Guild Cinema gives us 10 days of classic crime movie double features. Ten films spanning the years 1940 to 1956 have been pulled from the Warner Archive and programmed exlusively for the Guild by Elliot Lavine, curator of the nationally known annual film noir extravaganza "I Wake Up Dreaming." July 18 and 19 it's the weird murder mystery The Unsuspected and the newspaper-based crime drama Stranger on the Third Floor. On July 20 and 21 Ann Sheridan is stalked by in intruder in The Unfaithful and hooks up with a married doctor in Nora Prentiss. On July 22 and 23 a bridegroom finds out his wife-to-be could be a murderess in The Locket, and a young boy witnesses a brutal killing in The Window. On July 24 a gang of armed robbers spreads terror in Highway 301, and a vicious killer hides hostages in a Nevada ghost town in Split Second. (Opens Friday 7/18)
Guild Cinema Fri-Sat The Ususpected 4:45, 8:25 Stranger on the 3rd Floor 7:00; Sun-Mon The Unfaithful 4:45, 9:15 Nora Prentiss 7:00; Tue-Wed The Locket 5:00, 8:45 The Window 7:00; Thu Highway 301 5:15, 8:45 Split Second 7:00
John Hughes' 1985 comedy/drama about high school stereotypes returns to the big screen with Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy in tow. 97 minutes R. (Opens Sunday 7/18)
In this 2009 documentary, filmmaker Patrick Rouxel profiles a female orangutan named Green, a victim of deforestation and resource exploitation in Indonesia. This screening is being sponsored by an Albuquerque girl who is trekking across Borneo this August to raise awareness of urgently needed funds for Indonesian/Malaysian rainforest conservation. Donations will go to support 16 orangutan and rainforest conservation NGOs. 48 minutes (Opens Sunday 7/20)
A crusading evangelist (James Remar) finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back an evil senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform in America. Hey, if the "War of Christianity" isn't actually happening in real life, paranoid religious conservatives can at least pretend it is at the movie theater. This was a big hit when it screened at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. If your name is Ralph Reed, you'll love it too. Writer-director Daniel Lusko (500 MPH Storm) grew up in Albuquerque, the son of a local megachurch pastor. 93 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 7/18)
Against the better judgments of the Pixar folks, Disney released a chintzy, aerial knockoff of the Cars franchise last year. Despite the obvious lack of effort and the presence of Dane Cook, the film made money. So here's a sequel, which at least comes with better animation and adds the excitement of firefighting. Most kids like firefighting. 83 minutes PG. (Opens Friday 7/18)
Universal scored a surprise hit with last year's horror thriller/political satire The Purge. The near-future, right-wing libertarian fantasy continues as Uncle Sam gets out of our hair and suspends all laws for another 24 hours. Wouldn't you know it, some nice family runs out of gas on the streets of Los Angeles, just as the murder-filled lawlessness begins? 103 minutes R. (Opens Friday 7/18)
Frank Miller's searing film noir graphic novel series gets transformed into a visually dazzling 2005 film courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez (with a little help from Miller and Quentin Tarantino). Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba play various tough guys and dangerous dames in a series of intertwining crime stories set in the titular location. The sequel, A Dame to Kill For, hits theaters in a couple of weeks. 124 minutes R. (Opens Friday 7/18)
This controversial underground documentary by Robert Greenwald (Uncovered: The War on Iraq, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism) exposes the retail giant's negative economic impact on local communities. From exploited employees to small business owners fighting against the Goliath, this film profiles those who have been hit hardest by the chain store's scorched earth policies. 95 minutes Unrated. (Saturday 7/19)
The 2012 comic reboot of teen cop series "21 Jump Street" worked almost entirely thanks to the efforts of its game cast (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, chiefly). The simple script and low-impact direction certainly didn't add much to the proceedings. This rude follow-up (set in college) tries a little harder, crafting a bigger-stakes story and a perfect storm of self-mocking jokes. It ain't smart, but it does have drug content, brief nudity and a Benny Hill reference. 112 minutes R.
If you're feeling extra jingoistic and xenophobic around Independence Day, why not check out the latest right-wing hootenany from writer-director Dinesh D'Souza (2016: Obama's America)? In this ... let's charitably call it a "documentary," D'Souza calls out all the Americans who hate America (read: "democrats") and imagines an alternate reality in which America lost the Revolutionary War. The point of all this? Liberals are stupid, and slavery wasn't all that bad. (It was character-building, black people!) Also, Saul Alinsky was Satan, Matt Damon is a poo-poo head, and Mexicans are destroying our country. Good night. Sleep tight. 103 minutes PG-13.
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo star in this music industry dramedy for writer-director John Carney (Once). Knightley plays a young singer-songwriter who gets dumped by her famous boyfriend (Adam Levine) and begins a promising collaboration with a disgraced record company executive (Ruffalo). 104 minutes R.
A biracial young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in mid-1700s England. There's lots of Jane Austen-esque drama about who will marry whom--all of which is complicated, of course, by Belle's race. But the film also aspires to be an important social drama. As it happens, Belle's great-uncle (Tom Wilkinson) is Lord Chief Justice and is being asked to rule on a case that could affect the legitimacy of the slave trade. This well-mounted, well-meaning costume drama is based on a surprising true story, but it's just too bogged down in polite, "Masterpiece Theatre"-style jurisprudence to have the impact of a film like 12 Years a Slave. 104 minutes PG.
Jon Favreau (now famous as the director of Iron Man) returns to his indie film roots, writing, directing and starring in this humble comedy about a famous chef who loses his fancy restaurant job and starts over with a food truck. John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Amy Sedaris and Robert Downey Jr. drop by to help out their pal. 115 minutes R.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was a not-half-bad attempt to reboot a classic film series without really rebooting it. The sci-fi actioner fits neatly in amongst the '60s and '70s Planet of the Apes films. Now things get a little more ... ape-like, with Caesar and his army of genetically modified apes threatening to wipe out the last surviving band of humans. Bottom line: Apes with machine guns riding horses=good times. 130 minutes PG-13.
"Inspired by a true story" script? Check. Women and children contorting and doing their best Linda Blair imitation? Check. Commercials featuring real audience members flinching and screaming in the dark? Check. Looks like we're set for this month's low-budget Exorcist clone. 118 minutes R.
This well-meaning but entirely uninspired family sci-fi flick glues the entire plot to E.T. the Extraterrestrial onto the handheld, found-footage style of Chronicle. The result is a cheap, nostalgic imitation of mid-'80s Steven Spielberg-inspired wonderment. J.J. Abrams' Super 8 did the exact same (and I mean, exact same) thing 50 times better. 91 minutes PG.
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this Independence Day-meets-Groundhog Day sci-fi flick. Cruise plays an ordinary dude who gets drafted to fight off an alien invasion. Unfortunately he dies--just like everybody else on Earth. Fortunately he gets stuck in a time loop--which sends him back to the beginning of the day every time he kicks the bucket. With the help of a tough female soldier, he decides to use his endless regenerations to learn from his mistakes and become the ultimate alien-fighting machine. Based on the book All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. 113 minutes PG-13.
Hollywood has finally realized there's more to Young Adult lit than sparkly vampires and post-apocalyptic romance. This comfortingly ordinary drama about two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group is based on the smash hit book by John Green. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (who just got done playing brother and sister in the post-apocalyptic romance Divergent) star. ... And you thought Love Story was a weeper. 125 minutes PG-13.
That 1998 thing with Matthew Broderick never happened. Are we agreed? Good! Now we can move on to this proper reboot directed by Gareth Edwards (of the excellent indie Monsters). This time around the King of Monsters is pitted against a couple of malevolent creatures bent on destroying humanity. Also, he's being hunted by a vengeance-minded military dude (Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Kick-Ass) and his shell-shocked dad (Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad"). Edwards is a smart director, giving the film tension and drama and playing it all quite seriously. The monsters are more interesting than the people, sure--but these are still the most interesting humans in any Godzilla movie ever. And the epic destruction? It's a thing of beauty. 123 minutes PG-13.
Viking teen Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his best dragon friend Toothless discover a hidden ice cave, home to hundreds of new wild dragon species. Having only recently made peace with their fire-breathing allies, the dragonriders must now deal with a whole new monstrous threat. This sequel to DreamWorks' surprisingly solid CGI hit from 2010 ups the ante, turning the original boy-and-his-dog variation into a full-blown fantasy war epic. 102 minutes PG.
The hit "jukebox musical" featuring all the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons makes the trip from Broadway to Hollywood with Clint Eastwood (of all people) behind the camera. Many of the Broadway stars (including Tony winner John Lloyd Young) come along for the ride. It sounds like a million bucks, but the standard rise-fall-rise story is basic "Behind the Music" stuff. 134 minutes R.
Disney reboots Sleeping Beauty with this live-action fairy tale concentrating more on the (apparently not-so-)evil sorceress (played by Angelina Jolie) and her tragic backstory. Elle Fanning (Super 8) is our soon-to-be-somnolent princess. Jolie is mesmerizing, and the film does a credible and ultimately quite likeable job melding Disney sentiment with certain aspects of the original fairy tale. But it's an odd fantasy that takes a long time to find its tone. 97 minutes PG.
Melissa McCarthy, riding high after Bridesmaids and The Heat, plays a white trash woman who loses her job and finds out her husband has been cheating. In response she hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking granny (Susan Sarandon). Hijinks ensue. 96 minutes R.
Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson and the rest of the cast from the 2012 comedy hit (based loosely on Steve Harvey's tongue-in-cheek marriage advice book) return for more wacky romance. This time around they're all in Las Vegas for a weekend wedding. As you can reasonably expect from the premise, "various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event." Or as I like to say, "hijinks ensue." 106 minutes PG-13.
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Paul Haggis (Crash) directs this pretentious, confused and criminally overinflated anthology about three (seemingly unconnected) couples in Rome, Paris and New York City. The main story concerns a burned-out writer (Liam Neeson) and his younger lover (Olivia Wilde) who mostly have sex and fight with each other. Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger and James Franco round out the melodramatic cast. 136 minutes R.
In his most restrained film to date, Michael Bay ... just kidding. This thing's 2 hours and 45 minutes' worth of exploding and screaming. The original cast has been ditched. (How will we ever survive without Shia LaBeouf?) Mark Wahlberg takes over human hero duties as a poor mechanic who buys a smashed-up semi, only to discover it's a Transformer. This would be more fun to watch at home where you can play the drinking game: Take a shot every time there's a giant fireball, an expensive piece of actual US military hardware races by or an American flag waves in slow motion. 165 minutes PG-13.
The swingin' '60s X-Men of X-Men: First Class (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult) unite with the older, more grizzled X-Men of X-Men: The Last Stand (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry) in order to prevent a future in which fascist robots have taken over the United States and hunted mutants to near-extinction. The story lacks a clear villain and there are too many characters to keep track of, but it still amounts to some breathless popcorn movie fun. 131 minutes PG-13.
Andrew Garfield returns as your friendly neighborhood web-slinger for the second film in Sony's impatient reboot of the Spider-Man series. Things are looking crowded here as supervillains the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) all fight for screen time and a shot at the title hero. This one ranks right up against Batman & Robin in terms of rickety scripting and ridiculous characters. 142 minutes PG-13.
The once-edgy Adam Sandler continues his sad, slow decline into "family" comedy. In this "Brady Bunch"-inspired sitcom, he reunites with Drew Barrymore, his costar in the long-forgotten 2004 rom-com 50 First Dates. The two play single parents who hate one another but are obliged--by wacky circumstance--to spend their family resort vacation together. Hijinks and romance ensue. 117 minutes PG-13.
The First Avenger is back and still trying to acclimate to life outside his native World War II era. Things have changed a bit since the 1940s, and superspy Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) brings in S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) to spell out today's tricky, post-Cold War realities. But just when our man Cap (Chris Evans) thinks he's got a handle on it, the past comes knocking in the form of Soviet supervillain the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). This Bourne Identity-esque sequel manages to balance action-packed thrills and tense political conspiracy. 128 minutes PG-13.
On the surface, this CGI toon is just "The Flintstones" with a sassy grandma and a bit of The Land Before Time tossed in for good measure. Nicolas Cage voices an overprotective caveman whose rebellious daughter (Emma Stone) befriends a primitive inventor (Ryan Reynolds) who brings warnings about the end of the world. Cloris Leachman plays the sassy grandma. Of course she does. Dreamworks Animation tried harder with Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, but the animation is colorful and occasionally amusing. 98 minutes PG.
There's a real industry these days preaching to the converted. Here Todd Burpo's questionable but incredibly popular "nonfiction" book heads to the big screen. Greg Kinnear stars as a mild-mannered midwest preacher whose son "dies" on the operating table and returns to life, only to describe Heaven. Clouds and Jesus, you say? Who would have guessed? No one outside the Christian faith will care about this feel-good sermon, but it scores points for at least acknowledging that not all members of the congregation agree on the more abstract points of their religion. 100 minutes PG.
This genial, family-friendly, Disney-produced sports drama doesn't deviate very far from the inspirational formula laid out by Invincible, Remember the Titans, Miracle and countless others. But the curious story and smart casting make for a very likable outing. Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") plays a typical money-hungry LA sports agent who comes up with a last-ditch effort to save his career: He'll sponsor a fast-pitch competition in India to recruit the world's first India baseball player. What he ends up with is a couple of naive kids whose first trip to America results in a lot of culture shock. This one's less about teamwork and hard work and more about friendship and personal responsibility. And damned if it doesn't actually "feel good." 124 minutes PG.
When a woman (Cameron Diaz) learns that her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from "Game of Thrones") has a wife (Leslie Mann) and another girlfriend (Kate Upton), she joins forces with the other ladies to exact revenge. Expect lots of madcap slapstick and female bonding rom this anti-rom-com. 109 minutes PG-13.