Music News & Reviews

Movies playing at Valley theaters Oct. 16- Oct. 22

Annie Montrose (Kristin Wiig), NASA’s media relations director, and NASA’s director of Mars missions, Dr. Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), do everything they can to bring home an astronaut stranded on Mars, in “The Martian.”
Annie Montrose (Kristin Wiig), NASA’s media relations director, and NASA’s director of Mars missions, Dr. Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), do everything they can to bring home an astronaut stranded on Mars, in “The Martian.” THE WASHINGTON POST

Movie list

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OPENING

Bridge of Spies: Tom Hanks is a Brooklyn lawyer thrust into the center of the Cold War.

Crimson Peak: A young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay.

Goosebumps: A kid teams up with the niece of young adult horror author. Jack Black stars.

Infinitely Polar Bear: Manic-depressive father tries to win back his wife. This week’s Maya Cinemas independent film series offering.

Once I Was a Beehive: Young girl deals with the death of her father and her mother remarrying

Woodlawn: In 1973, a spiritual awakening captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School football team.

ONGOING

Black Mass (): Johnny Depp portrays Whitey Bulger, a violent criminal who became an FBI informant. Depp becomes so entrenched in the character that any semblance of the actor has been replaced by the traits and characteristics of Bulger. This isn’t acting – it’s that rare occasion when a performer slips out of his skin and by some magical metamorphosis becomes the character he is playing. Rated R (graphic violence, language, drug use). 122 minutes.

Everest ( 1/2): The recounting of the tragic 1996 effort to climb the world’s tallest mountain reaches new heights in visual splendor. Director Baltasar Kormákur takes moviegoers on a journey that is so spectacularly beautiful and terrifying that it’s the closest thing to making the journey up the mountain without going to Nepal. Rated PG-13 (intense peril, disturbing images). 121 minutes.

The Gift (): A couple’s new life is disrupted by a mysterious person from their past. Rated R (language). 108 minutes.

He Named Me Malala (: Young girl survives being shot in the head for speaking out for rights of girls to go to school. Although it is a powerful story on political and historical levels, the failed assassination of Malala is only half the story. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”), shows in “He Named Me Malala” that this is also a story of a deep and powerful bond between a father and daughter. It is a tale of family and the family of man. Rated PG-13 (disturbing images). 120 minutes.

Hitman: Agent 47: Assassin is genetically engineered to be the perfect killing machine. Not reviewed.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (): Dracula tries to help grandson find his inner monster. It’s as rare as vampires on a beach to have a movie sequel be better than the original. But vampires might start looking for some sunglasses because the spookiest thing about “Hotel Transylvania 2” is how much funnier, colorful and original it is this second time around. Rated PG (scary elements, rude humor). 87 minutes.

Inside Out ( 1/2): The emotions that run an 11-year-old come to life. Lewis Black stars. The Pixar team has created amazing worlds for the characters. Smart writing and deeper elements fill the filml with numerous emotional moments. Rated PG (mild language). 102 minutes.

The Intern (1/2): Young executive (Anne Hathaway) gets a mature intern (Robert De Niro). It can be cloying at times. Rated PG-13 (suggestive comments, language). 121 minutes. (Lindsey Bahr, AP)

Jurassic World (1/2): 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. Rated PG-13 (violence, language). 123 minutes.

Ladrones: Latin American superstars Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yañez in a nonstop action comedy. This film has not been reviewed.

The Martian: (1/2): In one of the most comforting science fiction films in years, Matt Damon plays an astronaut who must find a way to survive on Mars after being left behind. Ridley Scott’s zesty direction turns this into a highly enjoyable team-building exercise, with Damon playing the team of one. Rated PG-13 (strong language, injury images, brief nudity). 141 minutes. (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)

The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (): Gladers now face a new set of challenges. Rated PG-13 (mild violence). 137 minutes. (Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle)

Minions (1/2): Animated story of the yellow characters that is charted from the start of time. The pill-shaped, yellow characters introduced in the "Despicable Me" movie as the subordinates to the villainous Gru, have now taken center stage. The charm and humor they brought in tiny doses in the previous films now comes in a massive blast that wears thin quickly. Rated PG (rude humor, action). 91 minutes.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (1/2): Tom Cruise wants to have it both ways, feeding the Hollywood blockbuster machine while trying to squeeze in respectability. Rated PG-13 (bloodless but intense action violence). 131 minutes. (Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald)

99 Homes: A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by a greedy real estate broker It’s an often nail-biting thriller. Rated R (language, violence). 112 minutes. (Bob Strauss, Daily News)

Pan (1/2): Look at how Peter Pan came to be the hero of Neverland. Hugh Jackman stars. Pan is back with this big-screen adaptation written by Jason Fuchs (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”) and director Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”). Except for a spirited performance by Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, their efforts won’t send you flying to theaters to see it or out of the theaters if you do. Rated PG-13 (language, violence). 111 minutes.

The Perfect Guy: An ideal man turns out to have a very dangerous side. Not reviewed.

Pixels (): An alien race uses ’80s video games to attack Earth. Adam Sandler stars. Sloppy writing, bad performances and uneven pacing mean it’s “game over” for the film before it gets started.

Sicario (1/2): Idealistic FBI agent finds herself involved in a no-rules war on drugs. Director Denis Villeneuve fashions a film that looks at real evil, with Emily Blunt providing a voice of reason to a twisted world. The result is the scariest picture of the year. Rated R (intense peril, violence, nudity, language, drug use). 120 minutes.

Southpaw (1/2): Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the story of Billy "The Great" Hope. Does it succeed? Sort of. Rated R (language, violence). 124 minutes. (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)

Vacation (1/2): Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) tries to give his family a fun trip to Wally World. Rated R (language, graphic nudity, drug use). 99 minutes.

The Visit (zero stars): Trip to grandmother’s house isn’t all that welcoming. M. Night Shyamalan has put together another poorly written offering that also has the visual inspiration of a blank piece of paper. Shyamalan has put so little effort into making this film, he resorts to the “found footage” gimmick that went out of favor years ago. Rated PG-13 (brief nudity, language, disturbing images). 94 minutes.

The Walk ( 1/2): Philippe Petit’s attempt to walk a line between the Twin Towers is exhilarating, but the weakness in Robert Zemeckis’ film is the long buildup to get there. James Marsh’s 2008 Oscar-winning documentary on the same subject is far more compelling. Rated PG (perilous situations, smoking, brief nudity, language). 123 minutes.

War Room: Couple looks for a way to save their crumbling marriage. Not reviewed.

NEXT WEEK’S OPENINGS

The Goonies: Group of misfits go in search of a pirate’s treasure. The 1985 is being show as part of the Maya Cinema’s independent film series.

Jem and the Holograms: Underground video star becomes global superstar. Aubrey Peeples stars.

The Last Witch Hunter: The White Queen seeks revenge on her killer. Vin Diesel stars.

Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension: Family must protect their daughter from an evil entity.

Rock the Kasbah: Teenage girl competes on TV show in Kabul. Bill Murray stars.

Steve Jobs: Michael Fassbender stars in this behind-the-scenes look at the man behind digital revolution.

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