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Some of the clas­sic Uni­ver­sal Mon­sters movies are more iconic than they are ac­tu­ally good.

The Bride of Franken­stein (1935) hap­pily ticks both boxes. James Whale’s exquisitely gothic pro­duc­tion tells a heart­break­ing story of ro­mance and hor­ror, as Dr. Franken­stein (Colin Clive) and Dr. Pre­to­rius (Ernest Th­e­siger) set out to cre­ate a mate for the mon­ster. With Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanch­ester. Not rated. 75 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema. (Robert Ker)


Not rated. 92 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. See re­view, Page 40.


The 1980s cartoon Jem fea­tured a singer who rose to big-haired rock stardom by us­ing holo­gram tech­nol­ogy to form her band Jem and the Holo­grams. This live-ac­tion up­date uses the same es­sen­tial for­mula, ap­ply­ing it to the mod­ern abil­ity to project dif­fer­ent ver­sions of one­self through so­cial me­dia. The plot spot­lights the band mem­bers’ search for their own voices as their fame grows. Au­drey Peeples plays Jem, and Molly Ring­wald makes an ap­pear­ance as Aunt Bai­ley. Rated PG. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Re­gal DeVar­gas; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


Vin Diesel takes a break from rac­ing mus­cle cars (the Fast and

the Fu­ri­ous fran­chise) to fight witches in this su­per­nat­u­ral ac­tion tale. Diesel plays Kaul­der, an im­mor­tal war­rior locked in an eter­nal strug­gle against an all-pow­er­ful Witch Queen hell-bent on wip­ing out hu­mankind. Kaul­der, the last of his kind, must team up with a good witch (Rose Leslie) to pre­vail. Eli­jah Wood and Michael Caine costar. Rated PG-13. 106 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Re­gal DeVar­gas; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


On a visit to Kabul, washed-up rock man­ager Bill Mur­ray loses his last client (Zooey Deschanel), along with his wal­let and pass­port. Upon dis­cov­er­ing a ta­lented teenage singer (Leem Lubany), he digs deep and uses his old wiles to help her con­quer Afghanistan’s ver­sion of Amer­i­can Idol. Barry Levin­son di­rects; Bruce Wil­lis, Kate Hud­son, and Zooey Deschanel also star. Rated R. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


Screen­writer Aaron Sorkin won an Academy Award for The

So­cial Net­work, a film that charted the rise of Face­book and its co­founder Mark Zucker­berg. Sorkin’s new script fo­cuses on an­other ti­tan of tech­nol­ogy — the ti­tle char­ac­ter, played by Michael Fass­ben­der. Di­rec­tor Danny Boyle guides view­ers through the Ap­ple co­founder’s life, cul­mi­nat­ing in the 1998 iMac un­veil­ing. Seth Ro­gen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels costar. Rated R. 122 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)


Not rated. 138 min­utes. In Ger­man, English, and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; Vi­o­let Crown. See re­view, Page 38.


The Screen and Jean Cocteau Cin­ema join forces to present a ret­ro­spec­tive of the work of the great con­tem­po­rary Ger­man di­rec­tor Wim Wen­ders. High­lights at the Cocteau in­clude Paris, Texas (1984) and the great Cuban mu­sic doc­u­men­tary Buena Vista So­cial Club (1999), while the Screen’s share takes in The Amer­i­can Friend (1977) (Wen­ders’s adap­ta­tion of the Pa­tri­cia High­smith novel

Ri­p­ley’s Game), and Wings of De­sire (1987), con­sid­ered by many to be the di­rec­tor’s mas­ter­piece. Wen­ders, sev­enty, is per­haps the most Amer­i­can-ori­ented of the school of film­mak­ers that emerged in Ger­many in the late ’60s, a group that in­cluded such no­table names as Werner Her­zog, Rainer Werner Fass­ben­der, Volker Schlon­dorff, and Mar­garethe von Trotta. The ret­ro­spec­tive con­tin­ues through Oc­to­ber 29th. The Screen plays Kings of the Road (1976), The Amer­i­can Friend (1977), Tokyo-Ga (1985), Wings of De­sire (1987), and Note­book on Ci­ties and Clothes (1989). At Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, the lineup is The Goalie’s Anx­i­ety at the Penalty Kick (1972), Alice in

the Ci­ties (1974), The State of Things (1982), Paris, Texas (1984),

and Buena Vista So­cial Club (1999). See Page 45 for show­times.


Agu’s (Abra­ham At­tah) boy­ish schemes to make money and his hi­lar­i­ous pranks with his older brother are al­most too charm­ing; you just know the hap­pi­ness won’t last. Agu’s un­named West African coun­try is in the midst of civil war, and soon, gov­ern­ment forces shoot down Agu’s fa­ther and brother, while Agu flees into the jun­gle. Here he is cap­tured by rebels and trained by the Com­man­dant (Idris Elba) to be­come a soldier. De­spite the painful back­drop of war, di­rec­tor Cary Fuku­naga shapes Uzod­inma Iweala’s novel into a pow­er­ful and watch­able film. Not rated. 135 min­utes.

Vi­o­let Crown. (Priyanka Ku­mar)


Steven Spiel­berg resurrects the fas­ci­nat­ing tale of the Cold War pris­oner ex­change of Soviet spy Ru­dolf Abel and Fran­cis Gary Pow­ers, the U-2 pi­lot shot down over the Soviet Union. The story cen­ters on James B. Dono­van (Tom Hanks), a Brook­lyn in­sur­ance lawyer and former Nurem­berg pros­e­cu­tor who is drafted to rep­re­sent Abel and up­hold the im­age of the Amer­i­can jus­tice sys­tem. As he works with Abel (Mark Ry­lance), a bond of ad­mi­ra­tion forms be­tween the two. The first half of the movie, which deals pri­mar­ily with Abel and Dono­van, hums along nicely, de­spite an oc­ca­sional Spiel­ber­gian weak­ness for movie cliché. The sec­ond half, which sets Dono­van to work ar­rang­ing the swap, has too many threads to fol­low and loses fo­cus. Both Hanks and Ry­lance are ter­rific. The movie reaches a pow­er­ful dra­matic cli­max with the ex­change on a West Ber­lin bridge and then sput­ters on a lit­tle fur­ther, reach­ing for a feel-good end­ing. Rated PG-13. 141 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)


Af­ter a brief time spent with gi­ant mon­sters and ro­bots on

Pa­cific Rim, di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro re­turns to the gothic hor­ror genre that made him fa­mous. Mia Wasikowska plays a woman in 19th-cen­tury England who mar­ries a mys­te­ri­ous man (Tom Hid­dle­ston) and soon dis­cov­ers that the crum­bling man­sion he shares with his sis­ter (Jes­sica Chas­tain) con­tains some very dark se­crets. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


This ad­ven­ture film is based on the 1996 Mount Ever­est dis­as­ter, in which sev­eral peo­ple died in a bliz­zard while try­ing to reach the moun­tain’s sum­mit. Jake Gyl­len­haal, Josh Brolin, and John Hawkes play some of the climbers; and Keira Knight­ley and Emily Wat­son co-star. The film boasts such sweep­ing vis­tas that it was re­leased in IMAX the­aters a week be­fore it showed in tra­di­tional the­aters. Rated PG-13. 121 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


Ju­lianne Moore por­trays po­lice of­fi­cer Lau­rel Hester in this fic­tion­al­ized ac­count of Hester’s equal-rights bat­tle against her county to have her pen­sion trans­ferred to her reg­is­tered do­mes­tic part­ner (Ellen Page) af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal lung can­cer in the mid-2000s. Steve Carell and Michael Shan­non co-star in this film that is partly in­spired by the 2007 Academy Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary short of the same ti­tle.

Rated PG-13. 103 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)


R.L. Stine’s pop­u­lar young-adult hor­ror books get a film adap­ta­tion — but it’s not the kind you might ex­pect. A young boy named Zach (Dy­lan Min­nette) moves to a new neigh­bor­hood, where he meets Hannah (Odeya Rush), whose fa­ther is the author Stine (Jack Black). When they and an­other boy (Ryan Lee) open up one of his manuscripts, all of the mon­sters are set free. Rated PG. 103 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. Screens in 2-D only at DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


The lat­est doc­u­men­tary by Davis Guggen­heim (An In­con­ve­nient

Truth) looks at Malala Yousafzai, the Pak­istani teenager who spoke out about grant­ing young women the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue ed­u­ca­tion and was nearly killed by the Tal­iban as a re­sult. In 2014, she be­came the youngest per­son ever to win the No­bel Peace Prize. Rated PG-13. 87 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas.

(Not re­viewed)


Adam San­dler lends his goofy ac­cent to Drac­ula once again in this se­quel to the 2012 an­i­mated hit. This time, the gang of mon­sters (in­clud­ing voice work by Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, and David Spade) tries to help the count’s half-hu­man grand­son un­leash his in­ner mon­ster. Mel Brooks voices the kid’s hu­man­hat­ing great-grand­fa­ther. Rated PG. 89 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. Screens in 2-D only at DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


In the lat­est movie by writer and di­rec­tor Nancy Mey­ers, Robert De Niro plays a re­tired wid­ower who can’t fig­ure out what to do with all of his time, so he be­comes an in­tern for the founder of an on­line fash­ion site (Anne Hath­away). The jokes stem from the tough old-timer at an in­ter­net start-up, the heart­warm­ing bits from the boss lean­ing on his sturdy wis­dom. Rated PG-13. 121 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)


The Span­ish-lan­guage com­edy (the English trans­la­tion is

Thieves) from the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic is the se­quel to the 2007 film Ladrón que roba a ladrón (To Rob a Thief ). Fer­nando Col­unga and Miguel Va­roni re­turn as two crooks who once

more must steal from even big­ger crim­i­nals who are ex­ploit­ing

the poor. Rated PG-13. 105 min­utes. In Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)


Mark Wat­ney (Matt Da­mon) may have been stranded on the Red Planet too early to get the memo about wa­ter on Mars, but he makes do with in­ge­nu­ity and a cocky wit. Left be­hind for dead by his be­lea­guered crew­mates af­ter a Mar­tian storm, he has to rely on can-do Amer­i­can spirit and sci­ence smarts (he’s the team’s bi­ol­o­gist) to grow enough food to last him un­til a res­cue mis­sion can be mounted. Di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott is back in space, and he keeps things lively in the thin at­mos­phere forty mil­lion miles from home. The movie is much more than a one-man show. Jes­sica Chas­tain heads a strong team aboard the space­craft, Jeff Daniels and Chi­we­tel Ejio­for run things at NASA, bat­tling over hu­man­i­tar­ian, sci­en­tific, and po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions as they work to bring their man back home. Da­mon gives a star per­for­mance. The great thing about this film is that it makes in­tel­li­gence cool. Rated PG-13. 141 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. Screens in 2-D only at DreamCatcher. (Jonathan Richards)


Ravi Pa­tel is an In­dian-Amer­i­can man who is still sin­gle in his thir­ties. His par­ents back in In­dia do not ap­prove of this, so to ap­pease them, he joins a match­mak­ing ser­vice. He and his sis­ter Geeta film what hap­pens next for this comedic doc­u­men­tary, which takes Ravi on the whirl­wind of mod­ern dat­ing and cul­tural di­vides. Rated PG. 88 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas.

(Not re­viewed)


Di­rec­tor Joe Wright takes a crack at a fam­ily film with a new ver­sion of the Pe­ter Pan story, in­tended as a pre­quel to author J.M. Bar­rie’s iconic work. In this telling, Pe­ter (Levi Miller) is whisked off to Nev­er­land and finds him­self sid­ing with the man who will some­day be Cap­tain Hook (Gar­rett Hed­lund) to take down the ruth­less pi­rate Cap­tain Black­beard (Hugh Jack­man). Rated PG. 111 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)


Fresh from a breakup in which her whole life came crash­ing down, Leah (Sanaa Lathan) re­bounds with some­one who seems like the ideal part­ner (Michael Ealy). Be­fore long, how­ever, he starts to creep her out. Is he truly dan­ger­ous? Rated PG-13. 100 min­utes.

DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


The lat­est film by De­nis Villeneuve (Pris­on­ers) brings us in­side an at­tempt by a shad­owy U.S. task force to take down a Mex­i­can drug lord. The de­tails are vague, and that’s partly be­cause we’re shown the mis­sion through the eyes of an FBI agent (Emily Blunt), who is of­ten kept in the dark as much as we are. She fol­lows the or­ders of a ca­su­ally no-non­sense chief (Josh Brolin) and the si­cario, or hit man, who trav­els along­side him (Beni­cio Del Toro). The story can get very dark, but the film is mes­mer­iz­ing due to its vir­tu­oso act­ing, lean script, moral am­bi­gu­ity, and ef­fi­cient edit­ing as well as the towering cin­e­matog­ra­phy of Roger Deakins, who cap­tures the ru­ral and ur­ban desert land­scapes as evoca­tively as any­one in film ever has. In­deed, the movie would come close to be­ing con­sid­ered a mod­ern mas­ter­piece if it didn’t lose fo­cus in the home stretch. Rated R. 121 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown;

DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)


There are so many faith-based foot­ball movies th­ese days that it has be­come a genre unto it­self. The lat­est stars Sean Astin as a foot­ball coach in a newly de­seg­re­gated high school in 1973 Alabama; he uses the Bi­ble to help ev­ery­one get along. Caleb Castille plays the star run­ning back Tony Nathan, and Jon Voight is leg­endary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Based on true events. Rated PG. 123 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)

at Jean Cocteau Cin­ema

Bride of Franken­stein,

Mon­ster mash notes: Elsa Lanch­ester and Boris Karloff in

Goosebumps, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and DreamCatcher in Es­pañola

Rock the Kas­bah,

at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 and DreamCatcher in Es­pañola

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