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MOVIES: 'Furious 7' among films opening in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Carmen (Teatro Real, Madrid)

Not rated; 98 minutes. Antonio Gades’ production of the classic dance, “Carmen,” shows Gades as one of the most important dancers and choreographers in the world.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


Early Summer

Not rated; 124 minutes. Ozu Yasujiro’s look at a traditional Japanese family, portraying the interactions between children and parents as the older daughter weighs getting married to someone selected by her parents. Setsuko Hara, Chishu Ryu.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Tue)


Furious 7

PG-13, frenetic scenes of violences and action, suggestive content, brief strong language; 137 minutes. Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic and his family for the death of his brother. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson.

* * * 1/2 With “Furious 7” looking at a potential $275 million opening weekend worldwide, this is one franchise that’s unlikely to run out of gas. — FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. (Sat. only), 11:40 a.m., 1:40, 2:10, 2:50, 4:50, 5:40, 6:20, 8:10, 8:50, 9:30

Sun: 11:10 a.m., 1:10, 1:40, 2:20, 4:20, 4:50, 5:30, 7:30, 8:10, 8:40

IMAX: Fri-Sat: 12:20, 3:30, 7, 10:10

Sun: 11:50 a.m. 3, 6:10, 9:20

RPX: Fri-Sat: 1, 4:10, 7:30, 10:40

Sun: 12:30, 3:40, 6:50, 10


It Follows

R, violence, graphic sexual content, language; 94 minutes. A young man infects a female friends with the evil that is stalking him, leaving her to find a way to stop the evil before it destroys her. Keir Gilchrist, Lili Sepe, Maika Monroe.

* * *  “It Follows” is a smart, disturbing and haunting tale that is truly, deeply scary. — THE FRESNO BEE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:35 (Sat-Sun), 4 (Fri, Mon, Thu), 5:35 (Sun), 6:35 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed), 8 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu), 9:15 (Wed)


My Best Girl

Not rated; 80 minutes. The son of a millionaire store chain owner poses as a stockroom employee and meets a stockroom girl who he falls in love with, much too his mother’s dismay. Mary Pickford, Buddy Rogers, Sunshine Hart.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4:15 (Sat)


Occupy the Farm

Not rated; 90 minutes. Documentary looks at what happens when a group of 200 farmers “occupy” public land near Oakland to save it from a becoming a shopping center and using it as critical urban farm land.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Of Horses and Men

Not rated; 85 minutes. A series of inter- twining vignettes shows the human streak in horses and the horse-like streak in human in a small Icelandic village. Ingvar Sigursson, Charlotte Boving.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:30 a.m. (Sat), 2 (Sat), 2:50 (Wed), 4 (Sun), 4:10 (Thu), 4:20 (Tue), 6:20 (Fri, Mon), 6:45 (Sat)


Titus Andronicus (Globe on Screen)

Not rated; 186 minutes. Shakespeare’s thrilling, violent and intense play about a Roman general whose victory over the Goths sets in motion a series of decisions effecting all those around him.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:30 (Wed)


Woman in Gold

PG-13, thematic elements, brief strong language; 110 minutes. A woman struggles to recover a priceless Gustav Klimt painting stolen from her family by the Nazis and now located at an art gallery in the United States. Helen Mirren, Ante Traue, Francis Fisher.

With all these good things going for it, it’s regrettable that “Woman in Gold” is no more than adequate, more old-fashioned Hollywoodization that incisive modern dramatization. — LOS ANGELES TIMES

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11:50 a.m., 3, 6:10, 9


The Wrecking Crew

PG, language, thematic elements, smoking images. Director Danny Tedesco uses new interviews and period film to shine a light on the “Wrecking Crew,” a group of studio musicians that provided the backbone for dozens of hit songs and albums in Los Angeles from the late 1950s to the ’70s. Cher, Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, Herb Alpert, Carol Kaye, Earl Palmer.

* *  These were the guys — and one woman — who dominated Los Angeles msuic studio session work from the late 1950s well into the ’70s. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: Fri-Sat: 12:30 (Sun), 1:30 (Sat), 1:50 (Wed), 3:45 (Fri, Mon-Tue, Thu), 5:15 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

ONGOING

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, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard.

* *  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: 12:30, 2:20 (Sat-Sun), 2:30 (Fri), 3:40, 7:10, 9:55


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: 11 a.m. (Sun), 11:20 a.m. (Sat), 11:30 a.m. (Fri)


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: 12:10, 1:40, 2:40, 4:30, 5:30, 7:50, 8:40, 10:15

Sat: 12:10, 2:40, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:10, 10:15

Sun: 12:10, 1:40, 2:40, 4:20, 5:20, 6:50, 7:50, 9:10, 10:15


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, 1:20, 2:20, 4, 6:50, 9:20

Sat-Sun: 11:20 a.m., 12, 1:45, 2:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20

3D

Fri: 12:45, 3:15, 7:20, 9:45

Sat-Sun: 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:45


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: 3:10 (Sun), 4:10 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed), 6:15 (Sun, 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, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts.

* * 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: 12:40, 3:25, 6:30, 9:25

3D: Fri-Sat: 1:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10:30

Sun: 1;10, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55


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


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: 8:30 (Fri, Sun-Mon, Thu), 8:55 (Sat), 9 (Wed), 9:15 (Tue)


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: Fri: 11:35 a.m., 6, 9:05

Sat-Sun: 11:10 a.m., 6:50, 9:30


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 that would allow him to expand and reach even more of the older guests flocking to his establishment. 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: 5:50, 9:10


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: 11:45 a.m. (Sat), 12:45 (Sun)


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, enough that the format won’t matter. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 3 (Sun), 4 (Sat), 4:15 (Wed), 7:45 (Sun), 8:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

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