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Dracula Untold, Alexander’s very bad day among films opening in Bellingham this week


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Not rated; 72 minutes. Director Lina Plioplyte and photographer Ari Smith Cohen take a look at the style and personal lives of New York City’s most fashionable seniors.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Thu)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

PG, rude humor, some reckless behavior, language; 81 minutes. Alexander and his siblings and parents wind their way through a truly terrible day while trying to keep their spirits up. Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner.

* * 1/2 It’s just competent, light entertainment, no more ambitious than that. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11 a.m. (Sat), 11:40 a.m., 12:10, 2:10, 2:40, 4:20, 4:50, 6:40, 7:10, 9:20, 10:15

Dracula Untold

PG-13, intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing image, some sensuality; 92 minutes. Dracula returns from serving in the Turkish army and decides to fight back when the Turks demand his son and other children from Dracula’s kingdom. Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance.

* *  “Dracula Untold” is a straight two-genre picture, well-mounted, with whirlwinds of bats and gloomy, moon-clouded nights. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:10, 3:40, 6:20, 9:10

IMAX: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Not rated; 120 minutes. Documentary looks at a murder mystery in the 1930s in the famous Galapagos archipelago. Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4:30 (Sun)

How to Die in Oregon

Not rated; 107 minutes. Documentary looks at the implementation of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1 (Sat)

I Am Eleven

Not rated; 93 minutes. Filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travels the world, interviewing 11-year-olds in Melbourne, Thailand, India and more, yielding insightful, funny and moving profiles of childhood.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12 (Sun)

The Judge

R, language, including some sexual references; 141 minutes. A son who is a high-profile Chicago attorney returns to his hometown after his elderly father, a former judge, is acccused of killing someone with his car. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thorton, Vera Farmiga.

* 1/2 A bloated all-star melodrama with none of the lean, mean legalese of a Joh Grisham adaptation, it’s a showboat’s movie cast with a lot of actors each promised “a big, cool scene.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

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

RPX: 12:20, 3:50, 7, 10:20

Kill the Messenger

R, language, drug content; 106 minutes. A newspaper reporter uncovers information that would link the CIA to the spread of crack cocaine in the 1990s and then finds his reporting and character coming under fire from the government and other newspapers. Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia.

* * *  Renner’s performance — beginning with bluster and descending into twitchy paranoia — sells it and makes us fret for every “messenger” suddenly the target of the spotlight himself. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1:20, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55


R. language, brief nude scene; 100 minutes. Picking up where “Restrepo” left off, film looks at the soldiers on a war front, how they deal with boredom, fire fights and the impact war has on young men.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Mon)

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

Not rated; 80 minutes. Musician and composer Patrice Rushen presents the often-untold story of American women jazz instrumentalists.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:15 (Sun)

The Life of Yogananda

Not rated; 87 minutes. Documentary looks at the life of Hindu Swami Paramahansa Yogananda and his efforts to bring yoga and meditation to the United States in the 1920s.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Wed)

My Last Year with the Nuns

Not rated; 75 minutes. Film looks at the lives of young men in heavily Catholic neighborhoods in Seatle in the 1960s and how they and the black kids living across the “red” line were able to come together for a few minutes each day before returning to their segregated lives.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Sat)

My Old Lady

PG-13, thematic material, some sexual references; 104 minutes. A down-on-his luck man comes to Paris to sell the apartment building owned by his deceased father and discovers an elderly woman living in one of the apartments who is unwilling to move. Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas.

* *  1/2 Smith and Kline and Scott Thomas give this a chance to sparkle. Kline dresses down wonderfully and his offhand way with the “Franglais” dialogue beautifully clashes with Smith’s English precision. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 12:30 (Sun), 1:30 (Sat), 3 (Sun), 4 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu), 4:30 (Tue), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu)

National Theatre Live: Medea

Not rated; 150 minutes. Helen McCory plays the title role in Euripedes’ powerful tragedy.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 7 (Wed)

One Direction: Where We Are

Not rated; 96 minutes. Film follows the band on tour in Milano and elsewhere around the world.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:55, 7

The Skeleton Twins

R, language, some sexuality, drug use; 93 minutes. A troubled young man returns to his hometown after failing to become an actor and finds himself at odds with his twin sister, who has little desire to see him return home. Kristen Wigg, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson.

* * 1/2 The timing of this tale of depression, suicide and how vulnerable we all are to our past, our demons and our shortcomings, is enough to recommend this engagingly melancholy comedy. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sat), 1:45 (Sat, Mon), 2 (Tue), 2:15 (Fri, Sun), 3 (Thu), 4:15 (Tue-Wed), 5:15 (Mon, Thu), 6:30 (Fri, Tue), 7:30 (Sat, Mon, Thu), 8 (Fri), 9 (Sat-Thu), 9:15 (Fri)

Take Me to the River

Not rated; 95 minutes. Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians gather to record an album celebrating the music of Memphis in its heyday.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Tue)

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew

Not rated; 182 minutes. Shakespeare’s famed comedy, starring Remey Beasley, Becci Gemmell, Kathryn Hunt and Kate Lamb.

No critical review available.

Playing: Limelight

Times: 7 (Tue)

What Now? Remind Me

Not rated; 164 minutes. Pinto, who has lived with HIV for more than two decades, looks back on his life in cinema as well as his loves and friendships.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4:30 (Fri)



R, intense sequences of disturbing violence, terror; 98 minutes. A young couple in the 1960s expecting their first child is terrorized after one of the wife’s antique dolls is haunted by a woman who was part of a slaughter at a neighboring home. Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodward, Tony Amendola.

* *  Like “Insidious” and “The Conjuring,” the only goal here is to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. And “Annabelle” does, more than once, before that dolly is done. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 11:40 a.m., 2, 2:45, 4:40, 5:20, 7:20, 7:50, 9:50, 10:10

Sat: 12:50, 3:15, 4:10, 7:20, 8:40, 9:20, 9:55

Sun: 12:10, 12:50, 3:15, 4:10, 6, 7:20, 9:20, 9:50

The Boxtrolls

PG, action, some peril, mild rude humor; 97 minutes. A group of trolls living in abandoned cardboard boxes find their lives threatened by angry town residents, except for a young woman who wants to know more about the creatures. Voiced by Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost.

* * * 1/2 This adaptation of an Alan Snow novel is inventive and fanciful and almost certainly the best animated film of the year. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:30 a.m. (Sat), 12:15 (Fri), 2:20, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

3D: 10:50 a.m. (Sat), 11:30 a.m. (Fri, Sun)

The Dog

Not rated; 100 minutes. A documentary about John Wojtowicz, who robbed a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover’s sex-reassignment surgery and was the real-life inspiration for “Dog Day Afternoon.”

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 5 (Sat)

The Equalizer

R, strong bloody violence, language throughout; 131 minutes. Denzel Washington plays a retired secret agent who uses his skills to protect and ward of the thugs and thieves who threaten friends and co-workers he has met in his retirement. Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas.

* * 1/2 “The Equalizer” serves up Denzel Washington at his coolest. Eyes weary with experience but still taking it all in .... he still carries himself with that feline stride — the greatest, most masculine movie star walk since John Wayne. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 11:45 a.m., 2:50, 6, 9:15

The Expedition to the End of the World

Not rated; 90 minutes. Danish expedition to the last uncharted areas of the globe is documented is this film.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 6:30 (Sun)

Gone Girl

R, scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content, nudity, language; 149 minutes. After a man’s wife disappears, he becomes the center of a huge media frenzy and suspicions that he is involved in her disappearance. Ben Affleck, Rosamond Pike, Neil Patrick Harris.

* * *  It’s good, but we’ve come to expect more from the guy who gave us “Fight Club” and “The Social Network.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:05, 3:30, 5:40, 6:50, 9, 9:30

Guardians of the Galaxy

PG-13, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some language; 121 minutes. An Amercian pilot finds himself to be the target of a manhunt after he claims an orb from the vengeful Ronan. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, John C. Reilly.

* * *  They’re going to make more “Guardians,” which is both good news and bad news. Director/ co-writer James (“Super”) Gunn won’t have the novelty of introducing us to this universe and these weirdos again. And since that’s pretty much the whole joke here, how will he get a curtain call out of them? — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 12:25, 3:10, 5:55, 8:40

Sat: 3, 5:50

Sun: 3, 8:40

Left Behind

PG-13, some thematic elements, violence/peril, brief drug content; 110 minutes. As people start mysteriously disappearing, those remaining on Earth have to deal with the loss and the difficulties that result from the lost. Nicolas Cage, Cassi Thomson, Chad Michael Murry.

* 1/2 “Left Behind” is a Rapture-fiction as a dull zombie movie where the living dead are non-believers. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:30, 3:15, 6:10, 8:50

Love is Strange

R, language; 94 minutes. After an older gay couple finally marries, they find their lives together uprooted as one loses his job and the two of them are forced to sell their apartment and live apart. John Lithgow, Alfred Molina.

* * *  The movie, which feels a bit like a mashup of Woody Allen and Mike Leigh, succeeds on its simple story and its lead actors, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Pickford

Times: 2:45 (Mon), 4 (Fri-Sat, Tue-Thu), 4:15 (Sun)

The Maze Runner

PG-13, thematic elements, intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action; 108 minutes. A group of teens are brought to an isolated and vast maze, where they must dodge the “Grievers,” super-sized spiders, and elude the maze itself before it closes and crushes them. Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ami Ameen.

* 1/2 This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is “The Maze Runner,” an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 1, 4, 6:45, 9:25

No No: A Dockumentary

Not rated; 100 minutes. Film looks at the pitching of Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while high on LSD.

No critical review available.

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4 (Mon)

This is Where I Leave You

R, language, sexual content, some drug use; 103 minutes. A dysfunctional family comes together after their father dies and finds that all of the old rivalries, anger and petty complaints soon rise to the surface. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver.

* * 1/2 It’s a cluttered, messy, manipulative movie, with too many scenes giving away their finish line right from the start ... But the players are on-the-money here, and their interplay is where this flimsy funeral farce leaves you laughing. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 12:40, 3:10

The Trip to Italy

Not rated, profanity; 108 minutes. A pair of friends travel to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, sampling the food, checking out the local women and engaging in an ongoing conversation that is occasionally wild and rude and often very funny. Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon.

* * * 1/2 The formula of “The Trip” is repeated — two actors, one semi-famous with a reutation of unpleasantness, the other even less famous — off on a dining tour, riffing, debating, insulting and driving. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Limelight

Times: 1:45 (Tue), 8 (Sun), 9 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu)