Banff Mountain Film Festival’s Radical Reels Tour
10/4, touring festival of outdoor sports films, 7 p.m., free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., 702-507-3459.
Cinemark Classic Series
10/1, 10/4, The Tingler, 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. 9/28, Mulan. 9/29-10/5, Tangled. Theaters: TS. Info: amctheatres.com/dream_big_princess.
Let’s Play Two
10/3, Pearl Jam concert documentary, 7 p.m., $10-$13. Theaters: RR. Info: letsplaytwofilm.com.
Millennium Fandom Bar
9/28, Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, 6:30 p.m., free. 9/28, Star Trek: First Contact, 8 p.m., free. 10/1, Star Trek: Discovery viewing party, 7 p.m., free. 10/1, Rick and Morty viewing party, 11 p.m., free. 10/5, A Nightmare on Elm Street, 6:30 p.m., free. 900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-405-0816.
Movie Night in the Park
9/29, Smurfs: The Lost Village, 7 p.m., free. Whitney Park, 5712 Missouri Ave., 702-455-8531.
10/3-10/5, documentary about activist and philanthropist Charles Mully, 7 p.m., $10.50-$12.50. Theaters: COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info: fathomevents.com.
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: fathomevents.com.
Sci Fi Center
Mon, Cinemondays, 8 p.m., free. 9/30, Frames of Fear, Frames of Fear 2 plus Q&A with cast and crew, 7 p.m., $5. 10/1, Star Trek: Discovery viewing party, 6 p.m., free. 10/3, Blade Runner plus bonus features, 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.
Thursday Night at the Asylum
Thur, movies from production company The Asylum, 10:30 p.m., $5-$10. 9/28, 2-Headed Shark Attack. 10/5, Tonight She Comes. Theaters: SF, ST. Info: cinemark.com/asylum.
Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou
Tue, 1 p.m., free. 10/3, Hold That Ghost. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400.
New this week
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
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: CAN, DTS, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS
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.
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, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS
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.
Mahanubhavudu (Not reviewed)
Sharwanand, Mehreen Pirzada, Vennela Kishore. Directed by Maruthi Dasari. 150 minutes. Not rated. In Telugu with English subtitles. An eccentric geek suffering from OCD falls in love with a beautiful woman.
Never Say Die (Not reviewed)
Allen Ai, Mary Ma, Shen Teng. Directed by Song Yang. 90 minutes. Not rated. In Mandarin with English subtitles. A boxer and a journalist mysteriously exchange bodies.
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
Spyder (Not reviewed)
Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh, S.J. Surya. Directed by AR Murugadoss. 150 minutes. Not rated. In Tamil and Telugu with English subtitles. An intelligence officer must take down a dangerous terrorist.
’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, FH, RR, SHO, SS, 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.
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, CH, COL, DI, DTS, ET, GVL, ORL, PAL, 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: PAL, ST, TX
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, TC
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
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.
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: RR, SC
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
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
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, ST
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, DI, TX
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, CH, COL, DI, FH, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TX, VS
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: 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
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, BS, COL, DI, FH, ORL, PAL, SC, SHO, SP, SS, TS
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, CH, COL, FH, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX
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, 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
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 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: COL, CH, FH, SF, ST, 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
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
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
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, BS, CAN, DTS, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, TS
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, BS, COL, DI, FH, RR, ST, 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
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
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: 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, COL, ORL, SC, ST, 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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