Short takes: This week’s movie listings and reviews

Josh Bell, Mike D'Angelo, Jeffrey M. Anderson

Special screenings

Boozy Movies

11/12, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 8 p.m., 21 and over. Inspire Theatre, 107 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-910-2388.

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks

11/14, restored 1966 episodes plus bonus features, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Theaters: CAN, COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Joe and Caspar Hit the Road USA

11/10, documentary featuring YouTube stars Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee, 7 p.m., $12.50-$15. Theaters: VS. Info:

Mickey’s Big Celebration

11/12, preview of Disney Junior series Mickey and the Roadster Racers plus interactive activities, 10 a.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, SP. Info:

NAHM Doc Series

11/17, documentary City Within a City: The Story of the Las Vegas Paiutes and the Native America Peoples of Nevada, Q&A with director Stan Armstrong, 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

National Theatre Live

11/15, encore broadcast of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, 7 p.m., $18. Theaters: COL, ST, VS. Info:

Saturday Movie Matinee

11/12, The Nice Guys, 2 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400. 11/12, 1 p.m., free. Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 702-507-6036.

Sci Fi Center

Sun, Westworld viewing party, 7 p.m., free. Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 11/12, Godzilla, King Kong vs. Godzilla, 3 p.m., $1. 11/12, Weresquito: Nazi Hunter, 8 p.m., $2.50. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335,

Space Jam 20th Anniversary

11/13, 11/16, film screening plus Looney Tunes short, Sun 2 & 7 p.m., Wed 7 p.m., $7.50-$12.50. Theaters: AL, COL, ORL, RR, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou

Tue, 1 p.m., free. 11/15, The Great McGinty. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

New this week

Almost Christmas (Not reviewed)

Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover. Directed by David E. Talbert. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. A dysfunctional family gets together for Thanksgiving following the death of the family matriarch.

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

Arrival Three and a half stars

Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13. Hard sci-fi that’s easy to enjoy, Arrival stars Adams as a linguist who’s drafted by the U.S. military to help translate an alien language—by “talking” to the bizarre creatures face-to-face. Here, for the first time in ages, is proof that “thrilling” and “analytical” aren’t mutually exclusive. —MD

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

Chaar Sahibzaade: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur (Not reviewed)

Directed by Vansh Kataria. 134 minutes. Not rated. In Punjabi with English subtitles. Animated historical epic chronicling the feats of an 18th-century Sikh warrior.

Theaters: ST

Christine Three and a half stars

Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts. Directed by Antonio Campos. 119 minutes. Rated R. Hall is excellent as news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide live on air in 1974. The movie walks a delicate line between insight and exploitation, and it mostly succeeds, with sensitivity toward Chubbuck’s personal difficulties. The tone is intense but grounded, with impeccable period detail. —JB

Theaters: VS

Moonlight Three and a half stars

Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes. Directed by Barry Jenkins. 110 minutes. Rated R. Divided into three segments, Moonlight follows the introverted, gay Chiron as a kid, a teenager and a young man, coming to terms with his identity growing up in one of Miami’s poorest African-American neighborhoods. It’s rooted in real details, and each segment (even the slow-moving final third) achieves its own grace. —JB

Theaters: DTS, SC

Rock On 2 (Not reviewed)

Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal. Directed by Shujaat Saudagar. 142 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. Members of rock band Magik reunite.

Theaters: VS

Shut In (Not reviewed)

Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Charlie Heaton. Directed by Farren Blackburn. 91 minutes. Rated PG-13. A widowed mother tries to protect her disabled child from a mysterious threat during a storm.

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

Now playing

The Accountant Two stars

Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. 128 minutes. Rated R. Affleck plays an autistic accountant and combat expert in this ludicrous thriller that grossly mischaracterizes autism. The sometimes solid action is surrounded by increasingly far-fetched and clumsily delivered exposition. The movie piles on silly plot twists and reveals in service of a story that’s not even particularly interesting. —JB

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

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Not reviewed)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma. Directed by Karan Johar. 158 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. Three people from India deal with love and heartbreak while living abroad.

Theaters: VS

Bad Moms Two stars

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. 101 minutes. Rated R. This disappointingly tame comedy is really just about one mom (Kunis), who finds herself questioning her priorities after she catches her husband cheating on her. The plot is aimless and disjointed, and the humor is mild and clichéd. —JB

Theaters: TC

Bakit Lahat ng Gwapo May Boyfriend? (Not reviewed)

Anne Curtis, Dennis Trillo, Paolo Ballesteros. Directed by Jun Lana. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. A wedding planner whose boyfriends always turn out to be gay tries to prove that her latest crush is gay, too.

Theaters: VS

Boo! A Madea Halloween (Not reviewed)

Tyler Perry, Diamond White, Bella Thorne. Directed by Tyler Perry. 103 minutes. Rated PG-13. Simmons family matriarch Madea spends Halloween watching unruly teenagers and fending off supernatural threats.

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

Certain Women Three stars

Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. 107 minutes. Rated R. Reichardt’s collection of three stories about women in rural Montana is a mixed bag, with two strong segments starring Dern and Gladstone bookending a weaker segment featuring Williams as a rich interloper. All three are well-observed but extremely slow, sometimes struggling to make a point. —JB

Theaters: SC

Deepwater Horizon Three stars

Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez. Directed by Peter Berg. 107 minutes. Rated PG-13. Wahlberg demonstrates plausibly low-key heroism in this dramatization of the 2010 oil-rig explosion that killed 11 workers and dumped some 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Apart from a cartoonishly detestable BP rep played by John Malkovich, the nightmare feels distressingly accurate. —MD

Theaters: ST

Denial Two and a half stars

Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Mick Jackson. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13. The true story of the libel trial between academic Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) and Holocaust denier David Irving (Spall) is told as a mostly dry procedural, with occasional clumsy appeals to emotion. The details of the case are fascinating, but the drama is one-sided and predictable, with minimal character development. —JB

Theaters: VS

Desierto Two and a half stars

Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo. Directed by Jonas Cuaron. 87 minutes. Rated R. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. An angry American stalks and kills illegal Mexican immigrants at the U.S. border in this monotonous thriller. Director and co-writer Cuaron builds occasional suspense but mostly sticks to the same generic and predictable beats, and the meager social commentary isn’t nearly as meaningful as it’s made out to be. —JB

Theaters: BS, TX

Doctor Strange Three stars

Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams. Directed by Scott Derrickson. 115 minutes. Rated PG-13. Marvel’s latest superhero movie follows a familiar template in telling the origin story of mystical hero Doctor Strange (Cumberbatch). While the story isn’t groundbreaking, the characters are engaging, the dialogue is snappy, the performances are lively and the special effects are dazzling, making for some astonishing action set pieces. —JB


Finding Dory Three and a half stars

Voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence. Directed by Andrew Stanton. 103 minutes. Rated PG. Forgetful fish Dory decides to track down her long-lost parents in this animated sequel to Pixar’s Finding Nemo. While Dory is thoroughly charming and enjoyable, with funny supporting characters and often gorgeous animation, it’s also a bit formulaic and repetitive, especially during the drawn-out third act. —JB

Theaters: TC

The Girl on the Train Three stars

Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux. Directed by Tate Taylor. 112 minutes. Rated R. For all its misdirections, at heart this thriller based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel is a pretty conventional mystery with a fairly predictable outcome. But what it lacks in innovative thrills, it makes up for in engrossing, well-drawn characters, led by Blunt as an alcoholic divorcee fixated on a missing woman. —JB

Theaters: GVR, ORL, SC, SP, ST

Hacksaw Ridge Two stars

Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn. Directed by Mel Gibson. 131 minutes. Rated R. The first half of this biopic about nonviolent WWII hero Desmond Doss (Garfield) is an ultra-corny small-town family drama and romance, while the second half has excessively violent and gory battlefield action. The movie lays on the sentiment and the blood and guts in equal measure, and both drown out the genuine heroism. —JB

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

The Handmaiden Three and a half stars

Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo. Directed by Park Chan-wook. 145 minutes. Not rated. In Korean and Japanese with English subtitles. Adapted from Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith (and shifting the action from Victorian England to Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s), the latest film from Park Chan-wook (the original Oldboy) is a superbly acted, magnificently plotted, gorgeously designed, explicit (unrated) East Asian period soap opera. Good trashy fun. —MD

Theaters: VS

Inferno Two stars

Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster. Directed by Ron Howard. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13. Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) returns to use his arcane knowledge to track down a deadly virus that could wipe out half the planet. Despite the absurdly raised stakes, though, Inferno never feels particularly urgent, and everyone involved seems to be just going through the motions. —JB

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

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Two stars

Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh. Directed by Edward Zwick. 118 minutes. Rated PG-13. The sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher finds the title character (Cruise) determined to clear the name of his longtime military contact (Smulders), who’s been arrested and accused of espionage. He’s also saddled with a spunky teenage sidekick (Yarosh), and the generic plot and mediocre action scenes don’t help. —JB

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

Keeping Up With the Joneses Two stars

Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot. Directed by Greg Mottola. 101 minutes. Rated PG-13. A boring suburban couple get caught up with their neighbors, who are undercover government agents, in this dumb action-comedy. The actors are barely going through the motions, the screenplay is sloppily constructed, and the direction is listless and often visually unappealing. —JB

Theaters: COL, FH, VS

Kevin Hart: What Now? Three stars

Directed by Leslie Small. 96 minutes. Rated R. Hart’s third theatrical stand-up concert movie demonstrates just how phenomenally popular he is, with a performance recorded in front of 50,000 fans at a stadium in his Philadelphia hometown. It’s mostly funny, albeit a little stale at times, but should appeal to Hart’s fan base. An action-movie framing sequence pads things out unnecessarily. —JB

Theaters: ST

Kubo and the Two Strings Four stars

Voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Travis Knight. 101 minutes. Rated PG. Directed by Laika CEO Knight, the stop-motion animation studio’s latest wonder draws from Japanese folklore in its tale of the title character and his quest through a mystical realm. It’s a simple story, but the filmmakers give it nuance and resonance in the small character moments and the rich visual detail. —JB

Theaters: COL

The Magnificent Seven Two and a half stars

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. 132 minutes. Rated PG-13. Seven badasses (including Washington, Pratt and Hawke) band together to save a small town from a sadistic villain, each demonstrating his own specialized variant of combat-related magnificence. It’s such a durable scenario that not even a director as ham-handed as Fuqua (Southpaw, Shooter) can completely screw it up. —MD

Theaters: TX, VS

A Man Called Ove Two stars

Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Ida Engvoll. Directed by Hannes Holm. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13. In Swedish with English subtitles. A cranky old man learns to appreciate life again in this sappy, predictable hit comedy-drama from Sweden. The performances are strong, and there are some moments of dark humor, but they’re outweighed by the blatant heartstring-tugging and sentimental plot twists. —JB

Theaters: VS

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Not reviewed)

Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca, Lauren Graham. Directed by Steve Carr. 92 minutes. Rated PG. Fed up with his strict school, a sixth-grader enlists his friends to help him break every rule.

Theaters: COL, RR, TX

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Two stars

Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Eva Green. Directed by Tim Burton. 127 minutes. Rated PG-13. Based on a popular series of young-adult novels, Peculiar Children is a tedious mash-up of familiar teen-fantasy tropes, starting with the ordinary kid who learns that he’s part of a secret, magical world. Burton displays none of his trademark dark creativity, and even the special effects are lackluster. —JB

Theaters: AL, COL, SF, ST, TS, TX, VS

No Manches Frida (Not reviewed)

Omar Chaparro, Martha Higareda, Monica Dionne. Directed by Nacho G. Velilla. 100 minutes. Rated PG-13. In Spanish with English subtitles. An ex-con poses as a substitute teacher in order to access his hidden loot.

Theaters: TC

Ouija: Origin of Evil Three stars

Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson. Directed by Mike Flanagan. 99 minutes. Rated PG-13. Director Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) scraps the previous, terrible Ouija (2014) and starts fresh with this sequel. It’s full of the usual white eyes and stretchy mouths, but its weird, deliberately off-putting compositions and morbidly funny twists turn it into an unexpectedly good chiller. —JMA

Theaters: AL, BS, CH, COL, DI, ORL, RR, SF, ST, TS, TX

Pete’s Dragon Two and a half stars

Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban. Directed by David Lowery. 102 minutes. Rated PG. This Disney remake is pleasant and entirely forgettable, with a bland hero (young orphan Pete, played by Oakes Fegley) and his bland CGI dragon sidekick (named Elliot) befriending some bland adults in a bland small town and overcoming a villain who’s barely even villainous. —JB

Theaters: TC

The Secret Life of Pets Three stars

Voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate. Directed by Chris Renaud. 90 minutes. Rated PG. The hyperactive animated story, with loyal dog Max (C.K.) and his dog frenemy Duke (Stonestreet) lost in New York City, isn’t nearly as sophisticated as something from Pixar or even DreamWorks Animation, but it’s good for a few laughs and is entirely kid-friendly, with plenty of cute characters and madcap set pieces. —JB

Theaters: TC

Snowden Two and a half stars

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans. Directed by Oliver Stone. 134 minutes. Rated R. Edward Snowden (Gordon-Levitt) took enormous risks to expose U.S. government domestic spying programs, but Stone plays it pretty safe with his biopic. Mostly lacking in Stone’s flashy filmmaking style, Snowden is a straightforward retelling of its title character’s time as a government analyst and contractor, and his subsequent disillusionment and whistle-blowing. —JB

Theaters: TC

Spirit of the Game (Not reviewed)

Kevin Sorbo, Aaron Jakubenko, Wade Briggs. Directed by Darran Scott. 95 minutes. Rated PG. In 1956, a group of Mormon missionaries help train the Australian basketball team for the Olympics.

Theaters: ST

Storks Two and a half stars

Voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Anton Starkman. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland. 89 minutes. Rated PG. Set in a world where storks magically create and deliver actual babies, Storks gets points for weirdness, but writer and co-director Stoller mostly glosses over it in favor of kid-friendly animal antics. There are some vague lessons about family and togetherness, but the plot is too incoherent to make any of them stick. —JB

Theaters: COL, ST

Suicide Squad Two and a half stars

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman. Directed by David Ayer. 130 minutes. Rated PG-13. This super-villain team-up features a slightly more streamlined narrative than previous DC movies. But it’s still overstuffed, an ensemble piece with nearly a dozen main characters, telling origin stories for half of them, bringing them together into a new team and facing them off against two different antagonists. —JB

Theaters: COL, TC, TX

Sully Two and a half stars

Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. When pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River following dual engine failure, saving everyone on board, the incident lasted just 208 seconds. Stretching that into 96 minutes proves difficult for this true-life drama, which adds in narrative filler to build a few heart-stopping minutes into feature length. —JB

Theaters: GVR, SC

The Third Party (Not reviewed)

Angel Locsin, Sam Milby, Zanjoe Marudo. Directed by Jason Paul Laxamana. 117 minutes. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. A businesswoman attempts to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend, who is now dating a man.

Theaters: ORL

Train to Busan Three stars

Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho. 118 minutes. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. The passengers of a train from Seoul to Busan must fend off a zombie outbreak. The cast is full of stock characters, all of whom get their moments to shine, but Train is really about the impressive, expertly staged zombie attacks. It’s cheesy and overlong, but mostly succeeds as disposable popcorn entertainment. —JB

Theaters: ORL

Trolls Two and a half stars

Voices of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel. Directed by Mike Mitchell. 92 minutes. Rated PG. This animated adventure based on the tiny, colorful, tall-haired dolls manages to avoid being crass, showcasing some cute characters and amusing situations in the process. It’s mostly forgettable and sloppily plotted, but for kids entertained by bright colors and catchy music, it will be a great time-passer. —JB

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

The Wild Life (Not reviewed)

Voices of Yuri Lowenthal, David Howard, Laila Berzins. Directed by Vincent Kesteloot. 90 minutes. Rated PG. The animals living on a remote island are surprised by the arrival of castaway Robinson Crusoe.

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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