Entertainment

Movies: Kristen Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me’ among films in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Clouds of Sils Maria

R, language, brief graphic nudity; 124 minutes. An older actress is offered a part in the the stage revival of a play that made her famous. However, this time, she is cast to play the older woman whose life is changed forever by her interaction with the younger actress, who is now cast to take her earlier role. Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz.

* * * 1/2 Maria’s disdain for effects-driven movies could not be timelier given the arrival of sure fire summer blockbusters. “I’m sick of acting hanging from wires in front of green screen,” she tells her assistant. — PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:30 (Sun), 1:30 (Sat), 2:40 (Sun), 3:15 (Fri), 3:40 (Sat, Mon, Wed), 5:15 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 7:50 (Sun), 8:50 (Sat, Mon-Thu), 9 (Fri)


Every Secret Thing

R, some language, disturbing images; 93 minutes. Two underage perpetrators of a tragic crime years ago are again under suspicion when a three-year-old girl goes missing in a quiet suburb of New York. Diane Lane, Danielle MacDonald, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:15 (Tue)


Hot Pursuit

PG-13, sexual content, violence, language, some drug material; 87 minutes. A Texas police officer is assigned to help transport the wife of a drug cartel official and finds the job going very wrong when assassins show up and the two are forced to flee on their own across Texas. Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Richard T. Jones.

* 1/2 A mismatch-misfire badly misdirected by the director of “The Gulit Trip” and “27 Dresses,” it wastes the Oscar-winning Reese and the spirited spitfire Vergara, cast as a comically disgraced cop who escorts the wife of a drug lord’s accountant to court. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50


In Country

Not rated; 120 minutes. Documentary follows a group of veterans from the Vietnam war along with Iraq veterans and even former South Vietnamese soldiers in recreations of battles in a war that still is an open wound for many in the United States.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:40 (Sun), 1:40 (Sat), 3:15 (Sun), 4:15 (Sat, Mon-Thu), 6 (Fri)


Julius Caesar (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)

Not rated; 167 minutes. Shakespeare’s tale of power and corruption in ancient Rome is presented by the Globe on Screen production.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 6:30 (Thu)


Welcome to Me

R, sexual content, some graphic nudity, language, brief drug use; 105 minutes. A woman suffering from mental illness wins $86 million in the lottery and uses her new funds to “buy” her own show on a failing home shopping channels, using it to voice all the complaints and old scores that she feels have changed her life. Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Netley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack.

* *  Wiig’s adorably offbeat timing, her loveable loser who doesn’t realize she’s a loser gift, is exhausted in what is essentially a “Saturday Night Live” sketch and character given 100 minutes of screen time. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:45 (Sun), 1 (Sat), 3:15 (Sun), 3:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:45 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed), 8:15 (Sun), 8:45 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed)

ONGOING

The Age of Adaline

PG-13, for a suggestive comment; 110 minutes. A young woman who quit aging 80 years ago deals with the problems and heartbreaks of new love and connecting with an elderly daughter. Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Bates, Harrison Ford.

* * * 1/2 It’s (Blake) Lively’s show, and she wears the period clothes and formal wear as easily as Adaline wears the burden of a body that never ages. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:50, 3:20, 6:10, 8:50


Avengers: Age of Ultron

PG-13, intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, some suggestive comments; 141 minutes. The Avenger gang returns and finds themselves engaged with an artificial intelligence program that was designed to end threats to Earth but instead turns on mankind. Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson.

* * 1/2 “A bloated blockbuster movie-as-commodity like “Age of Ultron” doesn’t herald the end of this franchise or genre. But you see it from here. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1, 2:30, 4:30, 6, 7:30, 8, 9:30

IMAX: 12, 3:30, 7, 10:30

RPX: 11:30 a.m. 3, 6:30, 10

3D: 12:30, 1:30, 2, 4, 5, 5:20, 8:30, 9


Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Not rated; 62 minutes. Live action and animated films for children that are family friendly and full of inspiration and new outlooks.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 10:45 a.m. (Sun), 11 a.m. (Sun), 11:45 a.m. (Sat), 12 (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: 11:45 a.m.


Ex Machina

R, graphic nudity, language, sexual references, some violence; 105 minutes. A young computer coder is brought by his billionaire boss to a retreat in Norway, where he is tasked with giving a “Turing test” to a sentient robot who exhibits human traits, including empathy and love. Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno.

* * *  “Ex Machina” is an “Island of Dr. Moreau” for the singularity era. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20


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: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10


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: 1:20, 3:50, 6:40, 9:05


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: 12:10, 2:50, 5:30, 8:20


Little Boy

PG-13, some mature thematic material, violence; 100 minutes. A young boy does whatever he can to insure that his father will return home after the conclusion of World War II. Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, David Henrie, Cary-Hiroyuki.

* * “Little Boy” is loaded with weighty subjects and teachable moments, all doled out between generous helpings of tragedy and sentiment. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:35 a.m.


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: 11:40 a.m., 2:40, 5:50, 8:50


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: 1:40, 3:40, 5:40, 7:50, 9:55


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: 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10


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: 4 (Fri, Tue), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu), 8 (Fri, Sun), 9 (Sat, Mon-Thu)

  Comments