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Film listings 8/31/17 through 9/7/17 

ALL SAINTS

What’s it rated? PG

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre

New

All Saints is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. (108 min.)

—Sony Pictures

 

ANNABELLE: CREATION

What’s it rated? R

What’s it worth? Streaming

Where’s it showing? Park, Galaxy

David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) directs Annabelle (2014) screenwriter Gary Dauberman’s prequel script about a possessed doll. After doll maker Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife, Esther (Miranda Otto), lose their daughter in an accident, they believe she’s returned by embodying one of Samuel’s dolls. When they realize the doll is actually possessed by evil, they lock it away, but 12 years later the couple invite nun Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) and a group of six girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, and the evil doll begins to call out to one girl in particular, Janice (Talitha Bateman), reigniting the evil. (109 min.)

—Glen Starkey

 

ATOMIC BLONDE

What’s it rated? R

What’s it worth? Matinee

Where’s it showing? Stadium 10

Pick

David Leitch directs Kurt Johnstad’s action spy thriller screenplay based on the graphic novel series The Coldest City by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, about Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), a British Cold War-era operative sent to Berlin to investigate a fellow spy’s death. Once there she enters an uneasy alliance with yet another spy, David Percival (James McAvoy). The film also stars Eddie Marsan as East German traitor Spyglass who stole a list of spies’ names and identities that everyone wants, John Goodman as CIA operative Emmett Kurzfeld, Toby Jones as Lorraine’s MI6 handler Eric Gray, and Sofia Boutella as French spy Delphine Lasalle. (115 min.)

—Glen Starkey

THE BIG SICK

What’s it rated? R

What’s it worth? Full Price

Where’s it showing? The Palm

Pick

Director Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) directs this semi-autographical screenplay by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani about a Pakistani stand-up comic named Kumail (Nanjiani) who falls for a white woman named Emily (Zoe Kazan) who heckles him during a performance. Their budding relationship is strained when Emily discovers Kumail has a stash of photos of Pakistani women his parents have been trying to set him up with in an arranged marriage, so she breaks things off. Later, she’s taken to the hospital and put into an induced coma due to an infection, and Kumail realizes he made a mistake letting her go, but now it may be too late. (120 min.)

—Glen Starkey

 

BIRTH OF THE DRAGON

What’s it rated? PG-13

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

Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, Birth of the Dragon is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) and kung fu master Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu)—a battle that gave birth to a legend. (91 min.)

—BH Tilt/WWE Studios

DESCPICABLE ME 3

What’s it rated? PG

Where’s it showing? Stadium 10

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru (Steve Carell) will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother (also voiced by Carell) for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world. (90 min.)

—Universal Pictures

 

DUNKIRK

What’s it rated? PG-13

What’s it worth? Full Price

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

Pick

Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar) helms this historical drama about the World War II evacuation of Dunkirk, when allied forces from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France were surrounded by the German army between May 26 to June 4, 1940. Civilians in fishing, merchant marine, and pleasure boats valiantly came to their rescue. (106 min.)

—Glen Starkey

 

THE EMOJI MOVIE

What’s it rated? PG

Where’s it showing? Park

This animated comedy takes place in Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone that’s inhabited by various emojis. There, an emoji named Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller) is ashamed that he has multiple facial expressions while his colleagues only have one each, and he embarks on a quest to be like everyone else. (86 min.)

—Sony Pictures Animation

 

GOOD TIME

What’s it rated? R

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre

See Split Screen.

 

THE GLASS CASTLE

What’s it rated? PG-13

What’s it worth? Full Price

Where’s it showing? Fair Oaks, Park, Galaxy

Pick

Based on Jeanette Walls’ best selling memoir comes The Glass Castle, transformed for film by writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton (The Shack).

While we’re dealing deeply and intimately here with Walls’ (portrayed by Brie Larson) upbringing and life, her parents, and more specifically her father Rex (Woody Harrelson) really feels like the focus here.

While her parents Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) and Rex constantly stimulated their four children intellectually with a tidal wave of books and ideas, they didn’t keep them regularly enrolled in school, blew grocery money on booze and art supplies, and constantly moved the family from town to town, trading one uninhabitable shack for another, usually after Rex lost a job or got in trouble with local law enforcement.

The movie starts with the family hitting the road after busting a young Jeanette out of the hospital, where she was recovering from third degree burns after being allowed to cook hot dogs in boiling water on the stove by herself because her mom was too busy painting to feed the kids. When Rex gets asked one question too many by the doctor and social worker on staff, he simply sneaks his still healing daughter out of the hospital, turning it into a sort of reconnaissance game for the kids. If you find this kind of parental neglect especially upsetting, be warned, it only builds from there.

Harrelson turns in what could very well be an Oscar-winning performance as the charismatic, brilliant, and deeply flawed alcoholic Rex, whose anger can flare up in an instant. He is so passionate, but falls so short of what his family needs. His love for his kids, particularly Jeannette who seems to be his favorite, is apparent, but he fails to show up fully or chooses to create chaos. Watts’ Rose Mary is more of a typical narcissist who is more concerned with her art career that never was than the fact that there’s nothing for her children to eat but butter.

Larson as Jeannette toes the line between the daughter who believes her dad can do impossible things like building a glass palace for the family on a hill and the one who knows better. Moments like Rex robbing Jeannette’s piggy bank to buy alcohol and when Rex attempts to detox from alcohol by tying himself to the bed stand out as some of the film’s darker moments. There are also small spots of light here and there, like Rex “giving” each of his children a star for Christmas or pouring several bags of cash onto Jeanette’s bed that he won gambling so she won’t have to drop out of school.

Jeanette manages to build a life for herself far different than what her parents gave her when she finally moves to New York to go to college. Her parents follow the kids from Virginia to the Big Apple, taking on a homeless lifestyle where they squat illegally in abandoned buildings. While Jeannette’s story is certainly an underdog tale, she ultimately is forced to reckon with the life she’s made for herself and her relationship with her parents. (127 min.)

—Ryah Cooley

 

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD

What’s it rated? R

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

The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men (Samuel L. Jackson). (111 min.)

—Summit Entertainment

 

click to enlarge IRL In Ingrid Goes West, a young woman’s social media obsession leads her out to LA where she stalks and befriends a boho-chic Instagram influencer. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Sony Pictures Classics
  • IRL In Ingrid Goes West, a young woman’s social media obsession leads her out to LA where she stalks and befriends a boho-chic Instagram influencer.

INGRID GOES WEST

What’s it rated? R

What’s it worth? Matinee

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre

Pick

Matt Spicer directs and co-writes with David Branson Smith for this black comedy about Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza), a disturbed social media stalker who moves to L.A. to befriend Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram sensation.

The dark side of social media is on full display in this wickedly satirical skewering of people desperate for attention. Ingrid lives her life online, where she jealously follows what she believes are other people’s perfect lives. Gorgeous images, happy emojis, and trendy hashtags are all slaps across her face by people she wants to be friends with, and she misguidedly believes deep in her soul that if she could be friends with these “perfect” people, her life would be perfect too.

The film opens after her mother has died and she’s inherited some $60,000. She crashes a wedding of a woman who once commented on one of her posts, hence signaling to Ingrid that they should be best friends and that the woman should have invited Ingrid to that perfect wedding. Ingrid has a meltdown and commits assault. Later, Ingrid decides to move to California. Why? Because Instagram star Taylor Sloane responded to a comment Ingrid made on one of Taylor’s posts. Yes, Ingrid is clearly unhinged.

She settles in Venice Beach and starts stalking Taylor, and after several near misses, she finally sees her, follows her home, and kidnaps her dog. Responding to the missing dog ad, Ingrid suddenly finds herself in the good graces of Taylor and her artist husband Ezra O’Keefe (Wyatt Russell).

At first, Ingrid’s life does improve. She’s happy being in the inner circle with Taylor and Ezra, but to stay in their good graces, she starts to disrupt the lives of those around her, such as her landlord Dan Pinto (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), whose truck she borrows as a favor to Taylor. Things do not go as planned.

Ingrid’s life really go off the rails when Taylor’s brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen) breezes into town with an invite for Taylor and Ezra to meet an even bigger social media sensation, Harley Chung (Pom Klementieff). Suddenly Ingrid finds herself cast to the side, leading to a series of dark events fomented by Nicky, who steals Ingrid’s phone, discovers her stalking, and threatens to reveal her secrets to Taylor.

It’s all pretty uncomfortable to watch, and the film works because Plaza delivers an engaging, raw, and committed performance, leading the audience to vacillate between sympathy for and horror at Ingrid and her actions. Olsen, too, delivers a properly vapid performance as Taylor, whose “job” it is to look like her life is amazing and fluff up the various products she’s paid to endorse.

Social media is fake. It’s the careful curation of people’s best moments made to look like everyday occurrences. This is the story of someone who doesn’t get that. (97 min.)

—Glen Starkey

 

KIDNAP

What’s it rated? R

Where’s it showing? Sunset Drive-In

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son. (100 min.)

—Aviron Pictures

 

LEAP!

What’s it rated? PG

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre, Galaxy

In this animated film, 11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream—to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own—to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. (86 min.)

—The Weinstein Company

 

LOGAN LUCKY

What’s it rated? PG-13

What’s it worth? Full Price

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

Pick

Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape; Out of Sight; Erin Brockovich; Traffic; Ocean’s Eleven (2001); Magic Mike) directs this crime comedy about two brothers—Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver)—and their attempt to rob a North Carolina NASCAR track.

Once it gets cooking, this Southern fried heist flick is a hoot! The set-up is simple. Jimmy Logan gets unjustly fired from his heavy machine-operating job at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he’s been helping to repair sinkholes, and which gives him inside knowledge of the heist target. He’s a doting albeit estranged dad to Sadie Logan (Farrah Mackenzie), who lives with her surly remarried mother Bobbie Jo Chapman (Katie Holmes). Broke and feeling cheated out of his job; he enlists his bartender brother Clyde and hairdresser sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to rob the racetrack. Things get complicated after that.

They need a demolition expert to get to the cash, which is shuffled from concession areas via pneumatic tubes. The only guy they know is Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), who’s got five more months on his sentence, but Jimmy and Clyde claim they have a plan to break him out and back into jail if he agrees to help, which he does provided his brothers Fish (Jack Quaid) and Sam Bang (Brian Gleeson) can get in on the job.

What makes it all so comical is the Logan family curse of bad luck and the general perception that the Logans are a bunch of redneck idiots. What follows is a Rube Goldberg-level complicated plan with layers upon layers of intrigue, and a lot of funny moments.

The whole premise plays on the idea of misperception of Jimmy Logan as well as knowing the various players’ weaknesses. For instance, for the jailbreak to work, Jimmy has to know that Warden Burns’ (Dwight Yoakam) pride will delay him reporting a jail riot. Likewise, the Logans have to understand that their plan will leave the speedway unable to track the amount of money stolen and realize that they’ll be interested in closing the investigation as soon as their insurance is willing to pay out.

Of course, all of this is further complicated by Special Agent Sarah Grayson (Hilary Swank), who unlike the racetrack owners and her superiors, doesn’t want to drop the investigation.

Between the difficulties we don’t see coming, the close familial relationships that add emotional resonance to the proceedings, and the hugely entertaining and wildly colorful cast of characters—including Seth MacFarlane as pompous Brit Max Chilblain, a rich energy drink maven and race car sponsor—Logan Lucky is a blast! Funny, engaging, and surprising, it’s a slick, clever, rollicking crackerjack of a heist film. Think of it as breezy Deep South Oceans 7-Eleven. (119 min.)

—Glen Starkey

 

THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE

What’s it rated? PG

Where’s it showing? Galaxy

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back again in Oakton, where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. (86 min.)

—Open Road Films

 

click to enlarge COMPLICATED Newly out of college, Thomas Webb’s (Callum Turner) world begins to shift when he realizes his father is having an affair in The Only Living Boy in New York. - PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZON STUDIOS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Amazon Studios
  • COMPLICATED Newly out of college, Thomas Webb’s (Callum Turner) world begins to shift when he realizes his father is having an affair in The Only Living Boy in New York.

THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK

What’s it rated? R

What’s it worth? Rental

Where’s it showing? The Palm

The Only Living Boy in New York is not a terrible movie, but it can easily be mistaken for one if you’re not patient.

The story focuses on Thomas (Callum Turner), a 20-something living in New York. One night while out with his friend Mimi (Kiersey Clemons), he sees his father (Pierce Brosnan) having an affair. He later decides to follow and confront the other woman, Johanna (Kate Beckinsale), but then ends up falling for her himself. Meanwhile, as his life gets progressively messier, he turns to his mysterious new neighbor (Jeff Bridges) for advice.

Thomas is a very frustrating protagonist, which makes the movie weaker than it could have been. He’s painfully pretentious, constantly declaring that “New York has lost its soul,” but the other characters seem to see this pretentiousness as wisdom and praise him for it. He’s also a misogynist, pursuing his friend Mimi despite the fact that she has a boyfriend, and dropping statements such as “pretty girls like to recruit their rejections and call them friends.” While he does later acknowledge that he is not as good of a person as people think he is, his specific flaws are never addressed, so his growth is more assumed than shown.

Despite the difficult-to-root for main character, I have to admit that this movie does start to suck you in about halfway through. The beginning is tedious to get through because most of the setup is just Thomas whining about his life, but once Johanna enters the picture, things get intriguing. Everything is so absurdly scandalous that you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen next, and as you learn more about Thomas and his relationships with his parents, you do feel a twinge of sympathy for him, even though he’s acting like an idiot.

Bridges is easily the best thing about this film. His character is not only responsible for the vast majority of the movie’s humor, but is also pretty much the only sane, relaxed person in a story full of people who make awful decisions and take themselves way too seriously. He is also central to a couple of the film’s plot twists, the final of which took me completely by surprise and was the one thing that truly made this movie worth seeing.

Overall, The Only Living Boy in New York is a decent movie, but probably one that can wait for rental. If you’re a Bridges fan and don’t mind enduring the cringe-worthy Thomas while you wait for things to get interesting, I’d recommend checking it out. (88 min.)

—Katrina Borges

 

click to enlarge HIP HOP STARDOM An unlikely rapper finds her way in the film Patti Cake$. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • HIP HOP STARDOM An unlikely rapper finds her way in the film Patti Cake$.

PATTI CAKE$

What’s it rated? R

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre

New

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle MacDonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, Patti Cake$ chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats. (108 min.)

—Fox Searchlight Pictures

 

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

What’s it rated? PG-13

What’s it worth? Full Price

Where’s it showing? Stadium 10

Pick

This new Spider-Man film picks up a few months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, which chronicled the rift between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). This time around, Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man) and the federal government create the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.), which inadvertently drives Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) out of business, leading him to become the villain Vulture. Meanwhile Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns to his studies after Stark tells him he’s not ready to be an Avenger, but that doesn’t stop Peter from pursuing his crime fighting endeavors. (133 min.)

—Glen Starkey

 

THE TRIP TO SPAIN

What’s it rated? NR

Where’s it showing? The Palm

New

After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchanges barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. (111 min.)

—IFC Films

 

click to enlarge LOVE In Tulip Fever, a young couple hoping to start a new life enters the tulip market in Amsterdam. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
  • Photo Courtesy Of The Weinstein Company
  • LOVE In Tulip Fever, a young couple hoping to start a new life enters the tulip market in Amsterdam.

TULIP FEVER

What’s it rated? R

Where’s it showing? The Palm, Stadium 10

New

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz)—an unhappy arrangement that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom. (107 min.)

—The Weinstein Company

 

click to enlarge CRIMINAL PASTS In Valley of Bones, the lives of a disgraced paleontologist and a meth addict intersect.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF BAD MEDICINE FILMS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Bad Medicine Films
  • CRIMINAL PASTS In Valley of Bones, the lives of a disgraced paleontologist and a meth addict intersect.

VALLEY OF BONES

What’s it rated? R

Where’s it showing? Galaxy

New

A disgraced paleontologist (Autumn Reeser) struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts. (90 min.)

—Bad Medicine Films

 

WIND RIVER

What’s it rated? R

Where’s it showing? Downtown Centre

Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. (111 min.)

—The Weinstein Company

 

WONDER WOMAN

What’s it rated? PG

What’s it worth? Full Price

Where’s it showing? Sunset Drive In, Stadium 10

Pick

Patty Jenkins (writer-director of Monster) directs this origin story of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), who was raised as Diana, an Amazon princess trained as an unbeatable warrior on a remote island. When an American pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes in the waters off her home, Diana learns of a world war waging in the outside world and agrees to accompany Steve, determined to fulfill her destiny. (141 min.) ∆

—Glen Starkey

 

New Times movie reviews were compiled by Arts Editor Ryah Cooley and others. You can contact her at rcooley@newtimesslo.com.


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