Short takes: This week’s movie listings

The Finest Hours

Special screenings

Bowling & Movie Night

1/28, Grease 2 hosted by actor Adrian Zmed, 11 pm, $20. Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-862-2695.

Cinemark Classic Series

Sun, 2 pm; Wed, 2 & 7 pm, $7-$10. 1/31, 2/3, Blazing Saddles. Theaters: ORL, ST, SF, SP, SC

Josh Groban: Stages Live

2/4, Josh Groban concert film plus live broadcast of Q&A, 7:30 pm, $13-$15. Theaters: CAN, COL, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Las Vegas Stories

2/4, documentary The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge, 7 pm, free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3459.

The Metropolitan Opera HD Live

1/30, Puccini’s Turandot live, 9:55 am, $17-$25. 2/3, Puccini’s Turandot encore, 6:30 pm, $16-$23. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Midnight Brewvies

Mon, movie plus popcorn, midnight, free. Elixir, 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, 702-272-0000.

RiffTrax Live

1/28, The Room with comedic commentary, 7:30 pm, $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Sci Fi Center

Mon, Cinemondays, 8 pm, free. 1/30, The Killer Shrews, Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks, 7 pm, $5. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335,

Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou

Tue, 1 pm, free. 2/2, The Defiant Ones. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

New this week

Everything About Her (Not reviewed)

Vilma Santos, Angel Locsin, Xian Lim. Directed by Joyce Bernal. 127 minutes. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. A dying business mogul facilitates a connection between her son and her caregiver.

Theaters: ORL, VS

Fifty Shades of Black (Not reviewed)

Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett. Directed by Michael Tiddes. 92 minutes. Rated R. A parody of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey.

Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, DI, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX

The Finest Hours Three stars

Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger. Directed by Craig Gillespie. 117 minutes. Rated PG-13. This true-life drama about a daring 1952 Coast Guard rescue is old-fashioned in both good and bad ways, with some hokey writing and performances, but also some solid suspense and excitement. Affleck is particularly good as the prickly but resourceful chief engineer on a stranded oil tanker. —JB

Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, COL, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS

Jane Got a Gun (Not reviewed)

Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. 98 minutes. Rated R. On the Western frontier, a woman enlists the help of her former fiancé to save her husband from a gang of outlaws.

Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RR, SF, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS

Kung Fu Panda 3 Three stars

Voices of Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. 95 minutes. Rated PG. This time around, kung fu panda Po (Black) must master the traditional Chinese concept of ch’i in order to take down a mystically powered bad guy. At this point, there’s really nothing new to discover in a KFP movie, but it’s still nice to see old friends every so often. —JB

Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX

Now playing

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Three stars

John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, David Costabile. Directed by Michael Bay. 144 minutes. Rated R. Bay’s film about the 2012 Benghazi attacks eschews politics in favor of blowing stuff up, but the action gets monotonous over time. The portrayal of six paramilitary contractors who defended U.S. compounds has a tone of such extreme hero worship that it distorts the reality it’s meant to portray. —JB


The 5th Wave Three stars

Chloë Grace Moretz, Alex Roe, Nick Robinson. Directed by J Blakeson. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. Teenager Cassie (Moretz) fights off an alien invasion and gets caught in a love triangle in the latest adaptation of a young-adult sci-fi novel series. The 5th Wave starts out as a rote survival narrative before taking a turn for the absurd with its central romance and the aliens’ nonsensical endgame. —JB

Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS

Airlift (Not reviewed)

Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Feryna Wazheir. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon. 125 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. A drama about the 1990 evacuation of Indians living in Kuwait, following the Iraqi invasion.

Theaters: VS

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Not reviewed)

Voices of Matthew Gray Gubler, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney. Directed by Walt Becker. 86 minutes. Rated PG. Chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore travel to Miami to stop their guardian Dave from getting married.

Theaters: ST, TX

Anomalisa Two and a half stars

Voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan. Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. 90 minutes. Rated R. Kaufman’s strange, downbeat stop-motion animated film explores the drudgery of everyday life via a middle-aged customer-service expert who hears the same voice (Noonan’s) coming out of everyone around him. The animation is beautifully detailed, but the story is a dull and mundane examination of the dull and mundane. —JB

Theaters: TS, VS

The Big Short Three stars

Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling. Directed by Adam McKay. 130 minutes. Rated R. Adapted from Michael Lewis’ best-seller, this expository essay disguised as a narrative explains the 2008 subprime-mortgage crisis from the point of view of the few people who foresaw the disaster and profited from it. Director McKay works overtime to make complex financial concepts entertaining. —MD

Theaters: COL, DTS, SC, SP, SS, ST, TS

The Boy (Not reviewed)

Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell. Directed by William Brent Bell. 98 minutes. Rated PG-13. An American nanny is disturbed by her English employers’ “son”—a life-sized doll.

Theaters: AL, CH, DI, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS

Bridge of Spies Three and a half stars

Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 135 minutes. Rated PG-13. In his fourth film for Spielberg, Hanks plays a lawyer who’s strong-armed into defending an accused Soviet spy (Rylance). Based on actual events, the film unfolds with superb old-school efficiency, and achieves something very difficult: It makes rooting for integrity fun. —MD

Theaters: TS

Brooklyn Three and a half stars

Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by John Crowley. 111 minutes. Rated PG-13. This 1950s-set drama, based on Colm Tóibín’s award-winning novel, is old-fashioned in its optimism about life for Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Ronan) as she starts over in New York City. Ronan brings Eilis to life in every small gesture and interaction. —JB

Theaters: FH, SC

Carol Four stars

Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler. Directed by Todd Haynes. 118 minutes. Rated R. In Haynes’ achingly beautiful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, elegant, composed housewife Carol Aird (Blanchett) and shy shopgirl/aspiring photographer Therese Belivet (Mara) have to hide their burgeoning courtship. Haynes brilliantly captures each small moment of both grace and indignity as the characters quietly rebel against societal constraints. —JB

Theaters: VS

Concussion Two and a half stars

Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Directed by Peter Landesman. 123 minutes. Rated PG-13. Smith dials way back on his aggressive charm to play Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who first identified a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that’s contracted by as many as 28 percent of professional football players. Unfortunately, the movie makes Omalu a deadly dull plaster saint. —MD

Theaters: SC

Creed Three and a half stars

Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson. Directed by Ryan Coogler. 132 minutes. Rated PG-13. Retired boxer Rocky Balboa (Stallone) reluctantly agrees to train Adonis Creed (Jordan), illegitimate son of his late friend/rival Apollo Creed. Not only is Creed a solid, rousing boxing drama, but it’s also an unexpectedly affecting look at Rocky in his twilight years, with Stallone’s best performance in a long time. —JB

Theaters: BS, COL, SC, TX

Daddy’s Home Two stars

Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini. Directed by Sean Anders. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. This reunion between Ferrell and Wahlberg (The Other Guys) finds both stars on autopilot, with Ferrell as a milquetoast, eager-to-please stepdad who feels threatened when his wife’s bad-boy ex (Wahlberg) comes to town. Their subsequent feud is predictable and unfunny, combining painful slapstick with uncomfortable gross-out jokes. —JB

Theaters: AL, CAN, COL, DI, ORL, PAL, RR, SF, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS

The Danish Girl Three stars

Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts. Directed by Tom Hooper. 120 minutes. Rated R. Hooper’s pretty but somewhat lifeless biopic about Lili Elbe (Redmayne), the first person to undergo a documented gender reassignment surgery, focuses equally on her wife Gerda (Vikander), a passionate, iconoclastic artist. Lili made enormous sacrifices to live her life authentically, but the movie about her remains disappointingly timid.—JB

Theaters: SP, ST, VS

Detective Chinatown (Not reviewed)

Wang Baoqiang, Liu Haoran, Tong Liya. Directed by Sicheng Chen. 136 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. A pair of bumbling detectives attempt to solve a murder.

Theaters: TS

Dirty Grandpa One star

Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Aubrey Plaza. Directed by Dan Mazer. 102 minutes. Rated R. De Niro’s career twilight reaches its latest low point in this crass comedy about a randy widower (De Niro) who drags his uptight grandson (Efron) on a road trip to spring break at Daytona Beach. The humor is nasty, misogynistic and gross, but the disingenuously heartfelt scenes might be even more offensive. —JB

Theaters: AL, BS, CH, DI, DTS, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, SF, SC, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX

The Forest Two stars

Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa. Directed by Jason Zada. 93 minutes. Rated PG-13. Despite a setting (the Aokigahara forest in Japan, a notorious spot for suicides) with thematic potential, once concerned American Sara Price (Dormer) enters the woods in search of her missing twin sister, the movie turns into a generic haunted-forest story, with a series of banal jump scares and pale apparitions. —JB

Theaters: AL, DI, SP, ST, TS, TX

The Good Dinosaur Three stars

Voices of Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Frances McDormand. Directed by Peter Sohn. 100 minutes. Rated PG. Pixar’s long-in-the-works animated movie is gorgeous to look at, and it’s solid, pleasurable entertainment for kids. But it’s only slightly more sophisticated than the similarly themed Ice Age movies, with a straightforward story about a young dinosaur conquering his fears while on a quest through the wilderness. —JB

Theaters: COL, ST, VS

Goosebumps Two and a half stars

Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush. Directed by Rob Letterman. 103 minutes. Rated PG. Black is fun as teen horror author R.L. Stine, but the big-screen Goosebumps movie is more focused on fast, loud action, dorky humor and special effects than it is on being spooky. Monster lovers may get something out of it, but it’s all rather graceless. —JMA

Theaters: TC

The Hateful Eight Two and a half stars

Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. 167 minutes. Rated R. Tarantino’s hyper-violent, hyper-talky Western takes place almost entirely inside a cabin during a blizzard on the Wyoming frontier. The increasingly bloody payoffs don’t quite make up for the sluggish first half, and Tarantino’s wordy dialogue has lost some of its charm, especially in its showy and often misguided use of the N-word. —JB

Theaters: SP, ST, VS

Hotel Transylvania 2 (Not reviewed)

Voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. 89 minutes. Rated PG. Dracula and his fellow monsters try to get Dracula’s half-human grandson to embrace his vampire side.

Theaters: TC

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Three stars

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Francis Lawrence. 137 minutes. Rated PG-13. The second part of Mockingjay wraps up the entire four-movie Hunger Games series (based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian sci-fi novels) in a mostly satisfying way. Although it’s overlong and sometimes oppressively bleak, the movie features some creative action set pieces and surprisingly complex themes about the costs of warfare. —JB

Theaters: BS, COL

In the Heart of the Sea Two and a half stars

Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Brendan Gleeson. Directed by Ron Howard. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13. Howard’s dramatization of the actual 1820 whaling disaster that inspired Moby Dick is a workmanlike, middle-of-the-road crowd-pleaser with some solid performances and a couple of rousing moments. Stacked up against one of the most celebrated novels of all time, though, it looks pretty paltry. —JB

Theaters: ST, TC

Ip Man 3 Two and a half stars

Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Jin Zhang. Directed by Wilson Yip. 105 minutes. Rated PG-13. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Yen’s third movie as legendary real-life martial-arts master Ip Man pits him against a group of cartoonish gangsters led by a nefarious American played by, um, Mike Tyson. The story is silly and poorly constructed, and the sleek, exciting fight scenes can’t quite make up for the clumsy structure. —JB

Theaters: TS

Joy Three and a half stars

Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez. Directed by David O. Russell. 124 minutes. Rated PG-13. Russell’s biopic about inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence) has a jazzy energy as it barrels through some unlikely events. The tension between the fanciful and the mundane never quite resolves over the course of the movie, and Joy is more successful at impressionistic family drama than laying out the facts of Mangano’s career. —JB

Theaters: COL, SP, VS

Krampus Three stars

Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman. Directed by Michael Dougherty. 98 minutes. Rated PG-13. This Christmas-themed horror-comedy gets off to a bit of a slow start, with some overly broad humor about holiday family discord, but once it brings in the horrors (courtesy of a sort of evil reflection of Santa Claus), it becomes gleefully nasty and surprisingly inventive. —JB

Theaters: TC

The Martian Four stars

Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Directed by Ridley Scott. 141 minutes. Rated PG-13. Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is left behind on Mars when the rest of his team believes him dead. Damon carries the film with an excellent performance that conveys Mark’s mix of ingenuity and loneliness, and the story makes furious calculations and engineering simulations into gripping, can’t-look-away drama. —JB

Theaters: TC, VS

Norm of the North (Not reviewed)

Voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy. Directed by Trevor Wall. 86 minutes. Rated PG. A polar bear accidentally makes his way to New York City.

Theaters: AL, COL, ORL, RR, SF, SP, ST, TS, TX, VS

The Peanuts Movie Three stars

Voices of Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Alexander Garfin. Directed by Steve Martino. 86 minutes. Rated G. This big-screen computer-animated version of Charles Schulz’s beloved comic-strip characters is faithful almost to a fault. The central plot is about hapless kid Charlie Brown trying to win the affections of the mysterious Little Red-Haired Girl, but it makes room for plenty of diversions that incorporate almost every well-known Peanuts moment. —JB

Theaters: TC

Point Break One and a half stars

Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Teresa Palmer. Directed by Ericson Core. 113 minutes. Rated PG-13. This remake of the 1991 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze thriller is even dumber than the original, with Bracey as a dudebro FBI agent infiltrating a criminal gang of extreme athletes led by a dippy guru (Ramirez). The stunts are cool, but the acting and the plotting are completely DOA. —JB

Theaters: TC

The Revenant Three stars

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson. Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. 156 minutes. Rated R. DiCaprio makes his bid for Oscar glory as Hugh Glass, a real-life fur trapper and frontier guide who trekked 200 miles across unforgiving terrain when he was left for dead after being mauled by a bear. As a survival tale, it’s gripping entertainment; as a revenge saga, it’s largely empty. —MD

Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX

Ride Along 2 Two stars

Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Olivia Munn. Directed by Tim Story. 100 minutes. Rated PG-13. Hart tries not to be annoying and Cube tries to look like he wants to be there, and they actually partially succeed, but not all the time. The major laughs are at the expense of Hart, and the action/chase scenes, courtesy of director Story, are a choppy, lazy mess. —JMA

Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX

Room Three stars

Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. 118 minutes. Rated R. Emma Donoghue’s acclaimed 2010 novel, about a woman (Larson) and her young son (Tremblay) who’ve spent years held prisoner in a small garden shed, needed a singular directorial vision to work as a film, and it didn’t get it. Still, Larson is terrific, and the scenario’s inherent pathos is off the charts. —MD

Theaters: COL, PAL, SC

Sisters Three stars

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz. Directed by Jason Moore. 118 minutes. Rated R. Fey and Poehler join forces again as siblings with diametrically opposed personalities who decide to throw a massive party in their soon-to-be-sold family home. That scenario is strictly a thin delivery system for semi-improvised riffing, with the jokes achieving roughly a 65-35 ratio of hits to misses. —MD

Theaters: COL, RR, SP, ST, TS

Spectre Three stars

Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux. Directed by Sam Mendes. 148 minutes. Rated PG-13. Craig’s possible final outing as secret agent James Bond focuses a bit too much on wrapping up his story and bringing back familiar elements of the Bond franchise. Spectre succeeds mainly as a series of dazzling set pieces connected by a thin plot. —JB

Theaters: TC

Spotlight Four stars

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams. Directed by Tom McCarthy. 128 minutes. Rated R. Director and co-writer McCarthy’s drama about the Boston Globe reporting on the Catholic Church molestation scandal applies the same meticulous attention to detail as the Globe writers did in their reporting. The stars manage to turn sitting and listening into riveting drama, and the acting is powerful in how subdued it is. —JB

Theaters: SC, ST, VS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Three and a half stars

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver. Directed by J.J. Abrams. 135 minutes. Rated PG-13. The long-awaited seventh movie in the space-opera series is a carefully crafted brand extension with a familiar story and some appealing new characters. Everything about it seems calculated to entertain the widest audience possible, and for the most part, it succeeds. —JB

Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, DI, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX

Trumbo Three stars

Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg. Directed by Jay Roach. 124 minutes. Rated R. Dalton Trumbo was a brilliant writer who sacrificed his career and his family life to stand up for what he believed in, but the movie about him features neither brilliant writing nor daring social commentary. Trumbo is, however, a fitfully entertaining biopic, featuring a cast of recognizable faces playing other recognizable faces. —JB

Theaters: VS

JMA Jeffrey M. Anderson; JB Josh Bell; MD Mike D’Angelo


(AL) Regal Aliante

7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, 844-462-7342 ext. 4011

(BS) Regal Boulder Station

4111 Boulder Highway, 844-462-7342 ext. 269

(PAL) Brenden Theatres at the Palms

4321 W. Flamingo Road, 702-507-4849

(CAN) Galaxy Cannery

2121 E. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, 702-639-9779

(CH) Cinedome Henderson

851 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, 702-566-1570

(COL) Regal Colonnade

8880 S. Eastern Ave., 844-462-7342 ext. 270

(DI) Las Vegas Drive-In

4150 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas, 702-646-3565

(DTS) Regal Downtown Summerlin

2070 Park Center Drive, 844-462-7342 ext. 4063

(FH) Regal Fiesta Henderson

777 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, 844-462-7342 ext. 1772

(GVR) Regal Green Valley Ranch

2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, 844-462-7342 ext. 267

(GVL) Galaxy Green Valley Luxury+

4500 E. Sunset Road, Henderson, 702-442-0244

(ORL) Century Orleans

4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 702-889-1220

(RP) AMC Rainbow Promenade

2321 N. Rainbow Blvd., 888-262-4386

(RR) Regal Red Rock

11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 844-462-7342 ext. 1756

(ST) Century Sam’s Town

5111 Boulder Highway, 702-547-1732

(SF) Century Santa Fe Station

4949 N. Rancho Drive, 702-655-8178

(SHO) United Artists Showcase

3769 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 844-462-7342 ext. 522

(SP) Century South Point

9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-260-4061

(SC) Century Suncoast

9090 Alta Drive, 702-869-1880

(SS) Regal Sunset Station

1301-A W. Sunset Road, Henderson, 844-462-7342 ext. 268

(TX) Regal Texas Station

2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas, 844-462-7342 ext. 271

(TS) AMC Town Square

6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-362-7283

(TC) Regency Tropicana Cinemas

3330 E. Tropicana Ave., 702-438-3456

(VS) Regal Village Square

9400 W. Sahara Ave., 844-462-7342 ext. 272


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