Short takes: This week’s movie listings and reviews

The Conjuring 2
Josh Bell, Mike D'Angelo, Jeffrey M. Anderson

Special screenings

Art & Architecture in Cinema

6/16, Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Theaters: COL, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Cinema in the Circle

6/10, The Jungle Book (1967), sunset, free. Huntridge Circle Park, 1251 S. Maryland Parkway.

Dive-In Movies

Mon, 7:30 p.m., $5, free for hotel guests. 6/13, Father of the Bride. Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7000.

Family-Friendly Summer Matinee

Wed, 11 a.m., free. 6/15, Inside Out. Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive, 702-507-3863.


6/12, original 1984 movie plus preview of new remake, 2 & 7 p.m., $7.50-$12.50. Theaters: AL, CAN, RR, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Las Vegas Classic Film Theater

Classic, indie and arthouse films, times vary, $5 per screening. 6/11, Buster Keaton Fest, 1:30 p.m. 6/12, War of the Wildcats (1943), 1:30 p.m. 6/13, D.O.A. (1949), 7 p.m. 6/15, Nosferatu (1922), 7 p.m. Baobab Stage, Town Square, 702-369-6649,

Las Vegas Film Festival

Through 6/12, feature films, shorts, panels, parties, awards, more, $12 per screening, passes $60-$250. Inspire Theater; Fremont Theater; Brenden Theaters at the Palms. Info:

Midnight Brewvies

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

Mötley Crüe: The End

6/14, concert film of final Mötley Crüe tour, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Theaters: CAN, ST. Info:

Movie Night

Thu, sundown, free. 6/9, Planes. 6/16, Minions. Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St.,

Saturday Movie Matinee

6/11, The Danish Girl, 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

Sci Fi Center

Sun, Game of Thrones viewing party, 7:15 p.m., free. Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335,

Summer Screen Series

Thu, dusk, free. 6/9, Finding Nemo. 6/16, High School Musical 2. Park Centre Drive, Downtown Summerlin,

Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou

Tue, 1 p.m., free. 6/14, Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

New this week

Ali (Not reviewed)

Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight. Directed by Michael Mann. 157 minutes. Rated R. Re-release of the 2001 biopic about boxer Muhammad Ali.

Theaters: COL, SP, TS, TX

The Conjuring 2 Two and a half stars

Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor. Directed by James Wan. 134 minutes. Rated R. Once again based loosely on one of the actual cases investigated by real-life ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Wilson and Farmiga), this sequel features a handful of effectively scary moments spread out over 134 minutes of a fairly dull haunted-house story. —JB

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

Dark Horse Three and a half stars

Directed by Louise Osmond. 85 minutes. Rated PG. This entertaining, rousing documentary focuses on residents from a working-class Welsh town who pooled their money to purchase a racehorse. It’s one of those remarkable underdog sports stories that sound too good to be true, and Osmond knows how to get out of the way and let the people involved tell it. —JB

Theaters: SC

The Final Master Three stars

Liao Fan, Song Jia, Song Yang. Directed by Xu Haofeng. 109 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. This Chinese martial-arts movie set in 1932 is stylish and witty, although the plot is thoroughly confusing. The clever fight scenes, eye-catching set and costume design and surprisingly well-rounded characters make up for a story full of betrayals and confrontations that are frustratingly difficult to follow. —JB

Theaters: TS

Maggie’s Plan Two stars

Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore. Directed by Rebecca Miller. 98 minutes. Rated R. This dramedy about a love triangle among NYC academics never figures out a proper tone or narrative approach, mixing aggressively whimsical comedy with angsty relationship drama. The arch, literate tone aims to emulate Woody Allen or Noah Baumbach, but the jokes aren’t clever or incisive enough to get to that level. —JB

Theaters: ST, VS

Now You See Me 2 Two stars

Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan. Directed by Jon M. Chu. 115 minutes. Rated PG-13. This time around the outlaw stage magicians known as the Four Horsemen are basically just a group of thieves, hired to steal a piece of ultra-powerful tech. The plot is just as convoluted and belabored as the first time, without the added panache of the Four Horsemen’s stage productions. —JB

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

Te3n (Not reviewed)

Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan. Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. 136 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. A priest and a police detective help a man search for his missing granddaughter.

Theaters: VS

Warcraft One and a half stars

Travis Fimmel, Paul Patton, Ben Foster. Directed by Duncan Jones. 123 minutes. Rated PG-13. At once ponderous and extravagantly goofy, this adaptation of the Warcraft video-game franchise, depicting a battle royale between orcs and humans, is no cynical cash grab (it was co-written and directed by Duncan Jones, who previously made Moon and Source Code), but that only makes its failure all the more painful. —MD

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

Now playing

Alice Through the Looking Glass Two and a half stars

Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen. Directed by James Bobin. 113 minutes. Rated PG. This sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland has much of the same design, strange makeup effects and funny performances, but it doesn’t have Burton, and it lacks the element of surprise. The effects-driven storytelling can’t overcome a general sense that no one cares. —JMA

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

Allegiant One and a half stars

Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels. Directed by Robert Schwentke. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13. The third installment in the dystopian sci-fi Divergent series, based on Veronica Roth’s YA novels, throws in a ton of new convoluted plot elements to justify continuing the story, but it never succeeds. Woodley remains a solid actor, but she’s defeated by the incoherent script and the surprisingly terrible special effects. —JB

Theaters: TC

The Angry Birds Movie Two stars

Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride. Directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly. 97 minutes. Rated PG. The movie version of the mega-popular mobile game (about birds being flung at pigs via slingshot) attempts to create a story around a series of basic, repetitive actions. The explanations are both boring and largely nonsensical, and expanding the game into a cohesive, family-friendly movie proves too difficult a task. —JB

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

Barbershop: The Next Cut (Not reviewed)

Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. The crew at Calvin’s Barbershop come together to help revitalize their neighborhood.

Theaters: TC

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Two stars

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg. Directed by Zack Snyder. 151 minutes. Rated PG-13. Starting with its ridiculous title, this superhero epic is bursting with overwrought self-importance, crammed with so many characters and incidents that it ends up horribly disjointed. All the empty bluster obscures how little actually happens in the power struggle among heroes Batman (Affleck) and Superman (Cavill) and villain Lex Luthor (Eisenberg). —JB

Theaters: TC

A Bigger Splash Two and a half stars

Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. 125 minutes. Rated R. A recovering rocker (Swinton), her filmmaker boyfriend (Schoenaerts), her record-producer ex (Fiennes) and his newly discovered daughter (Johnson) convene at an Italian seaside villa. Everyone is harboring secrets, but director Guadagnino isn’t in any hurry to reveal them, and as a result the movie is often completely inscrutable, albeit visually striking. —JB

Theaters: SC

The Boss Two stars

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage. Directed by Ben Falcone. 99 minutes. Rated R. A disgraced business mogul (McCarthy) has to team up with her former assistant (Bell). McCarthy nearly exhausts herself carrying the movie on her own. There are a handful of funny moments, but they’re few and far between in a movie that never quite figures out what kind of joke it’s trying to make. —JB

Theaters: TC

Captain America: Civil War Three stars

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. 147 minutes. Rated PG-13. Civil War sets up a battle between factions of superheroes led by Captain America (Evans) and Iron Man (Downey), who disagree on whether the Avengers should submit to government oversight. The story’s deeper meaning takes a backseat to a cluttered narrative (overstuffed with Marvel characters) and some rousing, well-crafted action sequences. —JB

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

The Darkness (Not reviewed)

Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Morrison, Lucy Fry. Directed by Greg McLean. 92 minutes. Rated PG-13. A family returns from a Grand Canyon trip with a supernatural entity after them.

Theaters: TX

Housefull 3 (Not reviewed)

Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh. Directed by Sajid-Farhad. 145 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. Three men must convince a strict father to let them marry his daughters.

Theaters: VS

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Two stars

Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. 114 minutes. Rated PG-13. The Snow White-free sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman adds a second evil queen (Blunt) and a warrior love interest (Chastain) for the huntsman (Hemsworth), but never comes up with an interesting story. Much of Winter’s War looks garish and plastic, with its style ripped off from other, more popular fantasy franchises. —JB

Theaters: ST

The Jungle Book Two and a half stars

Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley. Directed by Jon Favreau. 105 minutes. Rated PG. The latest Disney live-action remake of an animated classic is a fairly faithful retelling of its source material, about a young boy raised in the jungle. The tone is an awkward mix of savage jungle naturalism and cuddly animal antics, and there’s a sort of prefab blandness to the amazing photo-realistic CGI. —JB

Theaters: AL, BS, CH, COL, RR, SC, SP, SS, TS, TX

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: TC

The Lobster Three and a half stars

Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. 118 minutes. Rated R. The third film by Greek director Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps) stars Farrell as a newly single man in a dystopian world where people are given 45 days to find a new mate, and get turned into an animal of their choice if they fail. Endlessly creative, allegorically frustrating. —MD

Theaters: GVR, ST, TS, VS

Love & Friendship Three and a half stars

Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Chloë Sevigny. Directed by Whit Stillman. 92 minutes. Rated PG. Stillman’s adaptation of an early Jane Austen novella stars an excellent Beckinsale as Lady Susan Vernon, a beautiful and self-absorbed high-society widow whose favorite pastime is playing with others’ affections. Lady Susan is an entertaining sociopath, and Stillman’s screenplay is full of bone-dry humor and some hilarious one-liners. —JB

Theaters: COL, SC

Love Me Tomorrow (Not reviewed)

Piolo Pascal, Coleen Garcia, Dawn Zulueta. Directed by Gino M. Santos. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. A young female DJ enters into a love affair with an older man.

Theaters: ORL

The Man Who Knew Infinity Two and a half stars

Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Devika Bhise. Directed by Matthew Brown. 108 minutes. Not rated. Brown’s biopic about Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) does little to explain the details of its subject’s discoveries, instead focusing on the difficulties that Ramanujan faced as an Indian studying and publishing in England in the 1910s. The middle-of- the-road approach is respectable, restrained and mostly dull, with plenty of biopic clichés. —JB

Theaters: VS

Me Before You Two and a half stars

Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer. Directed by Thea Sharrock. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13. Clarke tries way too hard as Louisa, a working-class young woman who falls in love with Will (Claflin), the wealthy quadriplegic and former playboy she’s hired to take care of. The romance takes far too long to get going, and Clarke’s overstated performance is more exhausting than endearing. —JB

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

The Meddler Three stars

Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Lorene Scafaria. 100 minutes. Rated PG-13. Sarandon plays a widow coping with her loss by micro-managing her daughter’s life (and the lives of strangers). The Meddler is a sweet, low-key dramedy that is a little unfocused at times, but it emerges as a poignant late-in-life coming-of- age story, proof that maturity and wisdom can arrive at any age. —JB

Theaters: VS

Miracles From Heaven (Not reviewed)

Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Kylie Rogers. Directed by Patricia Riggen. 109 minutes. Rated PG. A young girl is miraculously cured of a chronic disease following an accident.

Theaters: TC

Money Monster Three stars

George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell. Directed by Jodie Foster. Rated R. 98 minutes. A disgruntled investor (O’Connell) takes a cable financial-advice personality (Clooney) and his crew hostage live on the air in this uneven thriller. The tense stand-off in the confined space is well-constructed, but the movie loses momentum in the third act, and the social commentary is entirely superficial. —JB

Theaters: AL, COL, DTS, FH, ORL, SC, SP

Mother’s Day Two stars

Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis. Directed by Garry Marshall. 118 minutes. Rated PG-13. Instead of a dozen or so stories set around the central holiday, Marshall’s third holiday-themed ensemble romantic comedy features just four. Given more room, the individual stories only strain under their flimsy premises. The jokes are beyond stale, the dialogue is full of repetitive exposition, and the plot mechanics are clumsy. —JB

Theaters: TC

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising One and a half stars

Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloë Grace Moretz. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. 92 minutes. Rated R. After the barely passable 2014 original made an unholy amount of money, this sequel seems expelled from some collective digestive tract. Not one character is smart or even lifelike, and though it’s sometimes satisfying to see them pummeled in lifeless slapstick gags, there’s not one genuine laugh here. —JMA

Theaters: BS, DI, DTS, GVR, ORL, PAL, SS, TS, TX

The Nice Guys Three and a half stars

Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice. Directed by Shane Black. 116 minutes. Rated R. Crowe and Gosling play a pair of disreputable private investigators in 1977 LA who find themselves caught in a conspiracy as they investigate a missing young woman. Black balances the serious, sometimes violent mystery with a barrage of one-liners and physical comedy, and The Nice Guys is consistently funny from beginning to end. —JB

Theaters: COL, FH, RR, SP, ST, VS

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Two and a half stars

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Tim Meadows. Directed by Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. 86 minutes. Rated R. Samberg stars as pop star Conner4Real in this parody of pop-music documentaries from comedy troupe The Lonely Island. The songs are catchy and creative, but the joke is stretched thin over feature length, with a bare-bones story and a lot of mild humor from celebrity guest stars. —JB

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows One and a half stars

Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry. Directed by Dave Green. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. The sequel to the 2014 TMNT live-action reboot vastly overcorrects for the first movie’s seriousness and intensity by turning into a grating, childish and overlong version of the old TMNT cartoon series. The plotting is ridiculous, the dialogue is terrible, and the in-your-face style is completely mind-numbing. —JB

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

X-Men: Apocalypse Two and a half stars

Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac. Directed by Bryan Singer. 144 minutes. Rated PG-13. The latest adventure of the mutant superheroes reintroduces familiar characters in slightly new forms, and spends far too much time on set-up. World-ending villain Apocalypse (Isaac) is ridiculous and ineffective, and the overstuffed cast pushes too many new and/or reimagined characters to the margins. Even the big action climax is underwhelming. —JB


Zootopia Three and a half stars

Voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba. Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. 108 minutes. Rated PG. Disney’s latest animated feature is a winning, gorgeously animated story about anthropomorphic animals living in relative harmony in a bustling metropolis. The team-up between a police officer rabbit and a small-time criminal fox provides a thoroughly engaging mystery with some satisfying twists and turns. —JB

Theaters: TC

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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