Entertainment

MOVIES: ‘Child 44’ among films opening in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Bride of the Monster

Not rated; 79 minutes. A deranged doctor tries to create atomic supermen. Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sat)


Child 44

R, violent content, language, disturbing images, scene of sexuality; 137 minutes. A security officer in Stalinist Soviet Union pursues a serial killer of children over the objections of the Soviet bureacracy. Tom Hardy, Xavier Atkins, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:45, 3:55, 6:30 (Sun), 7 (Fri-Sat), 9:45


Do You Really Want to Know?

Not rated; 72 minutes. Documentary about the emotional and ethical issues surrounding predictive genetic testing follows three families deciding whether they want to be tested for Huntington’s disease, an ominous illness that causes both severe mental and physical complications.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Tue)


Planetary

Not rated; 92 minutes. Breathtaking documentary explores humanity’s role and impact on Earth and our future as a species as we reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)


The Human Experiment

Not rated; 60 minutes. Oscar winner Sean Penn and journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy looks at the prevalence of diseases that may be linked to the powerful chemicals that are in our foods, our homes and our bodies, often hidden from the consumers who buy and use the products.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 1:45 (Sun), 2:15 (Sat), 6:30 (Mon-Thu), 7 (Fri)


Monkey Kingdom

G; 81 minutes. Documentary follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the Temple Troop, a group of monkeys living around ruins in southeast Asia. Narrated by Tina Fey.

* * *  Filmmakers Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergil never stray far from the overarching mission of Disney’s noblest film endeavor — capturing natural worlds and animal behavior at its rawest. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:20, 9:35


Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

PG; 94 minutes. Mall cop Paul Blart decides he needs a vacation and takes his daugher with him to Las Vegas, where Blart is called into action. Kevin James, Raini Rodrigeuz, Eduardo Verastegui.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12, 1, 2:30, 3:50, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10


The Riot Club

R, language, disturbing and violent behavior, sexual content, nudity, drug use; 114 minutes. Two young students at Oxford University are asked to join an elite club that values money, connections and displays of their elitist attitudes during a hedonistic night of drinking and drugs. Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 4:30 (Fri), 6:30 (Sat), 8:15 (Sun-Thu)


The Stranger

PG; 114 minutes. A war crimes investigator travels to Connecticut to find a notorious Nazi. Orson Wells, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


True Story

R, language, some disturbing material; 100 minutes. A disgraced reporter hopes to revive his career by interviewing and writing a book about a killer who stole his name and fled to Mexico after killing his wife and children. Jonah Hill, James Franco, Josh Lucas, Felicity Jones.

* * *  Equal parts sobering and chilling, “True Story” is about the ways journalists are willingly used to get the story. It is “Capote” with a commentary on journalistic ethics, but without the emotional heft. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15


Unfriended

R, violent content, language, some sexuality, drug and alcohol use; 82 minutes. A group of online chat friends are haunted by a mysterious force that uses the account of a dead online friend. Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelly Hinnig.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 1:10, 3:35, 5:50, 8, 10:10

Sun: 1:10, 3:25, 5:35, 7:45, 10:05


The Water Diviner

Not rated; 111 minutes. An Australian farmer travels to Turkey at the end of Word War I to find out what happened to his three sons who fought in the bloody, chaotic battle at Gallipoli. Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Isabel Lucas.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:15 (Thu)


While We’re Young

R, language; 97 minutes. A hipster couple heading into middle age befriends a twentysomething couple as they try to hold on to their bohemian lifestyle and connect with a younger generation they have little knowledge of. Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin.

* * *  “Young” is (director Noah) Baumbach’s most conventional film, but also his most wholly realized, from a baby’s music box playing David Bowie’s “Golden Age” to the shrewd observation about what becomes of documentaries in an age “when people record EVERYthing.” — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:45 (Sun), 3:10 (Sat-Sun), 4 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 5:35 (Sat-Sun), 6:30 (Fri, Mon-Wed), 7:30 (Sat), 8 (Sun), 8:55 (Fri, Mon-Wed), 9:05 (Thu)

ONGOING

Cheatin’

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.

* *  “Cheatin’’’ isn’t so much a story as it is a showcase for talented animator Billy Plympton, whose dialogue-free film about romance and jealousy both dazzles and fizzles. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 11:30 a.m. (Sun), 12 (Sat), 4:15 (Mon-Thu), 6 (Sun), 9 (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, 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-Sat: 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:30

Sun: 12:40, 3:40, 7:10, 9:35


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 (Sat), 2:45 (Sun, Wed), 3:45 (Fri, Mon-Tue, Thu), 5 (Sat), 5:15 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri, Mon)


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: 2:10, 5:30, 8:50

IMAX: 12:10, 3;30, 6:40, 9:50

RPX: 1:30, 4:30, 7:50 (Fri-Sat), 8 (Sun)


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: 1:40, 4:20, 7:15, 9:55 (Sun), 10:05 (Fri-Sat)


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-Sat: 12:50, 3:10, 5:40, 8, 9:25

Sun: 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 9:25

3D: 2 (Fri-Sat), 4:40 (Fri-Sat)


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: 12:05, 3, 6:10

3D: 9:05


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: 8:30 (Sun), 8:45 (Fri, Mon-Wed), 9:15 (Thu), 9:55 (Sat)


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: 12 (Sat)


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: 7:10 (Fri-Sat), 9:55 (Fri-Sat)


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: 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:20


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: 11 a.m. (Sun)


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: 1:20, 4, 6:45, 10:10 (Sun), 10:20 (Fri-Sat)


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: 1:45 (Mon-Thu), 2 (Fri), 3:30 (Sun), 4 (Sat)

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