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‘Inherent Vice’ among films opening in Bellingham this weekend

OPENING THIS WEEK

The Barefoot Bandit Documentary

Not rated; 74 minutes. Director Carlyn Bodmer’s documentary looks at the almost unbelievable tale of Colton Harris-Moore, a.k.a. the Barefoot Bandit, as he avoids capture by police and flies stolen planes across the country.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)


Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me

PG, thematic elements, brief language; 104 minutes. Documentary follows singer Glen Campbell and his family as he makes a final tour as the impacts of his Alzheimer’s disease grow more pronounced. Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ashley Campbell, Bruce Springsteen, Brad Paisley.

* * * 1/2 “Cheerful” and triumphant” aren’t words that come to mind when youi think of Alzheimer’s ... but darned if country star Glen Campbell doesn’t manage that in “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:45 (Sun), 1:15 (Sat), 5:50 (Sun), 6:20 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


The Imitation Game

PG-13, some sexual references, mature thematic material, historical smoking; 114 minutes. Film follows the work of Alan Turing during and after World War II, when his insight with computer-like devices help Great Britain win the war and when he arrested for acts stemming from his homosexuality. Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly.

* * * *  Every scene refocuses the film’s conversation, places a new code in front of the actors that we must crack along with them. Moore’s gripping script isn’t factually ideal, but dramatically, the film entirely lives up to Cumberbatch’s opening line: “Are you paying attention?” — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:45 a.m. (Sun), 12:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:15 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Tue, Thu), 6:30 (Mon, Wed), 8:30 (Sun), 8:50 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


In the Land of the Head Hunters

Not rated; 67 minutes. Epic 1914 film of love and war by Edward Curtis features native North Americans and non-professional actors from the Kwakwaka ‘wakw communities of British Columbia.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Mon)


Inherent Vice

R, drug use, sexual content, graphic nudity, language, some violence; 148 minutes. Set in 1970, a stoner detective is asked for help by an ex-girlfriend seeking to rescue her new love, a construction company owner who has been committed to an asylum by his wife and her new boyfriend. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short.

* *  I truly wanted to like the film. Unfortunately, it is a huge letdown, an almost unbroken and utterly unsuccessful sequence of wrong choices. — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Barkley Village.

Times: 11:40 a.m., 3:10, 6:40, 10:05


Of Mice and Men: National Theatre Live

Not rated; 120 minutes. James Franco and Chris O’Dowd star in the landmark revival of Nobel Prize winning writer John Steinbeck’s famed tale of friendship and loss.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Selma

PG-13, disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment and brief strong language; 122 minutes. Film follows Martin Luther King and his associates and family as they battle for voting rights for blacks in segregated Selma, Ala. David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Wendell Pierce, Martin Sheen.

* *  It’s a good film, well-performed and a fair and honest ... portrayal of a time when people had to literally endure beatings just for the right to vote. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village.

Times: 12:20, 3:20, 6:30, 9:30


Taken 3

PG-13, violence and action, brief strong language; 109 minutes. A retired CIA agent travels to Europe to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while in Paris. Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village.

Times: 2:50, 6:10, 9

RPX: 1:10, 4, 7, 9:45

ONGOING

Annie

PG, some mild language and rude humor; 118 minutes. Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis put a new, hipper spin on the classic tale of the little orphan girl, who this time meets a cell phone millionaire planning to run for mayor of New York and who thinks having Annie along for the ride will help him with voters in the Big Apple. Wallis, Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale.

* * 1/2 Even with all this sparkle, the film staggers through its third act. By then, the script has rubbed the rough edges off the villains and made whatever point it was going to make several times over. But It’s nice to see “Annie” find life beyond the bright red dress, the curly red wigs and generations of stage moms shoving their little darlings into the spotlight. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: (Fri-Sat) 12:30, 3:20 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat), 6:20, 9:10 (Fri-Sat), 10:15 (Sun)


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: 3:30 (Sun), 4 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


The Babadook

Not rated, violence, profanity; 93 minutes. A stressed widow and her troubled young son find their lives shakened by what the woman believes is a character from a child’s picture book, turned malevolent and dangerous to their lives. Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman.

* * *  “The Babadook” is urgent, uncanny and entirely distrubing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century. — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Limelight

Times: 8:30 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


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: (Fri-Sat) 1:40, 4:20, 6:55, 9:25

(Sun) 11:55 a.m., 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20


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: 1 (Fri, Tue), 2:45 (Sun), 3:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


The Gambler

R, language throughout, some sexuality/nudity. 111 minutes. A college professor with a growing gambling problem reaches out to friends and family and gambling contacts to find more money to cover his gambling debts and his urge to keep on betting. Mark Wahlberg, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, George Kennedy.

* * 1/2 As Jim Bennett, one-time novelist turned arrogant assistant college profession with a gambling problem, Wahlberg also fails to let us taste the desperation. His fatalism ... locks the door on panic and empathy. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 7:40 (Fri-Sun), 10:10 (Sun), 10:25 (Fri-Sat)


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

PG-13, fantasy action, violence and frightening images; 144 minutes. Peter Jackson’s final installment of the Hobbit saga finds Bilbo Baggins and his friends and allies at Laketown, battling the fire-breathing dragon Smaug and the legions of Orcs unleashed by Sauron. Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage.

* * * *  “The Battle of the Five Armies” is a roaring blockbuster of a war movie, that manages to be great thrills and totally ridiculous fun at the same time. — STAR TRIBUNE (Minneapolis)

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m., 2:40, 6, 9:15

IMAX: 12:10, 3:40, 6:50, 10 (Sun), 10:10 (Fri-Sat)


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: 12:05, 3, 5:50, 8:40


The Interview

R, language, crude humor, nudity, drug use, bloody violence. 111 minutes. The popular host and producer of a trashy celebrity show are invited to North Korea to meet Kim Jung-un but find their plans are changed when a CIA operative meets with them and convinces them to kill Kim. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Randall Park.

* * *  No matter what you think of dumb comedies, “The Interview,” thanks allegedly to Kim, has gone from disposable to indispensible cinema. It’s a must-see movie in the context of what has happened, and will spark a discussion of, in comedy, how far is too far? — SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sun), 1 (Sat), 8 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed), 9:15 (Thu)


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: 1, 4:40, 8:20


Into the Woods

PG, thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, suggestive material; 124 minutes. The Brothers Grimm stories twisted and shaped by Stephen Sondheim for Broadway and is now brought to the screen by director Rob Marshall. Anna Kendrick, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp.

* * * *  Brothers Grimm fairy tales were designed to be astonishing, but there’s a deeper twisted anarchy in Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Broadway blockbuster. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: (Fri-Sat) 11:50 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:15

(Sun) 11:55 a.m., 3:30, 6:40, 9:40


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

PG, mild action, some rude humor, brief language; 97 minutes. Larry the museum’s night watchman returns to rescue the exhibits, who are losing their after-dark/after-lives because of the failing powers of an Egyptian tablet. Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervaisk Owen Wilson, Ben Kingsley.

* 1/2 Minor moments of slapstick may tickle the kids, but anybody older, especially those who remember what Williams was like in his prime and how funny Stiller was just tow “Museums” movies ago, will wish this tomb had stayed sealed. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:50, 5, 7:30, 9:55


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: (Fri-Sat) 12, 2:20, 4:50

(Sun) 11:30 a.m., 2


Top Five

R, strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout, some drug use; 101 minutes. A stand-up comic promotes a new movie he has made after of a series of career-damaging events and agrees to an interview with a reporter who links him to her life as a single mom. Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Unison, Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, Jerry Seinfeld, Tracy Morgan.

* * 1/2 The title refers to that common currency of pop culture, your “top five” hip artists a question everybody in the film can answer — definitively — from Rock to and Dawson to Seinfeld. With “Top “Five,” Rock, at 49, has at long last made a movie that will top any list of the five best Chris Rock movies from here on out. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:15 (Mon, Wed-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Tue)


Unbroken

PG-13, war violence, intense brutality, brief language; 137 minutes. Angelina Jolie’s film follows an Olympic-caliber runner from his childhood through his competition in the 1936 Olympics and then to his crash into the Pacific after his plane is shut down and finally his survival in a Japanese POW camp, particularly when facing a sadistic Japanese guard. C.J. Valleroy, Jack O’Connell, Miyavi.

* * * 1/2 The life-force of the human spirit is repeatedly touched by Alexandre Desplat’s stunning score, but it’s Jolie’s steller technique that gives “Unbroken” its remarkable power. — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:40, 3:50, 7:10, 9:10 (Sun), 10:20 (Fri-Sat)


Wild

R, sexual content, nudity, drug use, language; 115 minutes. A woman who has seen her life fall to pieces through a series of poor personal choices goes on a self-imposed spiritual quest, a trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffmann.

* * * 1/2 Witherspoon, dressed down and bloodied up on the trail, nude and wasted in many of the flashbacks, wholly commits to this quest and makes the psychological journey work in concert with the physical one. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: (Fri-Sat) 12:50, 4:10, 7:50, 10:35

Sun: 12:50, 4:20, 7:20, 10


The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

PG-13, disturbing images, thematic elements; 98 minutes. A group of children evacuated from London during World War II arrive at a country home that appears to be haunted and then awaken the house’s dark resident. Helen McCory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village.

Times: (Fri-Sat) 12:25, 2:55, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 (Sun), 10:30 (Fri-Sat)

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