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“Dumber and Dumber To” among films opening this week in Bellingham

OPENING THIS WEEK

Beyond the Lights

PG-13, sexual content, including suggestive gestures, partial nudity, language, thematic elements; 116 minutes. A rising singing star starts to question the life she is living and decides to challenge what her mother and others insist she do. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parkway, Minnie Driver.

* * 1/2 It’s so well-written, cast and played that we lose ourselves in the comfort food familiarity of it all. ...Simple as it is, it simply works. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:10 (Fri, Sun), 1:20 (Sat), 4:30, 7:20, 10:10


Dumb and Dumber To

PG-13, crude and sexual humor, partial nudity, language, some drug references; 110 minutes. Lloyd and Harry return, seeking out the daughter Harry possibly had years ago as he searches for a donor for his kidney transplant. Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvin.

* 1/2 It’s just that comedy left the Farrellys behind over 10 years ago, and even their best efforts at reviving their PG-13 Three Stooges style feels old-fashioned and tired. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 5, 6:40 (Fri-Sat), 7:40, 9:30 (Fri-Sat), 10:30


A Fuller Life

Not rated; 80 minutes. Filmmaker Samantha Fuller pays tribue to her late father, film director and writer Sam Fuller, with Joe Dante, James Franco, William Friedkin, Wim Wenders and others reading from his memoirs.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun), 6:30 (Thu)


Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

PG, thematic elements; 80 minutes. During the annual Christmas party, Kirk decides to help his brother out of his “bah humbug” mood and help him see Christ at the center of Christmas celebrations.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:50 a.m., 2, 4:10, 6:20, 8:40


Listen Up Philip

Not rated; 108 minutes. A rising young writer with an acid-tongue and a narcissist’s outlook is helped by a famed writer, who manipulates the younger man as he alienates friends and others. Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter.

While the intolerance fueling this dark existential comedy won’t be to everyone’s liking, the film’s cerebral beat-down is a strange and sardonic thing of beauty. — LOS ANGELES TIMES

Playing: Limelight

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


Meet the Mormons

PG, some thematic elements; 137 minutes. Film looks at the diverse lives of six devout Mormons, from their travels abroad to the daily struggles they face as they challenge stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4:30 (Sat)


Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets

Not rated; 90 minutes. Filmmaker Florian Habricht’s documentary follows the band Pulp as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)


Rosewater

R, language, crude references, violent content; 103 minutes. An Iranian ex-pat returns to his home country as a reporter for an American magazine and is soon arrested by Iranian security and sent to prison, where he is regularly questioned by a former Islamic revolutionary. Gael Garcia Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kim Bodnia.

* * *  (Director Jon) Stewart and (actor Gael Garcia) Bernal have made a smart, moving and media-savy memoir. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1 (Sun, Thu), 1:45 (Fri), 2:10 (Sat), 3:30 (Sun), 4 (Mon-Thu), 4:15 (Fri), 6 (Sun), 6:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon), 8:30 (Sun), 8:45 (Wed), 9:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon), 9:30 (Tue)


She Devil

Not rated; 77 minutes. Two doctors inject a dying woman with a formula that saves her life but makes her very evil and almost immortal. Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly. Albert Dekker.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sat)


Tokyo Story

Not rated; 136 minutes. An elderly couple makes a trip to Tokyo to visit their adult children, only to find that they have little time for them, with the exception of their son’s widow.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Tue)


Trailer Awards

Not rated; 137 minutes. The 4th annual Trailer aWARds recognizes the best Trailer War submissions over the last 10 contests.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 9 (Wed)

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: 12:15, 2:15, 4:15, 6:15 (Sun), 8:10 (Sun)


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: 11:10 a.m. (Sat), 11:45 a.m., 1:20, 2:30, 3:30, 5:20, 7:10, 8:10

3D: 10:40 a.m. (Sat), 12:30, 4:20, 6:30, 9:20, 9:50


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: 12:45 (Fri), 1:15 (Thu), 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:15 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 8 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)


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, 3, 6, 9


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: 11:35 a.m., 2:50, 6:05, 9:25


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: Fri, Sun: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 3:20, 6:10, 7, 9:55

Sat: 11:20 a.m., 12:10, 3, 3:50, 7:40

IMAX: Fri, Sun: 12:10, 3:50, 7:30

Sat: 10:30 a.m., 2:20, 6:20, 10

RPX: Fri, Sun: 1, 4:40, 8:30

Sat: 12:50, 4:30, 8:20


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: 1:50, 9:40


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: 12:05 (Sun), 1:05 (Sat), 7:45 (Sun), 8:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


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: 12:40, 4, 6:50, 9:35


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: 4:50, 7:15


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: Limelight

Times: 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


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: Pickford

Times: 11:30 a.m. (Sun), 12:30 (Sat)


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: 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:50, 10:15

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