Movie News & Reviews

Movies: 'Cinderella' among films opening in Bellingham this week

OPENING THIS WEEK

Actual Events

Not rated; 90 minutes. Films created and presented by student from WWU’s video production class.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4 (Sun)


BellCAF Animation Showcase

Not rated; 60 minutes. The Bellingham Comic Arts Festival is highlighted with its wide selection of cartoonists, illustrators and printmakers.

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 9 (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: 10 a.m (Sat), 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 12:50, 2:30, 3:10, 3:40, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 8:30, 9:20

Sun: 11:50 a.m., 1:20, 2:10, 3, 4:20, 5:10, 5:50, 7:10, 8, 8:40

IMAX: Fri: 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05

Sat: 10:45 a.m., 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05

Sun: 12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20


Der Fliegende Hollander (Royal Opera House)

Not rated; 140 minutes. The Royal Opera delves into Wagner’s cursed wanderer and his beloved “Senta.”

No critical review available

Playing: Limelight

Times: 7 (Tue)


Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

PG-13, PG-13, brief language, some suggestive images/nudity, smoking; 140 minutes. Director Chuck Workman takes a look at the life of legendary director and storyteller Orson Welles, who Richard Linklater dubs as “the patron saint of indie filmmakers.”

* * * *  The dazzling thing in “Magician” is how Workman breezily covers the various periods in Welles career, periods worthy of entire books. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 3:30 (Sun-Thu), 4 (Sat), 6:15 (Fri)


Run All Night

R, strong violence, language including sexual references, some drug use; 114 minutes. A man kills another man who is attacking his son and finds himself being hunted by the victim’s father, a mob boss who has sent his crew out seeking revenge. Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnnaman.

* * *  The stakes are high and the odds are not good. He’s such a decent person, and he’s clearly the underdog. He’s just doing what anybody would do under the circumstances. Yes, even when you’re smirking, Neeson makes you care. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: RPX: 11 a.m. (Sat), 1:30 (Fri), 1:40 (Sat-Sun), 4:40, 7:20 (Sun), 7:30 (Fri-Sat), 10 (Sun), 10:10 (Fri-Sat)


The Salvation

R, violence throughout; 92 minutes. A Danish ex-soldier seeks venegence in the Old West against those who killed his wife and son, raising the attention of gang leader who also seeks revenge.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:40 (Sat), 1:15 (Mon-Thu), 8:30 (Fri), 8:45 (Sat-Thu)


Schoolhouse Docs

Not rated; 90 minutes. Short films presented about the Bellingham School District, ranging from concerts, clubs, sports and much more.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 4 (Mon)


The Secret of Roan Inish

PG, some moments that may be disquieting for small children; 103 minutes. Director John Sayles’ classic tale of a girl who learns about her Irish family, including the tale that one boy was saved from the sea and raised by seals, through the tales told to her by her grandparents. Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgon, Mick Lally.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11:15 a.m. (Sat-Sun), 1 (Fri)

ONGOING

American Sniper

R, strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references; 134 minutes. Director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper combine to tell the story of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history and focus on the destructive inner price that must be paid for inflicting violence.

* * *  Too much of “American Sniper” is standard-issue military service movie, from the abusive training sequences to the standard operating procedure of house searches, dusty firefights and bodies dropped like a rising score in a first-person-shooter video game. No characters outside of Cooper and Miller make much of an impression. But Cooper, to his credit, rarely flinches, never chest-thumps and never loses his cool, even when Kyle is starting to lose his. It’s a masterful interpretation of a man with a lot more on his mind and blood on his hands than he was ever inclined to let on. — TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11:20 a.m., 2:40, 5:40, 8:50

Sun: 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:05


Chappie

R, violence, language, brief nudity; 120 minutes. In the future, a police droid is stolen and given new programming that allows it to think and feel. The oppressive police force feels threatened and mounts a campaign to stop the droid and its allies. Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10

Sun: 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:50


The DUFF

PG ; 101 minutes. A teen girl decides to lift her status at high school with the help on an understanding friend when she discovers that her classmates consider her “The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney.

* * *  Overall, (director Ari) Sandel’s film has heart, some good laughs and a decent message. In this age of cyberbullying, that’s nothing to scoff at. — SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 11:30 a.m., 1:55, 4:20, 7, 9:25

Sat: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:30, 9:55

Sun: 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45


Fifty Shades of Grey

R, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language, unusual behavior; 125 minutes. A young college student falls for a weathly young man after an interview with him and finds herself drawn to his controlling, dominate lifestyle. Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle.

No critical review available.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 12, 2:50, 5:50, 8:40

Sun: 12, 2:50, 5:40, 8:30


Focus

R, language, some sexual content, brief violence; 104 minutes. A long-time hustler running a crew of pickpockets, grifters and thieves takes on a beautiful young woman who wants to learn the craft but leaves the hustler wondering if she is running her own scam on him. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, B.D. Wong, Adrian Martinez.

* 1/2 Chemistry, or the lack of it, burns a big hole in this supposedly romantic, unconvincingly tense, feebly comical caper ... It’s got an “Ocean’s 11” sheen without the requisite snap, a “Grifters” set-up without an edge or sexual spark. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 11:10 a.m., 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:15

Sun: 1:50, 5, 7:30, 10:05


The Imitation Game

PG-13, some sexual references, mature thematic material, historical smoking; 114 minutes. Film follows the work of Alan Turing during and after World War II, when his insight with computer-like devices help Great Britain win the war and when he arrested for acts stemming from his homosexuality. Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly.

* * * *  Every scene refocuses the film’s conversation, places a new code in front of the actors that we must crack along with them. Moore’s gripping script isn’t factually ideal, but dramatically, the film entirely lives up to Cumberbatch’s opening line: “Are you paying attention?” — STAR TRIBUNE (MINNEAPOLIS)

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:30 (Sun), 3 (Sat), 3:40 (Fri, Tue-Thu), 6:15 (Sat-Thu)


Jupiter Ascending

PG-13; 125 minutes. Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne star in the latest mind-bending sci-fi fantasy from Matrix creators Lana and Andy Wachowski.

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 12:05, 9:05

Sun: 1, 9:50

3D: Fri-Sat: 3, 6:10

Sun: 4, 6:55


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: Fri-Sat: 12:40, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45

Sun: 12:40, 3:30, 6:40, 9:35


The Lazarus Effect

PG-13, intense horror violence, terror, some sexual references; 83 minutes. A group of scientists take their work on reviving dead animals back to life underground after their project is halted by their university president. When an accident kills one of the researchers — the wife of the lead scientists — they decide to bring her back to life, with chilling results. Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplas, Evan Peters.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 7:05 (Fri, Sun), 9:10 (Sun), 9:55 (Fri)


Leviathan

R, language, some sexual content, graphic nudity; 140 minutes. A man living in a small Russain city calls on an old friend, now an aggressive attorney, to stop the corrupt mayor’s plans to take the man’s family home and business. Aleksey Serebryakox, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov.

* * *  Here it is, Mother Russia, in all its bloated, drunken, allegorical glory. “Leviathan” is a modern parable of an ancient state and caricatures and stereotypes as old as vodka itself. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 12:45 (Mon-Tue, Thu), 8


Matisse

Not rated; 100 minutes. Documentary looks at the most successful exhibition in the Tate Modern’s history, “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” filmed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

No critical review available

Playing: Pickford

Times: 11 a.m. (Sun)


McFarland, USA

PG, thematic material, some violence and language; 128 minutes. A teacher and coach seeking redemption lands a job in the middle of California’s farm country and looks to build a powerhouse cross country team with the school’s Hispanic students, if he can convince the teens and their hard-working parents that the after school activity has some value to them. Kevin Costner, Carlos Pratt, Hector Duran, Maria Bello.

* * 1/2 “McFarland” is old-fashioned without being dull, pandering without feeling cloying or racist ... He does not makes these guys caricatures. Caricatures cannot change. Real people, Costner’s performance suggests, can. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 10:30 a.m. (Sat only), 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:35

Sun: 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:15


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

PG, some language, suggestive comments; 122 minutes. The original characters from the film return with some new additions as Douglas, Evelyn, Madge and Norman help Sonny as he plans to purchase a second hotel that would allow him to expand and reach even more of the older guests flocking to his establishment. Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Lillete Dubey.

* * The clash of cultures had been rubbed off the marigolds in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ... British retirees lured to India where their money goes further and the elderly are, as a general rule, revered rather than cast aside. But they’ve all turned so ... nice. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

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

Sat: 11:50 a.m., 3:20, 7, 9:50

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


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

PG; 92 minutes. The beloved Nickelodeon character enters the live-action world, where he squares off against a pirate (Antonio Banderas).

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri: 11:50 a.m., 2:10, 5:20

Sat: 10:20 a.m., 2:40, 4:55

Sun: 12:05, 2:30, 4:45


Song of the Sea

PG, some mild peril, language, pipe smoking images; 93 minutes. Tomm Moore’ animated story follows a young boy and his little sister as they make their way back from the city to their tiny village along the coast, full of fairies, menacing owls and other magical creatures. Vocied by Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Jon Kenny.

* * * 1/2 “Every scene is magical, every image a work of art in “Song of the Sea,” the latest Oscar-nominated feature from the folks who gave us “The Secret of Kells.” — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Pickford

Times: 1:15 (Sun), 1:45 (Sat), 3:25 (Fri), 5:45


Still Alice

PG-13, mature thematic material, brief language; 101 minutes. An academic from Columbia University is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and tries to maintain and build ties with her family over the course of a year as the disease begins to take a toll on her cognitive abilities. Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth.

* * *  (Julianne) Moore makes us root for Alice, not for a cure, which still seems a reach, but for a completion of her life’s goals, a chance to control her fate as long as she has the wherewithal to do it. — MCCLATCHY

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: 9 (Fri-Sat), 9:55 (Sun)


Unfinished Business

R, strong risque sexual content, nudity, language, drug use; 91 minutes. A small business owner and two associates travel to Europe to close a major deal, only to see their efforts upended by a huge sex fetish event and a global economic summit. Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller.

No critical review available

Playing: Barkley Village

Times: Fri-Sat: 1:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

Sun: 2, 4:25, 6:45, 9:25


What We Do in the Shadows

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

Playing: Limelight

Times: 1 (Sun), 2 (Sat), 3:15 (Sun), 4:15 (Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu), 5:30 (Sun), 6:30 (Fri-Sat, Mon, Wed-Thu), 7:45 (Sun), 8:45 (Fri, Mon, Wed-Thu)

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