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Jennifer Aniston delivers a strong, vanity-free performance as a woman physically and emotionally scarred from a horrific tragedy. But as “Cake” swerves from dark comedy to cringe-inducing unpleasantness to heavy melodrama, her efforts can’t elevate the work anywhere near the level of something special. (Drama, R, 1 hr. 38 min.)

 The Boy Next Door (Jasper 8 Theatres)

For a while, this Jennifer Lopez stalker movie is laughably bad garbage. But as the predictable plot reaches its predictable conclusion, “The Boy Next Door” takes an ugly turn, with some nasty violence and a final confrontation that drags on too long. (Thriller, R, 1 hr. 31 min.

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