MOVIES: 'Danny Collins' at Bellingham's Pickford theater this week



Not rated; 76 minutes. Bill Plympton’s seventh animated feature is a surreal tale of love, jealousy, revenge and murder involving a woman who takes on the form of her lover’s paramours in an attempt to understand the troubles that weaken their relationship.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:30 (Thu), 9 (Thu)

Danny Collins

R, language, drug use, some nudity; 106 minutes. An aging rock legend looks back over his life and career and decides to deal with issues he had ignored, including the non-relationship he has with his son and family. Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner.

* * 1/2 It’s cute, with an R-rated edge that doesn’t insult the sensibilities of the AARP audience this should appeal to. And the gekko-eyes, leathery grin of Pacino holds it all together. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:30 (Wed), 3 (Thu), 3:45 (Sat-Tue), 4:30 (Fri), 5 (Wed), 5:30 (Thu), 6:15 (Sat-Tue), 8:45 (Sat-Tue), 9 (Fri)


PG; 114 minutes. A group of young friends set out to find a pirates’ lost treasure trove that will give them the money needed to keep their family home together. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1 (Fri-Sun)

John (National Theatre)

R, nudity, depictions of adult themes including rape; 120 minutes. Artistic director Lloyd Newson interviewed more than 50 men, asking them about love and sex and their lives.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)

The Longest Ride

PG-13, some sexuality, partial nudity, some war and sports action; 125 minutes. A young college co-ed finds herself falling in love with a bull-riding cowboy whom she meets during a chance encounter at a rodeo. Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston.

* 1/2 Director George Tillman .... manages stunningly real bull riding scenes and gives his winsome young stars plenty of room to shine, though neither rises above dull. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 12:10, 3:20, 7, 10

Sat-Sun: 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:40

Love’s Labour Won (Royal Shakespeare Compant)

Not rated; 180 minutes. Shakespeare’s acclaimed comedy is set among a group of soldiers who have returned from the trenches of World War I and attempt to reclaim the loves of their loves against a backdrop of war and peace.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)

This May Be the Last Time

Not rated; 93 minutes. A filmmaker delves into the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of his grandfather after he went missing after a car crash on a bridge in rural Oklahoma.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4 (Sat), 6:30 (Mon)


PG-13, some violence, thematic material; 96 minutes. Fictional look at the impact Islamic jihadists had on an ancient city in North Africa and the troubling problems facing residents who had to deal with the hardships created by Sharia law. Ibrahim Ahmen, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki.

* * *  “Timbuktu” is a picturesque nightmare, a quiet, beautiful and chilling account of a city under the rule of Islamic Jihadists. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 3:15 (Thu), 4 (Mon, Wed), 5:15 (Tue), 6:15 (Sat-Sun), 6:30 (Fri)

Tracing Roots

Not rated; 36 minutes. Documentary looks at the work of Haida elder and master weaver Delores Churchill as she describes a story of connection to where we live, the art we make and the people we teach.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6 (Wed)

Wild Tales

R, violence, language, brief sexuality; 122 minutes. Director Damian Szifron’s six tales about people in distress or danger. Dario Grandinetti, Mara Marull.

* * * *  Each final knockout punch in the “Wild Tales” vignettes lands with a fury, thanks to Sziforn’s superb editing. It’s all about catharsis and “the undeniable pleasure of losing control,” he says — so diabolically satisfying when you’re so mad as hell. — PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Playing: Limelight

Times: 2:45 (Thu), 3:15 (Wed), 3:30 (Fri-Tue), 6:15 (Fri-Tue), 9 (Fri-Tue), 9:15 (Wed)



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: Fri: 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30

Sat-Sun: 1:50, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05

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: 12:20, 3, 6, 8:45

Sat-Sun: 12:40, 3:20, 6, 9:10

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: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 3:10, 5:40, 6:30, 9, 9:50

Sat-Sun: 1:10, 2, 4:30, 5:20, 7:50, 8:40

IMAX: Fri: 12:50, 4, 7:20, 10:30

Sat-Sun: 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:10

RPX: Fri: 1:40, 5, 8:20

Sat-Sun: 11:30 a.m., 2:50, 6:10, 9:30

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: 1:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15

Sat-Sun: 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50


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: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55

Sat-Sun: 11:35 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9


Fri: 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:55

Sat-Sun: 12:10, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10


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: Fri: 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05

Sat-Sun: 1, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55

3D: Fri: 12:40, 3:30, 6:15, 9:05

Sat-Sun: 11:55 a.m., 2:45, 5:40, 8:30

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: 12:45 (Thu), 1:30 (Sat, Mon), 2:45 (Tue), 3:45 (Sun), 4 (Fri), 8:45 (Mon), 9 (Sat-Sun, Tue), 9:15 (Wed), 9:30 (Fri)

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: Fri: 11:40 a.m., 2:40, 6:40, 9:40

Fri-Sat: 12, 2:55, 5:50, 8:50

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: 12, 3:15, 6:10, 9:10

Sat-Sun: 11:40 a.m., 3, 6:20, 9:15

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: Fri: 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:50, 8:40

Sat-Sun: 11:50 a.m., 2:40, 5:30, 8:20

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: 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:20

Sat-Sun: 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35

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: 1 (Sat-Sun)