“Hunger Games: Mockingjay” opens in Bellingham this weekend



R, language; 114 minutes. Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras films her encounters with Edward Snowden, the former NSA agent who released classified documents, and captures the paranoia and dread surrounding Snowden and those who are trying to make his information public.

* * * 1/2 A cool, steady stream of anxiety, Laura Poitras’ documentary “Citizenfour” draws from the visual language and buggy paranoia of the best-known 1970s political thrillers. — CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:10 (Sun), 1:10 (Sat), 2:50 (Sun), 3:50 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 8:05 (Sun), 9:05 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu),

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

PG-13, vilence, disturbing images; 125 minutes. Katniss Everdeen returns, fighting the destruction brought to the districts by President Snow and the propaganda spread by both Snow and District President Alma Coin. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsword, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore.

* * *  “In these moments (Jennifer) Lawrence shires. It’s a rare actor who can show so much rage, hate, pain and hope in a single look. But she does. — THE FRESNO BEE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 1:40, 2:10, 2:45, 3:40, 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7, 7:10, 8:20, 9, 9:40, 10:10, 10:20

Sat: 9:20 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 1:40, 2:10, 2:45, 3:40, 5, 5:40, 6:10, 6:20, 7, 8:20, 9, 9:20, 9:40

Sun: 9:20 a.m., 10:20, 11 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 1:40, 2:10, 2:45, 3:40, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30

RPX: Fri: 10 a.m., 1, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40

Sat: 9:50 a.m., 1, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40

Sun: 9:50 a.m., 1, 4:20, 7:30, 10:30

Las Libres: The Story Continues

Not rated; 114 minutes. Women sent to prison in a Mexico state with harsh anti-abortion laws speaks out about their treatment and their histories through a non-profit organization called Las Libres.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4 (Sat)

A Letter to Momo

Not rated; 120 minutes. Animated film from Japan follows a young girl and her mother who move from Tokyo to an isolated isolated island after the death of her father and discovers three magical imps who are the source of mischief around her home and neighborbood.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1 (Wed), 3:45 (Thu)

Royal Opera House: I due Foscari

Not rated; 155 minutes. Placido Domingo and Francesco Meli star in this opera about a father and son brought back from exile to face charges of treason.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 7 (Tue)


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: 11:30 a.m. (Sat), 12 (Fri, 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: 9:40 a.m. (Sat-Sun), 10:20 a.m. (Fri), 11:50 a.m., 12:40, 2:30, 3:20, 5:10, 7:10, 9:50

3D: 10:30 a.m. (Sat-Sun), 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 8:50 (Fri-Sat), 9:10 (Sun)


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: 11:45 a.m. (Sun), 12:45 (Sat, Wed), 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)

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: 11:10:a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 7:50, 10:30


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: 121:50, 4:10, 7:20, 10:15

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: 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10


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: 10:40 a.m., 1:20, 2:20, 5:20, 6, 9:10, 9:45

IMAX: 11:20 a.m., 3, 6:40, 10:20

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: 2, 4


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: 6:10, 8:50 (Sun), 9:25 (Fri-Sat)


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.

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

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:30 (Sun), 1:30 (Sat), 3 (Sun), 4 (Fri, Mon-Wed), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 6:45 (Sat), 8:10 (Sun), 9:10 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, 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: Fri, Sun: 11:30 a.m., 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10

Sat: 1:30, 4:50, 7:30, 10