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What’s playing: Ridley Scott’s 'Exodus' comes to Bellingham theaters this weekend

OPENING THIS WEEK

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

PG, mild thematic elements, language; 91 minutes. Filmmaker Anthony Powell films life on the frozen continent, filming the scientific research done during the relatively warmer summer and the long, cold and dark winters, when the population falls to 700 and the weather is dangerously frigid.

“Antarctica” is successful because it operates on two complementary levels, the epic visuals whose grandeur can stagger you and the small-scale personal stories of the people who live and work down there. — LOS ANGELES TIMES

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:10 (Sun), 1:10 (Sat), 5 (Sun), 6 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


Cat-Women of the Moon

Not rated; 64 minutes. A group of astronauts travel to the dark side of the moon, where they find a cave with breathable air and the last people from a 2 million-year-old civilization .... beautiful young women who plot to steal their ship. Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, Sonny Tufts.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sat)


Christmas Holiday

Not rated; 93 minutes. A young woman marries a Southern aristocrat with a deep streak of instability and violence that leads him to commiting a murder that his equally troubled mother forces the young woman to help in covering up. Deanna Durban, Gene Kelly, Gale Sondergaard.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Exodus: Gods and Kings

PG-13, violence, including battle sequences and intense images; 150 minutes. Director Ridley Scott retells the story of Moses, from his life as a companion to the pharaoh’s son to his exile when he is found to be a Jew and finally his efforts to free his people from the slavery the Egyptians have forced upon them and the trip into the wilderness as they again search for their homeland. Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Isaac Andrews.

* * *  For all its stunning and stark wilderness settings, its stunning effects, technical proficiency and scriptural cleverness, “Exodus” is a chilly affair - a Biblical epic lacking even a stab at preaching or inspiring. ... It’s still an exciting, entertaining epic. But those hoping for a sermon might feel let down. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 10:30 a.m. (Sat), 2, 5:20, 8:40

3D: 9:30 a.m. (Sat), 1, 4:20, 7:40

RPX: 12, 3:20, 6:40, 10


Skylight (National Theatre)

Not rated; 120 minutes. A school teacher gets an unexpected visit from her former lover, a charismatic restaurant owner whose wife has recently died. The two attempt to rekindle their passionate relationship only to find themselves battling over opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Billy Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)


White Christmas 60th Anniversary

Not rated; 120 minutes. A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn being run by their former commanding officer. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 2 (Sun), 7 (Sun)

ONGOING

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 a.m. (Sat), 12:40, 3:15, 6, 8:50


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


Dear White People

R, language, sexual content, drug use; 108 minutes. A young black woman at a Ivy League-like university hosts a campus radio show that takes aim at both white and black students at the school and their attitudes and interactions with each other. Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyohan Parris, Dennis Haysbert, Brandon P. Bell.

* * *  “Satire is the weapon of reason” is the punch line to writer-director Justin Simien’s flip and hip satire. Here’s a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and sensitivity head on, a debut film that brashly borrows from a few early Spike Lee movies and updates them in a story of a college campus where somebody figures “Unleash You Inner Negro” is a good idea for a white frat house Halloween party. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 7:15 (Sun), 8:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-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. (Sat), 1:50, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55


Frankenstein Encore: National Theatre Live

Not rated; 120 minutes. Director Danny Boyle’s production features Johnny Lee Miller as the creation and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (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: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30


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: Fri: 12:25, 3:40, 6:50, 10:05

Sat: 2:30, 7:10, 10:25

Sun: 2:50, 10:05


The Homesman

R, violence, sexual content, some disturbing behavior, nudity; 122 minutes. A woman living on her own in remote Nebraska in the 1850s takes on the task of escorting three farm wives suffering mental problems from the stress of living in the prairie to the Missouri River, where they can be sent back east to their families. Hillary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, Miranda Otto, John Lithgow, Meryl Streep.

* * * 1/2 “Homesman” is a quest parable set in a flat world of browns and greys, where spying that first cottonwood is enough to make Mary pause and marvel at just seeing a tree. (Director Tommy Lee) Jones takes exceptional care documenting this world — the sod houses with their leaky-walls and dirt floors, livestock prone to death by starvation, freezing or diseases the poor homesteaders had no clue how to cure. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:40 a.m. (Sat-Sun), 2:30 (Sat-Sun), 3:30 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 5:15 (Sat-Sun), 6:15 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 8 (Sat-Sun), 9 (Fri, Mon-Wed)


Horrible Bosses 2

R, strong crude sexual content, language throughout; 108 minutes. Nick, Kurt and Dale come up with a plan to kidnap the son of a home shopping mogul who is attempting to undercut the new business the three of them of created. Jason Bateman, Chris Pine, Jason Sudeikis, Jamies Foxx, Jennifer Anniston, Christoph Waltz.

* *  Your enjoyment of “Horrible Bosses 2” is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing and in the case of Charlie Day, screeching, all at once. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m. (Sat), 2:10, 4:50, 7:45, 10:20


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

PG-13, vilence, distrubing 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: 10:10 a.m. (Sat), 12:10, 1:10, 3, 4, 6:10, 7, 9:10, 9:50

RPX: 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10


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: 9:50 a.m. (Sat), 1:30, 5, 8:30

IMAX: 12:20, 3:50, 7:30


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: 1:20, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40


Penguins of Madagascar

PG, mild action, some rude humor; 92 minutes. Private, a new member of the Madagascar penguin team, seeks out a way he can become “a meaningful and valued member of the team” as he takes on octopus supervillian Dave. Voiced by Tom McGrath, John Malkovich, Chris MIller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare, Werner Herzog.

* * *  Whatever this little nothing of a cartoon comedy lacks — decent female characters, an original villain — the bottom line from this bottom-heavy brotherhood from the bottom of the world? They’re still cute, still cuddly, still as funny as a ninja penguin could ever be. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11 a.m. (Sat), 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50

3D: 10:15 a.m.


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: 12:05, 2:50 (Fri), 4 (Sat), 6:20, 9


The Theory of Everything

PG-13, some thematic elements, suggestive material; 133 minutes. Film follows the early life of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking as a young man at Cambridge, learning how to focus and control his mind while dealing with the onset of Lou Gehrig’s Disease while at the same time meeting and courting a charming young woman who is also a student at Cambridge. Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay.

* * * 1/2 A great performance makes us forget the actor and see only their creation. That’s what happens in “The Theory of Everything.” We forget Eddie Redmayne’s meticulous efforts to recreat the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, a great thinker trapped in a contorted, crumbling body. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

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

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