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RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Egyptian Gods, Crooked Cops and Flying Brits-What more could you ask for at the theaters?

Sandals are very en vogue on the big screen this weekend in “Gods of Egypt.” Brenton Thwaites stars as the mortal who goes on a quest to save the world and tries to rescue his true love in ancient Egypt. He cuts a deal with one God in hopes of unseating a rival God who has taken Egypt’s throne. The action drama stars Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell and Chadwick Boseman.  Its rated “PG-13.”

“Triple 9” refers to the police code for an officer down. The drama finds some crooked cops being blackmailed into a major heist by the Russian mob. Things don’t go as planned when the good cop, they use as their patsy, figures out what they’re doing. The cast list reads like a who’s who in Hollywood: Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie and Norman Reedus. “Triple 9” is rated “R.”

“Eddie the Eagle” is based loosely on the most unlikely Olympic story in the history of the games. Taron Egerton stars as Michael Edwards.  He’s a  British man who just misses making the downhill team for the ’88 Olympics. Discovering a loophole, he tries to qualify as a ski jumper. He’s not very good at it.  He turns to a disgraced jumper, played by Hugh Jackman, for help.

“Eddie the Eagle” is a crowd pleaser that’s guaranteed to make you laugh, even if it changes a good bit of the background story. It is such a likable underdog story, its no surprise why so many viewers, back in 1998, were mesmerized by Eddie during the games. It does hit on quite a few cliches, sports and otherwise, but trust me, this one sticks the landing so well you’ll quickly forget its minor issues. The 1988 Olympics were the same ones that saw the rise of the Jamaican bobsled team, later featured in the movie “Cool Runnings.” These two movies make a nice double feature. “Eddie the Eagle” earns a B!

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