'Yesterday' imagines a time when The Beatles were unknown

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Himesh Patel in “Yesterday.”

This weekend you can take a trip down to your local theater to catch the new film “Yesterday,” and maybe all your troubles will seem so far away.

This film has a unique story line that brings the songs of The Beatles to the forefront — even if they’re credited to someone else.

The synopsis on the film’s website said yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack (Himesh Patel, “Eastenders” and “My Pure Land”) remembers their songs and he’s about to become a very big deal.

Jack is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “Cinderella”).

But then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters”), Jack’s fame explodes.

But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie, the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

While there is no audience score as of yet on the movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, critics seem to be conflicted, with a score of only 63 percent on the Tomatometer.

Tori Brazier with “Flickering Myth” said, “the tale of an underdog — and affectionately undermining the success of the most famous band in history — will always do pretty well with British audiences.”

On the flip side, Michael Coldwell with “Starburst” said, “If you must gorge yourself to this soft-focus treacle, be prepared to have the White Album on constant repeat for a full week afterwards to get your insulin level out of danger.”

Directed by Danny Boyle, this film is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language.

Another option releasing to theaters this weekend is:

n “Annabelle Comes Home,” directed by Gary Dauberman and starring Vera Farmiga, McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife. Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target — the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

This film is rated R for horror violence and terror.

The synopsis for each of these films is taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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