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Film Listings, 8/29/19 – 9/5/19 

AFTER THE WEDDING

What's it rated? PG-13

Where's it showing? Galaxy, The Palm

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click to enlarge RAW REMAKE Michelle Williams plays Isabel, an orphanage owner in Kolkata who travels to New York for a meeting with a mysterious new benefactor, in After the Wedding. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Sony Pictures Classics
  • RAW REMAKE Michelle Williams plays Isabel, an orphanage owner in Kolkata who travels to New York for a meeting with a mysterious new benefactor, in After the Wedding.

The past and present collide when Isabel (Michelle Williams), an orphanage owner in Kolkata, travels to New York for a meeting with a mysterious new benefactor (Julianne Moore), in this American remake of director Susanne Bier's 2006 Danish drama of the same name. (112 min.)

—Caleb Wiseblood

ANGEL HAS FALLEN

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Stream it

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

click to enlarge DYNAMIC DUO Clay Banning (Nick Nolte) helps his son, framed special agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), clear his name and evade the FBI, in Angel Has Fallen. - PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMPBELL GROBMAN FILMS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Campbell Grobman Films
  • DYNAMIC DUO Clay Banning (Nick Nolte) helps his son, framed special agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), clear his name and evade the FBI, in Angel Has Fallen.

In case you need a refresher, this is the third offering of the Fallen franchise that started in 2013 with Olympus Has Fallen and was followed in 2016 with London Has Fallen. Each stars noble Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). In this newest iteration directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, Snitch, Shot Caller), after being framed for attempting to assassinate the president, Banning must evade the FBI and his own agency as he works to clear his name and find the true culprit, who aims to take out President Thumbull (Morgan Freeman).

Well, thank God for Nick Nolte, whose mid-film appearance as Mike Banning's estranged father Clay Banning managed to stop me from napping through this predictable by-the-numbers actioner. Clay is a grizzled old Vietnam vet who long before abandoned his wife and child for a life living off the grid and away from a culture and government he rejects as corrupt. Nolte, the former heartthrob of films such as The Deep (1977) and 48 Hrs. (1982), has really embraced his scruffy carbuncular old age in films like Tropic Thunder (2008) and Warrior (2011). In Angel Has Fallen, he actually manages to give this otherwise hollow, wooden affair a beating heart.

After the opening set piece, an idea stolen from an old James Bond film, we get the set-up: Banning's friendship with former fellow soldier Wade Jennings (Danny Huston), who now runs a struggling private sector military company (Think Blackwater). When Huston turns up as a supposed good guy in anything, regular cinemagoers know to be wary because Huston is a helluva bad guy! His character Jennings needs a president willing to employ firms like his on the global battlefield, which Thumbull isn't, and since Banning is up for director of the Secret Service, maybe he could put in a good word for his old comrade in arms. Trust me: What's coming is telegraphed from a mile away.

What follows will appeal to fans of the franchise, which once again delivers explosions, gunfights, vehicle chases, and hand-to-hand combat. Unfortunately, it's a familiar path from beginning to end, right down to Banning's wife, Leah (Piper Perabo), and toddler daughter being imperiled. There are exactly zero surprises awaiting viewers, which is maybe why the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is 95 percent while critics score is 40 percent. If you want to see something familiar, by all means go. If you were hoping to be in any way surprised by the story, you'll leave as dissatisfied as I was. (120 min.)

—Glen Starkey

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

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

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Thurop Van Orman directs this animated adventure comedy based on the mobile puzzle game. In this second installment, the feud between the flightless birds and green pigs reaches a détente as the two camps work together to save the home they share. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, and others provide voice work.

Thanks to some great writing and voice work, this film delivers the laughs. Yes, it's obnoxious and chaotic, but it's fun for both the kids and their parents, which is a bit of a small miracle. (96 min.)

—Glen

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Stadium 10

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click to enlarge A DOG'S BEST FRIEND Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) learns from his aspiring Formula One race car driver/owner Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia, right) that racetrack techniques can also successfully guide us through life, in The Art of Racing the Rain. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FOX 2000 PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Fox 2000 Pictures
  • A DOG'S BEST FRIEND Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) learns from his aspiring Formula One race car driver/owner Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia, right) that racetrack techniques can also successfully guide us through life, in The Art of Racing the Rain.

Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, Woman in Gold, Goodbye Christopher Robin) directs this screenplay by Mark Bomback based on Garth Stein's novel about a dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who learns from his aspiring Formula One race car driver/owner Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia) that racetrack techniques can also successfully guide us through life.

Yes, it's overly sentimental. Yes, it's contrived. But it's about the loyalty and companionship of a good dog! Cynics steer clear, but dog lovers, don't miss this one! (109 min.)

—Glen

BENNETT'S WAR

What's it rated? PG-13

Where's it showing? Galaxy

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click to enlarge OFF-ROAD WARRIOR Former soldier Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark) becomes a competitive motocross racer after being medically discharged, in the sports drama, Bennett's War. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ESX ENTERTAINMENT
  • Photo Courtesy Of Esx Entertainment
  • OFF-ROAD WARRIOR Former soldier Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark) becomes a competitive motocross racer after being medically discharged, in the sports drama, Bennett's War.

Medically discharged soldier Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark) competes as a motocross racer to earn enough funds to save his father's (Trace Adkins) farm from foreclosure, in this sports drama from director Alex Ranarivelo (Dirt, The Ride). (95 min.)

—Caleb

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Bay, Downtown Centre

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Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) directs Viveik Kalra as Javed, a British teen of Pakistani descent living in a working-class town in 1987 during difficult racial and economic times. Javed turns to poetry to make sense of his life, but then a classmate introduces him to Bruce Springsteen's music, which seems to offer parallels to his life and shows Javed another outlet for his pent-up dreams.

Like much of The Boss's music, Blinded by the Light is a life-affirming rock anthem. Sure, it hits a lot of familiar notes, and it's a bit cheesy, but you'll cheer its conclusion and love the ride along the way. Its message of inclusion is also the message we need. (96 min.)

—Glen

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Friday, Aug. 30, in the Fremont (8 p.m.; all ages; $7.37 at fremontslo.com)

click to enlarge DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME Flashback to the '80s with a one-night screening of the classic teen comedy-drama, The Breakfast Club, at the Fremont Theater, on Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. - PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Universal Pictures
  • DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME Flashback to the '80s with a one-night screening of the classic teen comedy-drama, The Breakfast Club, at the Fremont Theater, on Friday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m.

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Five high school students of varying norm designations (the jock, the nerd, the rebel, etc.) endure a Saturday detention together in this comedy-drama classic from writer-director and '80s teen film auteur John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off).

Admission is $5 at the door or free when you bring $10 worth of unwrapped new school supplies to benefit San Luis Coastal Unified School District. If you want to make sure you can get in, advanced tickets are available online for $7.37. (97 min.)

—Caleb

DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? The Palm

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A.J. Eaton directs this documentary on David Crosby—famed founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash—who over the years has been estranged from all the famous musicians he worked with, but who at 77-year-old is still focused on making music.

While first-time director Eaton's work behind the camera is nothing special, his subject is endlessly fascinating, disarmingly reflective, and unflinchingly honest. It's a portrait of an artist but also an examination of a deeply flawed and egotistical man who wants to repent. Unvarnished and largely unflattering, this look at Crosby is both biopic and confession. (95 min.)

—Glen

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

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

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James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Muppets Most Wanted, Muppets) directs this film based on Chris Gifford's book series about the titular teenage explorer (Isabela Moner), who leads her friends on a mission to rescue her parents and discover the mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.

Moner is terrific—funny, smart, and tenacious—as the can-do Latina explorer, and the film is faithful to its family-friendly source material. Think of this as a teenage female Indiana Jones-style adventure. The kids and the nerdy tween set will love it! (102 min.)

—Glen

ECHO IN THE CANYON

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? The Palm

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In his directorial debut, co-writer Andrew Slater (with co-writer Eric Barrett) helms this documentary examining the 1960s Laurel Canyon music scene and bands such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas. Through a mix of archival footage and contemporary interviews, we discover how this seminal time in music history has informed contemporary artists such as Fiona Apple, Beck, Norah Jones, and Jakob Dylan.

Both educational and entertaining, this doc is a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in this fertile moment in rock history, when folk and rock were melded together. (82 min.)

—Glen

THE FAREWELL

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Galaxy, The Palm (ends Monday, Sept. 2)

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Writer-director Lulu Wang (Posthumous) helms this semi-autobiographical dramedy about a Chinese family that discovers its matriarch has a terminal illness, so they decide to withhold her diagnosis and stage a wedding as a way to bring the family together before she dies.

Awkwafina plays Billi, a Chinese American woman who is conflicted about her family's decision to keep her grandmother's fatal medical diagnosis from the older woman.

The story is based on an "actual lie." In fact, it's built on a lie that Wang's family told her grandmother to prevent her from living in fear throughout the remaining days of her life. This story is presented in such a no-nonsense way that it sucks the audience right into the thick of the family's toughest deception. (98 min.)

—Karen Garcia

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Park, Stadium 10

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click to enlarge TEAM WORK Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, left) teams up with outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to stop a genetically enhanced villain, in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. - PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Universal Pictures
  • TEAM WORK Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, left) teams up with outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to stop a genetically enhanced villain, in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) directs this new installment into the Fast & Furious franchise. This time around, genetically enhanced villain, Brixton (Idris Elba), threatens humanity with a super-virus, leading lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to team-up with outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to stop him. When Shaw's sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), is also drawn into the fray, things get personal.

Hobbs & Shaw is loud, obnoxious, over-the-top ... and entertaining and fun! The action is cartoonish, the story ridiculous, but as a summer blockbuster spectacle, it's a blast of male fantasy and fantastic-sarcastic buddy bromance. It largely works as well as it does thanks to Johnson and Statham's charisma and chemistry. Their characters are both "lone wolves," so when they're forced to team-up, the insults fly ... well, fast and furious. (145 min.)

—Glen

47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Galaxy, Park

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In this sequel to their 2017 film 47 Meters Down, co-writer and director Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey at Night) helms this horror-drama written with Ernest Riera about four teenage girls—Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, and Brianne Tju—who scuba dive an underwater city and encounter deadly sharks in the claustrophobic and labyrinth-like ruins.

As shark movies go, this is far from the best, but if you like the perilous thrills of one of nature's best killing machines, you could do worse! Think of its setting as an escape room from which our heroines must get out with their very lives. (89 min.)

—Glen

GOOD BOYS

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Matinee

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

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Co-writer Gene Stupnitsky (Bad Teacher, The Office) directs this buddy adventure comedy, in which an invitation to a party with cool kids leads a group of goody-good sixth graders—Lucas (Keith L. Williams), Thor (Brady Noon), and Max (Jacob Tremblay)—to skip school, buy drugs, and sip beers.

It's a tried-and-true comedy formula, and as much as I want to be annoyed that Good Boys is just the little boy version of Booksmart, and that Booksmart is just the girl version of Superbad, I loved it. I loved them all, OK?! Sue me! (Just kidding, please don't.)

We've seen it all before, but the good boys in Good Boys add something truly special to this particular bud movie. They're so young, naive, and generally confused, and watching these 11-year-olds attempt to navigate the adult world is reminiscent of everyone's experience as tweens. I still feel that way as an adult most of the time. (89 min.)

—Kasey Bubnash

HONEYLAND

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? The Palm

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Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov direct this documentary/drama about a female bee hunter whose livelihood is threatened by a family of nomadic beekeepers.

Hatidze Muratova takes care of her ailing mother in a tiny village devoid of roads, running water, and electricity. She ekes out a living farming wild bee honey, which she sells in the nearest city, a four-hour walk away.

Her simple lifestyle is disrupted by the arrival of a family led by Hussein and Ljutvie Sam, their seven children, and small herd of cattle. Like Hatidze, they're struggling to survive, and after learning about her honey trade, Hussein starts an operation of his own.

The film explores the tension between sustainability and exploitation, nature and humanity, and harmony and discord. (87 min.)

—Glen

THE LION KING

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Rent it

Where's it showing? Galaxy, Park

Jon Favreau (Elf, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, The Jungle Book (2016)) helms this photorealistic-animated remake of Disney's 1994 animated classic of the same name about lion prince Simba (voiced by JD McCrary as a cub and Donald Glover as an adult), who's driven from his kingdom as a cub after his king father, Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones), is murdered by his jealous brother, Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor).

It's both a faithful adaptation of the original and a visually astounding spectacle in its own right—so what else could I have possibly asked for? Maybe my hopes were just too high. I went in ready to love it but left the theater feeling meh. Most of the original's charm just didn't carry over for me. (118 min.)

—Caleb

LUCE

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre

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click to enlarge CONFRONTED Accomplished student and athlete Luce's (Kelvin Harrison Jr., middle) stellar reputation is called into question after his teacher discovers something shocking in his locker, in Luce. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TOPIC STUDIOS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Topic Studios
  • CONFRONTED Accomplished student and athlete Luce's (Kelvin Harrison Jr., middle) stellar reputation is called into question after his teacher discovers something shocking in his locker, in Luce.

Julius Onah directs this film based on J.C. Lee's play about a white couple's adopted black son, Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a star high school athlete and debater whose reputation is in jeopardy after his teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), discovers something in his locker and begins to suspect he harbors sinister ideas.

A stellar ensemble cast and a thought-provoking examination of privilege, race, and trust elevates this mesmerizing piece of cinema to high art. (109 min.)

—Glen

MAIDEN

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? The Palm

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Alex Holmes (Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story) directs the true story of Tracy Edwards, a young cook on a boat who formed the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

This documentary stands out from the rest as Holmes puts you in the thick of sailing at sea alongside these women rather than just telling you their already compelling story. With every challenge in the water and objection of being told "girls" can't win, let alone make it through the first stretch of the race, the audience is with the women in their triumph. (97 min.)

—Karen

ONCE UPON A TIME ... IN HOLLYWOOD

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Stadium 10

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click to enlarge GOLDEN HOLLYWOOD Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt, left), TV star Rick Dalton's (Leonardo DiCaprio, center) stunt double, meets producer Marvin Schwarzs (Al Pacino, right), in Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
  • Photo Courtesy Of Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • GOLDEN HOLLYWOOD Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt, left), TV star Rick Dalton's (Leonardo DiCaprio, center) stunt double, meets producer Marvin Schwarzs (Al Pacino, right), in Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight) helms this story set in 1969 Hollywood about fading TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they struggle to remain relevant in the changing entertainment industry. Tarantino's ninth film features an ensemble cast and multiple storylines.

This is an entertaining albeit meandering ride through 1969 Hollywood, where Tarantino has mixed real-life characters like Charlie Manson (Damon Herriman) and his "family," rising starlet Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and her director husband Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucher), martial arts star Bruce Lee (Mike Moh), and actor Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis), with fictional ones like our protagonists Rick and Cliff.

It's classic excessive Tarantino, so if you like his filmmaking, you'll love this. I did. (161 min.)

—Glen

OVERCOMER

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price (if you're a Christian)

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

Former basketball coach John Harrison (Alex Kendrick, who also co-writes and directs) takes on the challenge of his life when he coaches determined underdog cross-country runner Hannah Scott (Aryn Wright-Thompson), in this faith-based film.

Non-believers will find this a boring teen movie that morphs into a boring sermon on the power of prayer. Believers will revel in its feel-good story of finding the faith to persevere. (119 min.)

—Glen

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

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

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click to enlarge DREAM TEAM Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, embarks on a Mark Twain-like odyssey, with help from small-time outlaw Tyler (Shia LeBeouf), and kind nursing home employee Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), in The Peanut Butter Falcon. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ARMORY FILMS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Armory Films
  • DREAM TEAM Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, embarks on a Mark Twain-like odyssey, with help from small-time outlaw Tyler (Shia LeBeouf), and kind nursing home employee Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), in The Peanut Butter Falcon.

Writers-directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz helm this adventure dramedy about Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. With the help of small-time outlaw Tyler (Shia LeBeouf), and kind nursing home employee, Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), the trio embarks on a Mark Twain-like odyssey.

This sweet crowd pleaser hits all the right notes and is enriched by a stellar cast. It opens with 22-year-old Zak, a ward of the state, stuck in a nursing home because the state "has nowhere else to put him." The nursing home residents love him because he's a sweet young man, but he doesn't belong there. He's roommate is Carl (an excellent Bruce Dern), who's exceedingly tired of watching Zak's old wrestling tapes of his favorite pro wrestler The Salt Water Redneck, aka Clint (an equally excellent Thomas Haden Church), who runs a small wrestling school. Long story short, Zak eventually slips out of the home and is on the road.

Meanwhile, we meet Tyler, who's stealing crabs out of crab pots. Through flashbacks, we learn he had a brother, Mark (Jon Bernthal), with whom he fished but who has since passed away. Tyler's just trying to get by, but the crab pot owners—Duncan (John Hawkes) and Ratboy (Yelawolf)—are now out to get him, forcing him to run. Tyler, at first reluctantly but later joyfully, promises to get Zak to the Salt Water Redneck's wrestling school, and off they go Huck Finn style.

The humor throughout is pitch perfect, and there's something special about watching differently-abled actor Zack Gottsagen embody Zak, who has a lot to teach audiences about what it means to have Down syndrome. There's a scene when Zak and Tyler are talking about good guys and bad guys in pro wrestling, and it sets up the heart of the film.

Johnson as Eleanor is perfectly cast, and she and LeBeouf have great chemistry as their two characters spark a romance. The film is ultimately about finding your own family, the power of acceptance, but also about redemption, especially for Tyler, whose existence hovers between good guy/bad guy status.

This is a small film with a big heart. I loved it. (93 min.)

—Glen

READY OR NOT

What's it rated? R

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

See Split Screen. (105 min.)

THE SANDLOT

What's it rated? PG

What's it worth? Full price

Where's it showing? Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Fremont (8 p.m.; all ages; $7.37 at fremontslo.com)

click to enlarge PLAY BALL The classic coming-of-age comedy, The Sandlot, is screening at the Fremont Theater for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. - PHOTO COURTESY OF 20TH CENTURY FOX
  • Photo Courtesy Of 20th Century Fox
  • PLAY BALL The classic coming-of-age comedy, The Sandlot, is screening at the Fremont Theater for one night only on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m.

New/Pick

New kid Scottie Smalls (Thomas Guiry) befriends a group of kids who spend their days playing baseball at the local sandlot. A series of both funny and touching adventures ensues in this nostalgic '90s coming-of-age comedy.

Admission is $5 at the door or free when you bring $10 worth of unwrapped new school supplies to benefit San Luis Coastal Unified School District. If you want to make sure you can get in, advanced tickets are available online for $7.37. (101 min.)

—Caleb

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Park, Sunset Drive-in

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André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) join forces to bring everyone's favorite trilogy of haunting children's books to the big screen for a new generation.

Everyone knows the basic rules of avoiding an unfortunate fate with the supernatural: Don't go into the abandoned house where a long-dead family supposedly held their daughter hostage in a dark dungeon. Nope. Don't steal that book that's allegedly written in children's blood by said daughter who was kept in said dungeon. Do not, for the love of God, split up to search for the medical records of said dungeon daughter in the clearly haunted insane asylum she was forced into so many years ago.

Everyone knows the rules, and yet time after time, curious teens in horror movies mock the rules and then break them, and then face the inevitable consequences. (111 min.)

—Kasey

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, Park

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Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Clown) directs this story that follows the events of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) joins besties Ned (Jacob Batalon) and MJ (Zendaya) on a European vacation, hoping for a little heroics-free rest and relaxation, but when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) comes calling, Peter works to uncover the mystery of otherworldly attacks plaguing Europe. (129 min.)

—Glen

TOY STORY 4

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full price

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

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click to enlarge STRANGE NEW WORLD Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks, left) and Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) search for a missing toy, in Toy Story 4. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Pixar Animation Studios
  • STRANGE NEW WORLD Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks, left) and Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) search for a missing toy, in Toy Story 4.

Josh Cooley directs this fourth feature in the Toy Story franchise. This time around, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) must convince his toy pals to welcome a new addition, Forky (Tony Hale), into their fold, even though Forky is just a spork made into a toy in arts and crafts class by their child, Bonnie. When Bonnie's family goes on a road trip, Forky takes off, so Woody and a few other toys go in search of him.

Other new characters include a perfectly cast Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves), a Canadian daredevil action figure, and the duo of Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, respectively), a couple of plush toys stuck on the prize rack at a carnival. Those three collectively deliver the best punchlines in the movie, hands down. But in all seriousness, the most badass character in the film is series veteran Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who gets a well-deserved return to the franchise. (100 min.) Δ

—Caleb

New Times movie reviews were compiled by Calendar Editor Caleb Wiseblood this week. Contact him at cwiseblood@newtimesslo.com.

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