Jeff Bridges is a pot-smoking bowler just looking to replace his beloved rug after he's mistaken for a reclusive millionaire by some vengeful nihilists. This anarchic 1998 comedy is one of the Coen brothers' most loved cult hits. And deservedly so. 117 minutes R. (Opens Sunday 8/1)
This heart-pumping documentary profiles a notorious trauma bay at an inner city ER in Los Angeles. By examining the importance of the doctor-patient relationship as well as modern hospital design, the film vividly demonstrates what's wrong with our current health care system. Hint: It's not the underfunded, overworked but incredibly dedicated doctors and nurses who are facing a rising tide of sick and injured people in our country's ER facilities. Filmmaker Ryan McGarry is a physician, and he seems to know what he's talking about. 78 minutes (Opens Sunday 8/3)
Battle of Gods is the 18th animated feature based on the popular "Dragon Ball" series of comic books and TV shows. It's the first to be considered an official part of the "Dragon Ball" canon, since it's set between chapters 517 and 518 of the original manga, during a 10-year gap in the storyline. (Relax. If you're a "Dragon Ball" fan, you probably understand.) In this action-packed martial arts freakout, Beerus, the God of Destruction, learns of the defeat of the galactic overlord Freeza at the hand of Goku. Looking for an opponent worthy of his skills, Beerus hunts down Goku for some big-time battle action. 75 minutes PG. (Opens Tuesday)
Chadwick Boseman (42) stars in this musical biopic chronicling musician James Brown's rise from poverty to stardom. Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer and Craig Robinson fill out the cast list. 138 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 8/1)
Cultural provocateur Gore Vidal's 50-odd-year professional life is summed up neatly in this documentary examination highlighted by intimate, one-on-one interviews with the man himself. The late Christopher Hitchens is one of the many talking heads to weigh in on Vidal's impact on the literature, film, politics and history of the 20th century. 89 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/1)
Marvel Comics' superhero movies take off in a different direction, heading into outer space for this buoyantly comic, endlessly entertaining sci-fi romp. A band of misfits, criminals and brash adventurers is conscripted into saving the galaxy when a powerful alien warlord comes looking for a weapon of cosmos-threatening proportions. Cult filmmaker James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet, Dawn of the Dead, Slither, Super) writes and directs. Chris Pratt ("Parks and Recreation"), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) and Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) star. 121 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 8/1)
From the writer-director of the micro-budget, almost-there-but-not-quite sci-fi film Another Earth comes this equally contemplative piece of speculative fiction. Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") stars as a molecular biologist trying to trace the evolution of human eyes. One fateful night, he runs across a mysterious young woman with unique, gold-flecked eyes (Astrid Berges-Frisbey). She's his perfect woman, both professionally and personally--but her dogged belief in the spiritual world sets our protagonist up for a heady clash between science and faith. The film is gorgeous, romantic and head-twisting all at the same time. 107 minutes R. (Opens Friday 8/1)
The popular modern-day anime series out of Japan gets the feature-film treatment. This animated fantasy is sort of a combination between Harry Potter and Highlander. Once upon a time, Yashiro Isana was a seemingly ordinary student at Ashinaka High School. But in his world, students are grouped into secret clans filled with supernaturally powered warriors (known as "Kings") battling one another for supremacy. Now, after the events of the "Island Academy Incident," two displaced teens search for their missing clan leader, King Yashiro. In Japanese with English subtitles. 73 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/1)
The American Institute of Graphic Arts NM hosts another design-based documentary screening. This 2009 film shines a light on the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wis. One weekend each month, the sleepy town fills up as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the nation's top design talent bring lovers of handmade, craft-based, analog printing to the museum's interactive exhibits. 63 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 8/2)
Roman Polanski directs this heavily meta adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives. It's based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's controversial (and very popular) novella Venus in Furs (the book that gave us the term "sadomasochism"). In a tiny Paris theater, a famous writer-director (Mathieu Amalric) is auditioning actresses for his new play--an adaptation of von Sacher-Masoch's work. A powerhouse actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts into the theater, exuding erotic energy. Pushy and foul-mouthed, she hijacks the audition process, but soon captures the director's attention by embodying the cruel manipulation in the titular story. It's exactly the sort of talky, "who's zooming who?" two-hander you're expecting. But Polanski gives it just enough kink to feel faintly transgressive. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. (Opens Friday 8/1)
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.
A crotchety old realtor (Michael Douglas) enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he's suddenly left in charge of the young granddaughter he never knew existed. I think you can see where this is going, heart-melting-wise and romance-wise. 94 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.
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.
Wrestlin' thespian Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as legendary demigod Hercules, hired to protect the King of Thrace and his daughter from a tyrannical warlord. Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Peter Mullan and Joseph Fiennes mill around in the background trying to look Greek. Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3) directs this musclebound fantasy based on the comic book Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The trailers are sort of false advertising, but the film does a semi-commendable job of bringing the mythical hero down to earth. 98 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.
French filmmaker Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) gets back into the swing of action filmmaking with this monumentally strange, and epically silly sci-fi flick. Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman tricked into becoming a mule for an experimental drug. When the bags of illegal chemicals in her stomach break open, she instantly and mysteriously gains all the superpowers in the universe by using 100 percent of her brain. We're talking Jackie Chan, all of the X-Men and Neo at the end of The Matrix combined. Naturally she employs these powers to get revenge on the bad people. Given that she can control all of time and space, there's not a lot of tension. But if 2001: A Space Odyssey encapsulated mind-blowing cinema for drug-addled hippies in 1968, then this will surely melt the synapses of filmgoers currently using only 10 percent of their brains. 90 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.
The spy novels of John le Carré make for gripping reading, but they rarely translate well into film. The deglamorized, workaday espionage world le Carré portrays is in direct conflict with action-heavy modern cinema. Dutch director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) gives it the old college try, though. Philip Seymour Hoffman, in his last starring role, is a world-weary German counterterrorism agent tracking a Russian Muslim refugee through Hamburg. It's a smart, well-acted jigsaw puzzle, but a bit too slow-paced for its own good. 121 minutes R.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are a bored suburban couple who make a raunchy sex tape only to wake up and find the footage has gone missing. Segel and Diaz try hard, but the film is heavy on shenanigans and light on anything else (including, sadly, sex). 94 minutes R.
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.
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.
Zach Braff follows up his 2004 writing/directing/starring effort Garden State with this equally twee indie. In it he plays a 35-year-old unemployed actor who finds himself at a major crossroads when his father (Mandy Patinkin) announces he has cancer. Not everyone will appreciate the mix of humor and drama or the expectedly emo soundtrack. But it does feel like a slightly more grown-up version of Garden State, which had more than a few fans. 106 minutes R.
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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.
Mel Gibson tries to get back in the good graces of the mainstream public by starring in this remake of a BBC mini-series. His role--a Dirty Harry-esque cop getting revenge for his daughter's murder--is familiar enough territory. But the script offers up a few complications, and director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) gives it a touch more class than the average cop drama. 117 minutes R.
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.
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.
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.
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy," Ted) writes, directs and stars in this ultra-raunchy Western comedy about a cowardly rancher (MacFarlane) who challenges a notorious gunslinger (Liam Neeson) with the help of a mysterious cowgirl (Charlize Theron). Fart, poop and penis jokes abound. Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman round out the cast. 116 minutes R.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are a couple of suburban parents who find out their new neighbors are a bunch of drunken frat boys. Oddly enough no one else in the neighborhood seems to notice the all-night parties and the lawn full of beer cans. That leaves our unhappy couple to feud it out with the frat boys. There are some epically raunchy jokes here, but none of the characters are very sympathetic, and the plot is merely an excuse for a string of mean-spirited pranks. 96 minutes R.
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.