Short Takes: Movie listings and reviews for October 5

My Little Pony: The Movie
Josh Bell, Mike D'Angelo, Jeffrey M. Anderson

Special screenings

6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

10/12, movie plus bonus features, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, SP, TS, VS. Info:

Blade Runner Double Feature

10/5, Blade Runner: The Final Cut plus Blade Runner 2049, 6 p.m., $20. Theaters: DTS, GVR

Cinemark Classic Series

10/8, 10/11, Monty Python's Life Of Brian, Sun 2 p.m., Wed 2 & 7 p.m., $8-$11. Theaters: ORL, SF, SP, ST.

Dream Big, Princess

Through 10/19, re-releases of Disney animated movies, 2 & 6 p.m., $7.50-$9. 10/5, Tangled. 10/6-10/12, The Princess and the Frog. Theaters: TS. Info:

The Metropolitan Opera HD Live

10/7, Bellini’s Norma live, 9:55 a.m., $19-$27. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. 10/11, Bellini’s Norma encore, 1 & 6:30 p.m., $16-$23. Theaters: COL, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Millennium Fandom Bar

10/5, A Nightmare on Elm Street, 6:30 p.m., free. 10/12, The Evil Dead, 6:30 p.m., free. 900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-405-0816.


10/5, documentary about activist and philanthropist Charles Mully, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

No Game No Life Zero

10/5, 10/8, Japanese animated movie plus bonus features, Thur 7 p.m. subtitled, Sun 12:55 p.m. dubbed, $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Regal Horror Fest

Through 10/31, Mon-Tue 7 p.m., $5-$10. 10/9, The Dead Zone, Pet Sematary. 10/10, The Monster Squad. Theaters: BS. Info:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

10/7, movie plus live cast and audience participation, 10 p.m., $10. Theaters: TC. Info:

RWBY Volume 5 Premiere

10/12, anime series episodes plus bonus features, 7:30 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info:

Sci Fi Center

Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 10/8, Star Trek: Discovery viewing party, 6 p.m., free. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335,

Steve McQueen: American Icon

10/10, faith-based documentary plus bonus features, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: RR, SF, SP, SS, VS. Info:

Thursday Night at the Asylum

Thur, movies from production company The Asylum, 10:30 p.m., $5-$10. 10/5, Tonight She Comes. 10/12, Bad Blood. Theaters: SF, ST. Info:

New this week

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


City of Rock (Not reviewed)

Da Peng, Gulnazar, Qiao Shan. Directed by Da Peng. 118 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. A young musician organizes a charity concert to save a local park.

Theaters: TS

Earth: One Amazing Day Two and a half stars

Directed by Richard Dale, Peter Webber and Fan Lixin. 88 minutes. Rated G. This cheesy nature documentary from the team behind Earth features some stunning photography along with a contrived narrative of a single day across the world. The sleepy narration from Robert Redford adds little to the standard vignettes of pandas, penguins, zebras and more, but kids may be wowed by some of the more exotic moments. —JB

Theaters: TS

Last Night (Not reviewed)

Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Joey Marquez. Directed by Joyce Bernal. 106 minutes. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. A man and a woman meet just as both are planning to commit suicide, forming a bond that helps them recover.

Theaters: ORL

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

My Little Pony: The Movie (Not reviewed)

Voices of Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman. Directed by Jayson Thiessen. 99 minutes. Rated PG. The ponies of Equestria go on a quest to save their home.

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

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: AL, CH, SC, SP, ST, TS, TX

Trafficked (Not reviewed)

Kelly Washington, Jessica Obilom, Alpa Banker. Directed by Will Wallace. 104 minutes. Rated R. Three young women are kidnapped and sold into sex slavery.

Theaters: CAN

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: DTS, GVR, SC

Now playing

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

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

Atomic Blonde Three and a half stars

Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella. Directed by David Leitch. 115 minutes. Rated R. Theron plays a British MI6 agent in 1989 Berlin in this stylish if confusingly plotted spy thriller. Theron is fantastically cool, the supporting performances are entertaining, the set and costume design are sophisticated, and the jaw-dropping action sequences are both brutal and beautiful. —JB

Theaters: TC

Baby Driver Three and a half stars

Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey. Directed by Edgar Wright. 113 minutes. Rated R. The plot of Baby Driver, about a getaway driver looking to leave behind his life of crime, is nothing new, but the way that writer-director Wright tells that story is playful and virtuosic, making the movie into one long visual mixtape. It’s like a mediocre crime thriller crossed with several very good music videos. —JB

Theaters: TC, VS

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: DTS, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS

Beach Rats (Not reviewed)

Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge. Directed by Eliza Hittman. 95 minutes. Rated R. A Brooklyn teenager deals with family troubles and explores his sexual identity.

Theaters: VS

Brad’s Status Three and a half stars

Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer. Directed by Mike White. 101 minutes. Rated R. The angst experienced by middle-aged suburban dad Brad (Stiller) is the epitome of privilege, but that’s the point of this dryly funny movie, which gets in Brad’s head as he reflects on his life, his accomplishments and his mortality (and reflects on that reflection) while taking his teenage son on a college tour. —JB

Theaters: SC

Cars 3 Two and a half stars

Voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer. Directed by Brian Fee. 109 minutes. Rated G. The third movie in Pixar’s most blatantly commercial animated franchise finds race car Lightning McQueen (Wilson) losing ground to younger models. The world of anthropomorphic vehicles is still colorful and lovingly detailed, but the plot is slow-moving and dull, rehashing elements of the first movie. —JB

Theaters: TC

Chasing the Dragon (Not reviewed)

Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Kent Cheng. Directed by Wong Jin and Jason Kwan. 128 minutes. Not rated. In Cantonese with English subtitles. A Chinese immigrant builds a criminal empire in 1960s Hong Kong.

Theaters: TS

The Dark Tower Two stars

Tom Taylor, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. 95 minutes. Rated PG-13. The long-in- the-works adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy-novel series has turned it into a generic, streamlined action-fantasy, making the sprawling mythology feel limited and small. Elba is a highlight as world-weary warrior Roland, but Taylor is the real star as an overly earnest teen who joins Roland to save the world. —JB

Theaters: TC

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: COL, ST, VS

Dunkirk Four stars

Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance. Directed by Christopher Nolan. 106 minutes. Rated PG-13. Nolan’s docudrama about the evacuation of Dunkirk early in World War II is perhaps the boldest gamble yet made by this ambitious director, injecting a potentially alienating degree of abstraction into the sheer intensity of pitched battle. Once again, he somehow makes it work. —MD

Theaters: SC, ST, TC

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: COL

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

Friend Request One and a half stars

Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo. Directed by Simon Verhoeven. 92 minutes. Rated R. This brain-dead teen horror movie attempts to use social media to give a contemporary spin to boring horror cliches about a bullied outcast getting revenge from beyond the grave. The characters are annoying morons, the scares are cheap and predictable, and the storytelling is haphazard and lazy. —JB

Theaters: ST

Girls Trip (Not reviewed)

Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. 122 minutes. Rated R. A group of lifelong friends cut loose on a trip to New Orleans.

Theaters: VS

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Two stars

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Elodie Yung. Directed by Patrick Hughes. 118 minutes. Rated R. Reynolds plays a private security professional reluctantly tasked with protecting the life of a contract killer (Jackson) set to testify against a brutal dictator (Gary Oldman) in international court. The two loudmouths banter incessantly but weakly, the action is mediocre and the story drags on at least 30 minutes too long. —JB

Theaters: BS, COL, DI

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: COL, SC, SP

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


Judwaa 2 (Not reviewed)

Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anupam Kher. Directed by David Dhawan. 144 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. Twin brothers who were separated at birth reunite to take down a criminal enterprise.

Theaters: VS

Kidnap Two stars

Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn. Directed by Luis Prieto. 94 minutes. Rated R. Berry plays a waitress chasing after the kidnappers of her young son in this empty, predictable, cheap-looking thriller. More than half the movie is a repetitive, drawn-out car chase, and despite a running time that barely hits 80 minutes, Kidnap is still padded and plodding. —JB

Theaters: TC

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


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: FH, SF, ST, VS

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

Logan Lucky Two and a half stars

Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. 119 minutes. Rated PG-13. Soderbergh’s comeback is an uneven heist comedy starring Tatum and Driver as a pair of working-class brothers who conspire to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The actors mostly lean hard on comical redneck accents, and the slow-moving plot features way too many leaps of logic. —JB

Theaters: COL

Mother! Four and a half stars

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. 121 minutes. Rated R. The latest provocation from Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) stars Lawrence and Bardem in a boldly, blatantly metaphorical tale of married bliss falling prey to the ultimate home invasion. It’s as gleefully unhinged as any studio film in recent memory. —MD

Theaters: BS, COL, ORL, PAL, SC

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature One and a half stars

Voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph. Directed by Cal Brunker. 91 minutes. Rated PG. This grating animated sequel doesn’t even have the semi-clever heist-movie premise of its predecessor, instead throwing a bunch of hyperactive, annoying animal characters together in a jumble of subplots loosely related to saving their park home from an evil developer. It’s chaotic, ugly and unpleasant, without even a solid lesson for the kid audience. —JB

Theaters: TC

A Question of Faith (Not reviewed)

Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell. Directed by Kevan Otto. 104 minutes. Rated PG. Three families turn to prayer after suffering a tragedy.

Theaters: CAN, SF, TS, 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: BS, COL, RR, ST, VS

Stronger Three stars

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson. Directed by David Gordon Green. 116 minutes. Rated R. Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Although based on Bauman’s own memoir, Stronger doesn’t go easy on its main character. The final act gives Jeff the conveniently uplifting happy ending that the genre warrants, but his journey there is tougher and more honest than usual. —JB

Theaters: BS, COL, SC

’Til Death Do Us Part (Not reviewed)

Annie Ilonzeh, Taye Diggs, Steven Bishop. Directed by Chris Stokes. 101 minutes. Rated PG-13. A woman is stalked by her abusive ex-husband.

Theaters: AL, CAN, COL, ET, FH, RR, SHO, TS, TX, VS

Trophy (Not reviewed)

Directed by Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau. 108 minutes. Not rated. Documentary exploring the ethics of big-game hunting.

Theaters: VS

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Two and a half stars

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen. Directed by Luc Besson. 137 minutes. Rated PG-13. The convoluted plot of Besson’s adaptation of a long-running French comic book (starring the miscast DeHaan and Delevingne as intergalactic secret agents) takes too long to get moving and then is sidelined for long stretches. The movie is a colorful and baffling experience that is sometimes charming but more often just exhausting. —JB

Theaters: TC

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: TX

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: COL, ORL, SC, ST, 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

(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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