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MOVIES: ‘Chappie’ among films opening in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Chappie

R, violence, language, brief nudity; 120 minutes. In the future, a police droid is stolen and given new programming that allows it to think and feel. The oppressive police force feels threatened and mounts a campaign to stop the droid and its allies. Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver.

* * 1/2 ????. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:55 a.m., 2:50, 6:30, 9:25

IMAX: 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10


The Duchess of Malfi

Not rated; 150 minutes. Filmed entriely by candlelight, this Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen production follows the troubles of the Duchess of Malfi, who secretly married her lover, to the consternation of her brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:30 (Wed))


Leviathan

R, language, some sexual content, graphic nudity; 140 minutes. A man living in a small Russain city calls on an old friend, now an aggressive attorney, to stop the corrupt mayor’s plans to take the man’s family home and business. Aleksey Serebryakox, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov.

* * *  Here it is, Mother Russia, in all its bloated, drunken, allegorical glory. “Leviathan” is a modern parable of an ancient state and caricatures and stereotypes — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 8


Matisse

Not rated; 100 minutes. Documentary looks at the most successful exhibition in the Tate Modern’s history, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” filmed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


The Milky Way

Not rated; 93 minutes. Film shows how woman are reclaiming their birthright and restore the nursing mother archetype, inspiring other women to say “I can do that” and “I want to do that.”

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Tue), 6:30 (Tue)


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

PG, some language, suggestive comments; 122 minutes. The original characters from the original film return with some new additions at Douglas, Evelyn, Madge and Norman help Sonny as he plans to purchase a second hotel that would allow him to expand and reach even of the older guests flocking to his establishment. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Lillete Dubey.

* * The clash of clutres had been rubbed off the marigolds in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ...British retirees lured to India where their money goes further and the elderly are, as a general rule, revered rather than cast aside. But they’ve all turned so ... nice. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Friday-Saturday: 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30


Unfinished Business

R, strong risque sexual content, nudity, language, drug use; 91 minutes. A small business owner and two associates travel to Europe to close a major deal, only to see their efforts upended by a huge sex fetish event and a global economic summit. Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller.

* * 1/2 ??? — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:15, 2:40, 5:20, 7:40, 10:05


What We Do in the Shadows

Unrated, with blood, profanity, innuendo; 86 minutes. A group of vampires living in New Zealand deal with their loves, their undead lives and other issues impacting metrosexual residents. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh.

* * 1/2 “What We Do in the Shadows” is a one-joke comedy about vampires, and yet another mouckumentary ... bu with those crackpot Kiwis Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi behind it, you can be sure that one joke is going to deliver a lot of laughs, enough that the format won’t matter. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 1 (Sun), 2 (Sat), 3:15 (Sun), 4:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu), 7:45 (Sun), 8:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

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


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: 3:10 (Fri-Sat), 6


The DUFF

PG ; 101 minutes. A teen girl decides to lift her status at high school with the help on an understanding friend when she discovers that her classmates consider her “The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney.

* * *  Overall, (director Ari) Sandel’s film has heart, some good laughs and a decent message. In this age of cyberbullying, that’s nothing to scoff at. — SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 2, 5, 7:50, 9 (Fri-Sat), 10:15 (Sun)


Fifty Shades of Grey

R, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language, unusual behavior; 125 minutes. A young college student falls for a weathly young man after an interview with him and finds herself drawn to his controlling, dominate lifestyle. Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:15 (Fri-Sat), 10 (Sun)


Focus

R, language, some sexual content, brief violence; 104 minutes. A long-time hustler running a crew of pickpockets, grifters and thieves takes on a beautiful young woman who wants to learn the craft but leaves the hustler wondering if she is running her own scam on him. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, B.D. Wong, Adrian Martinez.

* 1/2 Chemistry, or the lack of it, burns a big hole in this supposedly romantic, unconvincingly tense, feebly comical caper ... It’s got an “Ocean’s 11” sheen without the requisite snap, a “Grifters” set-up without an edge or sexual spark. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40


Hot Tub Time Machine 2

R, crude sexual content, language, graphic nudity, drug use; 93 minutes. Nick and Jacob use the hot tub time machine to help Lou and mistakenly wind up in the future. Gillian Jacobs, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 9:50


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: 12:20 (Sat), 3, 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed), 8 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


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: 12, 9:10

3D: 3, 6:10


Kingsman: The Secret Service

R, sequences of strong violence, strong language, some sexual content; 129 minutes. A secret spy agency in Britain enlists a young man whose father died in service of the agency to take down an Internet billionaire looking to dominate the world through his SIM cards. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson

* *  What is supposed to be both over-the-top and funny — such as in the movie’s most obnoxiously violent scene when Harry turns into a killing machine inside a fundamentalist church — ends up just wearying. — FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 5:40, 8:40

RPX: 12:40, 4, 7, 9:55


The Lazarus Effect

PG-13, intense horror violence, terror, some sexual references; 83 minutes. A group of scientists take their work on reviving dead animals back to life underground after their project is halted by their university president. When an accident kills one of the researchers — the wife of the lead scientists — they decide to bring her back to life, with chilling results. Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplas, Evan Peters.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 2:10, 5:10, 7:35, 9:45


Love’s Labor Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company)

Not rated; 180 minutes. Shakespeare’s famed comedy is set in the summer of 1914 and shares its sparkling dialogue as young men and women interact with the approach of the horrors of World War I.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


McFarland, USA

PG, thematic material, some violence and language; 128 minutes. A teacher and coach seeking redemption lands a job in the middle of California’s farm country and looks to build a powerhouse cross country team with the school’s Hispanic students, if he can convince the teens and their hard-working parents that the after school activity has some value to them. Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratt, Hector Duran, Maria Bello.

* * 1/2 “McFarland” is old-fashioned without being dull, pandering without feeling cloying or racist ... He does not makes these guys caricatures. Caricatures cannot change. Real people, Costner’s performance suggests, can. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

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


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: 11:50 a.m., 2:20


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: 1:50, 4:50, 7:30


Song of the Sea

PG, some mild peril, language, pipe smoking images; 93 minutes. Tomm Moore’ animated story follows a young boy and his little sister as they make their way back from the city to their tiny village along the coast, full of fairies, menacing owls and other magical creatures. Vocied by Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Jon Kenny.

* * * 1/2 “Every scene is magical, every image a work of art in “Song of the Sea,” the latest Oscar-nominated feature from the folks who gave us “The Secret of Kells.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 10 a.m. (Sat), 11 a.m. (Sun), 12:15 (Sun), 1:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:45


Still Alice

PG-13, mature thematic material, brief language; 101 minutes. An academic from Columbia University is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and tries to maintain and build ties with her family over the course of a year as the disease begins to take a toll on her cognitive abilities. Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth.

* * *  (Julianne) Moore makes us root for Alice, not for a cure, which still seems a reach, but for a completion of her life’s goals, a chance to control her fate as long as she has the wherewithal to do it. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30 (Sun), 12:50 (Fri-Sat), 3:25, 5:50, 8:20


Whiplash

R, some thematic elements, suggestive material; 106 minutes. A young man seeking to hone his skills as a drummer joins a jazz band program at a prestigious school and finds 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 moives have ever seen and Andrew, the “squeaker” (new guy) is just another bone for Fletcher to chew. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30 (Fri-Sat), 8:45 (Sun), 10:15 (Fri-Sat)

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