star is filmmaker George Miller. (K.Tu., May 15) In 3-D. (2 hrs.) R.
When Marnie Was There This story of two lonely girls and the strange bond between them, the latest animated feature from Japan’s Studio Ghibli does not fall neatly into any conventional narrative category. But that doesn’t get in the way of it being visually spectacular. (K.Tu., May 22) (1:43) PG.
Also in Theaters
5 Flights Up That “5 Flights Up” exists and stars acting treasures Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman feels like a minor miracle. What a pleasure to see a simple, finely tuned dramedy about real adults with real emotions in a real-life situation. (Gary Goldstein, May 8) (1:32) PG-13. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared Echoes of the hilarious ineptitude of Woody Allen’s “Take the Money and Run” and the historic kookiness of “Forrest Gump” turn up throughout this film starring Sweden’s beloved comic actor Robert Gustafsson. It’s a hoot and a half. (B.S., May 8) In English, Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Italian and Russian, with English subtitles. (1:54) R.
Aloha Perceived as struggling and damaged, “Aloha” deserves better than all that. Even with its off-balance, overstuffed storytelling, the films maintains a charm and energy that never flags, with brisk pacing and generally engaging performances from its deep-bench cast. (May 29, M.O.) (1:45) PG-13.
The Apu Trilogy New 4K restorations of “Pather Panchali,” “Aparajito” and “The World of Apu,” which together follow a boy in rural India through his manhood to his marriage and move to the city. Written and directed by Satyajit Ray. In Bengali with English subtitles. (2:05 / 1:49 / 1:45) NR.
Avengers: Age of Ultron It would be silly to pretend that this latest Marvel superhero epic isn’t good at what it does, or that the evil Ultron isn’t a fine villain. However, as the ideal vehicle for our age of instant gratification, it disappears without a trace almost as soon as it’s consumed. (K.Tu., April 30) In 3-D and Imax. (2:21) PG-13.
Beyond the Mask After being doublecrossed, a mercenary for the British East India Company goes on the run in the American colonies to clear his name and win back the woman he loves. With Andrew Cheney, Kara Killmer and John Rhys-Davies. Written by Stephen Kendrick and Paul McCusker. Directed by Chad Burns. (1:43) PG.
Club Life A young promoter in the New York City club scene rises through the ranks and risks everything to cover his family’s financial troubles. With Jerry Ferrara, Jessica Szohr and Robert Davi. Written by Danny A. Abeckaser, Ryan O’Nan and Ryan Vallan. Directed by Fabrizio Conte. (1:30) NR.
Dawn Patrol When his brother is murdered, a small-town surfer seeks vengeance and forgiveness. With Scott Eastwood, Rita Wilson and Jeff Fahey. Written by Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. Directed by Daniel Petrie Jr. (1:27) NR.
Entourage Whether created because of fan service or contractual obligation, the “Entourage” movie has none of the fizz of the HBO series’ earliest seasons, and watching it summons that vague blank familiarity of discovering a show you used to watch is unexpectedly still on the air. (M.O., June 3) With Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara. Written and directed by Doug Ellin. (1:44) R.
Far From the Madding Crowd This adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel starring an excellent Carey Mulligan is a far lighter examination of the emotional crosscurrents of love and desire that the author dove into so deeply. Less angst, less heart. And like unrequited love, one can’t help but lament what might have been. (B.S., May 1) (1:58) PG-13.
The Farewell Party Friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia to help a terminally ill friend, and rumors of the machine begin to attract interest. With Ze’ev Revach, Levana Finkelshtein and Aliza Rozen. Written and directed by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.
The Fourth Noble Truth An A-list movie star busted for road rage is told by his wily lawyer to take meditation classes to impress the judge, but he instead focuses on seducing his new instructor. With Harry Hamlin, Kristen Kerr and Richard Portnow. Written and directed by Gary T. McDonald. (1:28) NR.
Freedom A slave and his family escape from Virginia and head to Canada via the Underground Railroad in a journey that parallels his great grandfather’s own struggle to survive a century earlier. With Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler and Sharon Leal. Written by Timothy A. Chey. Directed by Peter Cousens. (1:35) R.
Gemma Bovery As a bored baker with an overactive imagination, the wonderful French actor Fabrice Luchini is the only reason to see “Gemma Bovery,” a mildly amusing riff on Flaubert. His character’s baguettes, brioches and croissants have far more substance than this Gallic piffle’s day-old satire. (Sheri Linden, May 29) (1:39) R.
Hot Pursuit This new female buddy comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara is so bad even diehard misogynists would be offended. It’s so bad it will go downas Academyaward winning Witherspoon’s worst movie, at least for the foreseeable future. It’s so bad it will keep “Modern Family” star Vergara locked up tight in her sexy over-the-top Colombian comedian cliche box. It’s an equal-opportunity fiasco. (B.S., May 8) (1:27) PG-13.
I’ll See You in My Dreams There is something about Blythe Danner’s onscreen essence that is perfect for the gently aged widow she plays in her first leading role in years. The 72-yearold actress uses her mix of flinty, flighty and fragile to draw us into a story and a life shaken and stirred by a death. It is a film that gets to the heart of things like loss and love without patronizing or parody. (B.S., May 15) (1:35) PG-13.
In the Name of My Daughter Though it’s set within the French Riviera’s casino wars of the 1970s, it might be something of a spoiler to say Catherine Deneuve’s seventh feature with director Andre Techine is a true-crime story. For most of its running time, it’s a tripartite character study, dry but oddly alluring. Then the director switches gears and takes a 30-year leap to a murder trial. None of it is quite satisfying, but striking moments develop along the way. (Sheri Linden, May 15) In French with English subtitles. (1:56) R.
Insidious Chapter 3 A gifted psychic reluctantly agrees to contact the dead to help a teenage girl targeted by a supernatural entity in this horror prequel. With Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and Angus Sampson. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell. (1:37) PG-13.
Love & Mercy A biographical drama about Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of the Beach Boys. With Paul Dano, John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks. (2 hrs.) PG-13.
The Nightmare A documentary exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people. Directed by Rodney Ascher. (1:31) NR.
Pitch Perfect 2 The comedy choir wars are more intense, more absurd and more low-brow fun than ever in this sequel, still securely anchored by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow as the defining members of a top-ranked college a cappella group. Hailee Steinfeld proves a very good addition to the chorus line; her Emily is key to freshening up a fairly predictable plot. And Elizabeth Banks is impressive in her feature directing debut. (B.S., May 15) (1:56) PG-13.
Police Story: Lockdown A police captain sees his daughter for the first time in years tomeet her fiance, a club owner who has his own plans for the evening. With Jackie Chan, Jing Tian and Liu Ye. Written and directed by Ding Sheng. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.
Poltergeist Directed by Gil Kenan, this remake is a disconcertingly uneven outing, not quite connecting in the manner of the 1982 original while also never standing firmly on its own two feet. The new “Poltergeist” is a pleasant enough diversion, better as a low-simmer suspense story than a full-blown effects extravaganza. (M.O., May 23) In 3-D. (1:31) PG-13.
Results A recent divorcee who is newly rich but utterly miserable gets mixed up with a self-styled gym guru and an acerbic trainer. With Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski. (1:45) R.
San Andreas Woefully by-the-numbers from a dramatic point of view, this story of a massive quake flattening California knows how tomake the most of its 1,300 visual-effects shots. (K.Tu., May 29). In 3-D. (1:54) PG-13.
Something Better to Come A documentary about an 11-year-old girl growing up on a massive junkyard outside Moscow. Directed by Hanna Polak. In Russian with English subtitles. (1:44) NR.
Spy When her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, a deskbound CIA analyst is sent into the field to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer. With Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne. Written and directed by Paul Feig. (2 hrs.) R.
Testament of Youth A young Englishwoman comes of age during WWI and experiences the horrors of war firsthand as a military nurse. With Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington and Taron Egerton. Written by Juliette Towhidi. Directed by James Kent. (2:09) PG-13.
Tomorrowland Asmuch as you wish it were otherwise, the George Clooney starring futuristic tale directed by Brad Bird only works in fits and starts. Summer tentpoles are rarely guilty of overreaching, but this one is finally more ambitious than accomplished. (K.Tu., May 22) In Imax. (2:10) PG.
Uncertain Terms A 30-year-old man escapes his crumbling marriage by retreating to his aunt’s countryside home for pregnant teens. With David Dahlbom, India Menuez and Caitlin Mehner. Written by Nathan Silver, Chloe Domont and Cody Stokes. Directed by Silver. (1:14) NR.
United Passions A biopic about the founders of FIFA, the international governing body for soccer and the World Cup. With Tim Roth, Sam Neill and Gerard Depardieu. Written by Frederic Auburtin and Jean-Paul Delfino. Directed by Auburtin. (1:50) NR.
We Are Still Here Following the death of their college-age son, a couple relocate to a sleepy New England town where all is not as it seems. With Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig and Lisa Marie. Written and directed by Ted Geoghegan. (1:24) NR.
Wild Horses A Texas ranger reopens a 15-year-old missing-persons cases after uncovering clues linking a local boy’s death to a wealthy family man. With Robert Duvall, James Franco and Josh Hartnett. Written and directed by Duvall. (1:40) NR. All movies are in general release unless noted. Also included: the film’s running time and ratings. MPAA categories: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.
Events & Revivals
Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 260-1528. The
GoldenAge of 3-D This celebration of midcentury 3-D movies includes a program of rare shorts as well as feature films including “The Bubble,”
“House of Wax” and “Kiss Me Kate.” Through June 14. Thu., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 8576010. Tuesday Matinees Charles Vidor’s 1941 film noir “Ladies in Retirement,” starring Ida Lupino as a housekeeper who tries to balance looking after a wealthy retiree and her own emotionally disturbed sisters. Tue., 1 p.m. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2510. The Silent Treatment A monthly series highlighting films from the silent and early sound era. This month’s selection is Josef Von Sternberg’s 1928 silent drama “The
Docks of New York,” starring George Bancroft and Betty Compson. Sat., 2 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2020.
The Atomo-Vision of Joe Dante The American Cinematheque showcases the work of horror-comedy maestro Joe Dante, including “Gremlins,” “Gremlins 2,” “Burying
the Ex,” “The Burbs” and “Matinee.” Through June. 14. Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 221-3343. Cinespia The alfresco screening series continues with a double bill of “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000” and a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” Today, 7:30 p.m., Sat., 9 p.m.
“WHEN MARNIE Was There,” about an unusual friendship, is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.