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¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival 2017

Instituto Cervantes retuns for a fifth year with its annual lineup of fine films from across the Spanish-speaking world. Guild Cinema will host a number of features, documentaries and shorts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year's films hail from Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela and Brazil. For a complete schedule of films and times, go to cinemagnifico.com. (Opens Friday 9/15)
Guild Cinema

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. (Opens Friday 9/15)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

You pumped an awful lot of money into Disney's coffers last Christmas watching the live-action remake of this 1991 animated fairy tale. So why not go back and check out the original on the big screen? 84 minutes G. (Opens Friday 9/15)
AMC Albuquerque 12

Crown Heights

This year's wave of socially conscious, fact-based filmmaking continues with this biopic about Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfiled), who was wrongfully accused of murder, and his best friend, Carl King (Nnamdi Asomugha), who devoted decades to proving Colin's innocence. 94 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/15)
High Ridge

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg's sci-fi smash seems like an awfully simple little parable in this day and age, but little kids who weren't even born when this thing came out are sure to feel Spielberg's gift for magic. In case you missed previous anniversary rereleases, this one's the 35th anniversary. 115 minutes PG. (Sunday 9/17)
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

The Goonies

In honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day," the cult adventure comedy from 1985 returns to the big screen where it belongs. Join Mikey, Mouth, Data, Chunk and the rest of the Goonies gang as they search for the long-lost treasure of One-Eyed Willie underneath their sleepy Pacific Northwest town. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton headline the retro cast. It's got pirates, buried treasure, a hideously deformed John Matuszak and a theme song from Cyndi Lauper. Honestly, what could be more nostalgic? 114 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 9/15)
Guild Cinema

Jai Lava Kusa

Mustachioed stud Junior N.T.R. (Baadshah, Dhammu, Oosaravelli) takes on triple roles (listed in the title) in this romantic action comedy drama musical. (Yes, it's Indian.) In Telugu with English subtitles. 150 minutes Unrated. (Opens Wednesday 9/20)
Century 14 Downtown

Marjorie Prime

Innovative indie experimenter Michael Almereyda (Another Girl Another Planet, Nadja, Hamlet, Cymbeline) writes and directs this poetic, sci-fi rumination on mortality based on the play by Jordan Harrison. Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins and Lois Smith star in this tight ensemble set in a future world where holographic recreations of deceased loved ones can be brought to life. Here, an elderly woman struggles to fill in the gaps of her memory by conversing with her dead husband's hologram. Things get complicated, though, when her daughter and son-in-law show up, offering their own (human) perspective. 98 minutes (Opens Monday 9/18)
Guild Cinema

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. (Opens Friday 9/15)
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Sex and the City: The Movie

Four years after the popular TV series went off the air, "Sex and the City" returned as a feature film. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon all came back, dressing in outrageous outfits and discussing their sex lives over cocktails. How did we ever get along without this? 135 minutes R. (Opens Monday 9/18)
Flix Brewhouse

Through the Repellent Fence

This art/political-oriented documentary follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile art installation along the US-Mexico border. In constructing this series of inflatable spheres emblazoned with "open eye" icons, the three Native American artists of Postcommodity create what they call "a metaphorical suture stitching together cultures that have inhabited these lands long before borders are drawn." 74 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 9/16)
Guild Cinema

Viceroy's House

Hugh Bonneville (from "Downton Abbey") and Gillian Anderson (,"The X-Files") star as Lord and Lady Mountbatten, dispatched to India in 1947 to help ensure a "peaceful transference of power" at the tail end of British colonial rule. Director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) luxuriates in his country's history and the lovely period details (exemplified by the diplomatic residence of the title). Unfortunately, this is pretty stuffy, old-fashioned British melodrama. 106 minutes Unrated. (Opens Monday 9/18)
Guild Cinema

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9/11

In what seems like a particularly bad idea on everyone's part, Atlas Distribution Company (the folks behind that awful Atlas Shrugged trilogy) are releasing this cheapjack dramatization of the World Trade Center attacks. It's set mostly inside an elevator and stars Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon and Jacqueline Bisset. It's directed by the man who gave us National Lampoon Presents: Cattle Call. 90 minutes R.
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

All Saints

John Corbett and Barry Corbin (not one, but two cast members of "Northern Exposure") star in this faith-based drama based on the true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock, who was ordered to shut down his small-town church--but found new life in the building after taking in a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Steve Gomer, who gave us Barney's Great Adventure, directs. 108 minutes PG.
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Baby Driver

Baby Driver

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) writes and directs this fast-paced, music-filled crime thriller which demonstrates a healthy love for the gritty car chase dramas of the 1970s (and a stylistic awe of the cracked-out Quentin Tarantino/Doug Liman/Guy Ritchie crime flicks of the '90s). Ansel Elgort (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant) stars as an obsessive young getaway driver who gets coerced into working "one last job" for nasty crime boss (Kevin Spacey) before he can ride off into the sunset with his ladylove (Lily James from "Downton Abbey" and Cinderella). Naturally, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, leaving our music-loving wheelman to put pedal to metal and escape. It's more fun than original, but it works. FULL REVIEW: Edgar Wright takes an eclectic cast on a high-speed joyride with the stereo cranked to 11 by Devin D. O’Leary (7/6/2017). 113 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
UNM Midweek Movies

The Big Sick

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") and his wife wrote this unusual romantic comedy based on their own fractured path to a relationship. Nanjiani stars as a Pakistani-American dodging his old school parents' attempts to land him an arranged marriage. He meets and falls in love with the perfect (Caucasian) gal (Zoe Kazan), but she unexpectedly falls into a medical coma. Oddly enough, this causes him to meet and bond with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). It sounds like serious stuff--and in parts it's brimming with well-earned emotions--but it's also really funny. This is about as well-written and well-acted as rom-coms get. 119 minutes R.
High Ridge
SUB Theater

Birth of the Dragon

According to urban legend, a young Bruce Lee once challenged kung fu master Wong Jack Man to a secret, life-changing fight in 1960s San Francisco. Philip Ng (Once Upon a Time in Shanghai) stars as Lee and Xia Yu (Dragon Squad) takes on the role of Wong in this actionized biopic about the battle that gave birth to the legend. 103 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio

Despicable Me 3

Poor, misunderstood mad scientist Gru (Steve Carell) tried to go legit in the last Despicable Me movie, but this newest animated outing finds him fired from his job as a superspy. A timely reunion with his long-lost (and incredibly successful) twin brother has him plotting one last villainous heist (with the help of his minions, of course). 90 minutes PG.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy) offers the finest film of his already impressive career with this epic yet intimate war story about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France during World War II. Nolan's ingenious script spins three stories at once, taking us to a week before the evacuation, a day before the evacuation and an hour before the evacuation. First, a terrified soldier tries to get off the bloody beach in France. Second, a fleet of ragtag private boats sets out from England to rescue the stranded army. Finally, a dedicated pilot runs a last-minute mission over the English Channel. As the time-fractured stories progress, they crash, successively, into one another. The result is a visceral, nerve-shredding and ultimately stirring portrait of the fear, chaos and heroism that surrounds war. FULL REVIEW: Christopher Nolan goes to war in a heart-pounding, historical drama about victory in the jaws of defeat by Devin D. O’Leary (7/20/2017). 106 minutes PG-13.
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

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.
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

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. R.
Century Rio

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls' award-winning memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional, poverty-stricken family of nonconformist nomads comes to life with Brie Larson as the adult Walls. Woody Harrelson plays her alcoholic father and Naomi Watts is her eccentric artist mother. 127 minutes PG-13.
High Ridge
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

Good Time

Robert Pattinson (Twilight) stars in this gritty pulp thriller for guerilla film bros Benny and Josh Safdie (Daddy Longlegs, Heaven Knows What). Drawing inspiration from raw '70s crime cinema (Dog Day Afternoon, et al.), the film finds Pattinson's small-time Queens bank robber on a nocturnal quest to rescue his developmentally disabled brother (Benny Safdie), who has been nabbed by the cops. 100 minutes R.
High Ridge

Hazlo Como Hombre

Raúl, Eduardo and Santiago (Mauricio Ochmann, Humberto Busto, Alfonso Dosal) have been best buds since childhood. But one day, Santiago confesses to his macho Mexican pals that he's actually gay! It takes a long time and a lot of homophobic jokes for his pals to come around in this extremely raunchy comedy about acceptance, self-realization and love. In Spanish with English subtitles. 109 minutes R.
Century Rio

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Home Again

Reese Witherspoon stars as a single mom whose life takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young dudes to move into her LA home. This sitcom-worthy romcom comes to us from writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer (who gave us Private Benjamin, Irreconcilable Differences, Baby Boom, Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap and Something's Gotta Give). 97 minutes PG-13.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

I Do... Until I Don't

Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard and Wyatt Cenac are among the cast of this comic ensemble in which a jaded filmmaker sets out to interview three sets of couples in order to prove that marriage is an outmoded concept. Bell ("Miss Match," "Boston Legal," "Childrens Hospital") also wrote and directed. 103 minutes R.
High Ridge

Ingrid Goes West

Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") stars as a self-destructive social media stalker who moves to LA so she can weasel her way into the life of a popular Instagram "influencer" (Elizabeth Olsen). Obviously, this dark comedy has a lot to say (criticize, mostly) about today's superficial social media environment. Plaza gives it her crazy-eyed all, but the satire--a whirl of emojis and hashtags and iPhone selfies--feels awfully specific to time and place. 97 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
High Ridge

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Flix Brewhouse
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

It: An IMAX Experience

AMC Albuquerque 12

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.
Century Rio

Leap!

Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen and Maddie Ziegler provide the hip, American voices for this French-Canadian computer-animated toon. The story concerns an orphan girl who runs away from her home in rural Brittany to travel to Paris so she can become a student at a posh ballet academy. Serviceable animation and a predictable, Rocky-esque plot keep this one aimed squarely at elementary schoolers. Elementary schoolers who love ballet. 89 minutes PG.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

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.
Century 14 Downtown
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Caglisotro

This 1979 anime (loosely based on the wacky manga by Monkey Punch) is one of the early films from master animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke). It concerns a flamboyant and frequently goofy thief (the grandson of French author Maurice Leblanc's legendary gentleman cat burglar Arsene Lupin, it would seem). Together with his ragtag gang of compatriots, our antihero tries to rescue a young princess from the clutches of an evil count. The action is exciting and the slapstick is inspired. Screened in English and in Japanese with English subtitles. 102 minutes Unrated.
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16

Menashe

In this intimate drama, shot in Yiddish, a widower fights for custody of his son in Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community. The film is based, in part, on the real-life experiences of director Joshua Z. Weinstein. In English and Yiddish with English subtitles. 82 minutes PG.
High Ridge

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Tulip Fever

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) star in this sexy costume drama about an artist who falls for a young married woman after he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the "tulip mania" of 17th century Amsterdam. 107 minutes R.
Century 14 Downtown
High Ridge

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century Rio
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema

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.
AMC Albuquerque 12
Century 14 Downtown
Century Rio
Cottonwood Stadium 16
High Ridge
Icon Cinemas Albuquerque
Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Wonder Woman

Warner Bros. finally gets around to tackling one of DC Comics' most famous characters. Israeli actress Gal Gadot stars as the titular Amazonian princess, whose sheltered life is ended when a World War I pilot (Chris Pine) crashlands on the Amazon's isolated island home and tells of the conflict raging in the outside world. Princess Diana (Gadot) volunteers to suit up, return the outsider and see what she can do about stopping this War to End All Wars. Believe it or not, Warner Bros. is finally getting a handle on this superhero thing--thanks, in large part, to director Patty Jenkins (Monster), who handles the character with care, intelligence and a sense of adventure. 141 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West
Winrock Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

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47 Meters Down

In this waterlogged horror thriller, singer Mandy Moore and actress Claire Holt ("The Vampire Diaries") play a couple of sisters, vacationing in Mexico, who get trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. ... Yeah, sharks don't really have any interest in eating skinny white girls. 89 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West

Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron stars as a rough-and-tumble British spy sent to Berlin during the Cold War in this gorgeously choreographed shoot-'em-up. Seems the Berlin Wall is about to come down, and our gal has got find out who's murdering double agents as the superpowers shift. Unwilling to trust anyone, she reluctantly teams with MI6's Berlin station agent (James McAvoy). John Goodman, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones costar. This one's based on Antony Johnston and Sam Hart's obscure 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City. 115 minutes R.
Movies 8
Movies West

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Well-meaning space rogues Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are back trying to save the galaxy. This time around, they've got the added wrinkle of unraveling Star-Lord's true parentage--in the form of an anthropomorphized planet known as Ego (played amusingly by Kurt Russell). This sequel's a bit more jokey--but it doesn't shirk on emotional detail either. You can debate whether it's better than the original or not, but you can't deny that it's pure, unadulterated summer movie fun. 136 minutes PG-13.
Movies West

The House

After accidentally blowing their daughter's college fund, a suburban couple (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler) start up an illegal casino in their basement. Hijinks ensue. Comedians Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Rory Scovel and Rob Huebel co-star. 88 minutes R.
Movies 8
Movies West

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

I think this is the fifth of Disney's Pirates movies. But I wouldn't swear to it in court. The problem being that, despite some very entertaining moments, the chaotic scripts all blend into one another. (Anyone remember what 2011's On Stranger Tides was about? Or what happened at the end of 2007's At World's End?) This time around, we've got Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow searching for the mystical trident of Poseidon. Also, a ghostly Spaniard (Javier Bardem) is trying to kill him. Also, Paul McCartney is in it. Sure, it's fun. No, it's not a coherent narrative. 129 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West

Transformers: The Last Knight

Turns out Transformers have been on Earth at least since World War II. And it looks like they'll be with us forever, judging by this, the fifth film in Michael Bay's endlessly exploding film series about robots from outer space pretending to be motor vehicles. (By the way, we're not fooled by that any more, guys. There's no point pretending to be a Datsun. We know you're a giant robot.) This time around the Autobots and the Decepticons are fighting over Merlin's magical staff. ... No, really. This series has gotten too silly to even discuss. 148 minutes PG-13.
Movies 8
Movies West

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Visionary director Luc Besson (Subway, La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, Lucy), turns a trippy French comic book into a trippy comic book of a movie. On an artificial planet that serves as home to a thousand alien species, two interplanetary super-spies (The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Dane DeHaan and Suicide Squad's Cara Delevingne) must identify and stop an alien conspiracy in order to save the universe (or something). Yes, it offers even more loopy, mind-bending eye candy than The Fifth Element, but you probably shouldn't spend much time analyzing the ludicrous, overstuffed storyline or the dippy, sub-"Moonlighting" love/hate banter between the leads. 137 minutes PG-13.
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 3D

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