Los Angeles Times - - THE GUIDE - Capsule re­views are by Ken­neth Tu­ran (K.Tu.), Mark Olsen (M.O.) and other re­view­ers. Com­piled by Oliver Get­tell.

En­ter­tain­ment: Movies open­ing this week, now play­ing and spe­cial screen­ings.




Faith of Our Fathers

A quar­ter-cen­tury af­ter the Viet­nam War, two men guided by bat­tle­field letters from their fathers jour­ney to the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial in Washington, D.C. With Stephen Bald­win, Kevin Downes and David A.R. White. Writ­ten by Harold Uhl. Di­rected by Carey Scott. (1:33) PG-13.

Magic Mike XXL

Three years af­ter bow­ing out of the strip­per life, an ex-dancer hits the road with his for­mer col­leagues for one last blowout per­for­mance in Myr­tle Beach, S.C. With Chan­ning Ta­tum, Matt Bomer and Joe Man­ganiello. Writ­ten by Reid Carolin. Di­rected by Gre­gory Ja­cobs. (1:55) R. Story on Page E1

Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys

When a soldier from the fu­ture is sent back in time to pro­tect the even­tual leader of hu­man­ity’s war against sen­tient ma­chines, an un­ex­pected turn of events frac­tures the timeline and al­ters his mis­sion. With Jai Court­ney, Emilia Clarke and Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger. Writ­ten by Laeta Kalo­gridis and Pa­trick Lussier. Di­rected by Alan Tay­lor. (2:05) PG-13.


Amy A doc­u­men­tary about the late singer-song­writer Amy Wine­house, in­clud­ing her rise to fame and her strug­gles with re­la­tion­ship trou­bles, media at­ten­tion and sub­stance abuse. Di­rected by Asif Ka­pa­dia. (2:08) R.

A Bor­rowed Iden­tity

A Palestian Is­raeli boy tries to fit in at a pres­ti­gious Jewish board­ing school in Jerusalem, de­vel­ops a friend­ship with another out­sider and falls in love with a Jewish girl. With Tawfeek Barhom, Ali Suli­man and Yael Abe­cas­sis. Writ­ten by Sayed Kahua. Di­rected by Eran Rik­lis. In He­brew with English sub­ti­tles. (1:44) NR.

In Stereo

A self-de­struc­tive pho­tog­ra­pher and a stalled TV ac­tress rekin­dle their re­la­tion­ship 18 months af­ter break­ing up. With Beau Gar­rett, Aimee Mullins and Mag­gie Geha. Writ­ten and di­rected by Mel Ro­driguez III. (1:35) NR.

Jackie and Ryan A trav­el­ing

mu­si­cian and a for­mer singer at a cross­roads in her mar­riage have a fate­ful en­counter and find strength in each other. With Kather­ine Heigl, Ben Barnes and Clea Du­Vall. Writ­ten and di­rected by Ami Canaan Mann. (1:26) NR.

Jimmy’s Hall

Re­turn­ing to his na­tive Ire­land a decade af­ter in the U.S., a po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist re­opens his old dance hall, which be­comes a con­tro­ver­sial com­mu­nity cen­ter. With Barry Ward, Si­mone Kirby and Jim Nor­ton. Writ­ten by Paul Laverty. Di­rected by Ken Loach. (1:46) PG-13.

A Mur­der in the Park

A doc­u­men­tary as­sert­ing that An­thony Porter, a for­mer death-row in­mate whose con­vic­tion was over­turned thanks to the ef­forts of a col­lege jour­nal­ism pro­gram, was ac­tu­ally guilty. Di­rected by Shawn Rech and Bran­don Kim­ber. (1:33) PG-13.


A colony of mu­tated wasps preys on a posh gar­den party. With Matt O’Leary, Jes­sica Cook and Clifton Collins Jr. Writ­ten by Adam Aresty. Di­rected by Benni Diez. (1:27) NR.

The Third Man

A new restora­tion of the 1949 film noir about an Amer­i­can pulp nov­el­ist who trav­els to Al­lied-oc­cu­pied Vi­enna for a job of­fer and finds him­self in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of an old friend. With Joseph Cot­ten, Al­ida Valli and Or­son Welles. Writ­ten by Graham Greene. Di­rected by Carol Reed. (1:44) NR. Story on Page E6

Crit­ics’ Choices

Eden French di­rec­tor Mia Hansen-Love is an as­sured and nat­u­rally em­pa­thetic film­maker who spe­cial­izes in mak­ing us care more about her char­ac­ters than seems likely at the out­set, and she does that her with the story of two decades in the life of a French elec­tronic mu­sic DJ. (K.Tu., June 19) In French and English, with English sub­ti­tles. (2:11) R.

The Farewell Party

This Is­raeli film not only thinks the un­think­able, it laughs at the un­laugh­able. Nom­i­nated for 14 Is­raeli Academy Awards, this is a gen­tle but pointed work, a warm and comic film about an un­mis­tak­ably se­ri­ous sub­ject, the end of life it­self. (K.Tu., June 5) In He­brew with English sub­ti­tles. (1:30) NR.

In­side Out

Sim­ple and so­phis­ti­cated, made with vis­ual magic and emo­tional sen­si­tiv­ity, this ex­am­i­na­tion of the mind of an 11-year-old girl typ­i­fies the best of Pixar pro­duc­tions. It goes not only to places other an­i­ma­tion houses don’t dare, but also to places the rest of the pack doesn’t even know

ex­ist. (K.Tu., June 19) (1:35) PG.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Words are not re­ally the point when it comes to deal­ing with this barn-burner of a postapoc­a­lyp­tic ex­trav­a­ganza in which siz­zling, un­set­tling im­ages are the or­der of the day. Tom Hardy and Char­l­ize Theron are the leads, but the real star is film­maker Ge­orge Miller. (K.Tu., May 15) In 3-D. (2 hrs.) R.


reteams writer-di­rec­tor Paul Feig with his “Brides­maids” and “The Heat” star Melissa McCarthy in an affectionate sendup of globe-hop­ping es­pi­onage movies. With strong sup­port from Jason Statham and Rose Byrne, “Spy” may not be a great movie, but it is great fun. And at times it will have you won­der­ing if there’s that much of a dif­fer­ence. (M.O., June 5) (2 hrs.) R.

Tes­ta­ment of Youth

Star Alicia Vikan­der sweeps you away in this pas­sion­ate World War I ro­man­tic drama based on Vera Brit­tain’s cel­e­brated memoir. Un­apolo­get­i­cally emo­tional and im­pec­ca­bly made in the clas­sic man­ner, it tells the kind of po­tent, many-sided story whose un­fore­seen com­plex­i­ties can only come cour­tesy of a life that lived them all. (K.Tu., June 5) (2:09) PG-13.

The Wolf­pack

is very much the doc­u­men­tary of the mo­ment, show­ered with all kinds of media at­ten­tion. And

no won­der. Win­ner of Sun­dance’s Grand Jury Prize, it tells the emo­tion­ally po­tent story of six broth­ers raised on movies and rarely let out of their New York apart­ment. (K.Tu., June 19) (1:29) R.

Also in The­aters

31⁄2 Min­utes, Ten Bul­lets A doc­u­men­tary about the mur­der trial of Michael Dunn, a white man who fired on a car of un­armed black teenagers in Florida, killing one, dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion over the vol­ume of their mu­sic. Di­rected by Marc Sil­ver. (1:38) NR.

7 Min­utes

Three des­per­ate men are forced by cir­cum­stance to com­mit a brazen rob­bery. With Luke Mitchell, Jason Rit­ter and Zane Holtz. Writ­ten and di­rected by Jay Martin. (1:32) NR.

Batkid Be­gins

A doc­u­men­tary Miles Scott, the young leukemia pa­tient who cap­tured na­tional at­ten­tion when he donned a mini-bat­suit and de­fended San Fran­cisco from su­pervil­lains dur­ing a Make-a-Wish event in 2013. Di­rected by Dana Nach­man. (1:29) PG.

Big Game When

Air Force One crashes in the Fin­nish coun­try­side, the pres­i­dent teams with an intrepid 13year-old boy to evade ter­ror­ists. With Sa­muel L. Jack­son, Onni Tom­mila and Ray Steven­son. Writ­ten and di­rected by Jal­mari He­lander. (1:26) PG-13.

Bound to Vengeance

A young woman es­capes a kid­nap­ping and de­cides to turn the ta­bles on her cap­tor. With Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson and Bianca Mali­nowski. Writ­ten by Rock Shaink and Keith Kjornes. Di­rected by Jose Manuel Cravioto. (1:20) NR.


has its own traf­fick­ing prob­lem: tired stereo­types, shal­low hu­mor and lip ser­vice to the com­plex­i­ties of racial iden­tity and ex­pec­ta­tion. Writer-di­rec­tor Rick Fa­muyiwa’s movie, though inspired by his own In­gle­wood child­hood, is such a pan­der­ing mess, it raises the ques­tion: Whom is this for? (Robert Abele, June 19) (1:43) R.

Es­co­bar: Par­adise Lost

A surfer is pulled into a dan­ger­ous world when he falls for the niece of the drug lord Pablo Es­co­bar. With Beni­cio Del Toro, Josh Hutch­er­son and Claudia Traisac. Writ­ten and di­rected by An-

drea Di Ste­fano. (2 hrs.) R.

Fresh Dressed

A doc­u­men­tary ex­am­in­ing hip-hop’s in­flu­ence on the fash­ion world, and vice versa. Di­rected by Sacha Jenk­ins. (1:22) NR.


In the wake of his fa­ther’s sui­cide, a trou­bled young man be­comes ob­sessed with track­ing down his first love. With Rory Culkin, David Call and Dier­dre O’Con­nell. Writ­ten and di­rected by Lou Howe. (1:30) NR.

Glass Chin

A down-and-out ex-boxer starts col­lect­ing debts for a cor­rupt busi­ness­man and ends up framed for mur­der. With Corey Stoll, Billy Crudup and Yul Vazquez. Writ­ten and di­rected by Noah Buschel. (1:27) NR.

Gone Doggy Gone

A cou­ple stuck in a lack­lus­ter mar­riage have their lives up­ended when their beloved pet is dog­napped. With Kasi Brown, Bran­don Wal­ter and Shaina Vorspan. Writ­ten and di­rected by Brown and Wal­ter. (1:29) NR.

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. (Betsy Sharkey, May 15) (1:35) PG-13.

In­fin­itely Po­lar Bear

Re­call­ing her 1970s child­hood, screen­writer Maya Forbes makes her di­rec­to­rial de­but with a work of fond nos­tal­gia about a dif­fi­cult time in “In­fin­itely Po­lar Bear,” which views the fall­out of men­tal ill­ness through the bright prism of fam­ily re­silience and good hu­mor. Though the film is chop­pily told and its episodic rhythm never gath­ers mo­men­tum, it con­tains well-ob­served mo­ments and as­tute per­for­mances by Mark Ruf­falo and Zoe Sal­dana. (Sheri Lin­den, June 19) (1:28) R.

Into the Griz­zly Maze

When a griz­zly bear wreaks havoc on a small Alaskan town, the lo­cal sher­iff heads into the wilder­ness to find his ecol­o­gist wife but in­stead crosses paths with his es­tranged ex-con brother. With James Mars­den, Billy Bob Thorn­ton and Thomas Jane. Writ­ten by Guy Moshe and J.R. Re­her. Di­rected by David Hackl. (1:29) R.

Juras­sic World

This re­vis­it­ing of the di­nosaur haven theme park turns out to be a fam­ily film with teeth, lots of them, mostly be­long­ing to a ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied hy­brid called In­domius rex. A solid ef­fort, but with­out the first-love jolt of the orig­i­nal. (K.Tu., June 12) In 3-D. (2:04) PG-13.

L.A. Slasher

A so­ciopath abducts a se­ries of re­al­ity-TV stars, prompt­ing the media and public to ques­tion their value to so­ci­ety. With Mis­cha Bar­ton, Drake Bell and Brooke Ho­gan. (1:26) NR.

La Sapienza

An ar­chi­tect plagued by doubt em­barks on a quest of artis­tic and spir­i­tual re­newal guided by his study of Bor­ro­mini. With Fabrizio Ron­gione, Chris­telle Prot and Ludovico Suc­cio. Writ­ten and di­rected by Eu­gene Green. In French and Ital­ian, with English sub­ti­tles. (1:40) NR.

A Lit­tle Chaos

A strong-willed land­scape de­signer cho­sen to build a gar­den at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Ver­sailles chal­lenges gen­der and class bar­ri­ers. WIth Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoe­naerts and Alan Rick­man. Writ­ten and di­rected by Rick­man. (1:56) NR.

The Lit­tle Death

A look at the se­cret lives of five sub­ur­ban cou­ples liv­ing in Syd­ney. With Josh Law­son, Bo­jana No­vakovic and Damon Her­ri­man. Writ­ten and di­rected by Law­son. (1:37) PG-13.

Love & Mercy

Paul Dano and John Cu­sack do fine work play­ing Brian Wil­son of the Beach Boys at two dif­fer­ent times in his life, but they are not enough to res­cue this un­even biopic. (K.Tu., June 5). (2 hrs.) PG-13.

Max When

his han­dler is killed on the front­lines in Afghanistan, a trou­bled mil­i­tary dog is shipped back to the U.S. and taken in by the soldier’s fam­ily, and both be­gin to heal. With Josh Wiggins, Lau­ren Graham and Thomas Haden Church. Writ­ten by Boaz Yakin and Sheldon Let­tich. Di­rected by Yakin. (1:51) PG.

Me and Earl and the Dy­ing Girl

is a weaselly liar of a movie. (It’s also good.) It comes on full of self-deprecating blus­ter, pro­fess­ing no in­ter­est in jerk­ing tears a la “The Fault in Our Stars,” as it lays out its tale of a Pittsburgh high school se­nior’s friend­ship with a fel­low class­mate di­ag­nosed with can­cer. But grad­u­ally, as the nar­ra­tor-pro­tag­o­nist learns to lower his emo­tional guard, the film lunges, sen­si­tively, for the jugu­lar. (Michael Phillips, June 12) (1:44) PG-13.

The Mid­night Swim

When their mother goes miss­ing in a lake, three half-sis­ters travel home to set­tle her af­fairs and get drawn into a mys­tery. With Lind­say Burge, Jen­nifer Lafleur and Aleksa Pal­ladino. Writ­ten and di- rected by Sarah Ad­ina Smith. (1:28) NR.

The Overnight

is a kind of lat­ter-day “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” but with a bit more en­ve­lope-push­ing. Yet like that hit 1969 com­edy, this en­gag­ing, funny and frank new film also proves some­thing of a cop-out, es­pe­cially given the bullet train of a nar­ra­tive con­cocted by writer-di­rec­tor Pa­trick Brice. (Gary Gold­stein, June 19) (1:20) R.


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.

San An­dreas

Woe­fully by-the-num­bers from a dra­matic point of view, this story of a mas­sive quake flat­ten­ing Cal­i­for­nia knows how to make the most of its 1,300 vis­ual-ef­fects shots. (K.Tu., May 29). In 3-D. (1:54) PG-13.

Sau­gatuck Cures

A can­cer-stricken woman’s gay son and his straight best friend pose as ex-gay min­is­ters to raise money for her treat­ment. With Max Adler, Danny Mooney and Ju­dith Chap­man. Writ­ten by Jay Paul Der­atany. Di­rected by Matthew Laden­sack. (1:30) NR.

The Strong­est Man

In Mi­ami, a Cuban Amer­i­can con­struc­tion worker sets out to find his spirit an­i­mal and his stolen BMX bike and tries to win over his neigh­bor’s niece. With Robert Lorie, Paul Cham­ber­lain and Ashly Burch. Writ­ten and di­rected by Kenny Riches. (1:38) NR.

Ted 2

A potty-mouted teddy bear that’s been mag­i­cally brought to life wages a le­gal bat­tle to prove his hu­man­ity in this se­quel to 2012’s “Ted.” With Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried and the voice of Seth MacFar­lane. Writ­ten by MacFar­lane, Alec Sulkin and Welles­ley Wild. Di­rected by MacFar­lane. (1:48) R.

The Tribe

In this film de­void of dialog and sub­ti­tles, a new stu­dent at a Ukrainian board­ing school for the deaf is ini­ti­ated into a teenage gang. With Grig­oriy Fe­senko and Yana Novikova. Writ­ten and di­rected by My­roslav Sla­bosh­pyt­skiy. (2:12) NR.

What Hap­pened, Miss Si­mone?

A doc­u­men­tary about the mav­er­ick soul singer and civil rights ac­tivist Nina Si­mone, told through con­cert footage, in­ter­views, di­aries and letters. Di­rected by Liz Gar­bus. (1:42) 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; Egyp­tian Theatre, 6712 Hol­ly­wood Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (323) 461-2020 Films for the 4th The Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque cel­e­brates in­de­pen­dence with screen­ings of “Wil­lie Nel­son’s 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion,” “Jaws” and “The Shin­ing.” (Through July 5.) Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Billy Wilder Theatre, 10899 Wil­shire Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (310) 206-8013. Wil­liam A. Well­man, Hol­ly­wood Rebel The UCLA Film & Tele­vi­sion Archive’s ret­ro­spec­tive on the WWI fly­ing ace turned di­rec­tor con­cludes with a dou­ble fea­ture of “Track the

Cat” and “The Ox-Bow In­ci­dent.” Petrine Mitchum and Wil­liam Well­man Jr. will also sign copies of their re­spec­tive books “Hol­ly­wood Hoof­beats: The Fas­ci­nat­ing Story of Horses in Movies and Tele­vi­sion” and “Wild Bill Well­man: Hol­ly­wood Rebel.” To­day, 7 p.m.

Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wil­shire Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (323) 8576010. Tues­day Mati­nees Robert Aldrich’s 1955 film noir “The Big Knife,” star­ring Jack Palance as a suc­cess­ful Holl­wyood ac­tor who is blackmailed by an un­scrupu­lous stu­dio boss (Rod Steiger) and his minions into sign­ing a new con­tract. Tue., 1 p.m.

Hol­ly­wood For­ever Ceme­tery, 6000 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (323) 221-3343. Cine­spia The alfesco screen­ing se­ries con­tin­ues with Richard Donner’s pre­teen ad­ven­ture “The

Goonies” and Tony Scott’s 1986 ac­tion flick “Top Gun,” with fire­works af­ter each show. Fri.-Sat., 9 p.m.

Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Mon­ica Blvd., Los An­ge­les. (310) 473-8530. Ge­orge Miller’s post-apoc­a­lyp­tic se­quel “The Road War­rior,” star­ring Mel Gib­son as Mad Max, screens Fri­day, and Jim Shar­man’s cult com­edy

“The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show” screens weekly. Fri.-Sat., mid­night.

Melinda Sue Gor­don Para­mount Pic­tures

EMILIA CLARKE, Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger and Jai Court­ney in “Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys,” out Wed­nes­day.

Warner Bros.

JOSH WIGGINS, left, and Thomas Haden Church in “Max,” about a mil­i­tary dog re­turn­ing to the U.S.

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