Short Takes: Movie listings and reviews for November 2

Thor: Ragnarok
Josh Bell, Mike D'Angelo, Jeffrey M. Anderson

Special screenings

I’ll Push You

11/2, inspirational documentary, 7:30 p.m., $10.50-$14. Theaters: SF, VS. Info:

Le Ride

11/9, cycling documentary featuring Phil Keoghan, 6:30 p.m., $12. Theaters: TX, VS. Info:


11/9, documentary about philanthropist and activist Charles Mully, 7 p.m., $14. Theaters: COL, ST, VS.

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!

11/5-11/6, Japanese animated movie plus bonus giveaways, Sun 12:55 p.m., Mon 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, ST, TS, VS. Info:

The Price of Fame

11/7, faith-based documentary about pro wrestler Ted “Million Dollar Man” Dibiase, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: SF, VS. Info:

Saturday Movie Matinee

11/4, 1 p.m., free. Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 702-507-6036.

Sci Fi Center

Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. Sun, Star Trek: Discovery viewing party, free, 6 p.m. 11/4, The Phantom of the Opera (1925), 3 p.m., $2. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335,

Thursday Night at the Asylum

Thu, movies from production company The Asylum, 10:30 p.m., $5-$10. 11/2, Zombie Spring Breakers. 11/9, Bad Girl. Theaters: SF, ST. Info:

Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou

Tue, 1 p.m., free. 11/7, Four Jills in a Jeep. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.

New this week

A Bad Moms Christmas Two stars

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. 104 minutes. Rated R. It’s barely November, but last year’s trio of bad moms (Kunis, Bell and Hahn) are already coping with the holidays—and with their own respective bad moms (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon). Just like the original, but louder and cruder. It’s a comedy sequel. —MD


Jane (Not reviewed)

Directed by Brett Morgen. 90 minutes. Rated PG. Documentary about renowned primate researcher Jane Goodall.

Theaters: VS

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Two and a half stars

Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. 121 minutes. Rated R. The surreal deadpan of Lanthimos’ work takes a dark turn in this revenge story (featuring Farrell as a surgeon whose family is cursed by a grieving teen) told via Lanthimos’ typically absurdist take on human behavior. The awkward, stilted dialogue and almost robotic performances are at odds with the need for emotional investment. —JB

Theaters: DTS

LBJ (Not reviewed)

Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Pullman. Directed by Rob Reiner. 98 minutes. Rated R. Biopic chronicling the life of U.S. president Lyndon Johnson.

Theaters: GVR, SC, TS, TX, VS

Thor: Ragnarok Three stars

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett. Directed by Taika Waititi. 130 minutes. Rated PG-13. The third movie starring Marvel superhero and Norse god of thunder Thor (Hemsworth) is an improvement over the previous two, adding a colorful ensemble and a strong dose of humor (maybe a little too much) to the typical Marvel story of stopping a world-ending (but underused) villain. —JB


Now playing

All I See Is You Two stars

Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly. Directed by Marc Forster. 110 minutes. Rated R. Forster’s lethargic semi-thriller follows the gradually unraveling marriage of Gina (Lively) and James (Clarke) after the formerly blind Gina regains her sight. The story is slow and vague, and the leads have minimal chemistry either as lovers or as adversaries. —JB

Theaters: SC

American Assassin Two stars

Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan. Directed by Michael Cuesta. 111 minutes. Rated R. Superspy Mitch Rapp (played here by O’Brien) has a dedicated fan following as the star of a series of novels, but whatever drew fans to Rapp doesn’t seem to have made the transition to the movies, as Assassin is a generic, outdated action thriller with clunky dialogue, one-dimensional characters and mediocre action. —JB

Theaters: TC

American Made Three stars

Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright. Directed by Doug Liman. 117 minutes. Rated R. Cruise gives one of his most purely enjoyable performances in a while as pilot Barry Seal, who smuggled drugs, guns and intelligence for both cartels and the U.S. government in the 1980s. It’s a glib but relatively entertaining take on some serious real-life material. —JB

Theaters: GVR, ORL, SC, SP, ST, TS, TX, VS

American Satan (Not reviewed)

Andy Biersack, John Bradley, Ben Bruce. Directed by Ash Avildsen. 111 minutes. Rated R. A rock band makes a deal with an evil entity and must suffer the consequences.

Theaters: VS

Annabelle: Creation Two and a half stars

Lulu Wilson, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia. Directed by David F. Sandberg. 109 minutes. Rated R. A prequel to a spinoff, Creation has to work within some narrow parameters, and the filmmakers don’t find any interesting new directions for the evil doll. Director Sandberg’s flair for creepy set pieces puts Creation slightly above 2014’s Annabelle, but it’s still pretty formulaic, with only occasional scary moments. —JB

Theaters: TC

Battle of the Sexes Three and a half stars

Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13. The story of the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs (Carell) and Billie Jean King (Stone) is a dual character study of the self-aggrandizing former champion and the feminist trailblazer. The screenplay makes both into sympathetic, well-rounded figures, and Stone and Carell give such charismatic performances that it’s hard not to get swept up. —JB

Theaters: COL, SC

Blade Runner 2049 Three and a half stars

Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. 163 minutes. Rated R. The long-awaited sci-fi sequel, starring Gosling as an android cop investigating a case that eventually (after many detours) leads to original blade runner Deckard (Harrison Ford), is moody, methodical and meticulous, with stunning visuals, strong performances and an overlong sci-fi story that’s more ponderous than thrilling. —JB

Theaters: ET, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Not reviewed)

Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis. Directed by Tyler Perry. 101 minutes. Rated PG-13. Tough grandma Madea follows her granddaughter to a party at a supposedly haunted campground.

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

Despicable Me 3 Two stars

Voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. 90 minutes. Rated PG. There’s a sense of tired obligation to the third movie in the animated series about reformed supervillain Gru (Carell), which runs barely 90 minutes and throws together a handful of haphazard storylines. Nothing in the plot carries much of an impact, despite the series of apparently momentous developments. —JB

Theaters: ST, TC, VS

The Emoji Movie One star

Voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris. Directed by Tony Leondis. 86 minutes. Rated PG. The epitome of a cynical Hollywood brand extension, this animated movie based on smartphone icons borrows elements from superior movies like Inside Out and The Lego Movie, lazily going through the motions of an animated family adventure, with maximum product placement along the way. —JB

Theaters: TC

Faces Places (Not reviewed)

Directed by Agnes Varda and JR. 89 minutes. Rated PG. In French with English subtitles. Filmmaker Varda and artist JR document their journey through France to create portraits of the people they meet.

Theaters: VS

Flatliners (Not reviewed)

Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. 108 minutes. Rated PG-13. A group of medical students experiment with near-death experiences.

Theaters: ST, TX

The Foreigner Two and a half stars

Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Charlie Murphy. Directed by Martin Campbell. 114 minutes. Rated R. Chan gets a refreshingly serious role as a London father who loses his daughter in a suspected IRA bombing and tries to find the killers, but the movie simply leaves him behind to focus on Brosnan in a showier role as a cabinet minister, as well as frequent, pathetic explanations of the plot. —JMA

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

The Fortress (Not reviewed)

Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yun-seok, Park Hae-il. Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. 140 minutes. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. Historical drama about the 17th-century Chinese invasion of Korea, when the king and his retainers sought refuge in a mountain fortress.

Theaters: VS

Geostorm (Not reviewed)

Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish. Directed by Dean Devlin. 109 minutes. Rated PG-13. A network of weather-controlling satellites is hijacked, causing worldwide disaster.

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

Golmaal Again (Not reviewed)

Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi. Directed by Rohit Shetty. 151 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. The fourth installment in the Golmaal series finds the group of friends unwittingly moving into a haunted house.

Theaters: VS

Goodbye Christopher Robin Two stars

Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald. Directed by Simon Curtis. 107 minutes. Rated PG. This treacly biopic about Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne (Gleeson) focuses on his troubled relationship with his son, the real-life inspiration for Pooh’s human best friend. It’s sentimental and heavy-handed, oversimplifying the complex family dynamic and giving a superficial take to darker subjects of PTSD and the perils of childhood fame. —JB

Theaters: COL, TS, VS

Happy Death Day Three stars

Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine. Directed by Christopher Landon. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. A spoiled sorority girl (Rothe) relives the day of her murder over and over again in this surprisingly entertaining (if completely silly) horror movie. The filmmakers have fun with the goofy premise, and Rothe gives a winning performance as the seemingly vapid hero who embraces her supernatural fate. —JB

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

Home Again Two stars

Reese Witherspoon, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff. Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. 97 minutes. Rated PG-13. Witherspoon plays Alice, a recently separated single mom who invites three young aspiring filmmakers to live in her guest house. Witherspoon is charming but has no chemistry with Alexander as her ostensible love interest, and the movie is a bland, sanitized, sitcom-style take on romantic comedy. —JB

Theaters: TC

It Three and a half stars

Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard. Directed by Andy Muschietti. 135 minutes. Rated R. This new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel takes on just half the story of seven friends who combat an ancient evil, focusing on the characters as children in the late 1980s. It’s a slick modern horror movie that loses a bit of personality but boasts effective scares and consistently strong performances. —JB

Theaters: AL, BS, COL, RR, TS, TX

Jigsaw One and a half stars

Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson. Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. 92 minutes. Rated R. The Saw horror series returns after a long hiatus with no new ideas, merely rehashing the same elaborate death traps and moralistic lessons, and further convoluting the back story of serial killer Jigsaw. The performances are especially bad, and even the gore is uninspired. —JB

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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Two stars

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. 141 minutes. Rated R. Egerton returns as an agent of ultra-secret spy agency Kingsman in the sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, with Moore as his latest adversary. For fans of the first movie’s cacophonous, CGI-filled assault on the senses, Circle offers a louder, brighter version that’s just as empty and even more exhausting. —JB

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

Leap! Two and a half stars

Voices of Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Carly Rae Jepsen. Directed by Éric Summer and Éric Warin. 89 minutes. Rated PG. Set in 19th-century France, Leap! follows plucky orphan girl Félicie (Fanning) as she travels to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a ballet dancer. The animation is serviceable, the voice work is adequate, and the story wraps up exactly as expected in under 90 minutes. —JB

Theaters: ST

The Lego Ninjago Movie Two and a half stars

Voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan. Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan. 90 minutes. Rated PG. The formula has worn a little thin by the third movie in the animated Lego franchise, which adapts a long-established toy line that’s already had its own TV series, necessitating a combination of serious, mythology-laden existing storylines with the new movies’ joke-heavy, self-aware style. It’s a well-made feature-length toy commercial. —JB

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

Let There Be Light (Not reviewed)

Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo, Daniel Roebuck. Directed by Kevin Sorbo. 100 minutes. Rated PG-13. A famous atheist activist converts to Christianity after surviving a car accident.

Theaters: CH, SC, ST

Loving Vincent Two and a half stars

Voices of Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Saoirse Ronan. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. 94 minutes. Rated PG-13. Animated from hundreds of actual oil paintings, this biopic about artist Vincent Van Gogh is a visual achievement that stifles its own dull, contrived storytelling. A series of talking heads describe Van Gogh’s last days in a stilted investigation awkwardly incorporating the painter’s most famous images. —JB

Theaters: VS

Marshall Three stars

Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens. Directed by Reginald Hudlin. 118 minutes. Rated PG-13. This biopic about civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall (Boseman) is really about one case early in his law career, when he teamed with a white Jewish lawyer (Gad) to defend a black chauffeur accused of rape. The courtroom drama is pretty entertaining, even if it’s completely predictable and often played very broadly. —JB

Theaters: AL, GVR, ORL, ST

The Mountain Between Us Two and a half stars

Kate Winslet, Idris Elba. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad. 111 minutes. Rated PG-13. Handsome, brooding doctor Ben (Elba) and beautiful, passionate photojournalist Alex (Winslet) find themselves stranded in the snowy Utah mountains following a plane crash. As a survival drama, Mountain is visually striking if a bit dull, and its inevitable turn toward romance is sappy and unconvincing. —JB

Theaters: COL, FH, SC, ST, VS

My Little Pony: The Movie Two and a half stars

Voices of Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman. Directed by Jayson Thiessen. 99 minutes. Rated PG. This feature-length expansion of the long-running animated TV series doesn’t really qualify as more than a long episode, with its piecemeal story about the magical ponies of Equestria on a mission to save their home. The animation and storytelling remain simple and straightforward, which will please dedicated fans but offers little beyond that. —JB

Theaters: COL, TX

Only the Brave Two stars

Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. 133 minutes. Rated PG-13. This plodding true-life drama is yet another reminder that real-life heroism doesn’t necessarily make for effective movie storytelling. As a tribute to the 19 firefighters who died in the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire, Brave is honorable and well-intentioned, but it’s about as narratively satisfying as reading a memorial plaque. —JB

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

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Three and a half stars

Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote. Directed by Angela Robinson. 108 minutes. Rated R. William Moulton Marston (Evans) created both Wonder Woman and the lie detector, and this biopic connects those to his unorthodox personal life, in a long-term, BDSM-focused relationship with two women. It’s a refreshingly positive and entertaining depiction of alternative sexuality. Robinson effectively uses a conventional structure to tell an unconventional story. —JB

Theaters: VS

Same Kind of Different as Me (Not reviewed)

Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou. Directed by Michael Carney. 120 minutes. Rated PG-13. A wealthy art dealer and a homeless man form an unlikely bond through faith.

Theaters: BS, SC

Seven Sundays (Not reviewed)

Ronaldo Valdez, Dingdong Dantes, Enrique Gil. Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina. 128 minutes. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. Four adult siblings attempt to put aside their differences when they learn their father has cancer.

Theaters: ORL

The Snowman Two stars

Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Directed by Tomas Alfredson. 119 minutes. Rated R. Fassbender plays brilliant but self-destructive Oslo police detective Harry Hole in this incoherent adaptation of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s popular crime-novel series. Hole tracks a snowman-building serial killer in a movie that’s disjointed and sometimes hard to follow, with scenes that start or end abruptly, narrative threads that go nowhere and poorly inserted flashbacks. —JB

Theaters: PAL, RR, SC, SP, TC, TX

Spider-Man: Homecoming Three and a half stars

Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon. Directed by Jon Watts. 133 minutes. Rated PG-13. Bringing popular teen superhero Spider-Man (Holland) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Homecoming is a feat of corporate deal-making as much as an artistic endeavor. There are a few impressive set pieces (most notably one set at the Washington Monument), some seeds planted for future movies and some entertaining bits of humor. —JB

Theaters: TC

The Stray One star

Michael Cassidy, Sarah Lancaster, Connor Corum. Directed by Mitch Davis. 92 minutes. Not rated. This ridiculous vanity project from writer-director Mitch Davis is almost hilarious in its earnest sappiness, telling the pseudo-inspirational, vaguely religious true story of a stray dog that inspired young writer Mitch (Cassidy) to spend more time with his family and appreciate life, in the most clichéd possible way. —JB

Theaters: ST

Suburbicon Two and a half stars

Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac. Directed by George Clooney. 104 minutes. Rated R. This clumsy mix of black-comic noir and social satire divides its time between a white-collar businessman (Damon) in 1959 who’s up to no good and the struggles of the first black family that moves into the businessman’s prefab community. Based on an ancient Coen brothers screenplay that should have been left in the drawer. —MD

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

Thank You for Your Service Two and a half stars

Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale. Directed by Jason Hall. 108 minutes. Rated R. Like the platitude expressed by its title, Thank You for Your Service has the best of intentions but rings a bit hollow in its efforts to honor the sacrifices made by America’s troops. Mostly following one soldier (Teller) as he adjusts to life back home, it’s full of clunky lesson-learning moments. —JB

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

Victoria and Abdul Two stars

Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard. Directed by Stephen Frears. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. The relationship between England’s Queen Victoria (Dench) and Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim (Fazal) was undoubtedly complex, but Frears’ film turns it into a dopey sitcom. Dench gives a commanding performance, but she’s the only actor given a fully realized character, with everyone else reduced to comical stereotypes. —JB

Theaters: BS, DTS, GVR, SC

War for the Planet of the Apes Three stars

Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn. Directed by Matt Reeves. 140 minutes. Rated PG-13. Part three of the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise boldly asks viewers to reject our own kind and root wholeheartedly for simian victory. Serkis remains a marvel as Caesar; shame the film stacks the deck by making its handful of humans cartoonishly evil, complexity be damned. —MD

Theaters: TC

Wind River Three and a half stars

Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene. Directed by Taylor Sheridan. 107 minutes. Rated R. Screenwriter Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) now adds directing with another finely crafted crime story about people living on the margins of society. Renner and Olsen play federal agents investigating the murder of a Native American teen on a Wyoming reservation. The story is straightforward but suspenseful, with rich regional details. —JB

Theaters: SC

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

(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

(ET) Eclipse Theaters

814 S. Third St., 702-816-4300

(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

(PAL) Brenden Theatres at the Palms

4321 W. Flamingo Road, 702-507-4849

(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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