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‘Project Almanac’ in Bellingham theaters this weekend; Pickford has ‘Trailer Wars’

Jonny Weston is David Raskin, Sam Lerner is Quinn Goldberg and Allen Evangelista is Adam Le in "Project Almanac," from Insurge Pictures, in association with Michael Bay.
Jonny Weston is David Raskin, Sam Lerner is Quinn Goldberg and Allen Evangelista is Adam Le in "Project Almanac," from Insurge Pictures, in association with Michael Bay. TNS

OPENING THIS WEEK

American Denial

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Tuesday: 5:30


Black or White

PG-13; 121 minutes. A widower raising his biracial granddaughter becomes embroiled in a bitter custody battle when the girl’s paternal grandmother turns up seeking custody. With Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Gillian Jacobs. Written and directed by Mike Binder.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 7:10; Friday-Sunday: 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40


The Black Pirate

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Times: Saturday: 4, 9


Foxcatcher

R; 134 minutes. A brooding, brilliant, particularly American horror story of seduction, rejection, betrayal and murder directed by Bennett Miller, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, and set in the under-the-radar world of Olympic wrestling.

Playing: Pickford

Times: Friday: 2:45, 8:30; Saturday: 1:15, 9:30; Sunday: 2:20, 8:05; Monday: 2:45, 8:30; Tuesday: 2:30; Wednesday-Thursday: 2:45, 8:30


The Loft

R; 103 minutes. Five married guys sharing a loft in the city to carry out hidden affairs are shocked to find the dead body of an unknown woman there. With Karl Urban, James Marsden and Wentworth Miller. Written by Wesley Strick. Directed by Erik Van Looy.

No critical review.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 8, 9:45; Friday-Sunday: 11:20 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20


The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman

Not rated, 230 minutes.

Playing: Barkley Village

Time: Saturday: 9:55 a.m.


UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz

Three hours.

Playing: Barkley Village

Time: Saturday: 7


Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts, 2015

Not rated.

Playing: Limelight

Times: Friday: 5:35; Saturday:12:45, 5:35; Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 4:35; Monday-Thursday: 5:35


Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts, 2015

Not rated. Separate programs showcasing this year’s Academy Award-nominated animated, live-action and documentary short films. Multiple actors, writers and directors.

The 2015 theatrical release of Oscar-nominated short films has some unusually strong offerings this year, at least in the live-action category. There’s a tie, in my opinion, for the best of the category, and they are “Aya,” from Israel and France, and “The Phone Call” from the United Kingdom. — San Francisco Chronicle

Playing: Limelight

Times: Friday-Saturday:7:40; Sunday: 6:40; Monday-Thursday: 7:40


Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

NR, documentary, 115 minutes.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 7


Project Almanac

PG-13; 104 minutes. A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a time machine and build one, with potentially dire consequences. With Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Sam Lerner. Written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 7, 9:40; Friday and Sunday: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 9:25; Saturday: 11:30 a.m., 2:30, 4:35, 7:50, 9:25

Rashomon

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Tuesday: 6:30


Trailer Wars

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Wednesday: 9

ONGOING


American Sniper

R, strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references; 134 minutes. Director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper combine to tell the story of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history and focus on the destructive inner price that must be paid for inflicting violence.

* * *  Too much of “American Sniper” is standard-issue military service movie, from the abusive training sequences to the standard operating procedure of house searches, dusty firefights and bodies dropped like a rising score in a first-person-shooter video game. No characters outside of Cooper and Miller make much of an impression. But Cooper, to his credit, rarely flinches, never chest-thumps and never loses his cool, even when Kyle is starting to lose his. It’s a masterful interpretation of a man with a lot more on his mind and blood on his hands than he was ever inclined to let on. And it’s a performance worthy of Eastwood himself — 50 years ago. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: Noon, 12:50, 1:50, 3, 3:50, 5, 6, 7, 8:10, 9, 10; Friday: 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 1:50, 2:30, 4, 5, 6, 7:10, 8:20, 9:10, 10:10; Saturday: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 1:50, 2:30, 4, 5, 6, 7:10, 8:20, 9:10, 10:10; Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 1:50, 2:30, 4, 5, 6, 7:10, 8:20, 9:10, 10:10


Blackhat

R, violence and some language; 133 minutes. An imprisoned hacker is released to track down someone who is crashing the stock market and crippling nuclear power plants.

*  1/2 As focused as the blurred, often random moments of unsteady steadicam shots and as coherent as co-star Wei Tang’s indecipherable Chinese accent, Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” is a classic January fire sale thriller. Mann’s worst film since he transitioned into the pantheon of “major directors,” the best reason Universal had for rolling it out at all must have been some misguided attempt to pander its way into Chinese favor. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Time: Thursday: 12:20


The Boy Next Door

R, violence, nudity, language; 91 minutes. Jennifer Lopez stars as a recent divorcee who gets the hots for the young hunk (Ryan Guzman) living across the street.

No star. Jennifer Lopez’s new movie is cheesier than a Chicago double topping deep dish pizza. From the profoundly absurd idea that anyone married to a woman who looks like Lopez would cheat on her to the teen-age Lothario who looks older than Lopez, this movie is the culmination of a cluster of idiotic ideas. — THE FRESNO BEE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 1:30, 4:40, 7:20, 9:35; Friday-Sunday: 12:55, 3:20, 5:40, 8:10, 10:30


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: Thursday: 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50; Friday and Sunday: 12:20, 3:40, 6:40, 9:50; Saturday: 11:25 a.m., 2:35


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: Thursday: 1, 3:55; Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.


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: Friday: 3:45, 6:60, 9:10; Saturday: 12:15, 4, 6:20; Sunday: 12:15, 3, 5:45, 8:30; Monday: 3:45, 6:30, 9:10; Tuesday: 9:10, 3:45


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: Thursday: 12:40, 3:30, 6:35, 9:30; Friday and Sunday: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; Saturday: 2, 4:50, 7:40


Mortdecai

R, 107 minutes. An art dealer (Johnny Depp) races to recover a stolen painting rumored to be linked to a hidden stash of Nazi gold. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany are among the people who get in his way.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 12:35, 3:15, 6:30, 9:15; Friday-Sunday: 9:45


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

Time: Thursday: 3:45


Paddington

PG, mild action, rude humor; 95 minutes. A young Peruvian bear travels to the city in search of a home in this film based on Michael Bond’s children’s books. With Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

* * *  On the poster, Paddington the bear looks like the creepy British cousin of the Snuggle fabric softener bear. The CGI-version of Paddington (voice of Ben Whishaw) is neither robotic nor stiff, but instead comes off as a charming, delightful character. But even with all the bear’s charm, a plodding pace and a questionable plotline leave the 2015 film version less desirable to watch. — FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 1:20, 3:45, 6:05, 8:40; Friday and Sunday: 12:40, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:15; Saturday: 10:25 a.m., 12:40, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:15


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: Thursday: 1:10, 4, 6:50, 10; Friday-Saturday: Noon, 2:50, 5:50, 8:50


She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

NR; 92 minutes. A documentary about the founders of the women’s liberation movement from 1966 to 1971.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Sunday: noon


Strange Magic

PG; 99 minutes. Goblins, elves, fairies and imps battle over a powerful potion in this animated musical inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” With the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood and Kristin Chenoweth.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Thursday: 12:15, 2:50, 5:50, 8:30; Friday-Saturday: 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7


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: Thursday: Noon, 2:35; Friday and Sunay: 10:25; Saturday: 10:30


The Theory of Everything

PG-13.

Playing: Pickford

Times: Friday: 5:45; Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 6:40; Sunday: 5:15; Monday: 5:45; Tuesday: 7:15; Wednesday-Thursday: 5:45


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: Thursday: 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:10; Friday-Sunday: 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:55


The Wedding Ringer

R, language; 101 minutes.

* *  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. That helps “Ringer” work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy. So there’s not much new here. But a savvy, sassy script, smart casting and genuine “I feel sorry for this white boy” chemistry between Hart and Gad make “Wedding Ringer” an R-rated bromance that will touch you as often as it tickles you. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 1:40, 4:20, 7:30, 10; Friday and Sunday: 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 10:30; Saturday: 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 5:30, 7:20, 10:30


Whiplash

R; 106 minutes. Writer-director Damien Chazelle draws on his nightmare memories of high school, an intense time when the aspiring jazz drummer was driven to excel by a merciless teacher who favored verbal torture and humiliation to mold young minds. The question Chazelle poses is whether psychological pain is the price of greatness. These sorts of standoffs and power games have given us some truly great films — Duvall in “The Great Santini,” De Niro in “This Boy’s Life” come to mind. Now “Whiplash” will too. — LOS ANGELES TIMES

Playing: Limelight

Times: Friday-Saturday: 3; Sunday: 2; Monday-Thursday: 3


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: Thursday: 12:05, 2:45, 5:10; Friday-Sunday: 11:50 a.m., 6:20

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