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The Belko Experiment

James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet, The Specials, Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) writes and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) directs this gory horror thriller about 80 American office workers locked in a high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice to start slaughtering one another or everyone dies. This twisted variation on Battle Royale isn't as psychologically and socially prescient as it wants to be, but the bloodshed is amusingly exhilarating. John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn star. 88 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:25
Movies West Fri-Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

CHIPS

For fans of goofy TV-to-movie reboots like Charlie's Angels, Starsky & Hutch, 21 Jump Street, The Dukes of Hazzard, S.W.A.T., The A-Team (and others) comes another '70s/'80s flashback. Dax Shepard (hubby to Kristen Bell and star of ... he was in Idiocracy) writes, directs and stars in this campy action comedy about motorcycle cops in California. Michael Peña (End of Watch, Ant Man) comes along to replace Erik Estrada. Baywatch is next! 100 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 2:30, 5;10, 7:50, 10:30
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:30, 6:50

A Dog's Purpose

Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, Hachi: A Dog's Tale) directs this movie about a dog who tries to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. Every time he dies, you see, he's reincarnated as another dog. In other words: It's a feel-good movie about a dog who dies. Repeatedly. Josh Gad voices the dog. Based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. 120 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:40am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20
Movies West Fri-Thu 11:20am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30

Fifty Shades Darker

Personally, I'd rather be waterboarded--but you're a consenting adult, and you're welcome to make your own decisions. At least this follow-up to 2015's suburban mommy porn Fifty Shades of Grey has some faint hint of a storyline. After the first film--which consisted almost entirely of contract negotiations between two toxically boring people--Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) finds herself drawn back to riding-crop-addicted businessman Christian (Jamie Dornan) and must confront a string of his angry/crazy former girlfriends. Plus, spanking. 115 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 10:10
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:20, 3:25, 6:20, 9:20

Hidden Figures

This important historical drama is based on the true story of the Human Calculators, a team of African-American women who worked for NASA, providing crucial mathematical data in the early, pre-computer days of the American space program. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe star alongside Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. It's a formulaic, feel-good tribute to unsung heroes, but it delivers its predetermined beats with humor and sympathy. 127 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:10

John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves shot back into relevance with 2014's hard-hitting, stripped-to-the-bone, out-of-nowhere action flick John Wick. This second outing amps things up a bit for Reeves' titular, light-lipped assassin, but--between Reeves' grimly stone-faced performance and the film's near-balletic bloodshed--still manages to achieve the same level of pure pulp poetry. 122 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 3:10, 6;20, 9:30
Movies West Fri-Thu 3:20, 10:00

The LEGO Batman Movie

Fans of 2014's The LEGO Movie (and there are plenty) are, no doubt, salivating at the prospect of a spinoff concentrating on Will Arnett's hilariously self-obsessed crimefighter. This time around, Bruce Wayne finds himself dealing with a wave of criminals in Gotham City (including, but not limited to, Zach Galifianakis' Joker, Jenny Slate's Harley Quinn, Conan O'Brien's Riddler, Doug Benson's Bane and Billy Dee Williams' Two-Face). On top of that, our hero's learning to accept the responsibility of his recently adopted ward, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera). No, it's not as profound as its predecessor. But damned if it isn't ridiculously fast-paced fun. 104 minutes PG.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:50am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50
Movies West Fri-Thu 11:00am, 1:40, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10

Logan

Hugh Jackman returns as Logan/Wolverine in this X-Men spinoff. Loosely based on the Old Man Logan comic book series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, this brutal, bruising drama is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which mutants have all but dwindled out of existence. A not-so-well-aged Wolvie is busy hiding out in the Mexican desert and taking care of a senile Professor X (Patrick Stewart) when a mysterious preteen mutant (Dafne Keen) with a serious connection to our claw-popping hero shows up needing his help. Stripped down, bleakly imagined and properly bloody, this superpowered Western is a stark, satisfying stand-alone. 137 minutes R.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 11:30am, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00
Movies West Fri-Thu 11:40, 3:05, 6;30, 9:50

Passengers

Two passengers on an interstellar ship carrying people to a distant planet for colonization find themselves unexpectedly awakened from suspended animation--90 years too early. Can they figure out what is causing the malfunction, and can they fix it in time? Also, is it possible they can fall in love with one another amid the crisis? Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence star in this sci-fi mystery/romance that squanders a rich setting by more-or-less refusing to deal with the questionable moral twist at the center of it all. 116 minutes PG-13.
UNM Midweek Movies Tues 8:00; Wed 4:00, 7:00; Thu 3:30

Split

M. Night Shyamalan--on something of a roll after 2015's surprisingly good, stripped-down thriller The Visit--casts James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as a psycho killer with 24 distinct personalities. In order to escape his death dungeon, three young women must seek out and exploit the "nice" personalities inside of him, while avoiding the "nasty" ones. Sure, there's a twist to it all, but Shyamalan expertly delivers enough psychological gimmickry and nerve-jangling scares to give this claustrophobic little frightener a solid base before the big--and completely unexpected--reveal. 117 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8 Fri-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:40
Movies West Fri-Thu 12:50, 3:45, 6;40, 9:40
 

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