Entertainment

MOVIES: ‘Home’ and ‘Get Hard’ opening in Bellingham theaters this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Balanchine and Millipied (Opera National de Paris)

Not rated; 120 minutes. Dance performance by the Opera National de Paris portrays two composers and two choreographers who helped shape dance in the 20th Century, George Balanchine and Millipied, in the production of Le Palais de Cristal.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre)

Not rated; 180 minutes. David Hare fashions a play based on Katherine Boo’s book about the seething slums of India, focusing on a handful of friends and family looking work beyond recycling trash and pulling themselves out of poverty.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Eat Your Bones (Mange tes morts)

Not rated; 94 minutes. An 18-year-old young man in France tests his values with his older half-brother, who has recently gotten out of prison and plans the theft of a truckload of copper. Jason Francois, Frederic Dorkel.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 8:30 (Sat)


Gaby Baby Doll

Not rated; 88 minutes. A young, socially awkward young woman moves to the country and is dumped by her boyfriend. In need of human compansionship, she strikes up a friendship with a hairy, unkept vagabond and moves into the shack he lives in. Lolita Chammah, Banjamin Biolay.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:30 (Tue)


Get Hard

R, crude and sexual content and language, some graphic nudity, drug material; 100 minutes. A fund manager is sentenced to prison and hires a business owner from South Central Los Angeles to help toughen him up and try to avoid beatings and other attacks in prison. Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson.

* *  In this buddy comedy, the buddies are not equal and that limits the laughs. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 1:40, 7:20, 9:30

Sun: 3, 6:15, 8:45

RPX: Fri-Sat: 12:25, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30

Sun: 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45


Hippocrates (Hippocrate)

Not rated, A new doctor interning at his father’s hospital makes a mistake, leading to the death of a patient. The dead man’s wife starts asking questions about the surgery and his colleagues at the hospital resent the fact his father gave him the job. Vincent Lacoste.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 4 (Sun)


Home

PG, mild action, some rude humor; 94 minutes. An alien trying to flee from other members of his species and a young girl who is seeking her missing mother work together to solve their problems. Voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin.

* *  1/2 “Home” is an energetic, obvious animated comedy packed with the sort of low humor and silly laughs that drive very small children wild. ...There’s not much here for anybody over the age of 8. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 12, 1, 2:20, 3:20, 4:50, 5:50, 7:10, 8:15

Sat: 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 2, 3:20, 4:30, 6, 7, 8:25

Sun: 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 2, 3:10, 4:40, 6, 7:05, 8:20

3D

Fri: 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 9:10

Sat-Sun: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 9:05


An Honest Liar

Not rated; 94 minutes. Documentary looks at the life and work of famed magician James “The Amazing” Randi, who spent decades publicly uncovering and exposing psychics, faith healers and con artists who used religion to mask their fraud.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:10 (Sun), 2:10 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 4:30 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue)


In the Courtyard (Dans la cour)

Not rated; 97 minutes. An older woman living in an upscale apartment with her husband presses her spouse to hire an unkept, depressed musician with whom she has build an attachment as she slowly loses her grip on reality. Catherine Deneuve, Feodor Atkine, Gustave Kervern.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:10 (Fri)


It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks (C’est dur de’etre aime par des cons)

Not rated; 110 minutes. Documentary looks at the reaction of Muslims in Europe and around the world after 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad were published by a major Danish newspaper and then were reprinted by the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:10 (Sat)


Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Not rated; 104 minutes. A young Japanese woman who is gradually pulling back from society finds a VHS tape of the movie “Fargo” and believes its a look at a real crime, leading her to travel to the United State to find the bag of money that actor Steve Buscemi buried in a field. Rinko Kikuchi, Shirley Venard, David Zellner.

* * *  The story evolves from quest to odyssey as Kumiko clings to her delusion and we start to wonder if maybe this loon is onto something. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:45 a.m. (Sat), 1:45 (Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Sat, Mon-Thu), 9 (Sat, Mon-Tue)


Love at First Fight

Not rated; 98 minutes. A young man turns 18 and finds himself falling for a focused young woman who seeks out the harshest military service and manages to get him to follow her to bootcamp. Kevin Azais, Adele Haenel.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:10 (Mon)


Stubborn (Une histoire americaine)

Not rated; 85 minutes. A young woman ends her very brief relationship with a Parisian man and travels to New York, where she finds the former lover has followed her to the city, hoping to win back her affections. Kate Moran, Vincent Macaigne.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 8:30 (Fri)


Trailer Wars

Not rated; 60 minutes. Budding filmmakers create fake trailers for fake films. The genre skewered this time in “Based of a True Story.”

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 9 (Wed)

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.

* * *  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. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 4:10

Sun: 12:05


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.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:35, 3:25, 6:20, 9:40 (Sun), 10 (Fri-Sat)


Cinderella

PG, mild thematic elements; 112 minutes. Director Kenneth Branagh puts his mark on the children’s tale, updating the classic Disney animation with a live cast. Lily James, Cate Blanchett.

* *  The look is always spot-on, the transformation effects, pumpkin-to-carriage, etc., are perfect. But the pre-teen girls this is intended for have a right to expect more laughs, broader villainy and more fun. This time out, the glass slipper doesn’t fit. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 12:20, 1:30, 3:40, 4:20, 6:30, 7, 9:15, 9:50

Sat: 12:20, 1:30, 3:40, 4:20, 6:30, 7:10, 9:15, 9:50

Sun: 12:20, 1:20, 3:40, 4:20, 6:30, 7, 9:15, 9:40


Do You Believe?

PG-13, thematic elements, accident sequence, some violence; 115 minutes. When a local pastor meets an old street corner preacher, his life is shaken and he remembers that true belief requires action, leading him on a faith-fueled journey that impacts all he comes in contact with.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 12:50, 4, 7:15, 10:05

Sun: 1, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35


The DUFF

PG ; 101 minutes. A teen girl decides to lift her status at high school with the help on an understanding friend. Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney.

* * *  Overall, (director Ari) Sandel’s film has heart, some good laughs and a decent message. — SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:10 (Fri-Sat), 12:45 (Sun)


The Guman

R, strong violence, language, some sexuality; 115 minutes. A gunman who took part in a shooting eight years earlier in the Congo at the behest of multi-national corporations is attacked by assailants while trying to help villagers in the same area. Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba.

* *  Take away the preaching and this is just (Sean) Penn’s version of a late-career Mel Gibson movie. He should be better than this. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:10

Sat: 1:50, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Sun: 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55


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 was 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. — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Pickford

Times: 10:45 a.m. (Sun), 1:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed), 6:45 (Sun), 8:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue), 9 (Wed-Thu)


Insurgent

PG-13, intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements, brief language; 116 minutes. The second film in the “Divergent” series finds the group working to bring revolution to the land as they make contact with other factions seeking a better life and opportunities. Shailene Woodley, Theo James.

* * 1/2 As “Insurgent” wraps up, it picks up speed and depth and gives you hope that maybe this series won’t conclude as the copy-and-past “Hunger Games” it has felt like, from the moment the books were word-processed onto the best seller lists. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 12 (Sat), 12:15 (Fri), 3:50, 6:10, 6:50, 9:45

Sun: 12, 2:50, 5:40, 6:10, 8:30

IMAX: Fri-Sat: 1:20, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20

Sun: 12:30, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

3D: Fri-Sat: 3:10, 9

Sun: 3:20, 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. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, 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: Fri-Sat: 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:40

Sun: 12:40, 3:30, 6:35, 9:35


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.

* * 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: Fri: 12:05, 3:05, 6, 8:50

Sat-Sun: 11:50 a.m., 2:45, 5:50, 8:45


Red Army

PG, thematic elements and language; 76 minutes. Director Gabe Polsky’s looks back at the dominant Soviet Union hockey team during the latter days of the Cold War.

* *  “Red Army” reminds us that the system that produced once invincible hockey could not survive exposure to the consumer economy and the lure of capitalist athletics then. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

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


Run All Night

R, strong violence, language including sexual references, some drug use; 114 minutes. A man kills another man who is attacking his son and finds himself being hunted by the victim’s father, a mob boss who has sent his crew out seeking revenge. Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnnaman.

* * *  The stakes are high and the odds are not good. He’s such a decent person, and he’s clearly the underdog. He’s just doing what anybody would do under the circumstances. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 9:10 (Sun), 9:50 (Fri), 9:55 (Sat)


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

PG, some language, suggestive comments; 122 minutes. The original characters from the film return with some new additions as Douglas, Evelyn, Madge and Norman help Sonny as he plans to purchase a second hotel. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Lillete Dubey.

* * The clash of cultures 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: Fri: 12:10, 2:55, 5:40, 8:35

Sat: 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:40, 8:35

Sun: 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:30, 8:15


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 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: 2:15 (Sun), 3:30 (Wed), 3:50 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue), 4:15 (Thu)


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 mockumentary ... but 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. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 1:45 (Sat-Sun), 4 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 6:30 (Sun, Wed-Thu), 8:45 (Sun-Thu), 10:30 (Fri-Sat)

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