Lionsgate

Although “Beauty and the Beast” will continue to bring in big box office dollars this weekend, there are several new movies you can catch in your local theater. Most of them give us an opportunity to go back in time a bit.

"Power Rangers"

Whether you’re flashing back to really bad spandex suits or you’re asking “who are the Power Rangers?” you’re in for some fun. The new “Power Rangers” movie features a mismatched group of teens teaming-up against Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). A positive story of acceptance and teamwork sends a great message to new “Power Rangers” fans. And longtime fans will enjoy the exciting special effects. “Power Rangers” is PG-13. To see my interviews with the cast, visit www.ScottCarty.com.

"CHIPS"

As a kid, I loved watching “CHiPs”on TV in the late '70s and early '80s. So did writer, director and star Dax Shepard who brings us a very rated R and “not your childhood” “CHIPS” movie. Don’t go in expecting some sweet stroll down memory lane. Shepard has punched up an entirely different storyline that features a bumbling Ponch (Michael Peña) and John (Shepard) trying solve ugly corruption in the patrol. It’s loaded with physical gags, exciting chase scenes and plenty of crude comedy that really does generate laughs. Kristen Bell is Shepard’s real life wife. She also plays John’s wife in the movie. Seriously. “CHIPS” is rated R. Don’t be startled. To see my interviews with the cast, visit www.ScottCarty.com.

"The Last Word"

This refreshing and sweet drama stars Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. When MacLaine’s characte r—a retired, control-freak advertising executive — asks a local newspaper writer (Seyfried) to pre-write her obituary, a journey of discovery begins. There are thought-provoking moments and plenty of laughs as we see unlikely bonds develop. “The Last Word” is rated R. To see my interviews with the cast, visit www.ScottCarty.com.

"Life"

Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson bring star power to the sci-fi flick "Life,", where a life-form that may have wiped out Mars endangers a team on the International Space Station. “Life” is rated R.

"T2: Trainspotting"

It’s been 21 years since the cult classic “Trainspotting” debuted. This weekend, director Danny Boyle gets us caught up with Renton, Begbie, Simon and Spud in the modern day “T2: Trainspotting.” There’s dark comedy and some bright perspective those of us in our mid-life can relate to. “T2: Trainspotting” is rated R.

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