Acclaimed photographer Rosamond Purcell finds unexpected beauty in the discarded and decayed. Her pictures of the natural world--covering everything from a mastodon tooth to a hydrocephalic skull--have been featured on the pages of National Geographic and in more than 20 published books. Here her mesmerizing, occasionally morbid work gets the documentary treatment. 75 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 10/4)
Chip Lord, from the legendary media collective Ant Farm, has partnered with musician Hayden Pedigo to produce a video portrait of the windswept landscape of their native Amarillo. Lord will be introducing the screening and Pedigo will be play a live accompaniment on acoustic guitar. 75 minutes (Opens Sunday 10/2)
Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich star in this gritty, no-nonsense encapsulation of the worst disaster in US oil-drilling history. Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor) knows how to stage crowd-pleasing action. As explosion-filled disaster movies go, it's stirring. But the film never figures out how to address deeper questions about this environmental disaster and the corporate culture that allowed it to happen. 107 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 9/29)
In art house horror comedy from Poland, a young Jewish man (Israeli actors Itay Tiran) and his soon-to-be bride arrive at the rural farmhouse he's been gifted by his in-laws. While inspecting the premises, he stumbles across a pile of human remains. Following the wedding, our protagonist finds himself rather inconveniently possessed by a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure of Jewish folklore. Writer-director Marcin Wrona died just before this absurdist comedy/love story/horror film could premiere. In English, Polish and Yiddish with English subtitles. 94 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/30)
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Ub 1950s Australia, a talented dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fasion of the town. Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving and Judy Davis costar. 118 minutes R. (Opens Friday 9/30)
In 2016 the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the world of Hell-bent surrealist Hieronymus Bosch. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of art historians crisscrossed the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. Using special infrared cameras, for example, they examined the sketches beneath the paint, giving the most detailed look to date at how this devilish artist worked his sinister magic. Part art history, part detective story. In English, Dutch, Spanish and Italian with English subtitles. 86 minutes Unrated. (Opens Tuesday 10/2)
Guatemala's first-ever entry into the Academy Awards is this dreamlike debut from Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante. Mixing fact and fable, the Herzog-like drama depicts the daily lives and rituals of Kaqchikel-speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. The local, nonprofessional actors--who also helped contribute to Bustamante's ethnographic script--only add to the documentary-like feel of the film. In Maya and Spanish with English subtitles. 93 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/30)
Indian cricket player Mahendra Singh Dhoni (the fourth fastest batsman to complete 8,000 runs in one-day cricket, don't you know) is the subject of this Bollywood biopic starring Sushant Singh Rajput. In Hindi with English subtitles. 190 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/30)
Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Ken Marino are among the comic cast of this madcap crime caper directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). The story centers on an inept night guard at an armored car company who somehow organizes a $17 million heist. The story is based (loosely, of course) on the real-life Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery of 1997. 94 minutes PG-13. (Opens Friday 9/30)
Tim Burton directs this fantasy-adventure based on the popular YA novel by Ransom Riggs (who basically took a bunch of weird Victorian photographs and made up stories about them). Eva Green stars as the titular Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of a well-hidden home for children with bizarre powers. Think Harry Potter crossed with the X-Men crossed with a whole lotta Tim Burton. Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett. Terence Stamp and Allison Janney round out the impressive cast. 127 minutes PG-13. (Opens Thursday 9/29)
John Waters' 1970 cult film freakout gets a newly restored re-release. Waters' drag queen muse Divine stars as the leader of "Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions," a traveling exhibition of fetishists and assorted obscenities. But it's all just a front to rob assorted straight-laced patrons at gunpoint. Bored with the routine, however, Lady Divine decides to incorporate a little murder. What follows is a bizarro cavalcade of random terrorists, glue-sniffers, religious visions, church-based sodomy, cannibalism and giant lobsters. 96 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/30)
Danish master stylist Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) returns with this glittery, surreal horror thriller about an aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are slowly stolen by a string of beauty-obsessed women. Macabre, twisted, gorgeously mounted and seriously depraved, this one will win fans and detractors in near-equal number. Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves round out the odd cast. 117 minutes R. (Opens Thursday 9/29)
Disney and ESPN join forces for this by-the-numbers "root for the underdog" sporting drama that nonetheless manages to be deeply humanistic and emotionally affecting. Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala) directs this true-life tale of an impoverished Ugandan preteen (charismatic newcomer Madina Nalwanga) who sees a neighborhood chess class as her ticket out of the ghetto. Lupita Nyong'o plays the girl's thorny single mother, while David Oyelowo is her empathetic coach. Chess isn't the most exciting thing to watch on screen, but Nair wisely concentrates on her strong characters and doesn't shy away from the harsher realities of life in modern-day Africa. FULL REVIEW:Unfamiliar setting and offbeat subject make this sporting drama better than much of its competition by Devin D. O’Leary (9/29/2016). 124 minutes PG. (Opens Thursday 9/29)
In this Oscar-nominated film, documentarian Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) uses state-of-the-art camera equipment to show off never-before-seen images of endangered species and the threats to their continued existence from around the globe. 90 minutes Unrated. (Opens Saturday 10/1)
Simply one of the finest comedy films Hollywood has ever produced, this 1959 Billy Wilder film has Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis impersonating showgirls to avoid the mob. One of Marilyn Monroe's best turns as well. Still a riot. 119 minutes Unrated. (Thursday 10/6)
Performances by Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ray Charles, Beck, Alabama Shakes and Radiohead highlight this documentary about the 40-year evolution of PBS' hallmark music showcase. 96 minutes Unrated. (Opens Friday 9/30)
Mel Brooks' riotous 1974 spoof of Universal's Frankenstein movies returns to theaters as a tribute to recently deceased star Gene Wilder. Wilder and his costars Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr are at their best in this endlessly quotable comedy. 106 minutes PG. (Opens Wednesday 10/5)
We've had Bad Santas, Bad Teachers, Bad Judges, Bad Neighbors and Bad Grandpas, so it was just a matter of time before we got saddled with Bad Moms. Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell are among the overworked and underappreciated moms who are pushed beyond their limits, and "ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun and comedic self-indulgence." Expect hijijnks including--but not limited to--drugs, alcohol and full frontal nudity to ensue. 101 minutes R.
Director Adam Wingard (V/H/S, You're Next, The Guest) is behind this "secret" sequel to 1999's The Blair Witch Project. After discovering a videotape showing what he believes to be his sister's experiences in the demonic woods of the Blair Witch, a young man heads into the forest looking for her. No way is this a good idea. Wingard and longtime screenwriting pal Simon Barrett toy with the concept of a "reboot/remake/sequel" while messing mercilessly with viewers' brains and unleashing some breathless scares. 89 minutes R.
The third film in the romantic British series arrives some 15 years after the original. Now comfortably middle-aged, still-singleton Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) suddenly finds herself preggers. But is it the baby of new boyfriend Patrick Dempsey or old flame Colin Firth? Think Mama Mia, but without the singing. 122 minutes R.
Writer-director Fede Alvarez (the remake of Evil Dead) isn't the first horror film director to be inspired by Terence Young's 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark (about a blind woman stalked by thugs in her own house). Still, he does a nifty job of flipping the script in this nail-biting entry. Stephen Lang (Avatar) is the blind old man targeted by a group of amateur thieves. Little do they know he's a murderously resourceful vet perfectly capable of trapping them inside his home, cutting off the lights and slaughtering them one by one. It's basically a gimmicky home invasion thriller, but Alvarez keeps the action quick, brutal and relentless. 88 minutes R.
In this modern-day Western, a divorced dad (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) become bank robbers in order to save their family's farm in West Texas. This sets them on a collision course with dogged, soon-to-retire Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges. The tropes are familiar, but the cast is loaded with charisma and chemistry, and the film moves with the speed of a dust storm. The entertaining screenplay comes from Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the equally taut, shot-in-New-Mexico crime drama Sicario. 102 minutes R.
After sitting out a movie (2012's mediocre The Bourne Legacy), Matt Damon returns as everybody's favorite amnesiac superspy. Now that our hero is finally remembering who he truly is, he's got a lot of revenge to dish out against the people who betrayed him. This will involve lots and lots of car chases, foot races, gunfights and explosions. Also, he's got to contend with an evil CIA director (Tommy Lee Jones), an opportunistic agent (Alicia Vikander) and a very angry assassin (Vincent Cassel). Expect serious, no-holds-barred action, followed by more of the same. 123 minutes PG-13.
This glorious, stop-motion animated cartoon comes to us from the company behind 2002's Coraline and 2012's ParaNorman. Inspired by Asian mythology, the film takes us into the fantasy-filled world of a young, would-be warrior who must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Aiding him on his quest are Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey). Since it's not based on any specific myth, the story gets a bit generic. But the animation is impeccable. 101 minutes PG.
What do you know: 1960's The Magnificent Seven (itself a remake of 1954's Seven Samurai) gets a remake. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, The Equalizer) is behind the camera. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio and Matt Bomer are among the cowboys, gunslingers and outlaws hired to defend a poor, Wild West village from an army of savage thieves. 132 minutes PG-13.
A bank robber (Omar Chaparro, Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos) recently released from jail goes to recover the loot he buried years ago. The problem? The site is now covered by a high school gym! What can our man do--other than come up with a wacky scheme to pose as a substitute teacher in a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers? In Spanish with English subtitles. 100 minutes PG-13.
Seth Rogen and pals (Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader) star in this raunchy, computer-animated cartoon about a curious, anthropomorphic hotdog and his grocery store pals who discover the horrifying truth behind food and try to escape their fate (being cooked, eaten and digested, that is). Think Pixar, but with a whole lot of wiener jokes. Seriously. Not for kids. 89 minutes R.
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From the makers of the Despicable Me films comes this manic, animated comedy about a New York City terrier named Max who regularly invites his animal friends to hang out at his place while their owners are away at work. Max's happy life is interrupted one day, though, when his owner adopts a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. The slim story is borrowed from any number of Warner Bros. cartoons in which evil dogcatchers chase innocent animals around the city. But the characters are funny and engaging. A who's who of comedians (Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Ellie Kemper, Steve Coogan, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey) are on talking animal duty. 90 minutes PG.
Olivers Stone directs this dynamic, dramatized lecture on who Edward Snowden is and why he was totally right in exposing the US government's covert operation to spy on American citizens. It's not that Stone is wrong. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt does well-measured character work as the titular whistleblower/traitor at the heart of it all. But the film is just too sure of its black-and-white narrative to provide much dramatic friction. As a bit of muckracking outrage, it's firebrand work. As a dramatic thriller, it's lacking in nuance and surprise. FULL REVIEW:Oliver Stone’s high-tech muckraker makes a solid, one-sided argument by Devin D. O’Leary (9/15/2016). 134 minutes R.
From the studio that gave us The Lego Movie comes this CGI cartoon about storks--you know, the kind who deliver babies. Adam Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ty Burrell and Danny Trejo are among the bird-based voice cast. 89 minutes PG.
Well, it's not the oppressive, monotone "grimdark" look of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but this chaotic action flick replaces that with a story and tone that is literally all over the damn place. This hot mess has the unenviable task of introducing audiences to a dozen or so unknown characters, then blending them into a team we're supposed to root for. The gimmick here is that all of our superheroes are actually supervillains, sprung from prison if they'll take part in a suicidal mission to ... accomplish something or other. Most of the key players (Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang) seem to be having fun. Despite lots and lots of frantic CG action, this exercise in attitude can't decide if it's a winking superhero parody, an over-the-top war movie, a horror-survival video game or what. See also:What Warner Bros. did wrong with Suicide Squad by Devin D. O’Leary (8/11/2016). 123 minutes PG-13.
Heroic airplane pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger gets the big screen treatment with no less than Tom Hanks taking on the lead role. Clint Eastwood directs (as always) in his clumsy-yet-competent manner. The film concentrates mostly on the aftermath of Sullenberger's crashlanding in the Hudson River. It's a likable celebration of humble heroism, but we're mostly in it for the crash. 95 minutes PG-13.
Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall and Jaz Sinclair star in this dramatic thriller about a (sexy) surrogate mom for a buppie couple who becomes "dangerously obsessed" with the soon-to-be father. ... How is this not a Lifetime Channel movie? 107 minutes PG-13.
Jack Huston ( "Boardwalk Empire") takes over for Charlton Heston (no pressure) in this actionized new adaptation of Lew Wallace's acclaimed novel about a Jewish prince enslaved by the Romans. Director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) goes full-on Gladiator with this 3D spectacle. There's a bit more Christ (played by Rodrigo Santoro from 300) in this go-around ... and a lot more chariot racing. At least Morgan Freeman's around to do the wise mentor thing. 124 minutes PG-13.
British humorist Roald Dahl's beloved bedtime fable about a kindly giant who refuses to eat children comes to life courtesy of director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who teamed up on a little film called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) gives voice to the titular (CGI-rendered) Big Friendly Giant. 117 minutes PG.
Big, muscular Dwayne Johnson and tiny, motormouthed Kevin Hart are a couple of old high school pals reunited through Facebook for one of them buddy action-comedy adventures. Hart is a mild-mannered accountant and Johnson is an international superspy. Hijinks ensue. 114 minutes PG-13.
Yes, this reboot to the endlessly quotable 1984 supernatural comedy does feature four female leads (Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones). If that's a problem, you should just stay home and complain about "feminazis" all you want on the internet. Everybody else can judge this one on its own merits. Is it innovative? No. Is it funny? Pretty much. Basically, if you grew up on the original films, this (much like the recent Star Trek movies) is just a watered-down remake with different actors. If you're fresh to the franchise, it's a perfectly servicable action comedy. 114 minutes PG-13.
Robert De Niro, now too old to step into the ring (after Raging Bull and Grudge Match), takes on the role of a boxing coach, training the legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) for his bout with Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond). This solid if conventional biopic is based, of course, on true events. 105 minutes R.
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Jeez, how many of these movies have they made? So many, apparently, that the Pleistocene Age animals (voiced again by Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah) are now reenacting the plot to Armageddon. Yup, a giant meteoroid is heading towards Earth threatening to wipe out mammal-kind--and it's up to a mammoth, a sloth and a saber-toothed tiger to stop it. Hey, kids gotta learn history somehow. 94 minutes PG.
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A ghost haunts a mentally unstable mother and her emotionally traumatized kids. This ghost, though, is afraid of the light. So, naturally, everybody arms themselves with faulty flashlights and goes creeping around in the dark. The slightly clever gimmick (based on a short film by the same director) is stretched thin over the course of the film's sub-90-minute runtime. If you're a big fan of "jump out and go boo!" ghost movies (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Conjuring), this inexpensive fright film is for you. FULL REVIEW:Under-illuminated ghost story is too dim to really be scary by Devin D. O’Leary (7/21/2016). 81 minutes PG-13.
Borrowing more than a little inspiration from the Thai film 13: Game of Death (and its American remake 13 Sins), this tween-themed horror thriller finds a high school senior (Emma Roberts) lured into an online game in which she must complete a string of increasingly deadly stunts in order to win big bucks. It's based on the young adult novel by Jeanne Ryan. 96 minutes PG-13.
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The "Kelvin Universe" timeline (previously known as "J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot series) finally gets around to telling an original story. The Enterprise has actually set off on its original "five year mission" and is exploring the edge of the known universe. Naturally, the crew manage to tick off the wrong space villain, who declares war on the Federation. For this outing, directing duties fall to by Justin Lin (who directed four of the last seven Fast and Furious films). That means, of course, that this is the explodiest, most fast-paced Star Trek movie ever. 120 minutes PG-13.