Freeze Frame: “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” (R), “Star Wars: The Acolyte” (TV-14), “Hard Miles” (PG-13)

In a scene from the fourth entry in the “Bad Boys” franchise, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” Will Smith is repeatedly slapped by Martin Lawrence. Intentional or not, the moment gets the requisite laughs. The hip but aging Miami detectives are back, this time as fugitives when they try to crack corruption within their own ranks. These movies have become increasingly silly, but, unlike the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, they haven’t been launched into space. Yet. For best results, set your mind on cruise control for another affable, outlandish ride.

The latest Disney+ “Star Wars” series is set in a galaxy far, far away and long, long ago. “Star Wars: The Acolyte” is a prequel to the prequels, set 100 years before the action of “Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.” Amandla Stenberg leads the cast in the female-centered tale of a former apprentice Jedi who may or may not be murdering Jedi masters. It’s a space-based whodunit filled with witches, mistaken identities and Force-fu fighting. It all seems pretty familiar at this point, but “The Acolyte” provides an adequate amount of action, eye candy and daring do for die-hard “Star Wars” fans.

Matthew Modine and Kansas City, Kansas native Cynthia McWilliams star in the inspirational sports drama, “Hard Miles,” now available on video on demand platforms. It tells the true story of a biking coach for inmates at a juvie correctional facility. He takes the troubled teens on a 1000-mile bike ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon to teach them to face physical and emotional challenges. While conventional, “Hard Miles” is a well-meaning and benign effort boosted by an agreeable cast.

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