This beautifully shot, dreamlike mystery is set during the farm crisis of the 1980s. Amid the expansive farmlands of the American Midwest, 11-year-old Gitty (Peyton Kennedy) loses herself in a fantasy world of her own creation--until she stumbles across a dark mystery. Hidden inside one of her family's silos is a well-dressed man, clearly being held captive. A cross between the languid naturalism of Terrence Malick (Badlands) and the dark imagination of Guilermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), American Fable's reach exceeds its grasp, but it's an ambitious indie debut for writer-director Anne Hamilton. 97 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 3/28)
Legendary filmmaker Josef von Sternberg's final outing in 1953 gets a beautifully restored re-release. Inspred by actual events during World War II, Anatahan tells the story of a dozen Japanese sailors, stranded on a remote island during the waning days of the war. The war ends, unbeknownst to them, an the men engage in a private war for dominance of their island and possession of the only woman in their midst. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. 91 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 3/28)
Following up on the success of the beloved, Academy Award-winning film Babe, this 1998 sequel was something of a box office disappointment. Some found it too dark compared to the sunny original. But director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) created a magnificently imaginative, wonderfully immersive fantasy in which our goodhearted porcine hero journeys to a storybook city and encounters an incredible menagerie of animal friends. 90 minutes G. (Opens Saturday 3/25)
Described as "if Wong Kar-Wai and Quentin Tarantino decided to make a stoner comedy for Natives back in 1995," this black-and-white indie follows Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque who begrudgingly goes with his drug-dealing friend Many Goats on a criminal run that goes terribly wrong. A series of misadventures follows--none of which help our protagonist forget his troubles or his ex-girlfriend. Writer-director-star Blackhorse Lowe will be on hand to introduce the film. 80 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 3/24)
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. (Opens Thursday 3/23)
This culture-clash documentary, reminiscent of The Gods Must Be Crazy, finds a German anthropologist bringing a group of Kalahari Bushmen on a tour of Frankfurt. There, the unusual tourists are struck by the impersonal cities, the shocking poverty, the abundance of food and water and the crazy habits of modern man. Ghostland has both funny and sad things to say about Western civilization. Most of the observations stick to surface details, but it's an interesting lesson in contrasting societies nonetheless. In English and Ju'hoan with English subtitles. 84 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 3/24)
After witnessing a murder in rural Oregon, a Washington, D.C.-based punk band (including members Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat) must fight for their lives against a group of homicidal skinheads. This hardcore survival-horror hybrid comes from innovative indie auteur Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party, Blue Ruin). The plot and setting are minimal, but the action is nail-biting, the setting realistic and the actors dead on point. Patrick Stewart shows up as the frighteningly businesslike leader of the neo-Nazi villains. Needless to say, he's awesome. FULL REVIEW:Punk-fueled indie shocker goes for the throat by Devin D. O’Leary (4/28/2016). 95 minutes R. (Opens Friday 3/24)
From 1984 comes this icky-fun sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark. Our man Indy (Harrison Ford) is in India fighting off the evil sorcerer Mola Ram, sidekicking it with Short Round and romancing Kate Capshaw. (Watch it, Indy, that's Steven Spielberg's wife!) 118 minutes PG. (Opens Tuesday 3/28)
Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita star in this popular teenage martial arts drama from 1984. Macchio is Daniel, the wussy kid who moves to California and is trained by unconventional sensei Miyagi (Morita) to kick bullies in the face. 126 minutes PG. (Opens Sunday 3/26)
Pawan Kalyan (Atharintiki Daaredi, Gabbar Singh) stars in this Indian action film about a man with a violent streak trying to reform, but getting pushed into a situation where he "has to take action." You know that that means: kung fu, romance and dancing! It's a remake of the 2014 Tamil film Veeram. In Telugu with English subtitles. Unrated. (Opens Friday 3/24)
In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs is forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of an angry Danish Sergeant (Roland Moller) who slowly learns to appreciate their plight. There's a certain predictability to the film's emotional arc, but writer-director Martin Zandvliet (A Funny Man, Applause) keeps the story tense, sympathetic and apolitical. In English, Danish and German with English subtitles. 100 minutes R. (Opens Friday 3/24)
Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried star in this feel-good comedy-drama about a retired businesswoman who likes to control everyone and everything around her. When the old curmudgeon decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth. Naturally, our protagonist pulls out all the stops to seem kindly and charitable, resulting all sorts of wacky situations. Just as naturally, by film's end, she's a totally reformed sweetheart. If not for MacLaine's strong presence, this predictable prefab would be completely disposable. 108 minutes R. (Opens Friday 3/24)
The crew of the International Space Station experiments on a primitive life form found on Mars. Clearly, no one in this movie has ever watched Alien. Despite some clear cinematic predecessors, this is a smartly assembled horror-thriller that emphasizes the scientific over the militant. You know where it's going, but it's fun getting there. Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal are among the cast of doomed astronauts. 103 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 3/23)
It seems the world's greatest superhero, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), is out of the crime-fighting biz thanks largely to the efforts of his brainy nemesis Megamind (Will Ferrell). Unfortunately, that leaves Megamind with little to do. Naturally, he fabricates a sham superhero (Jonah Hill) to battle. But when that fake hero decides to destroy the world instead, it's up to Megamind to turn good and save the planet. This 2010 CGI toon comes to us from the folks who made Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. 96 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 3/24)
This award-winning documentary tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance. Dance fans will be glad to know the film features plenty of excerpts of Naharin's avant-garde dances being performed by Brasheva. 100 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 3/24)
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TV-to-movie nostalgia hits '90s kids with this big budget reboot of the loooong-running Saban series that basically steals all its special effects from old Japanese TV shows. In it, some high school kids are infused with unique superpowers, get color-coordinated outfits and fight giant space aliens (led by Elizabeth Banks). Unfortunately, the film spends an awful lot of time dealing with angsty teenage melodrama. It's like everybody involved was too embarrassed to get out and, you know, fight those giant space aliens. When the action finally does arrive, it's fun and flashy--even though it's swamped in that "realistic" grimdark monochrome of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Seriously, Hollywood, make with the color again! 124 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 3/23)
This teen classic is one of John Hughes' Holy Trinity (Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club), chronicling the trials and tribulations of high school life in the new wave-filled '80s. Molly Ringwald is the cute teen whose birthday gets forgotten in the mad buildup to her older sister's tony wedding. Ah, 1984! When Anthony Michael Hall was still a skinny little geek. John Cusack too. Whatever happened to hunky Michael Schoeffling, though? 93 minutes PG. (Opens Monday 3/27)
Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter and Val Kilmer are among the jam-packed cast for this typically esoteric drama from director Terrence Malik (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life). Set in and around Austin's famous music scene, it amounts to more navel-gazing for the eternally introspective Malick--but it's got far fewer shots of trees than a lot of his recent work. 129 minutes R. (Opens Friday 3/24)
A French filmmaker named Léo (Damien Bonnard) goes looking for wolves in southern France. During a scouting expedition, he falls for a free-spirited shepherdess. Nine months later, she gives birth to Léo's daughter--but mom disappears in a fit of postpartum depression. Suddenly saddled with a baby, Léo searches for inspiration for his next film. Eccentric, enigmatic and quite funny, this dark, sexually provocative fable is a unique beast. In French with English subtitles 98 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 3/24)
Woody Harrelson stars as the titular middle-aged crank, a lonely neurotic who berates everyone he meets with his chatty opinions. After his father passes away, our man decides to get his life together by reuniting with his long-estranged ex-wife (Laura Dern). This leads to the revelation that he's got a daughter who was put up for adoption. This leads to even more poor decisions. The film is based on the episodic graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Art School Confidential). Harrelson goes a long way toward making his grating character amusing, but the film just doesn't provide enough for this cantankerous crank to rage against. Despite a lot of dark and uncomfortable humor, the filmmakers pull back on the throttle and hold out hope for a sentimental ending--which is just, well, out of character. FULL REVIEW:Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation by Devin D. O’Leary (3/23/2017). 94 minutes R. (Opens Friday 3/24)
Disney's animated classic from 1991 gets the live-action remake treatment. (Soon, all will submit!) Emma Watson from the Harry Potter series takes over as Belle, the bookish heroine who finds herself falling for a hairy prince (Dan Stevens from "Downton Abbey"). Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson are among the stars voicing various animate household objects. It looks and sounds gorgeous--but, yes, you've seen it all before. 129 minutes PG.
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.
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.
Charlie Day ( "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") is a nebbish teacher who runs afoul of a pugnacious fellow teacher (Ice Cube), gets him fired and is challenged to an after-school fight. The bulk of this simple comedy is taken up with our protagonist trying to avoid the titular altercation. 91 minutes R.
Jordan Peele (of "Key amd Peele" fame) writes and directs his first feature, a timely and rather subversive horror-comedy twist on The Stepford Wives. A young African-American man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) visits his new Caucasian girlfriend's liberal parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) in their upscale country estate. The family and their lily-white neighbors seem weirdly, condescendingly friendly. Is Chris being paranoid or is there something strange going on? Peele skillfully combines twisty thrills with savvy satire for a satisfying, action-packed genre mash-up. FULL REVIEW:Jordan Peele turns racial tension into all-out terror in timely horror-comedy by Devin D. O’Leary (3/2/2017). 103 minutes R.
Cat lovers will be in Heaven with this warm and fuzzy documentary about the cats of Istanbul. Not quite house cats, not quite feral animals, the felines of Istanbul have freely roamed the storied Turkish city for thousands of years. This film concentrates on a handful of these furry characters as they wander in and out of the lives of various people. Somehow, rather than being tamed, these cats have tamed those around them, inspiring joy, kindness and comfort in streets, homes and businesses. Beautifully shot and magically told. In Turkish with English subtitles. 80 minutes Unrated.
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, freakin' everybody shows up on an uncharted Pacific island trying to solve the mystery of its isolation--only to discover its primary inhabitant is a hundred-foot-tall ape with anger issues. Between this silly fun creature feature and the recent reboot of Godzilla, Legendary Entertainment is hoping to launch their own giant monster franchise. 120 minutes PG-13.
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.
Adapted from Saroo Brierley's autobiographical book A Long Way Home, this tear-jerking/inspirational drama relates the life story of a 5-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. Eventually, he is a adopted by a kindly Australian couple. Some 25 years later, he returns to India to sort out his confusing past and mixed identity. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars alongside Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Rooney Mara. 118 minutes PG-13.
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.
Japan's famed Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Tototro, Princess Mononoke) joined forces with award-winning Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit ("Father and Daughter") for this impossibly beautiful meditation on life and love. In this dialogue-free narrative, a nameless sailor washes up on the shore of a deserted tropical isle and struggles to survive. In time, he acquires a companion--but the film is more about the slow, steady rhythm of nature than about formal story structure. Despite the fact that little actually happens, you may be surprised at how deeply and emotionally this visual masterpiece washes over you. FULL REVIEW:Silent tale of survival holds surprising depth by Devin D. O’Leary (2/23/2017). 80 minutes PG.
Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery and Emily Mortimer star in this adaptation of Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. The story is a deceptively simple ramble though the messy past of a happily retired, contentedly emotionless Brit (Broadbent) who starts to question his life choices after his old college girlfriend (Rampling) resurfaces. The story is built like a mystery, but there isn't much of one in this flashback-heavy narrative. The cast is all topflight, but the loss of Barnes' tangled, first-person prose robs the story of its most impactful drama. FULL REVIEW:Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal by Devin D. O’Leary (3/16/2017). 108 minutes PG-13.
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After his young daughter is murdered, a grieving man (Sam Worthington, Avatar) receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God (Octavia Spencer) at the remote shack where his daughter was killed. There, he encounters manifestations of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost and learns some sort of lesson. Probably religious in nature. This faith-based drama is based on the best-selling Christian novel by William P. Young. 132 minutes PG-13.
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.
Back in the late 1940s, Seretse Khama--prince of Bechuanaland and the first president of Botswana--met, fell in love with and married a common English girl working as a clerk at Lloyd's of London. The interracial relationship shocked much of Africa and certain people in England as well, making it fine fodder for a historical biopic. David Oyelowo (Selma) stars Khama, while Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) takes up the role of his paramour, Ruth Williams. British filmmaker Amma Asante (Belle) adds some workmanlike direction to Oyelowo and Pike's quiet chemistry. 111 minutes PG-13.
Denis Villeneuve (best known for such hard-hitting crime films as Prisoners and Sicario) directs this sci-fi mystery in which a humble linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to figure out what a bunch of strange alien devices are trying to tell us. This is thoughtful, smartly assembled speculation, laced with fear, tension and a major sense of discovery. 116 minutes PG-13.
Denzel Washington directs and stars in this rich, performance-driven adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play. Washington headlines as a former baseball player trying to raise his family while struggling with race relations in 1950s Pittsburgh. Viola Davis plays his wife, matching Washington's engrossing performance, beat for beat. 138 minutes PG-13.
Dwayne Johnson and Auli'i Cravalho provide the voices for this Polynesian fantasy story which comes to us courtesy of the animators at Disney. The titular Moana is a headstrong young girl who uses her navigational skills to set sail for a fabled island with the help of a legendary (if somewhat past his prime) demigod named Maui. This charming, fun musical cartoon harkens back to the glory days of The Little Mermaid. FULL REVIEW:Disney sets sail in the South Seas with a mythical new toon by Devin D. O’Leary (12/1/2016). 113 minutes PG.
From Nickelodeon Movies comes this rather obvious pun of a kiddie flick. See, it's about a monster that lives in a truck--a monster truck! Small town gearhead Tripp (Lucas Till) hopes his hand-built monster truck will help him escape his petty life. Then a squiddy monster shows up and hides under the hood, leading to all sorts of wacky adventures. Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover and Amy Ryan crowd the unnecessarily crowded cast list of this CGI/live-action clunker. 104 minutes PG.
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.
Videotapes are more or less antiques these days, so a young woman finds herself cursed to die by black-haired ghost girl Samara after viewing a viral video on her phone. The cast of the 2002 American remake (and its sequel) are gone, but Aimee Teegarden ("Friday Night Lights"), Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory") and Vincent D'Onofrio ("Daredevil") show up. 102 minutes PG-13.
Lucky (and talented) bastard Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) gets to direct this prequel to the original Star Wars: Episode IV--A New Hope. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) stars as a particularly rebellious rebel tasked with helping a ragtag squad of freedom fighters liberate the plans to the Death Star--thereby setting up the plot mechanics of the original 1977 film. Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker and Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa in the house!) round out the cast. 133 minutes PG-13.
The French animation company behind the Despicable Me films offers up this tune-filled toon. When a fast-talking, showbiz-loving koala finds his once-glorious theater threatened with foreclosure, he comes up with the idea of hosting an amateur singing competition. Although "American Idol" would seem like slight inspiration for a family film, the script conjures up quite a bit of sympathy for its anthropomorphic pigs, hedgehogs, gorillas and mice. Amid the comedy hijinks and the rather impressive songs, we get a lot of compelling backstory, telling us what brings each of these animalistic contestants to this particular grab at glory. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton are among the cast. 108 minutes PG.
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Jonah Hill helped out on the story for this foul-mouthed comedy starring his pal James Franco. Franco plays an internet billionaire who's about to pop the question to his girlfriend over the holidays. Unfortunately, her dad (Bryan Cranston) takes an instant dislike to the crass, inappropriate man-boy, setting off a war between the menfolk. 111 minutes R.
Vin Diesel's less popular but way more ridiculous (I know: that's saying something) action movie franchise returns. In case you forgot since 2002's xXx and 2005's xXx 2: State of the Union (in which Ice Cube took over for Diesel), Mr. Diesel plays an extreme sports athlete who becomes an international super spy. Or some such nonsense. Donnie Yen is in it. So is Tony Jaa. Samuel L. Jackson does his usual "show up in the beginning and tell people what to do" cameo. Diesel rides a motorcycle on the ocean and skis through the Amazonian rain forest. So there's that. FULL REVIEW:The Xander Zone returns, taking us all back to the era of exxxtreme by Devin D. O’Leary (1/26/2017). 107 minutes PG-13.