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'American Sniper' among films opening in Bellingham this week

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley Cooper appears in a scene from "American Sniper." Cooper was nominated for an Oscar Award for best actor on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, for his role in the film. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.\
In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Bradley Cooper appears in a scene from "American Sniper." Cooper was nominated for an Oscar Award for best actor on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, for his role in the film. The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.\ AP

OPENING THIS WEEK

American Sniper

R, strong, disturbing war violence, language; 132 minutes. A young man from Texas joins the Navy SEALS following a terrorist attack and becomes one of the service’s best snipers while dealing with the pressure and emotional toll of his work. Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller.

* * *  (Bradley) Cooper bulked up, kept a pinch between his lower lip and jaw and became a man of few drawled words, the perfect Clint Eastwood hero. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:10, 3:20, 6:30, 9:40

IMAX: 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10:15


Blackhat

R, violence, some strong language; 133 minutes. A convict joins with his American and Chinese partners to find a cybercrime network streching from Chicago and Los Angeles to Asia. Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 9:10


Cake

R, language, substance abuse, brief sexuality; 102 minutes. A woman in a chronic-pain support group investigates the suicide of a fellow group member and then finds herself developing a relationship with the deceased woman’s husband. Jennifer Aniston, Adrianna Barrazo, Ann Kendrick.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:15 (Tue)


Dark Passage

Not rated; 106 minutes. A man sentenced to prison for the murder of his wife escapes in an effort to clear his name and then undergoes plastic surgery so he can continue his search for the real killer. Along the way, he meets a young woman who allows him stay at her apartment while the surgery wounds heal. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Day the World Ended

Not rated; 79 minutes. Director Roger Corman’s sci-fi film follows a group of people who find shelter in a protected valley after an all-out atomic war. Then there new home comes under attack, first by mutated animals and then mutated humans. Paul Birch, Lori Nelson, Mike Conners, Richard Denning.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sat)


National Gallery

Not rated; 180 minutes. A look at the massive and historic art collections at London’s National Gallery, ranging from Da Vinci and Rembrandt to Vemeer, Caravaggio and Rubens.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun), 2:15 (Fri, Tue, Thu), 2:30 (Sat), 5:15 (Mon, Wed)


Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds

Not rated; 82 minutes. Documentary looks at the vital role seeds have in maintaining life on the planet and how this priceless comodity is often ignored and under appreciated.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:30 (Tue)


Paddington

PG, mild action and rude humor; 94 minutes. Paddington the bear travels to London to find the explorer who discovered him and his family in Peru and winds up being adopted by a very proper British family. Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, voice of Ben Whishaw.

* * *  “Paddington” brings children’s book hero Paddington Bear to the screen in a movie as sweet as orange marmalade, as sentimental as a stuffed toy from childhood. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 6:50, 9


The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

Not rated; 96 minutes. Film follows a 35-year-old computer programmer who has become fascinated by the crypto-currency and how it may change how we all deal with and view money in the future.

No crititical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:30 (Sun), 7:30 (Sun)


The Wedding Ringer

R, language; 101 minutes. A man creates a lucrative business by hiring himself out as a “rent-a-best man” to grooms who do not have a friend they can turn to for a wedding ceremony. Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Ken Ward, Olivia Thirlby, Cloris Leachman.

* * 1/2 “The Wedding Ringer” is “Wedding Crashers Redux,” a “Hangover Lite” that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart’s persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:20, 3, 5:30, 7:20, 8, 9:55, 10:35


Whiplash

R, strong language, including some sexual references; 106 minutes. A young man seeking to hone his skills as a drummer joins a jazz band program at a prestigious school and find himself being belittled, challenged and abused by a teacher who is a mercurial bully. Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist.

* * * *  This is as paranoid and cutthroat a world as the movies have ever seen and Andrew, the “squeaker” (new guy) is just another bone for Flectcher to chew. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

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

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: 12:40, 3:30, 6:15


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 a.m., 1:40, 4:40


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: 11:10 a.m., 2:30, 6:10, 9:25


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: 4:10, 7:15


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: 12:15 (Sun), 12:45 (Tue, Thu), 1 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed), 3 (Sun), 3:30 (Tue, Thu), 3:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed), 5:45 (Sun), 6 (Tue), 6:15 (Thu), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed), 8:30 (Sun), 9:10 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


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: 12:15, 3:40, 7, 9:20


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: 12:30 (Fri, Sun), 10


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: 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:35


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: 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10


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, 3:10, 6:20, 10:25


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: 11:20 a.m. (Fri, Sun), 11:25 a.m. (Sat), 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:30


The Theory of Everything

PG-13, some thematic elements, suggestive material; 133 minutes. Film follows the early life of famed 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 Thewlisk, Emily Watson.

* * 1/2 A great performance makes us forget the actor and see only their creation. That’s what happens in “The Theory of Everything.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:25 (Mon, Wed), 4:45 (Sun), 6 (Fri), 6:15 (Sat), 8:50 (Fri, Tue), 9 (Sat, Mon, Wed), 9:20 (Thu)


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: 11:40 a.m., 2:50, 6, 9:15


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. When Cheryl walks out on a counselor, we get what she means when she suggest there is no “talking” cure for what ails her. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:55 a.m., 2:40, 5:40, 8:30


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: 10:40

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