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GUARANTEED FRESH as of Friday July 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm Times and listings are for Friday 7/22 through Thursday 7/28

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The Angry Birds Movie

That puzzle game the kids used to play obsessively on your laptop back in 2010 is now a feature-length animated movie. To refresh your memory, the game was about flinging birds out of a slingshot to knock down rickety towers full of green pigs. And that's pretty much what the movie is about. With voices by Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage and two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn (who plays one of the birds, not one of the pigs). 97 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10;
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15;

The Angry Birds Movie 3D

Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:20, 3:00, 5:40, 8:40;
Movies West Fri-Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:45;

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman and Superman duke it out in a grimdark setting that involves lots of glowering, real estate-flattening explosions and concrete-colored costumes. The action is frenetic, the production design is faithful to its comic book roots and there's plenty of fan service--but the film just doesn't differentiate its heroes enough for the long-awaited confrontation to feel particularly justified. Batman and Superman are now both dark, brooding, murderous vigilantes feared by polite society. This crowded, lengthy film wastes a lot of energy setting up future Justice League films, but doesn't spend enough time being fun or escapist or particularly entertaining. FULL REVIEW: Superheroes battle to see who can cause the biggest explosion in unnecessarily dour franchise filler by Devin D. O’Leary (3/24/2016). 153 minutes PG-13.
Movies West Fri-Thu 11:50am, 3:20, 7:10


DreamWorks Animation mashes together E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Lilo & Stitch in the hopes that wayward alien mascot Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory") will become the next toy/video game/t-shirt-generating machine. It's safe to say he won't. The story, about a misfit alien who befriends a lonely Earth girl (Rihanna), feels awfully recycled. If you're an adult who doesn't find Parsons' voice grating, you might survive a screening with your kids. 94 minutes PG.
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema Wed 10:00am

The Huntsman: Winter's War

This sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman dumps lead princess Kristen Stewart and replaces her with most of the plot from Disney's Frozen (or Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," if you're a traditionalist). Seems that jealousy-prone queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her icy exiled sister Freya (Emily Blunt) are at war. Naturally, Chris Hemsworth's hunky huntsman is caught in the middle. As in the previous outing, the costumes and sets are visually stunning, but the convoluted fairy tale mash-up of a storyline is better suited for ABC's corny "Once Upon a Time." 114 minutes PG-13.
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Unlike Disney's recent live-action Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz revamps, this family fantasy sticks pretty close to the original cartoon version. John Favreau (Elf, Iron Man) does an admirable job directing one kid and a whole bunch of CGI animals. Star Neel Sethi is a ball of energy, leaping and tumbling his way from one action sequence to the next. A string of celebrity voices (Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken) take on the familiar characters. The action is a bit intense at times for the littlest of tykes. The decision to include two of the songs from the original Disney cartoon is odd, but doesn't upset the overall balance of the adventurous film. FULL REVIEW: Fancy computer animation brings Kipling classic to life by Devin D. O’Leary (4/21/2016). 105 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00;
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

The Jungle Book 3D

Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:30am, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30;
Movies West Fri-Thu 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes' 10-hankie tearjerker of a novel heads to the big screen. Emilia Clarke (significantly less Dragon Queeny here than on "Game of Thrones") plays a small-town English girl who forms an unlikely (and romantic, of course) bond with the recently paralyzed man she's hired to take care of (Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman). 110 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:30, 10:20;
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50;

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Having successfully excised the hard-partying fraternity next door, husband and wife Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne find a hard-partying sorority taking up residence next. ... I'm thinking maybe a hard-partying youth hostel for Neighbors 3. 92 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:20am, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50

Norm of the North

Rob Schneider voices the lead characer in this budget-minded animated comedy about a polar bear who ends up in New York City and becomes an unwitting corporate mascot. 86 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Tue 9:30am
Movies West Wed 10:00am


In the third video game adaptation of the summer (after Ratchet & Clank and Angry Birds), a peaceable kingdom stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces its greatest threat: an invasion of orc warriors. But are these creatures seeking destruction or refuge? It's up to one brave fighter (Travis Fimmel from "Vikings") to figure it out. There are a handful of real, live actors here, but the majority of this film's characters and background are pure CGI. David Bowie offspring Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) directs, based on the wildly popular MMO. 123 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:40am, 6:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40;

Warcraft 3D

Movies 8 Fri-Thu 2:50, 9:30



A plucky country rabbit (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams of becoming a tough-as-nails cop in the teeming city of Zootopia. Unfortunately, the place is run by predators, who relegate the barrier-busting bunny to meter maid duty. But when a series of mysterious disappearances rocks the city, she teams with a self-serving con man of a fox (Jason Bateman) to crack the case. This funny animal take on sun-dappled L.A. noir manages to tackle some hot-button issues (racism, sexism) while still being a colorful, entertaining Disney romp. FULL REVIEW: Disney turns an animal utopia on its ear in this savvy, sociological crime caper by Devin D. O’Leary (3/3/2016). 108 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:00, 3:10, 6:00, 8:50;

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