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As Above/So Below

In this archaeologically minded supernatural thriller, a group of explorers descends into the skeleton-filled catacombs below Paris, only to come face-to-face with their own fears made real. If you're a "found footage" completist, you might be the audience for this low-budget mixture of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Descent from the Brothers Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine, Devil). 93 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:00, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10
Movies West Fri-Thu 7:10, 9:40

The Giver

Lois Lowry's much-loved teen lit sci-fi novel finally makes it to the big screen. In a futuristic dystopia--seemingly without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice--a young man(Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to learn from an elderly man (Jeff Bridges) the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. Note to all future dystopian leaders: Get rid of the teenagers. If YA literature is any indication (Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Delirium, Unwind, The Maze Runner), two photogenic teenagers in love will invariably bring down your society. 94 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:20am, 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20

Hotel Transylvania

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Jon Lovitz provide the voices for a plethora of old-time movie monsters in this CGI toon. Seems that Dracula has retired from the bloodsucking biz and is operating a hotel for monsters. But when an ordinary human tourist stumbles across the titular lodging, Drac must navigate some cross-cultural romantic troubles involving his young (118-year-old) daughter. Genndy Tartakovsky ("Dexter's Laboratory," "Samurai Jack") directs. 91 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:05am, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05

Into the Storm

We've had found-footage horror films (The Blair Witch Project et al), found-footage monster movies (Cloverfield), found-footage cop movies (End of Watch), found-footage superhero films (Chronicle) and found-footage kids' films (Earth to Echo). So why not some found-footage disaster porn? Into the Storm takes the basic plot of Twister, throws in some handheld camera and adds a whole bunch more CGI destruction. It comes to us from the director of Final Destination 5 and the writer of Step Up All In. 89 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 2:20, 7:50

Lucy

French filmmaker Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) gets back into the swing of action filmmaking with this monumentally strange, and epically silly sci-fi flick. Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman tricked into becoming a mule for an experimental drug. When the bags of illegal chemicals in her stomach break open, she instantly and mysteriously gains all the superpowers in the universe by using 100 percent of her brain. We're talking Jackie Chan, all of the X-Men and Neo at the end of The Matrix combined. Naturally she employs these powers to get revenge on the bad people. Given that she can control all of time and space, there's not a lot of tension. 90 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:10am, 1:40, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
Movies West Fri-Thu 4:40, 9:55
SUB Theater Tue 8:00; Wed 4:00, 7:00; Thu 3:30

Maleficent

Disney reboots Sleeping Beauty with this live-action fairy tale concentrating more on the (apparently not-so-)evil sorceress (played by Angelina Jolie) and her tragic backstory. Elle Fanning (Super 8) is our soon-to-be-somnolent princess. Jolie is mesmerizing, and the film does a credible and ultimately quite likeable job melding Disney sentiment with certain aspects of the original fairy tale. But it's an odd fantasy that takes a long time to find its tone. 97 minutes PG.
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:00, 5:10, 10:20

Maleficent 3D

Movies West Fri-Thu 2:35, 7:45

The Purge: Anarchy

Universal scored a surprise hit with last year's horror thriller/political satire The Purge. The near-future, right-wing libertarian fantasy continues as Uncle Sam gets out of our hair and suspends all laws for another 24 hours. Wouldn't you know it, some nice family runs out of gas on the streets of Los Angeles, just as the murder-filled lawlessness begins? 103 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:30am, 5:00, 10:30
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Überproducer Michael Bay (Bad Boys, Armageddon, Transformers) has his grubby fingerprints all over this unnecessary reboot of the classic comic book/cartoon series. The special effects are a major upgrade, but the story--scarred by all the usual overworked, underwritten tropes of modern screenwriting--takes a lot of liberties with the original. It's not a travesty, but it's probably not what fans want either. 101 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:50, 4:50, 7:30, 10:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:35, 4:15, 6:55, 9:40

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D

Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:20, 3:20, 6:10, 9:00
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:05, 2:50

When the Game Stands Tall

Thanks to legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, De La Salle High School's football team went undefeated for 12 years--an unprecedented 151-game winning streak. Eventually, of course, the streak had to come to an end. This inspirational, based-on-a-true-story drama looks at what happened next. The script is incredibly sincere, and star Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) does stoic and soft-spoken quite well. But the film is produced by Sony offshoot Affirm Films and is aimed squarely at evangelical Christians. If you like your formulaic sports movies laced with a minimum of Bible quotes, this is not the film for you. 115 minutes PG.
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:50, 7:05
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