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Amy Wine­house was a tal­ent too big for her small body, a body she was hellbent on de­stroy­ing with drugs and booze. Us­ing in­ter­views, home movies, and news footage, di­rec­tor Asif Ka­pa­dia has doc­u­mented the rise, fall, and early exit (at twenty-seven) of this tragic diva, a North Lon­don Jewish girl with a big voice and tiny self-es­teem. Even if you weren’t a fan, you’ll be im­pressed by her tal­ent, though her in­tensely per­sonal num­bers sound less like songs than sung jour­nal en­tries. As this fresh, ap­peal­ing girl gets sucked into the ter­ri­fy­ing mael­strom of fame and pa­parazzi, sur­rounded by par­a­sites that in­clude her fa­ther and her hus­band, you watch in fas­ci­nated hor­ror. It’s an ag­o­niz­ingly slow train­wreck, a good half hour too long, but still un­set­tling and mem­o­rable.

Not rated. 128 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Jonathan Richards)


Marvel En­ter­tain­ment of­fers a palate-cleanser af­ter the over­stuffed Avengers: Age of Ultron with this rel­a­tively small heist pic­ture about Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a thief who finds a suit that al­lows him to shrink him­self and com­mu­ni­cate with ants. The shrink­ing ef­fects are in­deed out­stand­ing and the use of scale is oc­ca­sion­ally in­ven­tive. Un­for­tu­nately, it takes a full 90 min­utes to re­ally get to that. In the mean­time, you’re treated to flat jokes, a daddy-is­sues plot, and a te­dious pa­rade of all the clichés of su­per­hero-ori­gin movies. Michael Dou­glas co-stars as the re­tired Ant-Man of yes­ter­year. Rated PG-13. 117 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)


This com­ing-of-age com­edy cen­ters on three teenagers in In­gle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, who make up a geeky clique that is pas­sion­ately in­ter­ested in un­cool hob­bies — most no­tably, 1990s hip-hop. When Mal­colm (Shameik Moore) finds a back­pack of drugs left be­hind by a dealer (rap­per A$AP Rocky), the kids re­al­ize that mov­ing the drugs could make their dreams come true. Rated R. 115 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Not re­viewed)


The moral and eth­i­cal dilem­mas sur­round­ing as­sisted sui­cide are at the heart of Tal Granit and Sharon May­mon’s film about a group of friends in an Is­raeli re­tire­ment com­mu­nity who be­gin as­sist­ing one another to has­ten their deaths and end suf­fer­ing from ter­mi­nal ill­ness and chronic pain. At the be­hest of his friend Yana (Al­iza Rosen), Ye­hezkel (Ze’ev Re­vach), an am­a­teur in­ven­tor, builds a eu­thana­sia ma­chine to help end the life of Yana’s hus­band. When word of the de­vice gets around, re­quests for as­sisted sui­cide start pour­ing in, and Ye­hezkel finds him­self in a quandary, par­tic­u­larly when his wife Lev­ana (Lev­ana Finkel­stein), who is op­posed to Ye­hezkel’s new ven­ture, falls ill. The Farewell

Party em­ploys hu­mor that helps its grim sub­ject go down a lit­tle eas­ier but never makes light of old age or its char­ac­ters’ predica­ments. Not rated. 95 min­utes. In He­brew with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Santa Fe. (Michael Abatemarco)

GÜEROS Mex­i­can di­rec­tor Alonso Ruiz Pala­cios of­fers up one of the finest de­but fea­tures in years, and evoca­tive and en­er­getic look at aim­less youth in a time of tur­moil. It’s 1999 in Mexico, and teenage Tomás (Se­bastián Aguirre) is forced to stay with his brother (Tenoch Huerta) at univer­sity in Mexico City. They join two other peo­ple to look for an ag­ing rock star amid univer­sity protests. Their whole jour­ney passes like a dream, fu­eled by an ex­per­i­men­tal sound mix and Damian Gar­cia’s black-and-white pho­tog­ra­phy, which glides from one gor­geous and sur­pris­ing im­age to the next, as if the film’s sole pur­pose is to find new ways to ex­press the mun­dane. Not rated. 106 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Robert Ker)

IN­FIN­ITELY PO­LAR BEAR Su­perb per­for­mances, from a cast led by Mark Ruf­falo and the ex­quis­ite Zoe Sal­dana as his wife Mag­gie, lift this un­usual fam­ily com­edy/drama. Ruf­falo is Cameron Stu­art, the scion of a wealthy and pedi­greed Bos­ton clan whose bipo­lar dis­or­der (mis­con­strued by the younger daugh­ter as po­lar bear) has brought him and his fam­ily to the poverty level. When Mag­gie de­cides to pur­sue an MBA at Columbia to de­velop some earn­ing power, Cam takes on the rais­ing of the kids while she’s away. Writer-di­rec­tor Maya Forbes based this on her own story, and her own daugh­ter (Imo­gene Wolo­darsky) plays her young self. Cam can be im­pul­sive, vi­o­lent, em­bar­rass­ing, ir­re­spon­si­ble, and of­ten ex­hil­a­rat­ing fun. Forbes doesn’t skim over the dark side, but she brings home an in­tensely per­sonal, painfully funny, deeply touch­ing story.

Rated R. 90 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Jonathan Richards)


In the latest an­i­mated pic­ture by Pixar, the in­te­rior of the hu­man mind is por­trayed as a con­trol room op­er­ated by var­i­ous emo­tions. When a girl named Ri­ley (voiced by Kait­lyn Dias) moves to a new city and both Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sad­ness (Phyl­lis Smith) go miss­ing from the con­trol room, it sets off an ad­ven­ture through the men­tal land­scape that is full of imag­i­na­tion and in­ge­nu­ity. The movie aims to jerk tears — some­times get­ting too goopy in pur­suit of this goal — but it’s a thought­ful, orig­i­nal film that all ages will en­joy. Rated PG. 94 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Robert Ker)


Less is def­i­nitely not more if you’re Iris Apfel — the fo­cus of this slight, mostly light­hearted doc­u­men­tary from one of the mas­ters of the genre, Al­bert Maysles. Apfel is a self-de­scribed “geri­atric star­let” (she’s nine­tythree) and a cham­pion of wildly col­or­ful out­fits and over­sized ac­ces­sories. Af­ter a highly suc­cess­ful ca­reer in in­te­rior de­sign, she has set­tled into a new role as a fash­ion icon and de­signer’s muse. It’s a plea­sure to spend 80-some­thing min­utes lis­ten­ing to her thoughts on ev­ery­thing from per­sonal style to ag­ing, and while she doesn’t dis­pense fi­nan­cial ad­vice, when Iris Apfel talks, peo­ple should lis­ten. Rated PG-13. 83 min­utes. The Screen.

(Lau­rel Glad­den)


The theme park from the first Juras­sic Park film is up and run­ning. To main­tain rev­enue, its cre­ators must con­stantly ge­net­i­cally engi­neer big­ger, dead­lier di­nosaurs. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dal­las Howard play char­ac­ters who must try to sur­vive mankind’s latest at­tempt to play God. There are just enough Spiel­ber­gisms in this film, from the per­fectly cast kids to the sense of won­der and dread in the first hour, to of­fer some solid en­ter­tain­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, the movie is stretched too thin be­tween plots that it isn’t even clear who the main char­ac­ter is. If you’re there to watch roar­ing and chomp­ing, how­ever, you’ll get that and then some. Rated PG-13. 124 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal DeVar­gas; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)


The jib­ber­ish-spout­ing pill-shaped yel­low thin­gies from the De­spi­ca­ble Me movies get their own spinoff, and if you’re won­der­ing if the char­ac­ters are in­ter­est­ing enough to war­rant their own movie, the an­swer is no. The set­ting is the 1960s, and the Minions, try­ing to find their way in the world, join up with Scar­let Overkill (voiced by San­dra Bul­lock) to help her con­quer Eng­land. The an­i­ma­tion is nice but the movie never sur­vives the fact that its pro­tag­o­nists don’t ac­tu­ally talk. With­out the ben­e­fit of lan­guage, the film­mak­ers rely on tepid vis­ual hu­mor and tired comic beats. The Minions are never as cute as the film’s mas­sive mar­ket­ing cam­paign in­sists they are, and by the time we hit the third-rate ac­tion of the cli­max, they’ve re­ally over­stayed their welcome. Rated PG. 91 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)


The fifth Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble film shows no sign of the fran­chise slow­ing down: Tom Cruise takes hair­pin turns on a mo­tor­cy­cle, hangs off the back of an air­plane, dives into deep-wa­ter tanks with­out scuba gear, and a lot more. All this ac­tion is hung on a loose cat-and-mouse game be­tween Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), head of the would-be world con­querors called the Syn­di­cate. Di­rec­tor Christo­pher McQuar­rie, along with his cin­e­matog­ra­pher and editor, give the film an evoca­tive look and el­e­gant pac­ing. The film fal­ters in the home stretch, drag­ging on with a generic gun­fight, but oth­er­wise it’s a brisk and en­joy­able ac­tion pic. Rated PG-13. 131 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)


It is 1947. Sher­lock Holmes (Ian McKellen) is ninety, long re­tired, liv­ing in seclu­sion in Sus­sex, and keep­ing bees. He is cared for by his wid­owed house­keeper, Mrs. Munro (Laura Lin­ney), and her pre­co­cious young son Roger (Milo Parker). Holmes is en­gaged in writ­ing his own rec­ol­lec­tions of his fi­nal case, one that still trou­bles him, the case that led him to give up de­tect­ing. Wat­son’s ac­count of the af­fair tricked it out with suc­cess, but Holmes re­mem­bers it dif­fer­ently — to the ex­tent that he can re­mem­ber it at all. That great mind is be­gin­ning to slip its moor­ings. There are three story strands cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods and places, and di­rec­tor Bill Con­don, adapt­ing Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A

Slight Trick of the Mind, weaves them to­gether with un­hur­ried skill, abet­ted by the great McKellen. Rated PG. 103 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Jonathan Richards)


Oeke Hoogendijk’s two-part doc­u­men­tary com­pletes a tri­fecta that be­gan with Fred­er­ick Wise­man’s Na­tional Gallery and con­tin­ued with Johannes Holzhausen’s The Great Mu­seum. Hoogendijk’s fea­ture is the most ac­ces­si­ble and deals with the restora­tion of Am­s­ter­dam’s Ri­jksmu­seum, a build­ing that houses mas­ter­pieces by Rem­brandt, Ver­meer, and other Dutch Mas­ters. Its nar­ra­tive struc­ture fol­lows the po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial pit­falls that plagued the pro­ject and staff, in­clud­ing in­flat­ing costs and a change of lead­er­ship. It’s a dra­matic telling that en­ter­tains and inspires. Not rated. 110 min­utes. In Dutch, French, and English with sub­ti­tles, Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Michael Abatemarco)


The film ver­sion of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was a hit in 2014, and now comes another adap­ta­tion of one of his young-adult nov­els. It’s once more a life-af­firm­ing, comin­gof-age ro­mance, this time about a young man (Nat Wolff) who helps his high-school crush (Cara Delev­ingne) get re­venge on her ex-boyfriend. When she then dis­ap­pears, he takes up a quest to find her. Rated PG-13. 139 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


Pac-Man, Don­key Kong, and other char­ac­ters from clas­sic video games are in­vad­ing the planet. The hour of the geek has ar­rived, as the only peo­ple who can stop them are for­mer ar­cade cham­pi­ons, played by Adam San­dler, Kevin James, and Peter Din­klage.

Rated PG-13. 105 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


Jake Gyl­len­haal fol­lows up his ac­claimed per­for­mance of a jour­nal­ist who em­braces dark­ness (in Nightcrawler) by play­ing a boxer who falls into dark­ness af­ter his wife is mur­dered. Mired in drugs and de­pres­sion, he must step into the ring to earn enough money to get his daugh­ter back. For­est Whi­taker and Rachel McA­dams co-star. An­toine Fuqua (Train­ing Day) di­rects. Rated R. 123 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


In 1971, a psy­chol­o­gist at Stan­ford Univer­sity es­tab­lished an experiment to ex­am­ine the psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects of prison, on both sides of the bars. The gig paid $15 a day, which was enough to draw a crowd, and 24 vol­un­teers were cho­sen for the two-week study. Half were as­signed (by a se­cret coin flip) as guards, half as in­mates, in a makeshift prison set up in the psych depart­ment build­ing. The re­sults, as played out in this in­tense reen­act­ment di­rected by Kyle Pa­trick Alvarez, were star­tling and ap­palling, with the stu­dents play­ing guards be­com­ing in­creas­ingly sadis­tic and bru­tal. The sit­u­a­tion es­ca­lated dan­ger­ously, and the plug was pulled on the study af­ter only six days. The cast of young ac­tors play­ing the stu­dents is ter­rific, and Billy Crudup as the bearded, in­tense Dr. Philip Zim­bardo is Mephistophe­lian as he watches the role­play­ing un­fold on re­mote mon­i­tors. The no­to­ri­ous experiment was funded in part by the U.S. Dept. of Naval Re­search, and it chill­ingly an­tic­i­pates and il­lu­mi­nates the hor­rors of Abu Ghraib.

Rated R. 120 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)


Com­edy su­per­star Amy Schumer is ev­ery­where this sum­mer, and Train­wreck gives us a chance to see why. From a loosely au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal script writ­ten by Schumer, Judd Apa­tow di­rects a bold, funny spin on fa­mil­iar Apa­tow ter­ri­tory. The rom-com plot, as it usu­ally does in Apa­tow-land, con­cerns the ma­tur­ing of an ir­re­spon­si­ble wild child. But this time, in­stead of a man-child (see Knocked Up or This Is 40), Apa­tow fo­cuses on a young woman (Schumer) who has com­mit­ment prob­lems, a fa­ther grap­pling with MS, and an un­healthy ap­petite for de­struc­tion. When her boss at the silly men’s mag­a­zine where she works as­signs her to pro­file a sports doc­tor (a charm­ing Bill Hader), she must over­come these ob­sta­cles to ac­cept the love of a good man. With the help of a tal­ented sup­port­ing cast, in­clud­ing a sur­pris­ingly solid per­for­mance from bas­ket­ball star LeBron James, the movie mostly over­comes ro­man­tic cliché to of­fer a re­fresh­ingly fem­i­nist take on the genre. Rated R. 122 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Molly Boyle)


Ed Helms hops into the fam­ily ve­hi­cle once manned by Chevy Chase in this sort-of re­make of the 1983 film Na­tional Lam­poon’s

Va­ca­tion. He plays a grown-up Rusty Gris­wold, son of Chase’s Clark Gris­wold, who has in­her­ited his fa­ther’s knack for get­ting into goofy ad­ven­tures on the way to the amuse­ment park Wal­ley World. Christina Ap­ple­gate plays his wife. Rated R. 99 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Re­gal DeVar­gas; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

Meryl Streep rocks hard in Ricki and the Flash, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 and Vi­o­let Crown

Ju­lia Flores mak­ing Cents, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14

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