Guild Cinema closes out its latest summer in the dark with two more great double features. Friday brings with it "Desert Noir with Ida Lupino." That features 1953's The Hitch-Hiker and 1941's High Sierra. Saturday and Sunday close out the 10-day festival with an incredible double-feature of films based on Jim Thompson novels. First up is Stephen Frears' beautifully pulpy 1990 adaptation of The Grifters, starring John Cusack, Annette Bening and Angelica Huston. That's teamed with James Foley's criminally underrated 1990 adaptation of After Dark, My Sweet with Jason Patrick and Rachel Ward. (Opens Thursday 7/23)
Guild Cinema Fri The Hitch Hiker 4:15, 8:00, High Sierra 6:00; Sat-Sun The Grifters 3:30, 8:15, After Dark My Sweet 6pm
After becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery. But what begins as a simple plan--"in and out in seven minutes"--quickly escalates into a dangerous game of life and death. Celebrated music video director Jay Martin makes his feature film debut with this fast-paced thriller. Luke Mitchell ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), Jason Ritter ("Girls") and singer/actor Kris Kristofferson star. 84 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 7/24)
The second of Satyajit Ray's much-acclaimed Apu trilogy first hit theaters in 1957. It follows the life of a young boy (Smaran Ghosal) who grows up and leaves his rural home to study in Calcutta, forcing his mother to face a life alone. Newly restored and re-released. In Bengali with English subtitles. 109 minutes Unrated. (Opens Monday 7/27)
This naughty Christmas fable from 1984 returns to theaters. Zach Galligan is the small-town kid trying to prevent the mischievous title monsters from destroying the holiday. The film's dark, chaotic brand of humor has aged well--although you're far more likely to find yourself rooting for evil Spike than for cutesy Gizmo these days. 106 minutes PG-13. (Opens Sunday 7/26)
Author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) contributes another YA drama for Hollywood adaptation. In this one a young man (Nat Wolff from The Fault in Our Stars) and his friends embark on a road trip to find the girl next door (British fashion model Cara Delevingne) who has vanished under odd circumstances, leaving behind a set of clues. 109 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 7/24)
Indian director Satyajit Ray launched his international career with this naturalistic, slice-of-life film about the childhood of a young boy (Subir Banerjee) living a harsh village life with his poor family. This 1955 debut was the first in Ray's acclaimed Apu trilogy, based on the sprawling 1929 novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. Newly restored and re-released. In Bengali with English subtitles. 125 minutes Unrated. (Opens Monday 7/27)
When space aliens misinterpret video game signals from Earth as a challenge to war, a group of former arcade nerds (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage) are recruited by the government to fight off the likes of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Space Invaders. 106 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 7/23)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams star in this gritty sports drama about a boxer trying to get his life back on track after losing his wife to a tragic accident and his daughter to child protective services. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, The Equalizer) directs. 123 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 7/23)
This nutty, manic and utterly hilarious stop-motion animated cartoon comes to us from Belgium, of all places. It follows the surreal adventures of Cowboy and Indian, two frequently feuding roommates who discover a weird underwater universe after their house is accidentally destroyed by a birthday gift gone wrong. Just go with it. It's like "SpongeBob SquarePants" crossed with "Gumby." Only funnier. In French with English Subtitles. 75 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 7/25)
At least this reboot/sequel starts with a clever idea: Some 30 years after that fateful vacation to Wally World with his parents, now-grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms, taking over from Anthony Michael Hall) vows to recreate the journey with his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids. 99 minutes R. (Opens Tuesday 7/28)
At least this run-of-the-mill "exorcist battles demon for the soul of a young girl" horror flick does away with the "found footage" style so many of its brethren (The Devil Inside, The Last Exorcism) rely on. Michael Peña, Olivia Taylor Dudley and Dougray Scott star. Given that this comes to us from the amped-up director of Crank and Gamer, it's surprisingly low-key. 90 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 7/23)
This controversial documentary relates the story of departed British soul singer Amy Winehouse "in her own words." Archival footage and unheard tracks enliven the film's slow-motion car crash of a narrative. Fans will feel the loss most deeply, but even those who didn't listen to Winehouse may find themselves gripped by the unflinching account. 128 minutes R.
The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering is smaller than its fellow superhero movies in a number of ways. Paul Rudd is fine and dandy as a cat burglar recruited by an aging scientist (Michael Douglas) to don a powerful shrinking suit and fight the bad guys. The size-changing special effects are a blast, but the film is neither fish nor fowl. There's not enough humor to make it a comedy, and too little action to compete with the big boys of summer. It's perfectly entertaining in moments, but this one needed a lot more style and spark to avoid the "generic Marvel movie" pit it occasionally stumbles into. FULL REVIEW:Marvel gets small for latest addition to its cinematic universe by Devin D. O’Leary (7/23/2015). 117 minutes PG-13.
Cheap, "found footage" horror film "from the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious" about a group of people wandering into a claustrophobic location and videotaping themselves while they're stalked and killed, one by one? Check. TV commercials emphasizing "hidden camera" footage of real audiences jumping at the film's various "Boo!" moments? Check. So what's new? ... Well, Kathie Lee Gifford's daughter is in it. 80 minutes R.
Pixar mixes up another can't-miss instaclassic. This stunningly original, digitally animated toon takes us inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl and introduces us to the anthropomorphized feelings at work inside her head. Chief among them is Joy (perfect Amy Poehler), who's stuck working with a bunch of negative Nellies (Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust). But when Joy and Sadness get lost in the recesses of the young girl's mind, the film warps from an inventive workplace comedy to a wildly imaginative, Willy Wonka-esque fantasy. It seems silly to say that a film about emotions is emotional, but trust me when I say this film has all the feels! FULL REVIEW:Pixar’s emotional new fantasy has all the feels by Devin D. O’Leary (6/25/2015). 94 minutes PG.
I'm not upset that Hollywood has decided to make a third Jurassic Park sequel. Because, you know, money. I am, however, ticked off that the fictional executives at InGen thought they could get away with this. Did someone at the corporation send out a memo saying, "Hey, everybody. Remember that dinosaur theme park we were trying to open? You know, the one where the tourists kept getting eaten over and over and over again? Well, we're pretty sure we've got all the kinks worked out. Fourth time's the charm!" I mean, come on. ... Ah, well, at least we've got Chris Pratt. He's cool. 124 minutes PG-13.
The ab-having studs of Magic Mike (Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriquez) return. It's been three years since our "magic" hero got out of the male stripper business, but he's recruited by the remaining Kings of Tampa to go on one last, blowout performance in Myrtle Beach. Bottom line: Hot guys take off their clothes to the Backstreet Boys. Who needs more information than that? 115 minutes R.
Lassie gets a patriotic, post-9/11 makeover. A dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan returns to America and is adopted by his handler's teenage brother after "suffering a traumatic experience." Troubled teen and troubled dog bond. Then somebody gets lost in the woods, and there's an adventure. 111 minutes PG.
The lovable yellow sidekicks from the Despicable Me films finally get their own spin-off. History tells us that the Minions have been around since the dawn of time, looking for evildoers to whom they can pledge their slavish devotion. This hectic, anarchy-driven toon takes us to swingin' '60s London where a trio of semi-moronic Minions try to help the world's first female supervillain (voiced by Sandra Bullock) steal the Crown Jewels. The plot is terribly inconsequential--but it's hard to deny the silly fun to be had along the way. 91 minutes PG.
An elderly, retired Sherlock Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen) looks back on his life and career, trying to come to grips with one long-unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) directs from the novel by Mitch Cullin. 104 minutes PG.
Melissa McCarthy reunites with her Bridesmaids/The Heat director Paul Feig to play a deskbound CIA analyst who suddenly becomes a field agent when the identities of all the other operatives are compromised. McCarthy provides all the slapstick action. Jude Law and Jason Statham drop by to do the sophisticated spy thing. 115 minutes R.
Writer-director-actor Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") returns for more raunchy shenanigans. MacFarlane once again voices talking, boozing, sex-crazed teddy bear Ted while Mark Wahlberg plays his lifelong human pal. This time around Ted and his new bride (Jessica Barth) want to have a baby. But first, Ted has to prove his "personhood" in court. Hijinks ensue. 115 minutes R.
The Terminator series reboots itself with a partially new cast (Jai Courtney from "Spartacus: War of the Damned" as Kyle Reese, Emilia Clarke from "Game of Thrones" as Sarah Connor), a muddled script and an "alternate timeline." Seems it's 1984 again. Young Sarah Connor has been fully warned of Skynet's plans for Judgment Day and is protecting herself with a reprogrammed (and rather old) Terminator (played, of course, by Arnold Schwarzenegger). Then John Connor shows up from the future, only he's a Terminator now, and things get super confusing. See what you did, Star Trek? 122 minutes PG-13.
Red-hot sketch comedian Amy Schumer writes and stars in this surprisingly deep comedy for director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up). It's just as raunchy as you're imagining, but Schumer contributes a lot of realistic drama as a commitment-phobic party girl who finds herself attracted to a nice-guy sports physician (Bill Hader). The film ignores all the usual plot tropes of romantic comedies that keep the main characters apart. Here, it's just the people, their emotions and their histories that make things complicated. Ass-smackingly funny and unexpectedly grown up. FULL REVIEW:Judd Apatow + Amy Schumer = Love by Devin D. O’Leary (7/16/2015). 125 minutes R.
In this typical Indian comedy/romance/adventure/martial arts/song-and-dance mash-it-all up, a studly reporter (Salman Khan) embarks on a modern-day quest to get a mute little girl back to her home in Pakistan. In Hindi with English subtitles. 154 minutes Unrated.
The popular kids' book series continues its formulaic but fun run on the big screen. This time around, our "wimpy" hero Greg (Zachary Gordon) is out of school for the summer and planning to while it away on the couch playing video games. But Dad (Steve Zahn) has more "outdoorsy" ideas of how to spend the long, hot days. ... Also, there's a dog. 94 minutes PG.
The Mark Wahlberg-produced sitcom about a suddenly popular young actor (Adrian Grenier) and his dudebro pals from back in Jersey (Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon) arrives on the big screen four years after going off the air on HBO. Now it seems our boy Vinnie Chase (Grenier) wants to direct, and it's up to his old pal Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) to make the dream happen. Be prepared for movie star cameos galore and plenty of highly rewarded bad behavior. 104 minutes R.
British writer Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later..., Dredd) tries his hand at directing with this sci-fi tale about a young programmer selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluation the "human qualities" of a female robot. Like all female robots in movies, she turns out to be both sexy and dangerous. We've seen this sort of high-tech Frankenstein story before, but Garland's script is highly literate and his direction thrilling. 108 minutes R.
At the height of the Vietnam War, two young fathers--one a man of faith, one a doubtful cynic--report for duty. Decades later, their sons travel to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, guided by handwritten letters their fathers sent from the battlefield. There, beside The Wall, the young men learn ... something, something, Jesus. This one comes to us from Pure Flix, the "family friendly" Christian company behind such films as God's Not Dead, Do You Believe? and Jerusalem Countdown. Stephen Baldwin is in it. 93 minutes PG-13.
The automotive insult to gravity and various related forms of physics continues, despite the untimely death of star Paul Walker. Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ludacris pick up the slack, shooting and/or crashing cars into countless people, places and things. Seems Evil British Guy (Jason Statham) is going after car thief/invincible superhero Dominic Toretto and crew for killing his brother, Evil British Guy From The Last Movie (Luke Evans). 137 minutes PG-13.
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.
In the proud tradition of Midnight Run (with Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin) and Witless Protection (with Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy), Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara star in this action comedy about an officer of the law escorting a reluctant witness across the country while being pursued by cops and gunmen alike. 87 minutes PG-13.
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.
Is it just me, or are these "suburban families stalked by ghosts" movies getting harder to keep straight? Not to be confused with last week's Poltergeist remake or Sinister 2 (coming out later this summer) or the Paranormal Activity series (the sixth film hit theaters this August), this one's actually a prequel to the previous two Insidious movies. Here we learn how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (cult actress Lin Shaye) got her start busting ghosts. 97 minutes PG-13.
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Some 30 years after the the third Mad Max film (Beyond Thunderdome), legendary director George Miller returns to reboot the road-wrecking series. This time around, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is our reluctant, ex-cop antihero Max, wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland looking for peace and quiet. What he finds is a furious woman of action (Charlize Theron) on the run from a sadistic warlord and his band of motor-mad psychos. For this rule-breaking action classic, Miller eschews old-fashioned niceties like dialogue and character development in order to tell an explosive, operatic myth through movement, explosions and heroic bloodshed. 120 minutes R.
You brought this on yourself, America. Incompetent but accidentally heroic security guard Paul Blart (Kevin James) goes off on vacation to Las Vegas with his teenage daughter (Raini Rodriguez). But when crime rears its ugly head in the form of a casino heist, the fat dude on the Segway fights back. With wacky slapstick jokes. At least Larry, Moe and Curly had each other to play off of. 94 minutes PG.
The hit 1982 ghost story from Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper gets an amped-up remake starring Sam Rockwell (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) and Jared Harris (poor Lane Pryce from "Mad Men"). You can see it in 3D if you want. 93 minutes PG-13.
Like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, Disney's Tomorrowland attraction gets its own movie spin-off. In it a curious teen (Britt Robertson) and a former boy genius (George Clooney) embark on an adventure to find a place, hidden beyond time and space, where great minds from throughout history have retreated to build the perfect, futuristic city. The film desperately wants to sell audiences on its childlike sense of wonder and its retrofuturistic optimism--but the plot is incredibly convoluted, the action oddly violent and the ending one sanctimonious Al Gore lecture. 130 minutes PG.