OPENING IN FILM: A fight to save a plane and the tale of Jesus of Nazareth

Liam Neeson’s Air Marshal has his hands full, Diogo Mordodo’s Jesus follows his heart

Have you ever sat waiting for the plane to take off and play a little mental game of pick-the-Air-Marshal?

I must admit, seeing “Bridesmaids” put a whole new spin on that one for me, thank you, Melissa McCarthy.

In “Non-Stop,” there was not much guessing involved for this plane full of terrified passengers. And it’s most certainly not a comedy.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by John W. Richardson and Christopher Roach, this is a dramatic adventure-mystery of hijack-by-text message. The trailer shows the Air Marshal played by Liam Neeson receiving a mid-flight little bing on his iPhone that sets a big tale of suspense and fireworks in motion over the ocean.

Somebody wants a ridiculously large amount of ransom money or a plane passenger will die every 20 minutes.

Julianna Moore plays a fellow plane-rider who looks like she may want to help … or duck under a blanket and pray, like I would be doing after I knew fully well who the Air Marshal was and what was happening on this flight.

Also opening this weekend is the historical piece “Son of God.”

Directed by Christopher Spencer and written by Spencer and Richard Bedser, it depicts the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Diogo Morgado plays Jesus as he follows his heart and faces the many doubters that he’s indeed the Prophet.

The trailer shows big, bold, beautiful cinematography, with Mary and Joseph at birth to much, much more, telling the story of “Son of God” as an epic drama and adventure.

Movie-goers can also expect huge special effects in “Stalingrad: An IMAX 3D Experience.”

The war drama depicts the 1942 battle that has gone down in history as perhaps the most important of World War II for tilting the balance of power toward the Allied forces.

Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk and written by Sergey Snezhkin and Ilya Tilkin, the story comes through the eyes of a band of Russian soldiers trying to save their city, and the native women they connect with. The trailer shows much action of war.

“Stalingrad” stars Pyotr Fyodorov, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Sudilina.

Box office report

And the weekend box office champion was “The Lego Movie.” The animated feel-good story has blocked the way to the top for three weeks now, grossing $31.30 million for its third weekend of release, according to, putting its gross revenue total at $183.01 million.

Two of last weekend’s openers had good starts.

Kevin Costner’s CIA human-guy drama “3 Days to Kill” came in at No. 2, with a weekend gross of $12.24 million.

The historical eruption of “Pompeii” was third, with $10.34 million.

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