The beautifully silly 1980 comedy classic Airplane! returns for another theatrical flight. Feel free to quote along. ... "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue." ... "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" ... "It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now." ... I could do this all day. 88 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 8/30)
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong to meet with NSA whistleblower-on-the-run Edward Snowden. Whether you think of him as a traitor or a patriot, this even-keeled collection of up-close-and-personal interviews (recorded over the course of eight days) will make you think twice about the former CIA analyst's narrative concerning abuse of government power in the data age. 114 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/3)
British TV actress Bel Powley stars as a teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco who has an affair with her mother's boyfriend (Alexander SkarsgŒrd). This bawdy, funny, sensitive indie is based on Phoebe Gloeckner's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age graphic novel. 102 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/28)
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The bleeps and bloops in this musical documentary belong to the avant-garde rock musicians who made up the Soviet Union's long-lost, Space-Age dance music scene. From the groundbreaking work of inventor Leon Theremin to interviews with a brand new generation of Russian collectors bent on embracing the crude synthesizers and "cosmic chill-out tunes" of mid-century Moscow, this cheeky documentary celebrates its love for primitive electronic tuneage. In Russian with English subtitles. (Opens Tuesday 9/1)
From the Children's Film Festival in Seattle (and all around the world) comes this collection of high-quality animated shorts. We get zebras from Germany, singing octopi from America, cooking-obsessed kids from France, stuffed tigers from Russia, enchanted forests from Canada and more. There are 11 films in total. Selections are either in English or nonverbal in content, so little ones won't have to read subtitles. 65 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 8/29)
Shortly after making a name for themselves in the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore punk scene, the members of The Descendents broke up in spectacular fashion--with guitarist Frank Navetta setting fire to his gear and disappearing, bassist Tony Lombardo rejecting the rock lifestyle in favor of a suburban home and iconic frontman Milo Aukerman going off to college to become a scientist. That left drummer Bill Stevenson to carry the torch for the last three decades. Interviews with the band and contemporaries such as Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) reveal the untold tale of these musical legends and their oddball legacy. 91 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 9/1)
Ten international directors (led by The Lion King's Roger Allers) tackle Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran's much-loved collection of prose poetry. The spiritual life lessons of Ghibran's text have been reduced to three-minute stranzas, and an overarching story has been added--something about an exiled artist fleeing his homeland with daughter and housekeeper in tow. It's imaginative, but choppy. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek and Quvenzhane Wallis provide the voices. PG. (Opens Friday 8/28)
This jaw-dropping documentary about high-altitude climbing follows three friends up the slopes of the infamous "Shark's Fin" on Northern India's Mount Meru. After enduring storms, setbacks, injuries and near-starvation, the men gave up, calling the mountain unclimbable. Astonishingly, they tried again three years later. Somehow--based in what happend to the men in the intervening years--this gorgeous, frightening film makes that seem less like an act of insanity and more like an inspiring, spit-in-the-face-of-mortality challenge. FULL REVIEW:High-altitude documentary hits viewers like an avalanche by Devin D. O’Leary (8/27/2015). 87 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/28)
A disfigured concentration camp survivor (Nina Hoss from A Most Wanted Man), unrecognizable after plastic surgery, searches postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who may have betrayed her to the Nazis. While it sounds melodramatic, this German offering toes the line between twisty, Hitchockian drama and allegorical war story. In English and German with English subtitles. 98 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 8/28)
Twentysomething Nicole (Julianne Cote) is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end job in her tiny Quebec hometown and spending evenings with her best pal Veronique. When her older brother unexpectedly shows up with his bandmates in tow, disrupting the girls' lazy summer, it becomes clear to Nicole that something has to change. Funny, melancholy and shot in a luminous black-and-white, this Canadian indie is like Noah Baumbach for Canucks. In French with English subtitles. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/28)
This ridiculous, infectious, faux-'80s flashback finds a gang of BMX-riding teen rebels battling a tyrannical overlord (cult actor Michael Ironside) in the post-apocalyptic "future" world of the 1990s. This one's an intoxicating mix of synth-heavy music, crazy violence and sweetly retro Saturday afternoon matinee nostalgia. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/28)
From the writer-director of such Christian films as Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous comes this drama about a "seemingly perfect" African-American family who try to fix their problems (hubby grapples with "temptation"--maybe from Ashley Madison?) with the help of an older, wiser, Bible-endorsing woman. Spoiler alert: All they need is prayer. 120 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 8/28)
Why aren't there more dramas about aspiring EDM DJs? Just wondering. In this one High School Musical's Zac Efron plays a twentysomething who dreams of playing sweet MP3s on his laptop for stoned-out dudebros and drunk girls in Yeti boots. He finds a mentor in big-shot California DJ Wes Bentley (Ricky from American Beauty). Like Mariah Carey in Glitter and so many more show-biz wannabes before him, will our protagonist abandon his homies on his meteoric rise to fame or stay true to his crew? 96 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 8/27)
Former "SNL" star Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unbalanced woman who wins the Mega-Millions lottery. Naturally, she quits all her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show so she can broadcast herself to the world. 87 minutes (Opens Thursday 8/27)
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It's the summer of superspies, apparently. In this action comedy we've got dork icon Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network) as a do-nothing stoner who just happens to be a sleeper agent trained and then brainwashed by the United States government. When he's deemed a liability and marked for extermination, his hidden skills take over, turning him into a pot-addled, super-powered killing machine. 96 minutes R.
The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering is smaller than its fellow superhero movies in a number of ways. Paul Rudd is fine and dandy as a cat burglar recruited by an aging scientist (Michael Douglas) to don a powerful shrinking suit and fight the bad guys. The size-changing special effects are a blast, but the film is neither fish nor fowl. There's not enough humor to make it a comedy, and too little action to compete with the big boys of summer. It's perfectly entertaining in moments, but this one needed a lot more style and spark to avoid the "generic Marvel movie" pit it occasionally stumbles into. FULL REVIEW:Marvel gets small for latest addition to its cinematic universe by Devin D. O’Leary (7/23/2015). 117 minutes PG-13.
Earth's mightiest mortals are back for a second go-around. Seems that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has built a super-powered robot named Ultron (voiced by James Spader) who wants to bring peace to humanity by wiping it out. Can Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and newcomer The Vision stop this metallic madman before his plan comes to fruition? Probably, otherwise we don't get any more movies. Overstuffed? Sure. Exciting. Hell, yeah. 141 minutes PG-13.
Jason Segel and Jessie Eisenberg (who's everywhere these days) headline this comedy-drama based on the real-life, five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and reclusive novelist David Foster Wallace. 106 minutes R.
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After a couple of less-than-stellar outings, 20th Century Fox tries to reboot the Marvel Comics franchise with director Josh Trank (Chronicle) at the helm. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell are our quartet of (decidedly younger) scientific explorers who teleport themselves to an alternate dimension and are imbued with a wide range of superpowers. Yes, it's as bad as you've heard. It's 80 percent boring set-up and 20 percent random bad-guy battle. A decade ago this might have scraped by. But not today. 100 minutes PG-13.
Actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Great Gatsby) turns writer-director to deliver this mystery-thriller. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play a married couple whose lives are "thrown into a harrowing tailspin" when an old high school acquaintance of the husband's shows up. Edgerton takes the plum role of the unwanted house guest who starts delivering an increasingly extravagant string of housewarming gifts--all of them hinting at a nasty secret from the past. The film clearly references such late-'80s/early-'90s yuppies-in-peril films as Fatal Attraction and Single White Female, but Edgerton manages to keep things creepy and surprising throughout. 108 minutes R.
The 2007 action-movie adaptation of the Hitman videogame series starring Timothy Olyphant wasn't very popular. But Hollywood's reboot machine isn't even slowed down by failure these days. So here's a reboot/sequel starring Rupert Friend (who played Mr. Wickham in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice) as a mysterious, gentically enineered killer. It will be less popular than the original. 97 minutes R.
Pixar mixes up another can't-miss instaclassic. This stunningly original, digitally animated toon takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl and introduces us to the anthropomorphized feelings at work inside her head. Chief among them is Joy (perfect Amy Poehler), who's stuck working with a bunch of negative Nellies (Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust). But when Joy and Sadness get lost in the recesses of the young girl's mind, the film warps from an inventive workplace comedy to a wildly imaginative, Willy Wonka-esque fantasy. It seems silly to say that a film about emotions is emotional, but trust me when I say this film has all the feels! FULL REVIEW:Pixar’s emotional new fantasy has all the feels by Devin D. O’Leary (6/25/2015). 94 minutes PG.
I'm not upset that Hollywood has decided to make a third Jurassic Park sequel. Because, you know, money. I am, however, ticked off that the fictional executives at InGen thought they could get away with this. Did someone at the corporation send out a memo saying, "Hey, everybody. Remember that dinosaur theme park we were trying to open? You know, the one where the tourists kept getting eaten over and over and over again? Well, we're pretty sure we've got all the kinks worked out. Fourth time's the charm!" I mean, come on. ... Ah, well, at least we've got Chris Pratt. He's cool. 124 minutes PG-13.
Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) take over for Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in this remake of the mid-'60s spy-fi TV series. Writer-director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) gives the film plenty of style and temporal flair, turning this Cold War team-up between American and Russian spies into a witty buddy cop drama. Whereas the Mission: Impossible films want you to watch them from the edge of your seat, this one wants you to sit back and absorb the mid-century cool. FULL REVIEW:‘60s spy saga retuns with style by Devin D. O’Leary (8/13/2015). 116 minutes PG-13.
The lovable yellow sidekicks from the Despicable Me films finally get their own spin-off. History tells us that the Minions have been around since the dawn of time, looking for evildoers to whom they can pledge their slavish devotion. This hectic, anarchy-driven toon takes us to swingin' '60s London where a trio of semi-moronic Minions try to help the world's first female supervillain (voiced by Sandra Bullock) steal the Crown Jewels. The plot is terribly inconsequential--but it's hard to deny the silly fun to be had along the way. 91 minutes PG.
For a series as star-packed in front of and behind the camera as these movies have been, the individual films sure are forgettable. As usual, this fifth installment features jaw-dropping stunt work ... and some kind of storyline in which IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames) are tasked with stopping an international villain who's framed them for something-or-other. Tom Cruise buddy Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow) writes and directs. FULL REVIEW:Cruise and Co. do the impossible: make the stiff spy series silly fun again by Devin D. O’Leary (8/6/2015). 131 minutes PG-13.
An elderly, retired Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) looks back on his life and career, trying to come to grips with one long-unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) directs from the novel by Mitch Cullin. 104 minutes PG.
Who's ready for Owen Wilson, action star? The same ones who rushed to see him in 2001's Behind Enemy Lines, I suppose. Here, the Wes Anderson fave and his wife (Lake Bell from "Children's Hospital") move to a new home in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the family gets caught up in a military coup, and is forced to race across the bullet-riddled country to safety. 101 minutes R.
When space aliens misinterpret video game signals from Earth as a challenge to war, a group of former arcade nerds (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad) are recruited by the government to fight off the likes of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Space Invaders. The story (based on a short film) is loaded with nostalgic potential ... all of which is squashed by bored-to-be-here Adam Sandler and his pals. 106 minutes PG-13.
Jonathan Demme (Something Wild, Silence of the Lambs) directs and Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) writes this excuse for mother-and-daughter duo Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer to share the screen. Streep plays a failed musician who gives up her over-the-hill stardom-chasing to return home (to Indiana) and make things right with her dysfunctional family. Streep makes for a surprisingly good wannabe rock star, but the domestic drama is overly familiar. 101 minutes PG-13.
From the makers of "Wallace & Gromit" comes this charm-filled claymation spin-off about a smart-alec (albeit silent) sheep who decides to take the day off and ends up searching the big city for his amnesia-prone farmer. There is much silliness, physical humor and sight gags to be had--all of it wonderful. 85 minutes PG.
Movie-loving demon with a goofy name Bughuul is back haunting another rural family in this sequel to the 2012 horror hit Sinister. Ethan Hawke is out. Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) is in, doing parent duty. This unimaginative rehash is little more than a collection of jump-scares. 97 minutes R.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams star in this gritty sports drama about a boxer trying to get his life back on track after losing his wife to a tragic accident and his daughter to child protective services. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, The Equalizer) directs. Gyllenhaal gives it his all, but his greatest opponent is sports movie cliché. 123 minutes R.
F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, The Negotiator) directs this dutiful biopic relating the origin story of controversial, groundbreaking LA rap group NWA. O'Shea Jackson Jr. is particularly convincing as the young Ice Cube--not too surprising, considering he's Cube's son. The film has generated some serious buzz; too bad it's so by-the-numbers. 147 minutes R.
Red-hot sketch comedian Amy Schumer writes and stars in this surprisingly deep comedy for director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up). It's just as raunchy as you're imagining, but Schumer contributes a lot of realistic drama as a commitment-phobic party girl who finds herself attracted to a nice-guy sports physician (Bill Hader). The film ignores all the usual plot tropes of romantic comedies that keep the main characters apart. Here, it's just the people, their emotions and their histories that make things complicated. Ass-smackingly funny and unexpectedly grown up. FULL REVIEW:Judd Apatow + Amy Schumer = Love by Devin D. O’Leary (7/16/2015). 125 minutes R.
At least this reboot/sequel starts with a clever idea: Some 30 years after that fateful vacation to Wally World with his parents, now-grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms, taking over from Anthony Michael Hall) vows to recreate the journey with his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids. 99 minutes R.
Cheap, "found footage" horror film "from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious" about a group of people wandering into a claustrophobic location and videotaping themselves while they're stalked and killed, one by one? Check. TV commercials emphasizing "hidden camera" footage of real audiences jumping at the film's various "Boo!" moments? Check. So what's new? ... Well, Kathie Lee Gifford's daughter is in it. 80 minutes R.
Some 30 years after the the third Mad Max film (Beyond Thunderdome), legendary director George Miller returns to reboot the road-wrecking series. This time around, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is our reluctant, ex-cop antihero Max, wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland looking for peace and quiet. What he finds is a furious woman of action (Charlize Theron) on the run from a sadistic warlord and his band of motor-mad psychos. For this rule-breaking action classic, Miller eschews old-fashioned niceties like dialogue and character development in order to tell an explosive, operatic myth through movement, explosions and heroic bloodshed. 120 minutes R.
The ab-having studs of Magic Mike (Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriquez) return. It's been three years since our "magic" hero got out of the male stripper business, but he's recruited by the remaining Kings of Tampa to go on one last, blowout performance in Myrtle Beach. Bottom line: Hot guys take off their clothes to the Backstreet Boys. Who needs more information than that? 115 minutes R.
Lassie gets a patriotic, post-9/11 makeover. A dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan returns to America and is adopted by his handler's teenage brother after "suffering a traumatic experience." Troubled teen and troubled dog bond. Then somebody gets lost in the woods, and there's an adventure. 111 minutes PG.
Author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) contributes another YA drama for Hollywood adaptation. In this one a young man (Nat Wolff from The Fault in Our Stars) and his friends embark on a road trip to find the girl next door (British fashion model Cara Delevingne) who has vanished under odd circumstances, leaving behind a set of clues. 109 minutes PG-13.
After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas (including way-too-old for college Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson) enter an international singing competition in order to regain their status. Goofy hijinks, sassy sisterhood and an a cappella rendition of "Flashlight" by Jessie J ensue. 115 minutes PG-13.
The B-movie disaster flicks of the '70s get a CGI facelift courtesy of the guy who directed Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as an emotionally wounded rescue copter pilot who has to race across California and save his college-bound daughter (Alexandra Daddario) when the San Andreas fault splits in two. It's got all the collapsing buildings and corny one-liners you'll need this summer. 114 minutes PG-13.
Melissa McCarthy reunites with her Bridesmaids/The Heat director Paul Feig to play a deskbound CIA analyst who suddenly becomes a field agent when the identities of all the other operatives are compromised. McCarthy provides all the slapstick action. Jude Law and Jason Statham drop by to do the sophisticated spy thing. 115 minutes R.
The Terminator series reboots itself with a partially new cast (Jai Courtney from "Spartacus: War of the Damned" as Kyle Reese, Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones" as Sarah Connor), a muddled script and an "alternate timeline." Seems it's 1984 again. Young Sarah Connor has been fully warned of Skynet's plans for Judgment Day and is protecting herself with a reprogrammed (and rather old) Terminator (played, of course, by Arnold Schwarzenegger). Then John Connor shows up from the future, only he's a Terminator now, and things get super confusing. See what you did, Star Trek? 122 minutes PG-13.