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MOVIES: ‘Mad Max’ reboot among new films in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini by Terry Gilliam (English National Opera)

Not rated; 176 minutes. Famed director Terry Gilliam puts his stamp on Berlioz’s dazzling opera “Benvenuto Cellini,” with the English National Opera.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)


Dior and I

Not rated, limited nudity; 87 minutes. A behind-the scenes look at Raf Simons’ first show as the creative director of the fashion house established by Christian Dior. Raf Simons, Anna Wintour, Marion Cotillard.

* *  Read no futher is you’re not a fashion maven, as “Dior and I” is not the movie for you. And even if it is, this undramatic and flat peek “inside” the sewing rooms of Christain Dior holds little in the way of entertainment. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Limelight

Times: 5 (Sun), 6 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


The Hard Problem

Not rated; 120 minutes. Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard’s new play follows a young psychology researcher who is dealing with troubling private issues and growing concerns about the impact of computers and technology will have on her future.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


Mad Max: Fury Road

R, intense sequences of violence throughout, disturbing images; 120 minutes. Tom Hardy takes on the role of Max Rockatansky, who wanders the wastelands, fighting off marauding tribes seeking gas, weapons and food. Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough.

* * * 1/2 From its first frame to its last, “Fury Road” lets (director George) Miller — whose “Babe” and “Happy Feet” were just as prophetic — put the Mad back into Max and the madness back into our headlong rush to doom. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times:

Fri-Sat: 12:20, 6:30, 9:30

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

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

Sun: 1:20, 2:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10

RPX: Fri-Sat: 2, 7:50

Sun: 12:50, 6:30

RPX 3D: Fri-Sat: 11:10 a.m., 4:50, 10:40

Sun: 3:40, 9:20


Pitch Perfect 2

PG-13, innuendo, language; 115 minutes. The “Pitch Perfect” crew returns and fights to get their music vibe back after one of the singers accidentally exposes herself during a performance before the President and First Lady, leading the group to be banned from their national tour. Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick.

* *  For big fans of the first “Pitch Perfect,” the sequel will not aggravate or offend. But I swear, in one party sequence (Anna) Kendrick appears to be stifling a yawn. —CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11 a.m., 12:50, 1:50, 3:10, 3:50, 4:40, 6, 6:40, 7:30, 9, 9:40, 10:20

Sun: 12:20, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4, 5:10, 6:10, 6:50, 8, 9, 9:40


Plan 9 from Outer Space

Not rated; 79 minutes. Aliens plan to conquer Earth and they start by resurrecting corpses from a Hollywood cemetery, including a cape-wearing ghoul, a vampire and a slow-footed cop killed for his nosiness. Dudley Manlove, Joanna Lee, Tor Johnson.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sat)


Salt of the Earth

PG-13, thematic material, disturbing images of violence and human suffering; 110 minutes. Documentary looks at the work and impact of photographer Sebastiao Salgado, who over the last five decades has photographed some of the most brutal, destructive events around the world.

* * *  I’m still stunned — not horrified but haunted — by his series of baby funeral photos among the landless workers of northeast Brazil, where infant mortality is so high (over 50 percent) that baby coffins are just rented, not purchased, before burial. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:15 a.m. (Sat), 1:15 (Wed), 4 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 4:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


Stations of the Elevated

Not rated; 76 minutes. Director and producer Manfred Kirchheimer shot lush film of the gritty 1970s’ New York City landscape intermixed with vivid images of graffiti-covered elevated subway trains, set to music from Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin. Also presented is Kirchenheimer’s 30-minute filrm “The Claw.”

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Tue)

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: Fri-Sat: 11:20 a.m., 2:40, 6:20, 10:05

Sun: 11:20 a.m., 2:50, 6;20, 9:05


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: Fri-Sat: 12:40, 1:40, 4, 5, 5:30, 7:20, 8:20, 8:50, 10:30

Sun: 12:40, 1:40, 4:10, 5, 5:30, 7:20, 8:20, 8:50

IMAX 3D: Fri-Sat: 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10

Sun: 12, 3:10, 6:40, 9:50

3D: Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m., 2:50, 6:10, 9:20

Sun: 11:30 a.m., 2:40, 6, 9:15


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: 1:45 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 4:45 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon)


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: Fri-Sat: 1:10, 4:30, 7:05, 10:25

Sun: 1, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45


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: 12, 3:40, 7, 9:05

Sun: 11:50 a.m., 3:20, 6:35, 9:35


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: 11:15 a.m., 12:30, 3

Sun: 11:10 a.m., 12:30, 3


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: Fri-Sat: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 5:20, 8, 9:45

Sun: 1:50, 4:40, 7, 9:30


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: Fri-Sat: 1

Sun: 12:10


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: Fri-Sat: 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15

Sun: 11 a.m., 1:30, 3:50, 6:15, 8:40


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 (Sun), 1 (Sat), 2:30 (Sun), 3:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 7:15 (Sun), 8:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu)


What We Do in the Shadows

Not rated, blood, profanity, innuendo; 86 minutes. A group of vampires living in New Zealand deal with their loves, their undead lives and other issues that impact 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 Waitit behind it, you can be sure that one joke is going to deliver a lot of laughs, enough that the format won’t matter. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 7 (Sun), 9:10 (Fri-Sat, Mon-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: 11:30 a.m. (Sun), 1 (Wed), 1:40 (Sat), 7:30 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

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