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Movies: ‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ opening this weekend in Whatcom County

A certain beloved Nickelodeon character enters the live-action world, where he squares off against a pirate in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” one of several films opening in Bellingham this weekend.

OPENING THIS WEEK

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadere encore

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Saturday: 11 a.m.


Davis Cross: Hits

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Thursday: 6:30


A Film About Coffee

Not rated.

Playing: Pickford

Time: Sunday: 10 a.m.


Human Capital

Not rated.

Playing: Limelight

Times: Friday-Saturday: 6 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m.; Monday-Thursday: 6 p.m.


JUPITER ASCENDING

PG-13; 125 minutes. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne star in the latest mind-bending sci-fi fantasy from Matrix creators Lana and Andy Wachowski.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 7, 9, 10; Friday-Sunday: 11:40 a.m., 12:40, 2:50, 3:50, 6:10, 7, 9:20, 10:05

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

R, violence, profanity, adult themes; 125 minutes.

* * *  Set in 1981 New York, in a winter marked by crime, grime and dread, J.C. Chandor’s Lumet-style drama stars Oscar Isaac as an upright businessman trying to make a go of it while thuggish rivals, and the D.A.’s office, bear down. Jessica Chastain stands by her man — up to a point, but even she starts looking at him like maybe he’s not strong enough for the job. Beautifully acted, and just shy of being great, but still a compellling, suspenseful drama. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 12:30, 3:25, 6:40, 9:35; Friday: 10:45; Saturday: 10:20; Sunday: 9:15


SEVENTH SON

PG-13; 102 minutes. Jeff Bridges is a mystical warrior searching for a hero to vanquish an evil queen (Julianne Moore) and her army of supernatural warriors.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 7:40, 9:40, 10:20: Friday: 12:30, 1:30, 3:35, 4:30, 6:45, 7:50, 9:30, 10:30; Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m., 1:30, 1:35, 4:10, 4:30, 6:45, 7:50, 9:30, 10:30


THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER

PG; 92 minutes. The beloved Nickelodeon character enters the live-action world, where he squares off against a pirate (Antonio Banderas).

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 7:20, 9:20; Friday: 11:30 a.m., 12:40, 1:20, 2, 4, 4:40, 5:30, 7:10, 7:40, 8:20, 9:40, 10:15: Saturday-Sunday: 11:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:30, 1:50, 2:15, 2:55, 4:15, 4:45, 5:20, 6:30, 7:10, 7:50, 9:40, 10:15

Two Days, One Night

PG-13.

Playing: Pickford

Times: Firday: 4:20, 6:40, 9; Saturday: 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30; Sunday: 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8; Monday: 4:20, 6:40, 9; Tuesday: 3, 5:15, 9; Wednesday: 4:20, 6:40, 9; Thursday: 4:15, 9:15

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, 4, 5, 6:30, 9:40; Friday-Sunday: 12:20, 1:20, 3:30, 4:20, 6:50, 7:30, 9:50, 10:25


BIRDMAN

R, profanity, violence, sex, adult themes, 119 minutes.

* * * *  Michael Keaton is a faded Hollywood star trying to reclaim his career by mounting a Broadway drama in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fierce, funny, breathless dive inside the head of a man in deep trouble. An exhilarating, out-of-the-blue masterwork that ranks as not just one of the best films of the year, but of the decade, the century. With Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 12:45, 9:20


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: 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40; Friday-Sunday: 12:55, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15


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: 2:45, 5:20, 7:40, 10; Friday: 3, 9:05; Saturday-Sunday: 2, 4:30, 9:55


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: 12:10, 3:15, 8:40; Friday-Sunday: 11:35 a.m., 2:40, 5:50, 9


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: Noon


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: 3:35, 6:15, 8:50; Saturday-Sunday: 1, 3:35, 6:15:8:50; Monday: 3:35, 6:15, 8:50; Tuesday: 3:35, 6;15, 8:50; Wednesday: 3:35, 8:50; Thursday: 2:15, 8:50

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: 12:20, 3:10, 6; Friday: 11:50 a.m., 6; Saturday-Sunday: 11:10 a.m., 6:55


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.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Thursday: 1:40, 4:30, 6:35, 9:55; Friday-Saturday: 10:40; Sunday: 10:35


OSCAR-NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS, 2015

Not rated.

Playing: Limelight

Times: Friday: 8:30; Saturday:1, 8:30; Sunday: noon, 7:30; Monday-Thursday: 8:30


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: 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45; Friday-Sunday: 1:10, 3:40, 6:20, 9


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: 1:10, 4, 6:45, 9:45; Friday: 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10; Saturday-Sunday: 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:20, 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: Thursday: Noon, 2:55, 5:45


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: 1:30, 4:05, 7:10; Friday-Sunday: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 6:55

The Theory of Everything

PG-13.

Playing: Limelight

Times: Friday-Saturday: 3:10; Sunday: 2:10; Monday-Thursday: 3:10


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: 12:20, 3:20, 6:30, 9:30; Friday-Sunday: 9:25


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: 1:115, 3:45, 6:15, 9; Friday-Sunday: 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8:10


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: 3:30

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