MOVIES: ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘Tomorrowland’ among new movies in Bellingham this week

Casey (Britt Robertson) in Disney's "Tomorrowland."
Casey (Britt Robertson) in Disney's "Tomorrowland." TNS


Alloy Orchestra: Not Just for Kids

Not rated; 60 minutes. Five films from the Alloy Orchestra’s extensive repertoire, including “The Spectre,” “Artheme Swallows His Clarinet,” “The Pet” by Windsor McCay, “Clay or the Origin of the Species” by Ernest Noyes and “The Playhouse” by Buster Keaton.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sat)

The Breach

Not rated; 91 minutes. Fishing guide and filmmaker Mark Titus embarks on a journey to determine what has caused the decline of the Pacific Northwest salmon and what trends are leading to tragedy for the once-huge salmon harvest in Alaska.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)

Far from the Madding Crowd

PG-13, some sexuality and violence; 119 minutes. A young woman comes into an small inheritance and a rundown farm and proceeds to remake the farm to her liking, drawing the interests of several local men seeking a wife. Carey Mulligan, Matthhias Shoenaerts, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge.

* * *  1/2 Thomas Hardy’s romantic Victorian novel of class, labor and the fickle finger of love, “Far from the Madding Crwd,” earns a stately yet earthy and full-blooded film treatment from the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1 (Mon), 2:45 (Sat-Sun), 3:45 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:15 (Sat, Thu), 6:30 (Fri, Mon-Wed), 8:15 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu)

Fuenteovejuna (Teatro Real, Madrid)

Not rated; 93 minutes. Play based on the work of Lope de Vega, looking at the fate of a village in Andalusia after an ignoble nobleman is put to death by the townspeople.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


PG-13, some strong language; 80 minutes. Famed documentary filmmaker’s Albert Maysles’ final effort follows the ninety-something Iris Apfel, a fashion icon in New York, known for her courture accessories and her wild outfits.

* * *  She was never a great beauty, a model or magazine editor, never married anybody famous. But somehow, Iris Apfel was anointed a New York “fasion icon.” — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:45 (Sun), 1:30 (Sat), 4 (Fri, Mon-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon)

The Man with a Movie Camera: Alloy Orchestra

Not rated; 79 minutes. Dziga Vertov’s ground-breaking film of life in Soviet Russia is presented with a live score by the Alloy Orchestra.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Sat)

The Mountain Runners

Not rated; 90 minutes. Documentary follows the history of America’s first mountain endurance foot race up Mount Baker and back in 1911. Film stars William B. Davis of “X-Files” fame and is narrated by Kevin Tighe.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6 (Sun)


PG-13, intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, language; 93 minutes. A family is assaulted by an evil force haunting their suburban home, forcing them to come together when the family’s youngest daughter is held captive. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 9:45

3D: 12:40, 2:40, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20, 10:20


PG, sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, language; 130 minutes. A brilliant young girl and an older one-time boy genius come together to help save the future. George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie.

* * 1/2 As much as one appreciates the idea of optimism, looking for solutions instead of bemoaning the doom-laden futility of it all, “Tomorrowland” falls short. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 2:50, 3:30, 6, 6:40, 9:10, 9:50

IMAX: 1, 4:10, 7:20, 10:25

Trailer Wars XLIV: Epics

Not rated; 90 minutes. Bellingham’s fake trailer competition continues, with this event’s theme of epics.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 9 (Wed)


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: 12:15, 3

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: 12:30, 2:20, 3:40, 6:30, 7:10, 9:40

3D: 11:30 a.m., 10:45

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 (Sun), 12:45 (Sat, Mon), 2:30 (Fri), 3:15 (Sun), 3:30 (Sat, Mon-Thu), 6:15 (Mon-Wed), 6:45 (Fri)

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: 11:50 a.m., 5:30, 8:05, 10:35

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: 7:45, 10:40

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: 1110 a.m., 2:35, 5, 7:25, 10:30

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: 12:10, 3:10, 6:20, 9:20

3D: 11:20 a.m., 12:50, 2:30, 3:50, 7, 9:55

RPX: 4:30, 7:40

RPX 3D: 1:30, 10:35

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, 5:20

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: 11 a.m., 1:10, 1:40, 4, 4:40, 6:10, 6:50, 7:30, 9, 9:35, 10:15

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: 3 (Sun), 3:45 (Sat), 7:35 (Sun), 8:20 (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: 1:15 (Sun), 8:30 (Sun), 9:10 (Sat, Mon-Thu), 9:30 (Fri)