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Beetlejuice

Tim Burton's still extremely fun comedy from 1988 features Michael Keaton as the nutty "bioexorcist" hired by a couple of recently deceased ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to rid their home of some pesky new (living) owners (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder). 92 minutes PG. (Opens Monday 10/23)
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Breathe

Famed computer-assisted character actor Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) tries his hand at directing with this earnest but stuffy romantic biopic about Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refused to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Think The Theory of Everything, but with polio instead. Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star. 117 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 10/19)
Century 14 Downtown
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Bugs

With global food shortages on the horizon, forward-thinking chefs, environmentalists and food scientists are turning to a new source of protein: insects. This entertaining documentary follows members of the Nordic Food lab who, for three years, traveled the globe investigating people who foraged, farmed, cooked and tasted everything from honey ants to giant hornets. 74 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/20)
Guild Cinema

Faces, Places

Octogenarian Belgian writer/director Agnès Varda (The Gleaners & I, Cleo from 5 to 7) joins forces with thirtysomething photographer/muralist JR to take a road trip through rural France. The two artists hit it off fabulously, bonding over their mutual curiosity and creativity in this playful, wonderfully personal documentary. If it's "about" anything, it's the pride and joy people--from famous artists to humble farmers--take in their everyday work. A real cinematic charmer. 89 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 10/20)
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Geostorm

Bombastic writer-producer Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla) turns writer-director so he can mash up the last 15 years' worth of disaster flicks into one overstuffed apocalypse. Seems that, in the near future, mankind has developed a series of satellites that can control the weather. But when the tech gets hacked (unleashing tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, you name it), it's up to super-genius Gerard Butler to save the Earth. Don't think: Just unhinge your jaw and watch cities go ka-blooey! 109 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 10/20)
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Geostorm 3D

Century 14 Downtown
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Geostorm--An IMAX 3D Experience

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Ghostbusters (1984)

The classic 1984 supernatural comedy returns to the big screen. Feel free to quote along ("It's true, this man has no penis.") as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson zap ghosts and demons in midtown Manhattan. 105 minutes PG. (Sunday 10/22)
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Golmaal Again!!!

If you've been paying attention, this is the fourth film in the popular Golmaal series. For this action-comedy go-around, five Indian pals get involved in a bunch of comical incidents involving a haunted house. Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Khemu star. In Hindi with English subtitles. 150 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/20)
Century 14 Downtown

Harold and Maude

Now here's a romantic comedy for you. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon star in this classic black comedy from 1971 about the ultimate May/December romance. He's a suicidal young kid, she's a lively senior citizen. Together, they're the perfect couple. Funny, sad, weird: This movie has it all. Double-featured with The Seventh Seal as part of the Before I Die ABQ Fest. 91 minutes (Saturday 10/21)
Guild Cinema

A Haunting in Salem

In this 2011 horror cheapie, a sheriff (B-movie super-actor Bill Oberst Jr.) relocates to Salem, Mass., only to learn that his new house is plagued by an ancient curse and haunted by malicious spirits. This (formerly) direct-to-video flick comes to us from The Asylum (makers of Sharknado and Airplane vs. Volcano) as part of their "Thursday Night at The Asylum" film series. 86 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/26)
Century Rio

Liberation Day

This documentary/prank/curiosity piece finds infamous Slovenian avant-garde industrial band Laibach heading to North Korea, where the band's quasi-fascist imagery and theatrical militarism would seem to fit in just fine. But is this all just a Dadaist joke? Is the band serious? Is some bureaucrat in North Korea just going to have them executed? Despite the film's semi-satirical love for weirdness and manufactured culture clash, there's something fascinating in the constantly collapsing mix of politics and music. 100 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 10/24)
Guild Cinema

Lucky

The late, great Harry Dean Stanton turns in his final screen appearance alongside David Lynch, Tom Skerritt, Ed Begley Jr. and Ron Livingston in this miniscule dramedy from actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch ("The Drew Carey Show," "American Horror Story"). Stanton plays a 90-year-old atheist who embarks on a spiritual journey in an off-the-grid desert town in the twilight of his years. 88 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/20)
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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Liam Neeson stars as Deputy Associate Director of the FBI Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein expose the Watergate Scandal in 1974. Neeson is well-cast, and the story seems quite timely, but the scattershot film feels like a dutiful TV docudrama. All the President's Men is waaaay better. 102 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 10/20)
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Only the Brave

Based on the true, tragic story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, this tough-as-nails tearjerker looks into the lives and motivations of a group of wildfire fighters in rural Arizona. Josh Brolin headlines as the stoic leader of the crew. Miles Teller is the wet-behind-the-ears newbie. This one follows the formula right down to the black-and-white photos of the real people during the closing credits--but it builds to a tense, emotional climax. 133 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 10/19)
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Rifftrax: Night of the Living Dead

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett return to make jokes about the late, great George Romero's seminal zombie flick Night of the Living Dead. 120 minutes PG-13. (Opens Wednesday 10/25)
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Same Kind of Different as Me

Faith-based movie company Pure Flix Entertainment rushes out its third flick in less than a month (after A Question of Faith and The Stray). At least they've saved enough money to hire some credible actors (including Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight and Djimon Hounsou). Here, they translate the best-selling, based-on-a-true-story Christian novel of the same name about a rich art dealer who befriends a homeless man at the behest of his wife, who's dying of cancer. They start a ministry together. 119 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 10/19)
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The Seventh Seal

Ingmar Bergman's 1957 masterpiece features Max Von Sydow as a medieval knight who challenges Death himself to a game of chess. Double-featured with Harold and Maude as part of the Before I Die ABQ Fest. 96 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 10/21)
Guild Cinema

The Snowman

Jo Nesbø's Nordic noir novel comes to muddy, muddled life with Michael Fassbender as a detective investigating the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. It's not long, of course, before an unknown psycho killer is taunting the police with twisty clues and mysterious messages. You know the routine by now. 119 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 10/19)
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TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui

The American Institute of Architects Albuquerque presents this free documentary screening. TELOS chronicles the unorthodox life and revolutionary work of futuristic architect Eugene Tssui, whose maverick work was on the forefront of environmental end eco-friendly design. Seating is limited, and tickets can be picked up at the Guild box office starting at 5pm. 60 minutes Unrated. (Opens Thursday 10/26)
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Tokyo Idols

The colorful, bizarre and occasionally creepy world of aspiring female Japanese pop singers is explored in this eye-opening musical documentary. The weird, uniquely Japanese twist here is that these singing, dancing teens aren't idolized by young people--but by middle-aged men who have given up all chance at relationships with flesh-and-blood humans to pursue their fantasy girlfriends with slavish devotion. The film follows the rise of one up-and-coming teen with a small-but-devoted following. In Japanese with English subtitles. 88 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 10/25)
Guild Cinema

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

Tyler Perry straps on a dress again to play the scrappy granny Madea, who travels to a campground with some gal-pals where they are forced to fend off the advances of various monsters, goblins and boogeymen. 101 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 10/19)
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Zoology

A lonely, middle-aged zoo worker (Natalya Pavlenkova) still lives with her domineering mother in a small coastal town. She seems to have no life and no surprises left in store for her--until, one day, she grows a tail. This tragicomic fable grows increasingly magical as its bizarre story goes on. Ultimately, the Kafka-esque (no, really) tale is about the joy and freedom of being an outsider in a suffocatingly conventional world. In Russian with English subtitles. 91 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 10/20)
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American Assassin

Dylan O'Brien (who? ... Checking his IMDB profile. ... He plays Stiles Stilinski on MTV's "Teen Wolf") stars as an assassin who's presumably American in this low-budget action thriller. O'Brien is a young student mentored in the killing/spying arts by a crusty old CIA expert (Michael Keaton) after his girlfriend is killed by terrorists. 91 minutes R.
Century Rio

American Made

Tom Cruise, still working that winking charisma, stars in this "inspired by a true story" action-comedy about a fundamentally decent airline pilot and family man who goes to work for the CIA during the 1980s as a South American drug runner. The story is slick but rather exhausting under the glib direction of Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Edge of Tomorrow). 115 minutes R.
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American Satan

A young rocker named Johnny Faust (subtle reference there, filmmakers) sells his soul to the mysterious "Mr. Capricorn" (Malcolm McDowell) for fame and fortune on the Sunset Strip. This unsubtle musical fantasy is directed by Ash Avildsen, founder of Sumerian Records. Denise Richards from Wild Things, Drake Bell from "Drake and Josh," newscaster Larry King, wrestler Bill Goldberg and porn star Tori Black are among the "guest stars." 115 minutes R.
AMC Albuquerque 12

Battles of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this mostly breezy biopic about the infamous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) nail the early '70s look and feel. While the film captures the feel of this epic (and epically hyped) spectacle, it's Stone's empathetic performance as the reluctant feminist icon struggling with her sexuality that delivers the most impact. FULL REVIEW: Sporting flashback has a lot to say about gender, sexuality by Devin D. O’Leary (9/28/2017). 121 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
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Blade Runner 2049

Some 35 years after Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick adaptation hit theaters on its way to becoming a cult classic, the official sequel gets underway. This time around a young LAPD replicant hunter (Ryan Gosling) gets caught in a cover-up when he discovers a long-buried secret involving legendary blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who has been missing for more than three decades. Hampton Fancher, who penned the original, contributes the screenplay. Denis Villeneuve (who gave us last year's spectacular Arrival) takes over for Scott in the director's chair. This gorgeous sci-fi rumination is long, slow and very moody--but it dovetails perfectly with the original. 163 minutes R.
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Flatliners

Director Joel Schumacher's original Brat Pack-ish flick from 1990 was a serviceable enough medical/horror thriller. So why not a reboot/sequel? Seems we've got a new generation of hot young actors (Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton) experimenting with near-death experiences, stopping their hearts and seeing what the afterlife is like. Needless to say, this is a bad idea. 108 minutes PG-13.
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The Foreigner

It's becoming an increasingly common cliché in Hollywood to give aging actors their "Liam Neeson in Taken" comeback. Nonetheless, watching martial arts superstar Jackie Chan do the "retired special agent hunts down the kidnappers/killers of his daughter" thing doesn't sound that bad. This tightly budgeted thriller actually spends more time with Pierce Brosnan as a Northern Irish politician trying to quell sectarian violence--but the mix of action and politics ends up working. 114 minutes R.
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Happy Death Day

This cheap but clever horror flick from Christopher Landon (Scout's Guide to the Apocalypse, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) mixes the 1981 slasher Happy Birthday to Me with the 1993 fantasy Groundhog Day. Seems a young college student (Jessica Rothe from "Mary + Jane") spends her birthday being brutally murdered--only to wake up that morning and repeat the whole thing. If only she could puzzle out the identity of her killer, she might be able to stop it from happening over and over again. 96 minutes PG-13.
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It

Half of Steven King's horror classic (the young kid parts) gets adapted in this feature film reboot. Bill Skarsgard ("Hemlock Grove") takes over from Tim Curry as the demonic clown luring kids into the sewers of a small New England town. Argentine filmmaker Andy Muschietti (Mama) directs with skill and some old-fashioned scares. If this one does well--unlike The Dark Tower--we'll get the second half. 135 minutes R.
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn's 2014 superspy spoof (based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) proved itself one of the most gonzo-crazy action movies in modern history right about the time Colin Firth brutally slaughtered an entire church full of mind-controlled Jesus-worshippers. This sequel continues the full-tilt bonkers tone with young spy boy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) heading to America after his secret crime-fighting agency is destroyed. There, he teams up with cowboy spy Channing Tatum to defeat an evil Martha Stewart-esque villain (Julianne Moore) who's holding the world hostage. Pack plenty of Red Bull for this ADD epic. 141 minutes R.
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The LEGO Ninjago Movie

With Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel/Disney proved it could make a wildly entertaining crowdpleaser out of their most obscure properties. With this animated follow-up to The LEGO Batman Movie, LEGO/Warner Bros. does exactly the same thing. This toy-based feature is much funnier and more inventive than you're thinking. Dave Franco voices Lloyd, a haplessly unpopular high schooler--mostly because his absentee father is Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux, obviously having a ball), a monstrous warlord who spends every single day trying to conquer and/or destroy peaceful Ninjago City. Luckily, Lloyd is a member of a "Power Rangers"-esque team of superpowered teens who defend the city with their giant robots. But can Lloyd find the strength to defeat his own dad? 101 minutes PG.
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The LEGO Ninjago Movie 3D

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Marshall

Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up, Captain America: Civil War) stars in this biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Traveling back to 1941, this one recounts young Thurgood's work on Connecticut v. Joseph Spell--a case in which a black chauffeur was accused of the rape and attempted murder of his employer's wife. Reginald Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Ladies Man) directs. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell round out the cast. 118 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio

Mersal

A magician returns home to India and finds his long-lost brother who is a doctor. Together they seek revenge for the death of their parents. While singing and dancing. Like you do. Star Vijay (Thuppakki, Jilla, Theri) plays not one, not two, but three roles. In Tamil with English subtitles. 167 minutes Unrated.
Century 14 Downtown

The Mountain Between Us

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as mismatched strangers who survive a plane crash and must form a connection to survive an extreme trek over a remote, snow-covered mountain. This mainstream romantic adventure comes to us from Israel-born director Hany Abu-Assad, who previously gave us such foreign hits as Paradise Now, Omar and The Idol. Based on the best-selling novel by Charles Martin. 103 minutes PG-13.
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My Little Pony: The Movie

A lot of rainbow-loving 7-year-olds and a handful of adult "Bronies" are very excited right now. The cult TV show (itself a remake of the popular '80s toy/cartoon series) comes to the big screen. Seems that dark forces are threatening Ponyville (when are they not?) and it's up to the "Mane Six" (fans know, non-fans don't care) to embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they learn that "friendship is magic." ... Which is pretty much what they learn every episode. 99 minutes PG.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Wes Craven's sleep-creeping original remains a Halloween classic--despite years of lesser sequels and the subsequent pop culture popularity of its main boogeyman. It's original, visually arresting and quite scary. And, yes, that's Johnny Depp dying in a fountain of blood there. 91 minutes R.
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Professor Marston and The Wonder Women

Coming close on the heels (so to speak) of the highly successful Wonder Woman movie is this intimate biopic about the comic book icon's controversial creator. With the creation of Wonder Woman, psychologist William Moulton Marston was trying to to spin a modern fairy tale about the inherent moral and physical superiority of females. Also, he was really into bondage. Plus, he had a seemingly quite healthy polyamorous relationship with his wife and his mistress (played here by Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote). 108 minutes R.
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A Question of Faith

Now that all those expensive summer blockbusters are out of the way, we can really get stuck in with some serious Christian films. Here, Richard T. Jones ("Judging Amy"), Kim Fields ("The Facts of Life"), Renée O'Connor ("Xena: Warrior Princess") and C. Thomas Howell (every direct-to-video drama in the '90s and early 2000s) star in a drama about three families stuck down by an automotive tragedy and the destiny that "forces them on a converging path to discover God's love, grace and mercy." Spoiler alert: They discover it. 104 minutes PG.
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The Stray

In this budget-conscious family adventure, an overworked young father takes his 9-year-old son, the family dog and two of his son's friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado. Everybody gets struck by lightning. The dog saves the day. This harmless, though not particularly good, allegory comes to us from Pure Flix Entertainment--makers of such good, Christian movies as The Case for Christ, God's Not Dead, A Question of Faith and Hilary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. I guess the dog is supposed to be Jesus. 92 minutes PG.
Century Rio

Victoria & Abdul

Dame Judi Dench headlines this historical biopic for director Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, My Beautiful Laundrette). In the autumn of her years, Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal from Furious 7). This unimposing bit of Anglophilia functions, more or less, as a sequel to John Madden's Mrs. Brown--in which Dench played a slightly younger Queen Victoria. 112 minutes PG-13.
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Wind River

Taylor Sheridan (screenwriter of Sicario and Hell or High Water) tries his hand at directing with this rough-and-tough mystery thriller set on an isolated Native American reservation in Wyoming. Following the rape and murder of a local girl, an FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams up with a game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to hunt down the killer or killers. 107 minutes R.
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Annabelle: Creation

The ugly, haunted doll from Annabelle and The Conjuring gets another spinoff movie. This one reveals the doll's secret origin story--which you've all, no doubt, been clamoring for. It involves a heartbroken dollmaker, a bunch of homeless orphans, a nun or two and some sort of demon, I guess. But mostly it involves a doll in a dark bedroom turning its head and people screaming. The script is silly, but director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) conjures up a few old-fashioned, jump-out-and-go-boo! frights. 109 minutes R.
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The Beguiled

Back in 1971 Clint Eastwood and his Dirty Harry director Don Siegel made a very creepy, extremely offbeat, Civil War-set Gothic drama called The Beguiled. Now Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) comes along to reinterpret it as the lurid, psychosexual thriller it always wanted to be. Colin Farrell stars as a Union soldier who gets wounded and ends up hiding out at a girls' school in Virginia, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world. Soon, the man's presence wakes up the jealousies, rivalries and sexual tensions simmering among the school's head teacher (Nicole Kidman) and her young charges (including Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst). 93 minutes R.
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Cars 3

Cars 3

This time around Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the old-timer, trying to prove, one last time, that he can compete against a new generation of high-tech race cars (who talk, of course). Real-life racer Darrell Waltrip contributes a voice as "Darrell Cartrip." That's funny. Is that funny? I can't tell anymore. This sentimental trip around the track is a damn sight better than the last sequel. FULL REVIEW: Sentimental and scenic, trilogy-ending sports flick cruises to the finish line by Devin D. O’Leary (6/22/2017). 109 minutes G.
Movies 8

The Dark Tower

Stephen King's epic dark fantasy series (eight books, a few short stories and some comics) gets loosely adapted with this long-in-development flick that ended up in the lap of Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (Truth About Men, A Royal Affair). Idris Elba is a supernatural gunslinger locked in eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), trying to stop him from destroying the Dark Tower, a mystical object that holds all universes together. Or something like that. Basically all the books are mashed together here in an attempt to tell one quick story. Fans are likely to be disappointed. 95 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

The Emoji Movie

Hey, what if the emojis on your phone were, like, real and lived in a city called, I don't know, Textopolis or something? Hah! I mean, can you imagine the sort of crazy conversations that the "eggplant" emoji would have with the "thumbs up" emoji? LOL! It's just ... It's like ... Ah, hell I blame millennials for this crap. Speaking of which, Patrick Stewart plays the "poop" emoji. It's a bad time to be alive, people. 86 minutes PG.
Movies 8

Friend Request

It's cheap teenage horror movie time as a bunch of college students find themselves picked off, one by one, by a demonic presence after accepting a mysterious "friend request" online. Alycia Debnam-Carey ("Fear the Walking Dead"), William Moseley ("The Royals") and Connor Paolo ("Gossip Girl") top the young, TV-famous cast. 92 minutes R.
Movies 8

Girls Trip

A collection of lifelong gal-pals (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish) heads to New Orleans and the annual Essence Festival (if you're black, you may know what that is) for one last, raunchy road trip full of dancing, drinking, brawling and full-frontal nudity. (Guy nudity, mind you. Comedies don't have naked women anymore.) Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Scary Movie 5, Barbershop: The Next Cut) directs. 122 minutes R.
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The Hitman's Bodyguard

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson star in this low-effort, late-'90s throwback buddy action comedy. Jackson is a hitman about to testify against a criminal kingpin (Gary Oldman) at the International Court of Justice. Ryan Reynolds is the bodyguard hired to get him there. There are lots of wacky, Midnight Run-style hijinks and gunfights as the scrap-happy partners get stuck road-tripping across Europe. 118 minutes R.
Movies 8

Kidnap

It's now an unwritten rule in Hollywood that when tough guy actors reach a certain age, they're given the option of starring in one of those Taken knock-offs in which their daughter gets kidnapped and they stop at nothing to exact bloody revenge on the kidnappers. While letting Halle Berry in on some of that sweet action isn't what you'd call original, it at least counts as some sort of gender parity. This one's been sitting on the shelf since 2014. 94 minutes R.
Movies 8

Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh emerges from his second or third retirement to direct this self-financed, Ocean's Eleven-esque, heist-based crime comedy. Channing Tatum stars as a dim-witted Southerner with lingering alimony payments who recruits his one-armed bartender brother (Adam Driver) and a boisterous, bleach-blond demolition man (Daniel Craig, having some fun now) to rob a NASCAR track in North Carolina. It's nothing you haven't seen before, but everybody (including a bunch of NASCAR celebs) is having such a blast in this silly caper, it's hard not to laugh along. 119 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8

mother!

Darren Aronofsky, who's given us some pretty strange cinematic circumlocutions (Black Swan, The Fountain) goes full-on allegory-crazy with this heady psychological thriller. Like the work of Roman Polanski (Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby) crossed with that of Lars Von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark), the film looks like a horror film, but isn't really. Javier Bardem is a touchy poet, crippled by writer's block. Jennifer Lawrence is his long-suffering wife/muse, stuck in an isolated country cottage while hubby fumes. Out of the blue some strangers show up, and they don't stop coming. Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domnhall Gleeson and Kristen Wiig are just a handful of the unwanted guests who soon swamp the couple's happy(?) home. There is sort of a point to it all, and most viewers will eventually catch the film's tricky literary references. But Aronofsky lards it down with enough arty pretension to scare off ordinary folks. 121 minutes R.
Movies 8

Spider-Man: Homecoming

After the successful events of Captain America: Civil War, Columbia (who retains rights to Marvel's Spider-Man) plays nice with Disney to collaborate on this rebooted version of the web-slinging hero. (Andrew Garfield, we hardly knew ye.) Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea, The Lost City of Z) stars as high school genius/newbie superhero Peter Parker/Spider-Man, caught in a war between high-tech heavyweights Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton). 133 minutes PG-13.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming 3D

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War for the Planet of the Apes

These recent Planet of the Apes reboots (2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and this one) have been sober, exciting and surprisingly thought-provoking. Here, ape commander Caesar (the great, CGI-covered Andy Serkis) wrestles with his own darker instincts as he battles the dwindling forces of mankind (as embodied by Woody Harrelson's blood-crazed Colonel) for the future of planet Earth. 140 minutes PG-13.
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War for the Planet of the Apes 3D

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