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BRIDGE OF SPIES

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)

BURNT

Adam Rogers (Bradley Cooper) was a young star of the Paris restau­rant scene un­til drugs, booze, and women did him in. Three years later, he ar­rives in Lon­don clean, sober, and ready to get back in the game — and earn a third Miche­lin star to boot. He ca­joles old friends (Daniel Brühl, Omar Sy) and new tal­ent (Si­enna Miller) into join­ing him, de­spite the fact that he ap­par­ently grad­u­ated from the Gor­don Ram­say school of cheff­ing. We get hec­tic kitchen scenes and close-ups of art­fully as­sem­bled plates, but the story has too many threads,

the di­a­logue is clunky and overly ex­plana­tory, and we never re­ally un­der­stand why ar­ro­gant, abu­sive Adam loves cook­ing so much. Rated R. 101 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

CRIM­SON PEAK

Whether this film from co-writer and di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro was in­tended to be a ghost story, a hor­ror story, or a love story is up in the air, but it’s def­i­nitely over-the-top spooky and gory gothic fun. As­pir­ing young writer Edith (Mia Wasikowska) lives in early-20th-cen­tury Buf­falo with her fa­ther (Jim Beaver), a lo­cal big­wig. Suave English baronet Thomas Spence (Tom Hid­dle­ston) comes to town to talk busi­ness and find a bride. Daddy doesn’t fancy Thomas as a part­ner for him­self or his daugh­ter, but Edith even­tu­ally mar­ries Thomas and moves with him to his crum­bling cas­tle, where his dom­i­neer­ing sis­ter Lu­cille (Jes­sica Chas­tain, go­ing for broke) also lives — along with a big, nasty se­cret or two. You might wish del Toro had fo­cused more on story and less on style, but this film’s aes­thet­ics and at­mos­phere are al­most enough to keep you spell­bound. Rated R. 119 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas; DreamCatcher. (Lau­rel Glad­den)

FREE­HELD

Ju­lianne Moore por­trays po­lice of­fi­cer Lau­rel Hester in this fic­tion­al­ized ac­count of Hester’s equal-rights bat­tle 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, which is partly in­spired by the 2007 Academy Award­win­ning doc­u­men­tary short of the same ti­tle. Rated PG-13.

103 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)

GOOSEBUMPS

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 Stine’s manuscripts, all of the mon­sters are set free. Rated PG. 103 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

HE NAMED ME MALALA

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 to win the No­bel Peace Prize. Rated PG-13. 87 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas.

(Not re­viewed)

HO­TEL TRAN­SYL­VA­NIA 2

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 hu­man-hat­ing great-grand­fa­ther. Rated PG. 89 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE IN­TERN

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)

LADRONES

The Span­ish-lan­guage com­edy (the ti­tle’s 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 DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

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

the Fu­ri­ous fran­chise to fight witches in this su­per­nat­u­ral ac­tion tale. He 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)

THE MAR­TIAN

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 botanist) 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)

MEET THE PA­TELS

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)

OUR BRAND IS CRI­SIS

San­dra Bul­lock plays Jane Bo­dine, a po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant who is hired to help a Bo­li­vian politi­cian (Joaquim de Almeida) win his elec­tion in 2002. Un­for­tu­nately, his op­po­nent hired Jane’s neme­sis, con­sul­tant Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thorn­ton), set­ting off a po­lit­i­cal chess match. This movie is loosely based on ac­tual events (seen in the 2005 doc­u­men­tary of the same name) but played for dram­edy at the hands of di­rec­tor David Gor­don Green. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

SI­CARIO

The lat­est film by De­nis Villeneuve 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. 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; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)

TAXI

Di­rec­tor Ja­far Panahi thumbs his nose at Ira­nian cen­sors in his third fea­ture made since be­ing le­gally barred from film­mak­ing fol­low­ing a 2010 ar­rest. In Taxi,

he as­sem­bled a se­ries of con­ver­sa­tions with pas­sen­gers in a mov­ing cab, rep­re­sent­ing a cross-sec­tion of Ira­nian peo­ple. Panahi is a fish out of wa­ter, in­ex­pertly nav­i­gat­ing the streets of Tehran. His mis­ad­ven­tures are a not-so-care­fully dis­guised cri­tique of Ira­nian cen­sor­ship laws. Shot on a dash­board cam with an un­cred­ited cast, Taxi is a bold and spir­ited tes­ta­ment to Panahi’s com­mit­ment to his craft. Not rated. 82 min­utes. In Per­sian

with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. (Michael Abatemarco)

TRUTH

This de­but fea­ture from James Van­der­bilt (writer-pro­ducer of The Amaz­ing

Spi­der-Man) is based on former 60 Min­utes award-win­ning pro­ducer Mary Mapes’ 2005 mem­oir, Truth and Duty: The Press, the Pres­i­dent, and the Priv­i­lege of Power .It uses a News­room-style in­side-jour­nal­ism in­ten­sity to trace the anatomy of the scan­dal that top­pled CBS Evening News an­chor Dan Rather (Robert Red­ford) and Mapes (Cate Blanchett). In 2004, 60 Min­utes aired a story crit­i­cal of Ge­orge W. Bush’s mil­i­tary ser­vice. Doc­u­ments that pur­ported to sub­stan­ti­ate the story were quickly chal­lenged on the con­ser­va­tive bl­o­go­sphere and de­nounced as forg­eries. A sub­text of this solidly crafted movie is a la­ment for the demise of tele­vi­sion news as jour­nal­ism in­de­pen­dent of its cor­po­rate masters. Red­ford is ex­cel­lent as Rather, and Blanchett is noth­ing less than bril­liant in her por­trayal of Mapes as a driven, ded­i­cated, high-strung pro­fes­sional. Re­ac­tions to Truth are go­ing to break down along pre­dictably ide­o­log­i­cal lines.

Rated R. 121 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)

VIC­TO­RIA

This movie was filmed in one un­bro­ken shot and takes place in real time — about two and a quar­ter hours, in which Vic­to­ria and four guys she meets out­side a club in Ber­lin go from drink­ing bud­dies to crim­i­nal con­spir­a­tors on the run for their lives. How quickly this hap­pens is an es­sen­tial fea­ture of their meet­ing, one of those rare and ran­dom mag­i­cal nights out in which two peo­ple are swept up by mu­tual ro­man­tic in­fat­u­a­tion. Not rated. 138 min­utes. Ger­man, English, and Span­ish with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jen­nifer Levin)

You’re still a good man, Char­lie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and DreamCatcher in Es­pañola

Suf­fragette, at Vi­o­let Crown

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