Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - KAREN MARTIN

Lost in Amer­ica,

Di­rected by Al­bert Brooks (R, 1 hour, 31 min­utes) This 1985 satir­i­cal com­edy — newly re­leased on Blu- Ray by Cri­te­rion Col­lec­tion — is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the fun­ni­est films ever, from one of the coun­try’s top movie co­me­di­ans, Al­bert Brooks. It con­cerns a hus­band (Brooks) and wife (Julie Hagerty) in their 30s, shin­ing ex­am­ples of the then up-and-com­ing de­mo­graphic known as yup­pies, whose frus­tra­tions with sub­ur­ban life lead them to quit their jobs, with­draw their re­tire­ment nest egg, and hit the high­way to roam Amer­ica in a Win­nebago. Ad­ven­tures, not all them good, en­sue.

A must-see for those plan­ning a cross-coun­try road trip this sum­mer, or any other.

The Boss Baby (PG, 1 hour, 37 min­utes) Dream Works An­i­ma­tion and di­rec­tor Tom McGrath ( Mada­gas­car) present a sprightly an­i­mated kids com­edy — with just the right car­toon tone to ap­peal to young au­di­ences — about the ways a new­born af­fects a fam­ily, es­pe­cially 7-year-old Tim. With the voices of Alec Bald­win, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kim­mel, Lisa Ku­dro, Miles Christo­pher Bak­shi.

Ghost in the Shell ( PG-13, 1 hour, 47 min­utes) A find­ing-your­self search is at the heart of this throb­bing, highly vis­ual ac­tioner in which a cy­ber-en­hanced hu­man (Scar­lett Jo­hans­son) is ex­actly en­gi­neered for sol­dier­ing in or­der to stop the world’s most dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals. But she’s ob­sessed with find­ing out who made her into the ul­tra-pow­er­ful crea­ture she has be­come. With Michael Pitt, Joseph Na­u­fahu, Philippe Joly; di­rected by Ru­pert San­ders.

Gifted (PG-13, 1 hour, 41 min­utes) A pre­dictable, emo­tion­ally cliched com­edy/drama in which the stun­ning math­e­mat­i­cal abil­i­ties of 7-year-old Mary come to the at­ten­tion of her schem­ing grand­mother (Lind­say Dun­can),

Mary’s un­cle Frank (Chris Evans), who’s rais­ing her, ob­jects, leav­ing him in dan­ger of be­ing sep­a­rated from his young charge. With Oc­tavia Spencer, Mckenna Grace, Jenny Slate; di­rected by Marc Webb.

Black But­ter­fly (R, 1 hour, 33 min­utes) A lu­di­crous yet of­ten punchy thriller in which a loner of a writer (An­to­nio Ban­deras) breaks out of his soli­tary habits and of­fers a drifter (Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers) a place to stay in his iso­lated cabin. Sur­prise! A storm cuts off the power, and the two men amuse them­selves with a deadly game of cat and mouse. With Piper Per­abo, Katie McGovern, Abel Fer­rara; di­rected by Brian Good­man.

The Fi­nal Mas­ter ( not rated, 1 hour, 49 min­utes) A com­plex, com­pelling ac­tion drama set in China be­fore World War II, The Fi­nal Mas­ter con­cerns a Wing Chun prac­ti­tioner’s ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts to open a mar­tial arts school to ful­fill his mas­ter’s dy­ing wish for him to pass on the art, which re­quires him to send his ap­pren­tice to se­cretly chal­lenge and de­feat the best knife-wield­ers that eight mar­tial arts schools have to of­fer. With Fan Liao, Jia Song; Di­rected by Haofeng Xu and based on his best- sell­ing novel The Mas­ter. Subti­tled.

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