directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
(PG-13, 1 hour, 56 minutes)
A respectful, moving and sometimes emotional female-focused film with intimate hand-held camera work that concerns a young Marine corporal (Kate Mara) who, after being assigned cleanup duty in a K9 unit for disciplinary reasons, becomes the handler of a high-spirited bomb-sniffing military dog named Rex. It turns out to be a fine pairing that results in more than 100 life-saving combat missions.
Then an IED explosion forces them to deal with their futures instead of the futures of those around them. Based on a true story.
With Common, Ramon Rodriquez, Will Patton, Tom Felton
The Mummy (PG-13, 1 hour 50 minutes) Heartily disliked by critics and audiences for its utter lack of excitement and inability to capture anyone’s attention, the latest version of the perennial Mummy thrillers concerns entombed ancient Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) whose resentment toward her unfortunate destiny of being buried alive results in her intent to wreak havoc on modern London. The earlier Brendan Fraser Mummy movies are far more entertaining. With Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance; directed by Alex Kurtzman.
It Comes at Night (R, 1 hour, 31 minutes) This tight, nightmarish journey into psychological horror observes how a seeming haven, boarded up against the intrusion of global terrorism, fails for Paul (Joel Edgerton) and his wife and son when desperate young visitors arrive seeking refuge from the horrors outside. With Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott; directed by Trey Edward Shults.
Beatriz at Dinner (R, 1 hour, 22 minutes) An attentive, well-crafted and argumentative political comedy in which Mexican immigrant Beatriz (a surprisingly unglamorous Salma Hayek), a kindhearted health practitioner in Los Angeles, meets and converses with smug billionaire Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) at a dinner party. Points of view differ, to put it mildly. With Jay Duplass, Chloe Sevigny; directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (PG, 1 hour, 29 minutes) A lively and creative animated kid-focused comedy (complete with live-action sock puppets) in which two bright young troublemakers somehow manage to hypnotize their school principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously unqualified superhero who goes by the name of Captain Underpants. With the voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley); directed by David Soren.
Dead Again in Tombstone (R, 1 hour, 40 minutes) This sequel to 2013’s none-too-original Dead in Tombstone (with Danny Trejo, Anthony Michael Hall, and Mickey Rourke) concerns a tough guy named Guerrero Hernandez (a repeat performance by Trejo) who, having been murdered in the previous film in a cold-blooded power grab by the ruthless gang he supposedly ruled, happens to be dead. But that doesn’t stop him from guarding ancient relics from a lawless bunch of soldiers. With Jake Busey, Elysia Rotaru; directed by Roel Reine.
The Hatred (R, 1 hour, 30 minutes) A so-so horror thriller that concerns a weekend getaway for four college friends and a little girl that turns troublesome when the youngster reports something is wrong in her room. It turns out she’s right. With Sarah Davenport, Andrew Divoff, Darby Walker; directed by Michael G. Kehoe.
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