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Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Rachel Hall star in “Transcendence.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

After being teased by summer weather only to be struck with a freeze warning later this week, we here at the Niner Times will be staying in until kinder temperatures prevail. It’s supposed to warm up this weekend, but if mother nature changes her mind here’s a few movies to check out while staying warm in the theatre.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

It’s a slow week for movies, most likely because nobody has any interest in competing with the juggernauts Marvel has been churning out. With so little else of note showing up, the best bet might just be to head back to the movie dominating theaters right now. Or perhaps finally get out of the house for long enough to pop in on a movie with a rather astounding rating of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

By almost every account, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is one of the best movies Marvel and Disney have dished out over the course of revamping the “Avengers” brand – lofty praise considering the inevitable comparisons to the “Iron Man” trilogy that sparked renewed “Avengers” interest in the first place.


Joining Captain America on the big screen is Dr. Will Caster. While hardly as All-American or bullet-resistant, Johnny Depp’s latest role might be just as interesting. Dr. Caster is a scientist on the verge of creating the world’s first true artificial intelligence (AI). The controversy surrounding his research into an all-knowing, fully-emotive AI ultimately provokes a radical anti-technology group that seeks to stop him. With pressure building from all angles, Dr. Caster is ultimately forced to confront the complex ethics of creating an AI.

Although “Transcendence” seems to have slipped under the radar in regards to pre-release impressions, and the premise evokes memories of 2004’s “I, Robot,” it tackles an issue only becoming more prevalent as technology advances.

“Particle Fever”

Those who haven’t managed to slip into a screening of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (featured on the site a few weeks ago) should head for Concord Mills before that opportunity slips away. Those with more free time, however, might want to consider trekking across town to Ballantyne for a showing of “Particle Fever” at Regal’s Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 theater.

“Particle Fever” is a documentary, originally released last year, covering the lead-up to the activation of the Large Hadron Collider. While it might not sound incredibly interesting at first glance, there’s actually a lot of meat beneath the surface. The collider is the biggest man-made machine ever created, and for a decade during its construction it set the physics community on the edge of its collective seat with promises to validate or disprove key scientific theories; oh, and there was also that time when the world freaked out about the possibility of it creating a black hole and destroying the planet. The project was absurdly large, and there’s bound to be some crazy stories of the race to complete it.