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Film listings 9/7/17 through 9/14/17 

ALL SAINTS

What's it rated? PG

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre

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, Sunset Drive-In

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

THE BIG SICK

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full Price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre

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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

CARS 3

What's it rated? G

Where's it showing? Galaxy

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet (voice of Paul Newman), and a few unexpected turns. (109 min.)

—Walt Disney Pictures

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

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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

THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD

What's it rated? R

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre, 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

HOME AGAIN

click to enlarge REDO A mom starting over suddenly finds herself with three younger male housemates in Home Again. - PHOTO COURTESY OF OPEN ROAD FILMS
  • Photo Courtesy Of Open Road Films
  • REDO A mom starting over suddenly finds herself with three younger male housemates in Home Again.

What's it rated? PG-13

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

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Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guesthouse temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice's unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. Home Again is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. (97 min.)

—Open Road Films

INGRID GOES WEST

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Matinee

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre

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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.

click to enlarge REAL LIFE? 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
  • REAL LIFE? 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.

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

IT

click to enlarge EVIL The villainous clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) returns in the remake of the classic thriller IT. - PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Pictures
  • EVIL The villainous clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) returns in the remake of the classic thriller IT.

What's it rated? R

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

NewNew Line Cinema's horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. (135 min.)

—Warner Bros. 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, Galaxy

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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

PATTI CAKE$

What's it rated? R

What's it worth? Full Price

Where's it showing? Downtown Centre

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If I had to choose one word to describe Patti Cake$, I would probably go with "surprising." And I mean that in a good way.

The story follows Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald), an aspiring rapper who lives in a poor New Jersey town with her mother (Bridget Everett) and grandmother (Cathy Moriarty). In between trying to help keep her family's finances afloat and dealing with her alcoholic mother being embarrassing and unsupportive, Patricia and her best friend Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) try to find someone or something to kick start their rap careers. Patricia, Jheri, and Patricia's grandmother eventually team up with a screamo musician who calls himself "Bastard the Anti-Christ" (Mamoudou Athie), and the four of them form an unlikely but talented band.

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

At first glance, it seems like a story thousands of movies have already told: The main character has a lofty dream, other characters try to prevent that dream from becoming a reality, and then the odds have to be beaten. Because of this, and because of the fact that I have little to no interest in rap music, I honestly wasn't expecting to like or care about this film, but I'm happy that it proved me wrong.

Because Patricia's life is shown from so many different angles—at home, at work, and in the world of rap—and each of those angles comes with their own set of problems, it's easy to sympathize with her and see her as more than just some small town girl with a big dream. The movie doesn't shy away from addressing the more sensitive aspects of her problems either, which shoots down any shallowness the plot might otherwise have had. Patricia, an overweight white girl, is frequently mocked or dismissed by other rappers because of her size, race, and gender, and despite her tough attitude, the audience knows it bothers her.

My favorite thing about this film is its ongoing theme with defying expectations. From Patricia's grandmother joining her rap group, to "Bastard" hesitating about their first gig since it was in a strip club and therefore might be supporting the objectification of women, pretty much no character turns out to be as they appear on the surface. These pleasant, consistent surprises make the movie fresh and enjoyable even for people like me who aren't into the rap scene.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Patti Cake$, as long as you don't mind profanity or drug references. It's the perfect example of giving old ideas unique twists. (108 min.)

—Katrina Borges

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

What's it rated? NR

Where's it showing? The Palm

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click to enlarge LEGENDS In the documentary Rumble: Indians Who Rocked The World, filmmakers explore music greats with Native American ancestry. - PHOTO COURTESY OF REZOLUTION PICTURES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Rezolution Pictures
  • LEGENDS In the documentary Rumble: Indians Who Rocked The World, filmmakers explore music greats with Native American ancestry.
When recalling Link Wray's shivering guitar classic, "Rumble," Martin Scorsese marvels, "It is the sound of that guitar . . . the aggression." Wray was the first to deploy thumping power chords and hone distortion, carving out a new guitar sound that influenced rock 'n' roll forever. But as a Native American, Wray's music was a threat—and it was treated as such. Blues pioneer Charlie Patton, cherished jazz singer Mildred Bailey, and metaphysical wizard Jimi Hendrix are among the many music greats who have Native American heritage and have created their distinctive music amid the attempted cleansing of indigenous culture from the country. Their music was not even meant to exist. Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. (103 min.)

—Rezolution Pictures

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

What's it rated? PG-13

What's it worth? Full Price

Where's it showing? Stadium 10

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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, Galaxy

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

VALLEY OF BONES

What's it rated? R

Where's it showing? Galaxy

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, Galaxy, Stadium 10

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.) Δ

—The Weinstein Company

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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