Jack Huston ( "Boardwalk Empire") takes over for Charlton Heston (no pressure) in this actionized new adaptation of Lew Wallace's acclaimed novel about a Jewish prince enslaved by the Romans. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) goes full-on Gladiator with this 3D spectacle. There's a bit more Christ (played by Rodrigo Santoro from 300) in this go-around ... and a lot more chariot racing. At least Morgan Freeman's around to do the wise mentor thing. 124 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 8/18)
Why the hell not? Hollywood pariah Mel Gibson gives it another shot with his own version of Taken. Gibson plays an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year-old daughter, only to find she's the target of murderous drug dealers. French director Jean-François Richet (Mesrine, Part 1: Killer Instinct, Assault on Precinct 13) directs this trashy, lurid and semi-credible B-movie throwback. 88 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/19)
This no-budget indie horror thriller, shot in Washington state, concerns a bankrupt man stalked by phantoms in business suits after buying the car of his dreams with a mysterious black credit card. Some cast and crew will be on hand for the screening. 110 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/19)
In this modern-day Western, a divorced dad (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) become bank robbers in order to save their family's farm in West Texas. This sets them on a collision course with dogged, soon-to-retire Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges. The tropes are familiar, but the cast is loaded with charisma and chemistry, and the film moves with the speed of a dust storm. The entertaining screenplay comes from Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the equally taut, shot-in-New-Mexico crime drama Sicario. 102 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/18)
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This glorious, stop-motion animated cartoon comes to us from the company behind 2002's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman. Inspired by Asian mythology, the film takes us into the fantasy-filled world of a young, would-be warrior who must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Aiding him on his quest are Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey). 101 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 8/18)
Angst-ridden prankster Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World, Cave of Forgottend Dreams) wanders around the world, interviewing digital pioneers and trying to wrap his head around the past, present and future of the internet. Bending toward the philosophical, this wide-ranging documentary questoios not just whether our 24/7 digital connection is good or bad, but how it is shaping us as a species. FULL REVIEW:Werner Hezog stares into the abyss of the World Wide Web by Devin D. O’Leary (8/18/2016). (Opens Friday 8/19)
Back in 1981 three 11-year-old boys in Mississippi set out to remake Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark shot-for-shot with their home video camera. This is the result of their seven-year labor of love and nerdly obsessiveness. 100 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 8/23)
Back in 1981 three 11-year-old boys in Mississippi set out to remake Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark shot-for-shot with their home video camera. Seven years later, they finished it--except for one scene. This mad, infectious documentary shows us how these three obsessive fanboys fought against the odds and finally realized their childhood dream to finish their no-budget fan film. The documentary is double-featured with the actual full-length adaptation of Raiders. 106 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 8/23)
This award-winning, thought-provoking documentary explores how the American Dream has hit its glass ceiling. Without editorializing, the filmmakers present the stories of six individuals who have chosen to stop pursuing the "more is better" philosophy of economic success and are choosing to lead simple lives that make them happy as opposed to rich. Director Pamela Tanner Boll and producer Paula Kirk will be on hand for a post-film discussion. 71 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 8/20)
The adventurous 1991 drama about a pair of best pals (Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis) who embark on a cross-country spree in a '66 Thunderbird returns to theaters for its 25th anniversary. 130 minutes R. (Opens Sunday 8/20)
From Cuba comes this raw, beautiful drama about a shy Havana hairdresser who takes a job styling wigs for drag queens at an impoverished urban nightclub. Our protagonist dreams of taking the stage one day himself--at least until his hard-drinking ex-con of a father shows up, setting off some serious family drama. 100 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/19)
Jonah Hill (Superbad, Moneyball) and Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) star in this loosely-based-on-a-true-story comedy/drama about two young hustlers who somehow landed a $300 million Pentagon contract to supply arms to America's allies in Afghanistan. What follows is a bleak comedy of errors involving a lot of guns and a lot of bad people. 114 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 8/18)
Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey) and Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) star in this true-life historical thriller about Operation Anthropoid, a World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind Hitler's Final Solution. 120 minutes R.
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We've had Bad Santas, Bad Teachers, Bad Judges, Bad Neighbors and Bad Grandpas, so it was just a matter of time before we got saddled with Bad Moms. Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell are among the overworked and underappreciated moms who are pushed beyond their limits, and "ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence." Expect hijijnks including--but not limited to--drugs, alcohol and full frontal nudity to ensue. 101 minutes R.
Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is an iconoclastic hippie survivalist, raising his six kids in the isolated physical and intellectual environment of the rural Pacific Northwest. But when his wife commits suicide, he's forced to consider integrating his counterculture brood into modern society. This smartly philosophical and emotionally sentimental comedy-drama comes from actor Matt Ross ("Big Love," "Silicon Valley"), who's slowly transforming himself into an indie film writer-director. 118 minutes R.
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Thirteen years after we went looking for Nemo, the CGI toonsters at Pixar take us on a quest to find Dory. Actually, Dory (the bubble-headed blue tang voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is looking for her long-lost parents. Naturally, there's a lesson about family to be learned along the way. Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Diane Keaton, Idris Elba and Bill Hader provide vocal support. FULL REVIEW:Simple but satisfying sequel follows its own motto and just keeps swimming by Devin D. O’Leary (6/23/2016). 97 minutes PG.
Nobody remembers her now, but in the 1920s, Florence Foster Jenkins was something of a pop culture icon. A New York heiress with dreams of grandeur, she set herself up as an opera singer, recorded a number of records and built her own personal music venue--despite having a truly terrible singing voice. Meryl Streep (as Jenkins) and Hugh Grant (as her oddly loyal "husband") star in this mostly comic, ultimately touching biopic from director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Hi-Lo Country, High Fidelity). 110 minutes PG-13.
Yes, this reboot to the endlessly quotable 1984 supernatural comedy does feature four female leads (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones). If that's a problem, you should just stay home and complain about "feminazis" all you want on the internet. Everybody else can judge this one on its own merits. Is it innovative? No. Is it funny? Pretty much. Basically, if you grew up on the original films, this (much like the recent Star Trek movies) is just a watered-down remake with different actors. If you're fresh to the franchise, it's a perfectly servicable action comedy. 114 minutes PG-13.
Jeez, how many of these movies have they made? So many, apparently, that the Pleistocene Age animals (voiced again by Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah) are now reenacting the plot to Armageddon. Yup, a giant meteoroid is heading towards Earth threatening to wipe out mammal-kind--and it's up to a mammoth, a sloth and a saber-toothed tiger to stop it. Hey, kids gotta learn history somehow. 94 minutes PG.
Based on the novel by Philip Roth, this highbrow sex dramedy relates the story of Marcus Messner, (Logan Lerman from The Perks of Being a Wallflower), a cynical, working-class Jewish student from New Jersey who attends a small Ohio college and struggles with sexual repression at the height of the Korean War. 110 minutes R.
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After sitting out a movie (2012's mediocre The Bourne Legacy), Matt Damon returns as everybody's favorite amnesiac superspy. Now that our hero is finally remembering who he truly is, he's got a lot of revenge to dish out against the people who betrayed him. This will involve lots and lots of car chases, foot races, gunfights and explosions. Also, he's got to contend with an evil CIA director (Tommy Lee Jones), an opportunistic agent (Alicia Vikander) and a very angry assassin (Vincent Cassel). Expect serious, no-holds-barred action, followed by more of the same. 123 minutes PG-13.
A ghost haunts a mentally unstable mother and her emotionally traumatized kids. This ghost, though, is afraid of the light. So, naturally, everybody arms themselves with faulty flashlights and goes creeping around in the dark. The slightly clever gimmick (based on a short film by the same director) is stretched thin over the course of the film's sub-90-minute runtime. If you're a big fan of "jump out and go boo!" ghost movies (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Conjuring), this inexpensive fright film is for you. FULL REVIEW:Under-illuminated ghost story is too dim to really be scary by Devin D. O’Leary (7/21/2016). 81 minutes PG-13.
In this epic historical adventure, a farmer (Hrithik Roshan) from the Indus Valley (circa 2016 BC) travels to the city to save the life of a beautiful woman (Pooja Hegde). In Hindi with English subtitles. 155 minutes Unrated.
Century 14 Downtown Fri 12:05, 3:30, 6:55, 10:15; Sat 3:30, 6:55, 10:15; Sun 12:05, 3:30, 6:55, 10:15; Mon-Thu 12:05, 3:30, 6:55
Barring the discovery of some youthful gay porn outing, this will undoutedly go down as the most embarrassing thing on Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey's resumé. Like some knockoff '70s live-action Disney movie, the plot to this French-funded family comedy finds Spacey cast as a stuffy business tycoon who puts work over family. Thanks to the intervention of magical pet shop owner Christopher Walken (no, really), Spacey is transformed into a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants. Now he has just one week to learn his lesson and reconcile with his family (as a cat, mind you) or he'll be a feline forever. 87 minutes PG.
Disney tries a more realistic approach to this remake of it's semi-popular 1977 live action/animation hybrid. In it, a young boy runs away from his hillbilly foster family and ends up living in the woods for six years--allegedly with the help of a friendly, fuzzy dragon--before being rescued by a kindly forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her father (Robert Redford). Problems arise, of course, when Pete's old family come looking for him. 102 minutes PG.
Seth Rogen and pals (Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader) star in this raunchy, computer-animated cartoon about a curious, anthropomorphic hotdog and his grocery store pals who discover the horrifying truth behind food and try to escape their fate (being cooked, eaten and digested, that is). Think Pixar, but with a whole lot of wiener jokes. Seriously. Not for kids. 89 minutes R.
From the makers of the Despicable Me films comes this manic, animated comedy about a New York City terrier named Max who regularly invites his animal friends to hang out at his place while their owners are away at work. Max's happy life is interrupted one day, though, when his owner adopts a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. The slim story is borrowed from any number of Warner Bros. cartoons in which evil dogcatchers chase innocent animals around the city. But the characters are funny and engaging. A who's who of comedians (Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Ellie Kemper, Steve Coogan, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey) are on talking animal duty. 90 minutes PG.
The "Kelvin Universe" timeline (previously known as "J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot series) finally gets around to telling an original story. The Enterprise has actually set off on its original "five year mission" and is exploring the edge of the known universe. Naturally, the crew manage to tick off the wrong space villain, who declares war on the Federation. For this outing, directing duties fall to by Justin Lin (who directed four of the last seven Fast and Furious films). That means, of course, that this is the explodiest, most fast-paced Star Trek movie ever. 120 minutes PG-13.
Well, it's not the oppressive, monotone "grimdark" look of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but this chaotic action flick replaces that with a story and tone that is literally all over the damn place. This hot mess has the unenviable task of introducing audiences to a dozen or so unknown characters, then blending them into a team we're supposed to root for. The gimmick here is that all of our superheroes are actually supervillains, sprung from prison if they'll take part in a suicidal mission to ... accomplish something or other. Most of the key players (Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang) seem to be having fun. Despite lots and lots of frantic CG action, this exercise in attitude can't decide if it's a winking superhero parody, an over-the-top war movie, a horror-survival video game or what. See also:What Warner Bros. did wrong with Suicide Squad by Devin D. O’Leary (8/11/2016). 123 minutes PG-13.
Disney's re-jiggered, live-action Alice in Wonderland returns in another eye-boggling fantasy outing produced by (but not directed by) Tim Burton. This time around, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is forced to travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and defeat the evil machinations of Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen). 113 minutes PG.
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British humorist Roald Dahl's beloved bedtime fable about a kindly giant who refuses to eat children comes to life courtesy of director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who teamed up on a little film called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) gives voice to the titular (CGI-rendered) Big Friendly Giant. 117 minutes PG.
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Marvel steps in to show DC how superhero conflict is done. This smartly written action flick bristles with contemporary moral quandaries. And yet it's fast, fun and light on its feet. Seems that the near disastrous events of the last Avengers movie have made many question the whole idea of superpowered heroics. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), for example, thinks heroes should now be regulated by the U.N. Captain America (Chris Evans), on the other hand, thinks otherwise. What follows is a head-to-head battle that forces a lot of familiar faces (and a few new ones) to choose sides. 146 minutes PG-13.
Big, muscular Dwayne Johnson and tiny, motormouthed Kevin Hart are a couple of old high school pals reunited through Facebook for one of them buddy action-comedy adventures. Hart is a mild-mannered accountant and Johnson is an international superspy. Hijinks ensue. 114 minutes PG-13.
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It's been 20 years since those national monument-destroying space aliens got destroyed by an Apple laptop computer virus. Now it seems they're back--and rather embarrassed for having gone out like such punks. They've brought some even more humongous spaceships with them this time, capable of causing even more CGI destruction. It's up to a new generation of freedom fighters (Liam Hemsworth, Jessie T. Usher among them) as well as a few familiar faces (Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica A. Fox) to kick alien ass once again. 120 minutes PG-13.
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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.
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Alexander Skarsgard ("True Blood") is our Tarzan and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is our Jane, returned to Africa after several years to investigate the suspicious goings-on at a mining encampment in Congo on the part of colonizing Belgian King Leopold II. David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter movies) helms this original story, loosely based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It could have used a few more epic set-pieces and a slightly pulpier tone, but this one gets a lot right, balancing action and drama and giving audiences one of the best on-screen Tarzans. 109 minutes PG-13.
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This raunchy comedy is (very) loosely based on the (sorta) true story of two brothers who advertised for wedding dates on Craigslist. Zac Efron and Adam Devine are the bozo bros. Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza are the skanky ladies who pretend to be "nice girls" in order to score a free trip to Hawaii. There's a lot of nudity and cursing. 98 minutes R.
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The gang of gonzo magicians-turned-criminals led by Jesse Eisenberg returns for more unlawful shenanigans. This time around they're being blackmailed by a tech genius into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan join the already stuffed cast (Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine). 129 minutes PG-13.
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Blake Lively (of "Gossip Girl") stars in this minimalist horror thriller for Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan, Non-Stop). She plays a young surfer who is attacked and stalked by a great white shark a mere 200 yards off shore--touching off a contest of wills in which our harried heroine must marshal all of her strength and skills in order to survive. 87 minutes PG-13.
The X-Men timeline (rebooted all to hell by 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past) heads into the 1980s with a handful of familiar faces (James McAvoy's Professor X, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique) and a bunch of unfamiliar ones (Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp's Storm). This time around an immortal mutant from ancient Egypt (The Force Awakens' Oscar Isaac) is back and trying to wipe out all of humanity. There's plenty of action to be had, but the script feels far too cliché-filled and retrograde explodey in today's post-Civil War MCU world. 144 minutes PG-13.
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