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‘Interstellar, ‘Big Hero 6’ among films opening in Bellingham theaters this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Big Hero 6

PG, action and peril, some rude humor, thematic elements; 92 minutes. A young, brilliant genius uses the marshmallow-like robot created by his brother to find out if the brother was murdered and by who. Voiced by Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, Genesis Rodriguez.

* * *  “Big Hero 6” is Walt Disney Animation’s lovely and sometimes touching attempt to do anime with computer-generated animation. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 10:10 a.m. (Fri, Sun), 10:20 a.m. (Sat), 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 12:50, 2:40, 3:40, 5:30, 6:30, 8:20, 9:20

3D: 10:50 a.m., 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10


Birdman

R, language throughout, some sexual content, brief violence; 119 minutes. A down-on-his luck actor throws everything he has into a planned Broadway production to regain his former fame. Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis.

* * * *  Serious and silly, self-aware and ironic, it’s the movie that questions stardom, fame and celebrity, built around a role Michael Keaton had to become a has-been to play. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sun), 12:45 (Fri-Sat, Tue, Thu), 2:45 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 8:15 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Tue-Thu)


Bjork: Biophilia Live

Not rated; 97 minutes; Bjork in concert with drummer Manu Delago.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 8 (Fri)


Find Your Way: A Busker’s Documentary

Not rated; 95 minutes; A busker turns filmmaker and takes viewers inside the world of full-time street musicians.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Hermitage Revealed

Not rated; 83 minutes; Documentary looks at the history and impact of The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sat)


Interstellar

PG-13, some intense perilous action, brief strong language; 169 minutes. In the near future, with the climate of the Earth destroyed, a former NASA test pilot is recruited to lead a crew on a space flight to find a new world where humans can live. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine.

* * * 1/2 Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is the most ambitious science fiction film, maybe ever and certainly since “2001: A Space Odyssey.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: IMAX: 11:20 a.m., 3:10, 6:50 (Sun), 7 (Fri-Sat), 10:30 (Sun), 10:45 (Fri-Sat)

RPX: 12:10, 4, 7:50

3D: 10:30 a.m., 1:20, 2:20, 5, 6:10, 8:50, 9:55


Laggies

R, language, some sexual material, teen partying; 99 minutes. A young woman having trouble dealing with adulthood finds herself hanging out with a group of teens and eventually is invited to live in one girl’s home. Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell.

* * 1/2 “Laggies” covers familiar ground ... with just enough wit and warmth to make us push thoughts of how inappropriate everyone is behaving into the background. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:30 (Sun), 1 (Fri), 1:30 (Sat), 2 (Tue), 3 (Sun), 3:20 (Fri), 4 (Sat, Wed-Thu), 4:30 (Tue), 5:30 (Sun), 5:45 (Fri), 6:30 (Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu), 8 (Sun), 9 (Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu), 10 (Fri)


The Last Unicorn

G; 92 minutes; A unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is attempting to capture all the world’s unicorns. Voiced by Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:30 (Mon), 4 (Mon), 6:30 (Mon), 9 (Mon)


Riding My Way Back

Not rated; 60 minutes; A former soldier at the brink of suicide finds a way back by caring for a horse named Fred.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 5 (Wed)


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Macbeth

Not rated; 155 minutes; Shakespeare’s classic drama is presented at the Gobe Theatre in London.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 7 (Tue)


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

PG, thematic elements, some violent action, partial nudity; 137 minutes. An old man cutting bamboo discovers a tiny sleeping baby who grows into a beautiful young woman who the man and his wife want to present at the royal court, something the young woman does not want to do. Voiced by Chole Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu.

* * *  “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” reminds us how great animation used to be made, and is rich and rewarding enough to suggest that this art form and the studio can carry on. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 10:30 a.m. (Mon), 1:15 (Thu), 2 (Wed), 2:45 (Sun), 3:15 (Tue), 3:30 (Fri-Sat)

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: 12, 2:30, 4:50, 7:40


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: 11:10 a.m., 2:10, 5:10, 7:30


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: 10


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: 12:20 (Fri, Sun), 12:40 (Sat), 3:20, 6:20, 9:25


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: 11:30 a.m., 2:50, 6, 9:15


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: 3:50, 9:30


John Wick

R, strong and bloody violence throughout, language, brief drug use. 100 minutes. A hitman seeks revenge against the persons who harmed his wife and his pet dog. Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Bridget Moynahan, David Patrick Kelly.

* * 1/2 As fodder for fiction, this is strictly C-movie material. But Reeves animates the action and the filmmakers surround hime with wonderful co-stars.— MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30, 3, 5:20, 8, 10:20


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: 9:50


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: 1:10 (Fri, Sun), 6:50


Nightcrawler

R, violence including graphic images, language; 117 minutes. A socially awkward sociopath decides to become a freelance videographer, capturing film of accidents, crime scenes and more and selling them to eager local television stations. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Rick Garcia.

* * *  “Nightcrawler” is an utterly fascinating plunge into the ethical cesspool of freelance video journalism in the TMZ age. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:35, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05


Ouija

PG-13, violent content, horror; 89 minutes. A group of teens awakens an ancient spirit while using a Ouija board. Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto.

No critical view available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:20 a.m., 3 (Sat), 3:20 (Fri, Sun), 5:50, 8:10, 10:25


Pride

R, language, brief sexual content; 120 minutes. A group of gay activists decide to support union members when their jobs are under attack during the Thatcher administration in the 1980s in Great Britain. Ben Schnetzer, Imelda Staunton, George MacKay.

* * *  The joy of “Pride” is that it delivers so many easy laughs — little old ladies discovering leather bars, sexual appliances and the like — that when it hits you with a lump in the throat moment ... it’s unexpected.— MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:45 (Mon), 5:45 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Tue-Wed), 8:45 (Thu)


St. Vincent

PG-13, mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobaco use; 103 minutes. A cranky old man agrees to watch his new neighbor’s young son while she works and discovers the boy is in need of help and direction and purpose.

* * * This is Murray’s vehicle, and even if he never quite sticks with an accent or convinces us of an infirmity, he is captivating, first scene to last. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10


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: 1 (Tue), 1:15 (Fri-Sat), 4:15 (Thu), 8:30 (Sun), 9 (Mon), 9:15 (Fri-Sat, Tue-Wed)


A Streetcar Named Desire (National Theatre)

Not rated; 180 minutes. Tennesse Willaims materpiece presented at London’s National Theatre, starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)

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