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‘Fury,’ ‘Men, Women & Children’ among films opening in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

1,000 Times Good Night

Not rated; 117 minutes. A woman who works as a photojournalist comes face to face with how much she risks with her family as she step into another war zone. Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 7:30 (Tue)


20,000 Days on Earth

Not rated; 97 minutes. Drama and reality combine during a 24-hour look into the life of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Fri), 8:45 (Sat)


Best of Me

PG-13, sexuality, violence, some drug content, brief strong language; 113 minutes. Two high school sweethearts come together again 21 years later and try to rekindle the love they once had. Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Lianan Liberato.

* 1/2 “The Best of Me” is just (Nicholas) Sparks’ greatest hits, starting with “The Notebook,” a touch of “Dear John” and running through every “not good enough for my daughter,” every tragic death, broken memory or noble sacrifice. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15


The Book of Life

PG, mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements, brief scary images; 95 minutes. Two men pursue the love of a fiesty woman in a animated Mexican village. Voiced by Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman.

* * * 1/2 “The Book of Life” is a Mexican-accented kids’ cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11 a.m. (Sat), 2:30, 7:25

3D: 12:10, 5, 9:45


The Final Member

R; 75 minutes. Film looks at the Icelandic Phallological Museum and the curator’s effort to acquire a human speciman to complete the collection.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:15 (Sun)


Fury

R, strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, language throughout; 134 minutes. A sergeant works to keep the men running his tank alive during the final days of World War II. Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena.

* * *  “Fury” is more like Sam Fuller’s personal war memoir, “The Big Red One,” straightforward, less poetic, an action film with a hint of humanity and history that is fast receding from view. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m, 2:40, 6:20, 9:30

RPX: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10


The Green Prince

PG-13; 95 minutes. “The Green Prince” details how the son of a Hamas leader become a prized Israeli informant and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Sun)


Joan Didion: Book Talk

Not rated; 60 minutes. Author Joan Didion speaks about her relationship with her daughter and husband, the doubts about having children, illness and growing old.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12 (Sat)


Last Days of Viet Nam

Not rated; 98 minutes. As the Viet Cong approach Saigon in the last days of the Vietnam War, American personnel have to decide whether to only evacuate U.S. citizens or risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese as they can.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Mon)


Manakamana

Not rated; 75118 minutes. Documentary shot from a cable car high above the jungle in Nepal follows villagers and tourists as the travel to an ancient mountaintop temple.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1 (Sat)


National Theatre: Medea

Not rated; 150 minutes. Helen McCrory stars in Euripides’ powerful tragedy.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m., (Sun)


Memphis

Not rated; 75 minutes. A strange singer drifts through the city of Memphis, making music but avoiding the recording studio and finding that his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:45 (Sun), 1:45 (Sat), 7:50 (Sun), 8:50 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


Men, Women & Children

R, strong sexual content, strong language; 110 minutes. Jason Reitman’s film follows a group of adults and teenagers in Austin, Texas as they deal with the ways our plugged-in lives has changed our humanity. Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler Rosemarie DeWitt.

* * 1/2 “Men, Women & Children” simultaneously wonders “Does anything really matter?” even as it forcefully suggest that, yes, retaining our humanity is necessary. — FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55


Rich Hill

Not rated; 91 minutes. Documentary follows three teenagers in a small town in America’s heartland as they handle school challenges and deal with the limited options facing them as they become adults.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 3:45 (Sat)


Tracks

R, profanity, nudity, adult themes; 112 minutes. A young woman makes a trip across the Australian outback with her dog and 4 camels, following the same tracks as her father when he decided to make the journey and disappeared. Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl, Roly Mintuma.

* * *  Attention should be paid to “Tracks,” a soul-strirring film set in that otherwordly place called Australia. — PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:30 (Sun), 4 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 8:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu), 8:50 (Sun)

Ongoing

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

PG, rude humor, some reckless behavior, language; 81 minutes. Alexander and his siblings and parents wind their way through a truly terrible day while trying to keep their spirits up. Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner.

* * 1/2 It’s just competent, light entertainment, no more ambitious than that. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri, Sun: 12:05, 2:20, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:45, 7:40, 8:55

Sat: 11:20 a.m., 2:40, 3:30, 4:50, 5:30, 7, 7:40, 9:10


Annabelle

R, intense sequences of disturbing violence, terror; 98 minutes. A young couple in the 1960s expecting their first child is terrorized after one of the wife’s antique dolls is haunted by a woman who was part of a slaughter at a neighboring home. Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodward, Tony Amendola.

* *  Like “Insidious” and “The Conjuring,” the only goal here is to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. And “Annabelle” does, more than once, before that dolly is done. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:20, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20


The Boxtrolls

PG, action, some peril, mild rude humor; 97 minutes. A group of trolls living in abandoned cardboard boxes find their lives threatened by angry town residents, except for a young woman who wants to know more about the creatures. Voiced by Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost.

* * * 1/2 This adaptation of an Alan Snow novel is inventive and fanciful and almost certainly the best animated film of the year. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 10:50 a.m. (Sat), 1:10, 4, 6:30


Dracula Untold

PG-13, intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing image, some sensuality; 92 minutes. Dracula returns from serving in the Turkish army and decides to fight back when the Turks demand his son and other children from Dracula’s kingdom. Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance.

* *  “Dracula Untold” is a straight two-genre picture, well-mounted, with whirlwinds of bats and gloomy, moon-clouded nights. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15

IMAX: 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40


The Equalizer

R, strong bloody violence, language throughout; 131 minutes. Denzel Washington plays a retired secret agent who uses his skills to protect and ward of the thugs and thieves who threaten friends and co-workers he has met in his retirement. Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas.

* * 1/2 “The Equalizer” serves up Denzel Washington at his coolest. Eyes weary with experience but still taking it all in .... he still carries himself with that feline stride — the greatest, most masculine movie star walk since John Wayne. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:35 a.m., 2:50, 5:50, 8:50


Gone Girl

R, scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content, nudity, language; 149 minutes. After a man’s wife disappears, he becomes the center of a huge media frenzy and suspicions that he is involved in her disappearance. Ben Affleck, Rosamond Pike, Neil Patrick Harris.

* * *  It’s good, but we’ve come to expect more from the guy who gave us “Fight Club” and “The Social Network.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12, 3:20, 6:40, 9:45 (Fri-Sat), 10 (Sun)


Guardians of the Galaxy

PG-13, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some language; 121 minutes. An Amercian pilot finds himself to be the target of a manhunt after he claims an orb from the vengeful Ronan. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, John C. Reilly.

* * *  They’re going to make more “Guardians,” which is both good news and bad news. Director/ co-writer James (“Super”) Gunn won’t have the novelty of introducing us to this universe and these weirdos again. And since that’s pretty much the whole joke here, how will he get a curtain call out of them? — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:45 a.m., 2:35, 5:40, 8:30


The Judge

R, language, including some sexual references; 141 minutes. A son who is a high-profile Chicago attorney returns to his hometown after his elderly father, a former judge, is acccused of killing someone with his car. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thorton, Vera Farmiga.

* 1/2 A bloated all-star melodrama with none of the lean, mean legalese of a Joh Grisham adaptation, it’s a showboat’s movie cast with a lot of actors each promised “a big, cool scene.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:50 a.m., 3, 6:10, 9, 9:25


Kill the Messenger

R, language, drug content; 106 minutes. A newspaper reporter uncovers information that would link the CIA to the spread of crack cocaine in the 1990s and then finds his reporting and character coming under fire from the government and other newspapers. Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia.

* * *  Renner’s performance — beginning with bluster and descending into twitchy paranoia — sells it and makes us fret for every “messenger” suddenly the target of the spotlight himself. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:50, 9:50 (Sun), 10 (Fri-Sat)


The Maze Runner

PG-13, thematic elements, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action; 108 minutes. A group of teens are brought to an isolated and vast maze, where they must dodge the “Grievers,” super-sized spiders, and elude the maze itself before it closes and crushes them. Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ami Ameen.

* 1/2 This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is “The Maze Runner,” an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30, 3:10, 6, 8:40


My Old Lady

PG-13, thematic material, some sexual references; 104 minutes. A down-on-his luck man comes to Paris to sell the apartment building owned by his deceased father and discovers an elderly woman living in one of the apartments who is unwilling to move. Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas.

* *  1/2 Smith and Kline and Scott Thomas give this a chance to sparkle. Kline dresses down wonderfully and his offhand way with the “Franglais” dialogue beautifully clashes with Smith’s English precision. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 2:40 (Sun), 3:40 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:15 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


The Skeleton Twins

R, language, some sexuality, drug use; 93 minutes. A troubled young man returns to his hometown after failing to become an actor and finds himself at odds with his twin sister, who has little desire to see him return home. Kristen Wigg, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson.

* * 1/2 The timing of this tale of depression, suicide and how vulnerable we all are to our past, our demons and our shortcomings, is enough to recommend this engagingly melancholy comedy. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:15 a.m. (Sun), 2 (Sat), 4 (Fri, Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu), 5:15 (Tue), 6:15 (Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu), 6:45 (Sat-Sun), 9 (Fri, Sun-Thu)

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