Dream Big, Princess
Through 10/19, re-releases of Disney animated movies, 2 & 6 p.m., $7.50-$9. 9/21, Beauty and the Beast. 9/22-9/28, Mulan. Theaters: TS. Info: amctheatres.com/dream_big_princess.
Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All
9/21, documentary screening, 7 p.m., $10-$13. Theaters: RR. Info: harekrishnathefilm.com.
Jeepers Creepers 3
9/26, movie plus bonus features, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: CAN, GVL. Info: fathomevents.com.
Millennium Fandom Bar
9/24, The Orville premiere episode, 6:30 p.m., free. 9/24, Star Trek: Discovery season premiere, 8 p.m., free. 9/25, Inside the Directors Cut with local short film Takedown plus Q&A with cast and crew, 8 p.m., free. 9/28, Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, 6:30 p.m., free. 9/28, Star Trek: First Contact, 8 p.m., free. 900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-405-0816.
Rooted in Peace
9/21, documentary screening, 7 p.m., $10-$12. Theaters: VS. Info: rootedinpeace.com.
Saturday Movie Matinee
9/23, 1 p.m., free. Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 702-507-6036.
Sci Fi Center
Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 9/23, Filmmakers Showcase with Inside You plus Q&A with director Heather Fink, 7 p.m., free. 9/24, Star Trek: Discovery viewing party, 6 p.m., free. 5077 Arville St., 855-501-4335, thescificenter.com.
Steve McQueen: American Icon
9/28, faith-based documentary plus bonus features, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: RR, SF, SP, SS, VS. Info: fathomevents.com.
Studio Ghibli Fest
9/24, 9/25, 9/27, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind plus animated shorts, Sun dubbed 12:55 p.m., Mon subtitled 7 p.m., Wed dubbed 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, RR, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info: fathomevents.com.
Thursday Night at the Asylum
Thur, movies from production company The Asylum, 10:30 p.m., $5-$10. 9/28, 2-Headed Shark Attack. Theaters: SF, ST. Info: cinemark.com/asylum.
Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou
Tue, 1 p.m., free. 9/26, Swing Time. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.
Wall Street 30th Anniversary
9/24, 9/27, movie plus bonus features, 2 & 7 p.m., $7.50-$12.50. Theaters: ORL, SF, SP, ST. Info: fathomevents.com.
New this week
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.
Brad’s Status (Not reviewed)
Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer. Directed by Mike White. 101 minutes. Rated R. A middle-aged man contemplates the direction of his life while taking his teenage son on a college tour.
Theaters: CAN, DTS, GVL, SC
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: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
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, BS, CAN, CH, DI, DTS, ET, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
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
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, GVR, RR, SC, TS
Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine. Directed by Johannes Roberts. 89 minutes. Rated PG-13. A pair of sisters end up trapped in a rickety cage at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by deadly sharks, in this lean, suspenseful survival thriller. Occasional plot contrivances aside, most of the movie is tense and well-crafted, making great use of the murky depths surrounding the characters. —JB
All Saints (Not reviewed)
John Corbett, Cara Buono, Barry Corbin. Directed by Steve Gomer. 108 minutes. Rated PG. A pastor fights to save a small church that serves Burmese refugees in the U.S.
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, CAN, CH, COL, DI, DTS, ET, FH, GVL, ORL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX
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: CAN, DI, PAL, SF, SS, ST, TX, VS
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: COL, ST
Baadshaho (Not reviewed)
Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Emraan Hashmi. Directed by Milan Luthria. 162 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. A heist thriller set in Mumbai during the 1970s.
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
Birth of the Dragon
Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Xia Yu. Directed by George Nolfi. 103 minutes. Rated PG-13. Ostensibly about a young Bruce Lee’s fight with old-school Chinese kung-fu master Wong Jack Man, this heavily fictionalized thriller is mostly about a made-up white American student of Lee’s. There’s a boring love story and a fight against gangsters, all in a movie that has no idea what kind of story to tell. —JB
Theaters: ST, TX
Voices of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms. Directed by David Soren. 84 minutes. Rated PG. This computer-animated movie, about two best friends (voiced by Hart and Middleditch) whose superhero creation comes to life, contains hand-drawn sequences and even a sock-puppet sequence. Rambunctious, but cheerfully clever—or at least cheerful—it contains fart jokes, but also a built-in critique and aesthetic appreciation of fart jokes. —JMA
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: ST, VS
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: AL, COL, ST
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, TS, VS
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: COL, SC, SP, ST, TS
The Emoji Movie
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, TX
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: COL, ORL, ST, VS
Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. 127 minutes. Rated PG-13. Jeannette Walls’ memoir about growing up with a flighty, irresponsible mom and an alcoholic dreamer of a dad finds enough emotional truth to compensate for occasional lapses into Hollywood phoniness. Larson plays the author, with Harrelson and Watts as the bad parents. —MD
Theaters: COL, SC
Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So. Directed by Justin Chon. 94 minutes. Not rated. Set on the first day of the 1992 LA riots, writer-director Chon’s Gook, starring Chon and So as Korean-American brothers trying to keep their family’s shoe store afloat, is surprisingly upbeat and funny. Although it eventually takes a disappointingly manipulative turn toward the end, Gook is mainly a heartfelt passion project. —JB
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista. Directed by James Gunn. 136 minutes. Rated PG-13. After teaming up to save the galaxy in the surprise-hit previous movie, Marvel’s intergalactic superheroes are split up and set on various courses until they come together for the action-packed finale. If you liked the first movie, well, here’s more of it, only not as refreshing or original. —JB
Hazlo Como Hombre (Not reviewed)
Mauricio Ochmann, Alfonso Dosal, Aislinn Derbez. Directed by Nicolás López. 109 minutes. Rated R. In Spanish with English subtitles. The relationship among three longtime male friends is tested when one of them reveals that he’s gay.
Theaters: ST, TX
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
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: AL, CAN, DI, ET, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX
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: AL, CAN, CH, COL, FH, ORL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX
Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Directed by Matt Spicer. 97 minutes. Rated R. Plaza plays a troubled young woman who forcibly befriends a social-media star (Olsen) in this clever dark comedy. Rather than taking easy potshots at entitled millennials, the movie explores themes of grief, loneliness and mania that transcend whatever current technology is enabling them. —JB
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, CAN, CH, DI, DTS, ET, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX
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
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: AL, COL, CH, FH, ORL, SF, SP, ST, TS, TX, VS
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, FH, SC
Love You to the Stars and Back (Not reviewed)
Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Cherry Pie Picache. Directed by Antoinette Jadaone. 111 minutes. Not rated. In Filipino with English subtitles. A young woman and a young man fall in love on an impromptu road trip.
Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett. Directed by Aisling Walsh. 115 minutes. Rated PG-13. This biopic of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (Hawkins) focuses on her tumultuous relationship with her husband (Hawke), sometimes at the expense of details about her work. It can be an affecting look at a dysfunctional marriage, although it suffers from familiar biopic issues, including unclear progression of time and thin supporting characters. —JB
Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski, Yoel Weisshaus. Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein. 82 minutes. Rated PG. In Yiddish with English subtitles. This documentary-style drama about a Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn fighting for custody of his son after his wife passes away is a bit repetitive, but it’s such an immersive portrayal of an insular world rarely seen onscreen that the thin story isn’t a major problem. —JB
Midnight Runners (Not reviewed)
Park Seo-joon, Kang Ha-neul, Park Ha-seon. Directed by Kim Joo-Hwan. 109 minutes. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. Two students at Korea’s national police academy team up to solve a kidnapping.
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: AL, CAN, CH, DTS, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX
The Only Living Boy in New York (Not reviewed)
Callum Turner, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale. Directed by Marc Webb. 88 minutes. Rated R. An aimless recent college graduate begins an affair with his father’s mistress.
Johnny Depp, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario. Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. 129 minutes. Rated PG-13. The fifth movie in the series initially based on a Disney theme-park ride features legendary pirate Jack Sparrow (Depp) on a quest for Poseidon’s trident. The plot is convoluted and interminable, and Depp stumbles and mumbles his way through another performance as Jack, who’s lost all of his irreverent charm. —JB
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: AL, COL, FH, ORL, RR, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock. Directed by Michael Bay. 148 minutes. Rated PG-13. Just getting through Bay’s fifth Transformers movie makes for an exhausting endeavor. Once again, the plot is byzantine and inane, the characters are superfluous and barely one-dimensional, the comic relief is painful and the acting is almost entirely perfunctory. The fate of the world is at stake (again), but none of it means anything. —JB
Theaters: TC, TX
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
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: AL, ST, TX
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: AL, CH, FH, GVR, ORL, SC, SHO, SF, SP, ST, TX, VS
Joey King, Ki Hong Lee, Ryan Phillippe. Directed by John R. Leonetti. 90 minutes. Rated PG-13. Teenager Clare (King) makes every dumb horror-movie decision possible after she discovers a Chinese music box that promises to grant seven wishes. The (fairly bloodless, PG-13-friendly) death scenes rip off the Final Destination movies, and every plot development is dopey and predictable, with a complete lack of scares. —JB
JMA Jeffrey M. Anderson; JB Josh Bell; MD Mike D’Angelo
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