Movie News & Reviews

Movies playing at Valley theaters July 3-9

Movie list

The rating system: , excellent; , good; , so-so; , poor; Zero stars, terrible. Unless noted otherwise, reviews are by Bee critic Rick Bentley. Check movie times:



Faith of Our Fathers:Two Two strangers share a ride to Washington, D.C., to learn more about their fathers. Opened Wednesday, July 1.

Magic Mike XXL: Mike and Kings of Tampa hit the road for one last show. Channing Tatum stars. Opened Wednesday, July 1.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: A high school senior befriends a fellow student who has cancer. Opened Wednesday, July 1.

Terminator Genisys: Another attempt is made to stop Sarah Connor. Opened Wednesday, July 1.


Aloha ( 1/2): Military contractor reconnects with a love from his past. Bradley Cooper stars. "Aloha" is a breaking point for Cameron Crowe fans. Rated PG-13 (language, suggestive comments). 104 minutes. (Roger Moore, Tribune)

Age of Adaline (): Woman (Blake Lively) who has stopped aging faces a new and old love. It’s Lively who helps “Adaline” avoid major pitfalls. She does a wonderful job of playing the centenarian in a 20-something body. Although she looks young — from the way Adaline dresses to her manner of speaking — everything she does suggests an old soul. Rated PG-13 (suggestive comments). 109 minutes.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (): The heroes reunite to stop a creation with artificial intelligence out to destroy the world. Chris Evans, James Spader star. Director Joss Whedon amped up the story for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” cast Spader to bring wicked life to the robotic villain, added more characters from the Marvel universe and tossed in some massive action scenes. All of this makes for a good summer action movie. It just falls short of the first “Avengers” movie. Rated PG-13 (sci-fi action, suggestive comments, violence). 150 minutes.

Cinderella (): A young woman gets help from her Fairy Godmother to attend a royal ball. Lily James stars. The new version is an enchanting take on the familiar story of a young beauty, friendly mice and a slightly wacky Fairy Godmother. Staying loyal to the 1950 Disney animated production makes this new version bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful. This film finds its strength in its tales of love. Rated PG (thematic material). 112 minutes.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (1/2): Tris continues to search for allies while being hunted. Shailene Woodley stars. Director Robert Schwentke (replacing Neil Burger, who guided the first film) mounts a couple of big action scenes. Computer technology allows for visuals that are staggeringly amazing. There’s just nothing left when all the dust clears. Rated PG-13 (violence, language). 119 minutes.

Furious 7 (1/2): The fast-driving series starring Vin Diesel continues. Rated PG-13 (violence, language). 140 minutes.

Home (): Young girl and alien go on a quest to find her mother. Jim Parsons stars. The combination of a feeble script, unnecessary music montages, unlikable characters and so-so animation leave “Home” a close encounter of the dull kind. Rated PG (mild thematic elements). 93 minutes.

Hot Pursuit (1/2): By-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) has to protect a mobster’s wife. The final measure of how bad this movie is comes in the closing credits. Even the string of bloopers can’t generate a single snicker. They should have shown clips of Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara cashing their checks at the bank. At least we would know someone got something out of this Code 13 (major disaster activation). Rated PG-13 (sexual content, language, dug use). 87 minutes.

Inside Out (1/2) The emotions that run an 11-year-old come to life. Lewis Black stars. The Pixar team — under the guidance of directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen — has created amazing worlds for the characters. Smart writing and the deeper elements fill “Inside Out” with numerous emotional moments. This is particularly true when memories of the young girl as a child and her family are shown. It will evoke core memories for a lot of people. Rated PG (mild language). 102 minutes

Insidious: Chapter 3 (): Young woman is haunted by a deadly demon that lives in her building. Dermot Mulroney stars. A lesser film would have concentrated entirely on this battle between the living and dead. Director Leigh Whannell balances the terror with complicated characters. Rated PG-13 (language, violence, frightening images). 97 minutes.

Jurassic World1/2: The new dinosaur park soon runs into familiar problems. “Jurassic World” serves as a reminder that it wasn’t just the dazzling CGI work in “Jurassic Park” that made it such a masterpiece. It was also the combination of that imagery with a solid story, interesting characters and pacing that bounces between terror and humor with ease. All of those elements come together again to make “Jurassic World” such pure entertainment fun it will easily be one of the biggest movies at the box office this summer. Rated PG-13 (violence, language). 123 minutes.

Max 1/2: Military dog returns to the United States where he’s adopted by his handler’s family. The combination of the bond between a boy and his dog, the salute to the military, a grieving family and the emotional upheavals of a father and son are the cornerstones of this tearjerker. The director falls back on those basics too often and that leaves “Max” a good film that doesn’t strive for more. Rated PG (language, Violence). 111 minutes.

Monkey Kingdom (): Nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother. An intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society. Rated G. 81 minutes. (Roger Moore, Tribune)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: Paul Blart (Kevin James) doesn’t stop his concerns about safety even while on vacation. This movie has not been reviewed.

San Andreas (1/2): Helicopter pilot races to save his daughter after massive earthquake. Dwayne Johnson stars. You will believe the ground is rippling under Los Angeles. Rated PG-13 (action, mayhem, language). 114 minutes.

Spy (1/2): Desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers for an undercover mission. Melissa McCarthy stars. Director Paul Feig demonstrates with “Spy.” his latest collaboration with McCarthy, that “Heat” wasn’t a fluke. McCarthy turns in one of the funniest performances of her career in this espionage spoof. It’s one of the funniest films of the year. Rated R (language, violence, nudity). 120 minutes.

Ted 2 1/2: Ted must prove in court he’s alive in order to become a father. Mark Wahlberg stars. In the case of “Ted 2,” MacFarlane has taken all of the hilarity of the first film and drained more laughs out of the same comedy bits. Rated R (language, drug use, sexual content). 115 minutes.


Amy: Documentary that looks at the life of Amy Winehouse.

Ballet 422: Behind-the-scenes look at the New York City Ballet production of “Ballet 422.” Screening at the Tower Theatre on Sunday, July 12.

The Gallows: High school students run into strange occurrences when they try to stop a school play. Filmed in Fresno.

Minions: Animated story of the yellow characters that is charted from the start of time.

Self/Less: A dying man takes over the body of a healthy young man. But, the transfer leads to big problems. Ryan Reynolds stars.

Tangerines: Two soldiers who have vowed to kill each other learn to understand each other. This month’s presentation of Fresno Filmworks on Saturday, July 10.