The Big LeBowlSki
9/30, screening of The Big Lebowski, costume contest, performance by the 420 Comic, 8 & 11 p.m., free. Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq, 702-862-2695.
The Hurt Business
9/29, MMA documentary plus bonus features, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Theaters: ORL, SF, ST. Info: fathomevents.com.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Quote-Along
Fri-Sat, movie plus audience participation, 9:30 p.m., $5. Theaters: TS
Movie in the Park
9/30, The Angry Birds Movie, 6:30 p.m., free. Whitney Park, 5712 Missouri Ave., 702-455-8531.
Radical Reels Tour
10/5, touring festival of action sports films, 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
10/1, augmented by live cast and audience participation, 10 p.m., $9. Theaters: TC. Info: rhpsvegas.com.
Sci Fi Center
Sun, Westworld viewing party, 7 p.m., free. Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335, thescificenter.com.
Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou
Tue, 1 p.m., free. 10/4, Ghost Breakers. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.
10/5, movie plus live broadcast of introduction by Mel Brooks, 5 p.m., $7.25-$12.50. Theaters: CAN, COL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info: fathomevents.com.
New this week
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: AL, CH, DI, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
The Dressmaker (Not reviewed)
Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. 118 minutes. Rated R. In the 1950s, a woman returns to her small Australian home town to face up to a scandal from her past.
Theaters: SP, TS, VS
I Belonged to You (Not reviewed)
Yang Yang, Bai Baihe, Deng Chao. Directed by Zhang Yibai. 108 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Romance anthology based on a popular Chinese online story series.
L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (Not reviewed)
Voices of Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu, Mi Yang. Directed by Guo Jingming. 117 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Chinese computer-animated fantasy adventure set in a world of warring sorcerers.
Masterminds (Not reviewed)
Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson. Directed by Jared Hess. 94 minutes. Rated PG-13. A bumbling armored-car guard attempts to pull off a massive heist.
Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, DI, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
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, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, DTS, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (Not reviewed)
Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher. Directed by Neeraj Pandey. 190 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. Biopic about legendary Indian cricketer M.S. Dhoni.
Operation Mekong (Not reviewed)
Eddie Peng, Zhang Hanyu, Carl Ng. Directed by Dante Lam. 124 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. The true story of the ambush of two Chinese shipping vessels on the Mekong River in 2011.
Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o. Directed by Mira Nair. 124 minutes. Rated PG. Based on the true story of young Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga), who rose up from a slum outside Kampala to compete in international tournaments, Queen meticulously follows the beats of the inspirational sports movie. But its strong performances and unique setting offer a pleasant variation on a comfortable formula. —JB
Theaters: AL, CAN, DTS, GVR, ORL, SP, ST, TS, TX, VS
The Age of Shadows (Not reviewed)
Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min. Directed by Kim Jee-woon. 139 minutes. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. In the 1920s, Korean resistance fighters work to overthrow the Japanese occupation.
Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon. Directed by Sean Ellis. 120 minutes. Rated R. This noble but somewhat rote WWII drama tells the true story of the Czech resistance’s efforts to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi official. While the real events are worthy of attention, the movie struggles to create compelling characters, and its drama is poorly paced, with long lulls around two suspenseful set pieces. —JB
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: COL, FH, RR, SC
Barcelona: A Love Untold (Not reviewed)
Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Aiko Melendez. Directed by Olivia Lamasan. 100 minutes. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. Two young Filipino expatriates fall in love in Barcelona.
Theaters: ORL, VS
Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Jemaine Clement. Directed by Steven Spielberg. 117 minutes. Rated PG. Oscar-winner Rylance enchants as the title character (BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant), but Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book predictably downplays its cruelty—no kiddies get eaten onscreen here—in favor of aggressive, cumulatively exhausting whimsy and pluckiness. —MD
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid. Directed by Adam Wingard. 89 minutes. Rated R. Seventeen years after The Blair Witch Project galvanized and frustrated audiences, along comes a sequel that’s really more of a remake, supplying the traditional frights and jolts that the original deliberately withheld. It’ll appeal to those who hated the 1999 film, but annoy those who prefer horror that’s left to the imagination. —MD
Theaters: AL, BS, CH, DI, GVR, PAL, RR, SC, SF, SS, TS, TX
Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey. Directed by Sharon Maguire. 122 minutes. Rated R. The third Bridget Jones movie finds the rom-com icon (Zellweger) unsure of who’s fathered her unborn child: American tech mogul Jack (Dempsey) or onetime love Mark (Firth). Baby takes Bridget in a few new directions, but it’s still mostly redundant, dragging the predictable story over two full hours. —JB
Theaters: COL, FH, ORL, PAL, RR, SC, SHO, SP, TS, VS
Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell. Directed by Woody Allen. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. Allen’s six millionth film, set in 1930s Hollywood and New York City, is his most impressively ambitious in years. That doesn’t mean it’s especially good, however. Eisenberg, Carell and Stewart are among the actors struggling to put a fresh spin on stale one-liners. —MD
Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang. Directed by Fede Alvarez. 88 minutes. Rated R. Teens break into an isolated house, only to be confronted by the owner, a blind veteran who’s more dangerous than he appears. At first, Don’t Breathe is admirably gritty and visceral, but it’s ruined by increasingly gross and unbelievable twists. What started as an intense, gripping thriller becomes a ridiculous cartoon. —JB
Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SP, SS, TS, TX
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
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg. Directed by Stephen Frears. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13. Streep plays the title character, a 1940s New York City heiress who was able to mount lavish private concerts despite her complete inability to sing. Jenkins’ life makes for a great Wikipedia entry, but Frears’ movie makes her into the butt of a single repetitive joke, and then tries to pivot for sympathy. —JB
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones. Directed by Paul Feig. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13. This remake of the 1984 movie about a group of misfits fighting a supernatural infestation in New York City features strong comedy with an impressively talented cast, but eventually ends up overwhelmed by the demands of its large-scale action storyline. —JB
Theaters: BS, TC
Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro, Ana de Armas. Directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz. 105 minutes. Rated R. Ramirez (Carlos) does decent work as legendary boxer Roberto Duran, but it’s mostly De Niro—now playing the trainer, more than 35 years after embodying Jake LaMotta—who provides this generic boxing biopic with what meager energy it possesses. —MD
Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges. Directed by David Mackenzie. 102 minutes. Rated R. A craggy Texas Ranger (Bridges) tracks two small-time bank-robber brothers (Pine, Foster) across Texas in this consistently entertaining movie, which mines new humor, depth and eloquence from a very old genre. The script is full of flavorful dialogue, and the plotting is air-tight, methodically revealing more details about the brothers’ plan. —JB
Theaters: BS, GVR, SF, ST, VS
John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley. Directed by John Krasinski. 88 minutes. Rated PG-13. Krasinski’s second feature as a director is a painfully generic indie drama about an affable but slightly lost 30-something (Krasinski) who returns to his hometown for a family emergency. The overqualified cast (including Jenkins, Martindale and Anna Kendrick) can’t overcome the cutesy, predictable writing or Krasinski’s uninspired, pedestrian direction. —JB
Voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo. Directed by Mike Thurmeier. 94 minutes. Rated PG. The fifth installment in the animated series is easily the worst, a lazy, unfocused, cluttered mess, with no reason for existing other than perpetuating the absurdly successful franchise. What was once the simple story of three prehistoric mammal friends has ballooned into a never-ending family saga featuring more than a dozen characters. —JB
Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Paul Greengrass. 123 minutes. Rated PG-13. Damon and Greengrass return to their signature super-spy character after nine years away, but they haven’t quite brought the same creative inspiration with them. Greengrass delivers several excellent action sequences, but the script fails to come up with a compelling reason to bring Bourne out of his well-earned retirement. —JB
Theaters: GVR, ORL, SC, ST
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, DI, RR, ST
Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz. Directed by David Yates. 109 minutes. Rated PG-13. The latest movie featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ English nobleman raised by African apes pits Tarzan (Skarsgård) and his wife Jane (Robbie) against a power-hungry Belgian government official (Waltz) who plans to exploit the natives of the Congo. Legend is mostly dull, with mediocre special effects, forgettable action and a slow-moving plot. —JB
Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. 132 minutes. Rated PG-13. Set just after World War I, this adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s novel stars Fassbender and Vikander as a married couple living on a small island who choose to keep a baby that washes ashore, being unable to have one of their own. Weisz plays the child’s actual mother; an overly grim custody battle ensues. —MD
Theaters: COL, SC
Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman. Directed by David F. Sandberg. 81 minutes. Rated PG-13. Director Sandberg has a tough time expanding his dialogue-free, ultra-short horror film (about a malevolent entity that only appears when lights are turned off) into a feature. Still, Sandberg proves that he’s decent at creating scares, and audiences just looking for a handful of jump moments may find Lights Out satisfactory. —JB
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: AL, CAN, CH, DI, DTS, FH, GVR, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé, Kevin Pollak. Directed by Daniel Noah. 83 minutes. Not rated. In his first starring role in 20-plus years, Lewis plays a retired musician dealing with the death of his wife and a potentially major secret from their marriage. The story is slight and the production is threadbare, with the only real interest coming from Lewis’ return to the big screen. —JB
Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine. Directed by Dennis Gansel. 99 minutes. Rated R. No one asked for a sequel to 2011’s The Mechanic, and this generic action movie does nothing to justify its existence. Statham delivers his typical punching and kicking as an assassin lured back into the game, but the plot is moronic and convoluted, the effects are cheap-looking, and the characters are less than one-dimensional. —JB
Theaters: FH, ORL, ST
Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. Roberts plays a teenager who gets caught up in an all-encompassing online game of increasingly dangerous dares. While Joost and Schulman do their best to add some of-the-moment visual flair, the dull story ends up saying very little about the perils of trolling for likes on social media. —JB
Nine Lives (Not reviewed)
Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. 87 minutes. Rated PG. A workaholic business executive must reconnect with his family while trapped in the body of their pet cat.
Theaters: SC, TC
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: BS, PAL, TS, TX
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: CH, COL, DI, ST, VS
Voices of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera. Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. 89 minutes. Rated R. With its rudimentary computer animation, talking foodstuffs and relentless, heavy-handed messages about religion, Sausage Party is the atheist equivalent of a VeggieTales movie. Rogen voices a hot dog who tries to enlighten his fellow groceries about human eating habits. While there are occasional amusing puns, the nonstop gross-out humor gets tiresome quickly. —JB
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: COL, ST, TX
The Shallows (Not reviewed)
Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. 87 minutes. Rated PG-13. A surfer is trapped just offshore by a shark.
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: AL, CH, COL, DTS, FH, ORL, PAL, RP, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
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: AL, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
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: AL, BS, CH, COL, DI, FH, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX
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: AL, BS, CAN, CH, DI, DTS, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX
Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas. Directed by Todd Phillips. 114 minutes. Rated R. War Dogs tells the true story of unlikely arms dealers Efraim Diveroli (Hill) and David Packouz (Teller), who leveraged low-level military contracts into a massive deal that found them in over their heads. Director and co-writer Phillips deploys just enough comedy to entice the audience while treating the story with appropriate seriousness. —JB
Theaters: FH, ST
When the Bough Breaks (Not reviewed)
Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair. Directed by Jon Cassar. 107 minutes. Rated PG-13. A couple hires a surrogate mother who turns out to be dangerous and obsessive.
Theaters: AL, BS, DI, PAL, SC, SF, TX
JMA Jeffrey M. Anderson; JB Josh Bell; MD Mike D’Angelo
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(SC) Century Suncoast
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