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"Pacific Rim 2" and "Sherlock Gnomes" lead a crowded weekend of new releases

Universal Pictures/Legendary Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the movies opening in wide release Friday:

* Pacific Rim: Uprising -- The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 film, Pacific Rim, stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost -- son of Stacker Pentecost, who saved humanity from the monstrous Kaiju in the original film. Jake and Mako Mori -- played by Rinko Kikuchi, reprising her Pacific Rim role -- lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots against a new Kaiju threat. Scott Eastwood co-stars, along with Charlie Day and Burn Gorman, who also reprise their roles from the original film. Rated PG-13. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD EXPLETIVE)

* Sherlock Gnomes -- Elton John co-produced this animated sequel to 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, and it features new and classic tunes written by Elton and Bernie Taupin. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt star as the voices of Gnomeo & Juliet -- a pair of garden gnomes -- who hire renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes -- voiced by Johnny Depp -- to investigate the mysterious disappearance of their friends. Mary J. Blige, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Ozzie Osbourne provide additional voices. Rated PG.

* Midnight Sun -- Bella Thorne stars in this teen drama about a 17-year-old girl who suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight. When she starts dating her longtime crush -- played by Patrick Schwarzenegger -- she must face the dilemma of their seemingly impossible relationship. Rob Riggle also stars. Rated PG-13.

* Unsane -- This horror-thriller stars The Crown's Claire Foy as young woman trying to escape a man who's been stalking her. After being wrongly committed to a mental institution, she becomes convinced one of the staffers is her stalker. Rated R.

* Paul, Apostle of Christ -- This biblical drama chronicles the journey of Jesus' disciple Paul -- played by Game of Thrones' James Faulkner -- from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to the most influential apostle. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Isle of Dogs -- Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand and Scarlet Johansson lead the all-star voice cast in Wes Anderson's animated film about a boy's search for his lost dog. Rated PG-13.


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