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Film Listings, 1/31/19 – 2/7/19 

AQUAMAN

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy, Park, Stadium 10

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Land dweller Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), aka Aquaman, is the rightful heir to the throne of the underwater kingdom, Atlantis. After his Atlantean half-brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), declares war on the surface, Arthur must claim his birthright in order to stop genocide. With help from allies Mera (Amber Heard) and Vulko (Willem Dafoe), Arthur travels the world in search of an ancient weapon: a trident that legend says can only be wielded by the one true king of Atlantis. (143 min.)

—Caleb Wiseblood

BLOW-UP

click to enlarge GET CLOSER Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 classic Blow-Up, about a London photographer who may have inadvertently captured a murder on film, screens on Feb. 2, at The Palm Theatre, followed by a Q-and-A with Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman. - PHOTO COURTESY OF METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER
  • Photo Courtesy Of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • GET CLOSER Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 classic Blow-Up, about a London photographer who may have inadvertently captured a murder on film, screens on Feb. 2, at The Palm Theatre, followed by a Q-and-A with Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman.

What's it rated? Not rated

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in The Palm Theatre

New/Pick

Michelangelo Antonioni co-writes and directs the arty 1966 mystery-thriller Blow-Up, about Thomas (David Hemmings), a swinging photographer working in mod London. In a park, Thomas photographs who he believes are two lovers, including Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), who sees him photograph her and begs him for the negatives. He refuses and, curious, begins printing and blowing up the images, discovering unsettling details that suggest he may have captured a murder.

The film was Antonioni's (Le Amiche, L'Avventura) first entirely English-language movie and featured a score by Herbie Hancock and a scene with The Yardbirds, with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck on guitar and Keith Relf singing "Stroll On." It's also notable for its—at the time—explicit sexual content and exploration of counterculture. It didn't gain approval for U.S. release under the MPAA Production Code but precipitated the code's eventual collapse when MGM released the film through a subsidiary distributor and showed it throughout the U.S.

It was also nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Grand Prix du Festival International de Film at the 1967 Cannes Film Fest.

The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman, who also has a collection of his work on display at the SLO Library through March 16.

—Glen Starkey

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre

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Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, Superman Returns) directs this biopic about Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and Queen, chronicling the band's rise to super stardom, Mercury's solo career and AIDS diagnosis, and their triumphant reunion and spellbinding performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

The film is nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Rami Malek), Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Film Editing. (134 min.)

—Glen Starkey

COLD WAR

click to enlarge LOVE AND WAR Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall in love and dream of escaping Communist Poland for France, in Cold War, set in the 1950s. - PHOTO COURTESY OF OPUS FILM
  • Photo Courtesy Of Opus Film
  • LOVE AND WAR Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall in love and dream of escaping Communist Poland for France, in Cold War, set in the 1950s.

What's it rated? R

When's it showing? The Palm

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Writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love, Ida) helms this romance set in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, about Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a music director who falls in love with Zula (Joanna Kulig), a singer, and hopes to persuade her to flee Communist Poland for France. (In Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian, and Croatian; 89 min.)

—Glen

A DOG'S WAY HOME

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Matinee

When's it showing? Galaxy, Park, Stadium 10

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Charles Martin Smith (Air Bud, Dolphin Tale) directs this family adventure about Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard), a dog who travels 400 miles to find her owner.

Sure, the story is familiar, perhaps even derivative. Yes, it's clumsily cloying and emotionally manipulative. True, its social justice message is dumbed down to the point of being ineffective. But there's an adorable dog, a formulaic feel-good story, and you can bring the whole family ... and some tissues, definitely some tissues. (96 min.)

—Glen

DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Santa Maria Stadium 14

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Director Tatsuya Nagamine helms this animated action-adventure set in writer Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball universe. The film starts before the events of both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, during the destruction of Planet Vegeta, home world to the Saiyans. Luckily for them, Saiyans Goku (voiced by Sean Schemmel) and Vegeta (voiced by Christopher Sabat) are off-world by the time their planet comes to an end. Little do they know how much their destinies are bound to collide.

The destroyer of Planet Vegeta is the cold-blooded Frieza (voiced by Christopher Ayres). If you didn't grow up with an action figure of this guy, then I'm sorry to tell you that you didn't have a real childhood. Decades later, after Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and smack dab in the middle of Dragon Ball Super, the now twice-resurrected Frieza might finally have the right resource at his disposal to defeat his sworn enemy, Goku, once and for all. And that weapon's name is Broly (voiced by Vic Mignogna).

This powerful Saiyan was also off-world during his home planet's collapse. His father, Paragus (voiced by Damien Clarke), raised him to be a vicious fighter and primed him to someday take revenge on the race that ostracized them, forcing them to leave Planet Vegeta. After finding out Goku and Vegeta are the only two surviving Saiyans left, Paragus teams up with Frieza to prep Broly to destroy them.

I feel like the best compliment I can give Dragon Ball Super: Broly is that this is the Dragon Ball movie I've somehow always wanted without realizing I ever wanted it in the first place. Although I've only seen a few episodes of the current Dragon Ball series, Dragon Ball Super, I'm proud to say I've seen every episode of Dragon Ball Z more than once. I'm grateful that this film still felt completely accessible to me, but I'm curious how people with zero Dragon Ball experience will react.

Nagamine, Toriyama, and company really tapped into what makes the Dragon Ball franchise so beloved among manga and anime fans, omitting some of the more soap operatic traits and other blemishes known to plague the series. It's Dragon Ball in its purest form. It also feels like a real movie, not just an extended episode, which was a Spirit Bomb-sized relief. (101 min.)

—Caleb

THE FAVOURITE

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? The Palm, Galaxy

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Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Scared Deer) directs this early 18th century period piece about two warring women seeking favor from the ailing, prickly Queen Anne (Olivia Colman).

Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) is the queen's longtime companion who essentially runs the country during a time of war. Newcomer Abigail (Emma Stone), a new servant to the queen, uses her charms to gain power of her own as she attempts to return to her aristocratic roots.

The film is nominated for 10 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz), Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography (Robbie Ryan), Best Sound Editing, and Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing. (119 min.)

—Glen

GLASS

click to enlarge HEROES OR WEIRDOS? M. Night Shyamalan revisits his characters Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson, left), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy, center), and David Dunn (Bruce Willis), in Glass. - PHOTO COURTESY OF BLINDING EDGE PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Blinding Edge Pictures
  • HEROES OR WEIRDOS? M. Night Shyamalan revisits his characters Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson, left), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy, center), and David Dunn (Bruce Willis), in Glass.

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy, Park, Stadium 10, Sunset Drive-in

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In Glass, M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening) brings back three of his most iconic characters, directing Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, and James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 24 personalities. The three are meshed together in a psychiatric ward to rid them of their superhuman delusions while Elijah has a plan of his own to bring the comic book plot to life.

We're so used to superheroes that have some sort of connection to a mythical god and are destined for greatness. These heroes are based on comic books' stories, but Shyamalan based his trilogy on the structure of the comic books themselves. He has a totally different take on his superheroes: They're just people. (129 min.)

—Karen Garcia

GREEN BOOK

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Fair Oaks, Park

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Co-writer Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary) directs this biopic about African-American pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), who hires working-class Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) as his driver on a music tour of the 1960s American South. Though they're very different people, they develop a warm and enduring friendship. This is one of those classic feel-good movies only a true cynic could reject. Both lead characters come out of the other side of the story improved.

The film is nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. (130 min.)

—Glen

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy, Park, Stadium 10

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Writer-director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) helms this family adventure about a group of kids on a quest to save the world. Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) is sure he's nothing special ... until he finds Excalibur encased in stone! With the help of Merlin (Sir Patrick Stewart), Alex will unite his friends and attempt to defeat the evil enchantress, Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).

An insecure kid learns to be a leader in this charming action-adventure based on the Arthurian legends. Unlike a lot of kids films that also try to keep the parents entertained, this film is aimed squarely at tweens, so adults may find it a slog. With the goofy charm of '80s adventures—think The Neverending Story or The Goonies—kids will enjoy its inventive action, fantasy setting, and emotional punch. (132 min.)

—Glen

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? The Palm

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Writer-director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) helms this story based on James Baldwin's novel about Harlem woman Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) trying to clear her fiancé, Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt (Stephan James), of a crime he didn't commit while carrying their first child.

If you want a reminder of all the ways the deck is stacked against black people in the U.S., this is the film. What's amazing about the film and book is it's also a complicated and tender love story, a celebration of black family life, and an optimistic clarion call that despite the horrors piled upon the black community. There's an unstoppable nobility there.

The film is up for three Academy Awards: Best Actress (Regina King), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. (119 min.)

—Glen

MARY POPPINS RETURNS

click to enlarge MAGICAL NANNY! Lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), and Anabel Banks (Pixie Davis) set off for joy-inducing adventure, in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns, arriving in theaters on Dec. 19. - PHOTO COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney Pictures
  • MAGICAL NANNY! Lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), and Anabel Banks (Pixie Davis) set off for joy-inducing adventure, in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns, arriving in theaters on Dec. 19.

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy

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Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Pirates of the Caribbean: One Stranger Tides, Into the Woods) directs this sequel to the 1964 classic about a magical nanny who helps two neglected children reconnect with their father. This time around, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to the Banks family children who are now adults. Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children—Anabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh), Georgie (Joel Dawson)—and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), in the same house on Cherry Tree Lane. With encouragement from Michael's sister, Jane (Emily Mortimer), and the help of lamplighter, Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Mary helps the new set of Banks children find the joy in life.

The film is up for four Academy Awards: Best Costume Design, Best Original Song ("The Place Where Lost Things Go"), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. (130 min.)

—Glen

MISS BALA

click to enlarge MISS BULLET Miss Bala, based on the 2011 Mexican action film, stars Gina Rodriguez as Gloria, an American caught between a drug cartel and the DEA. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • Photo Courtesy Of Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • MISS BULLET Miss Bala, based on the 2011 Mexican action film, stars Gina Rodriguez as Gloria, an American caught between a drug cartel and the DEA.

What's it rated? PG-13

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy, Park Stadium 10

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Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight, Miss You Already) directs this remake of the 2011 Mexican film of the same name. Gloria (Gina Rodriguez), a makeup artist from LA, visits her best friend, Suzu (Cristina Rodlo), in Tijuana, and the pair get swept up by a drug cartel, with Gloria—the American—forced to smuggle laundered money. She soon finds herself squeezed between cartel leader Lino (Ismael Cruz Cordova) and the DEA. Using all her cunning and strength, Gloria must find a way to escape and save her friend. (104 min.)

—Glen

THE MULE

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Stadium 10, Sunset Drive-in

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Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino) directs this crime thriller screenplay by Sam Dolnick, based on The New York Times Magazine article "The Sinaloa Cartel's 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" by Nick Schenk. Eastwood takes on the role of Earl Stone, a horticulturist and World War II vet who's caught in Michigan running $3 million worth of Mexican cartel cocaine.

The Mule will be remembered as an effective late-career effort from a masterful filmmaker who's given us classics such as The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Mystic River, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and American Sniper. (117 min.)

—Glen

ON THE BASIS OF SEX

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Stadium 10

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Mimi Leder (Pay It Forward) directs this biopic about a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) and her fight for equality, which eventually helps propel her onto the Supreme Court of the United States.

On the Basis of Sex is both an important history lesson and an inspirational film for girls and young women still struggling for full equality, access, and representation. I hope parents will bring their tweens and teens to the theater as a reminder that despite staggering odds, justice can overcome tradition and the status quo. (120 min.)

—Glen Starkey

SERENITY

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Stream it

Where's it showing? Galaxy, Park, Stadium 10

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

click to enlarge SPIDEY SENSES In this new animated adventure, Spider-Men and a Spider-Woman from different realities team-up to stop a common foe, in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARVEL AND COLUMBIA PICTURES CORP.
  • Photo Courtesy Of Marvel And Columbia Pictures Corp.
  • SPIDEY SENSES In this new animated adventure, Spider-Men and a Spider-Woman from different realities team-up to stop a common foe, in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Stadium 10

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Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman co-direct this animated action-adventure co-written by Phil Lord and co-produced by Christopher Miller (the duo best known for directing The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street). Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) becomes the Spider-Man of his version of reality, then crosses into a parallel universe where he teams with other realities' Spider-Men and a Spider-Woman to stop a an evil that threatens all realities.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse does for Marvel what Teen Titans Go! To The Movies did for DC earlier this year: It takes these characters places that live action couldn't possibly allow (I could be eating these words in a year or so). Despite the comparison to a quite sillier film, Spider-Verse is surprisingly just as earnest as it is humorous. No matter how many one-liners, knee-slappers, and instances of breaking the fourth wall there are, the stakes feel real. (117 min.)

—Caleb

STAN & OLLIE

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Galaxy, The Palm

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Jon S. Baird (Filth) directs Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy, in this melancholic biopic about the comedy duo as they attempt to revive their career with a rigorous theater tour of post-war Britain.

This affectionate look behind the scenes at the beloved pair of funnymen examines their triumphs and travails, how their partnership was in some ways like a marriage, how their past haunts them, Oliver's failing health ... it's all there. It's a charming albeit modest tribute to two decent gentlemen who connected with audiences for decades but now know their current tour is probably their swan song. (97 min.)

—Glen

A STAR IS BORN

click to enlarge STAR POWER A seasoned performer near the end of his career (Bradley Cooper, left) discovers, nurtures, and falls in love with a talented newcomer (Lady Gaga), in A Star Is Born. - PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • STAR POWER A seasoned performer near the end of his career (Bradley Cooper, left) discovers, nurtures, and falls in love with a talented newcomer (Lady Gaga), in A Star Is Born.

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy

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Co-writer, director, and co-star Bradley Cooper helms this remake of A Star Is Born (first released in 1937, and later remade in 1954 and 1976). In this iteration, Cooper stars as Jackson Maine, a famous musician whose star is waning as he discovers talented but insecure singer Ally (Lady Gaga). As Jack battles alcoholism and his own decline, he helps Ally find the strength to let her talent shine.

The film is up for nine Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actress (Lady Gaga), Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Matty Libatique), Best Original Song ("Shallow"), Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing. (135 min.)

—Glen

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD

click to enlarge CENTENNIAL Peter Jackson directs They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about World War I, with formerly black and white archival footage colorized, to commemorate the 100-year-old end to the Great War. - PHOTO COURTESY OF HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
  • Photo Courtesy Of House Productions
  • CENTENNIAL Peter Jackson directs They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about World War I, with formerly black and white archival footage colorized, to commemorate the 100-year-old end to the Great War.

What's it rated? R

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy

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Peter Jackson directs this documentary about World War I with formerly black and white archival footage colorized, commemorating the centennial of the war's end. (99 min.)

—Glen

THE UPSIDE

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Bay Theater, Downtown Centre, Galaxy, Park, Stadium 10

Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent) directs this American remake of the wonderful 2011 film, Les Intouchables, about Phillip (Bryan Cranston), a wealthy quadriplegic who hires Dell (Kevin Hart), a man with a criminal record, to help him with his day-to-day needs.

Score this as another one of those audience-pleasing films that critics find cliché and cloying. True, it's not as good as its French progenitor, but as a feel-good story of redemption, it works, and there's no denying Cranston and Hart's chemistry. (125 min.)

—Glen

VICE

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Stadium 10

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Writer-director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers) helms this biopic dramedy about Washington, D.C., bureaucratic insider Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), who became George W. Bush's (Sam Rockwell) vice president, using his power to reshape the U.S. and its foreign policy.

The film is up for eight Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Film Editing. (132 min.) Δ

—Glen

New Times movie reviews are compiled by Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey. Contact him at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.

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