CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR
Not rated. 122 minutes. In Thai with subtitles. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 39.
EYE IN THE SKY
Helen Mirren plays Katherine Powell, an army colonel leading a drone mission against a terrorist cell in Kenya. When an innocent nine-year- old girl enters the target area, she must make a difficult decision about whether to proceed or not. Alan Rickman co-stars in one of his final roles. Rated R. 102 minutes.
Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
GOD’S NOT DEAD 2
In the two years since the breakout hit God’s Not Dead, God still hasn’t died. To prove it, a community stands up for a teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) who lands in hot water when she expresses her faith to a classroom. Robin Givens and Ernie Hudson co-star, and Christian rock band Newsboys perform. Rated PG. 121 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
I SAW THE LIGHT
Rated R. 123 minutes. Regal DeVargas. See review, Page 36.
JOURNEY IN SENSUALITY: ANNA HALPRIN & RODIN
Not rated. 52 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. See review, Page 38.
THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON
This documentary takes viewers into the life of Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, the last human to set foot on the moon, back in 1972. He sits with cameras and describes his story, which is accompanied by lots of archival footage and sprinkled with personal details of love and loss. Not rated. 95 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Not reviewed)
MEET THE BLACKS
The 2013 horror film The Purge has another sequel coming later in the year, but if you can’t wait that long, then this parody could tide you over. Mike Epps plays Carl Black, a father who moves his African-American family to Beverly Hills. When “the purge” comes around — the one night a year when all crimes are legal — his racist neighbors try to break into his house and kill everyone, to many laughs. Mike Tyson and George Lopez co-star. Rated R. 90 minutes. Regal Stadium 14. (Not reviewed)
THE PREPPIE CONNECTION
Toby ( Thomas Mann) wins a scholarship to boarding school, where he crushes on a pretty classmate, Alex (Lucy Fry). To win the admiration of Alex and her wealthy friends, Toby becomes a drug mule, trafficking uncut cocaine from Columbia to Connecticut. This utterly inert story, set in 1984 and based on true events, is told almost entirely in voice- over by Toby. The acting is flat, there is no character development, all dialogue is expository, and the plot is a rehash of dozens of other, better movies. The clothes, hair, music, and overall tone evoke reclaimed ideas of 1980s fashion — not the era itself. Rated R. 95 minutes. The Screen. (Jennifer Levin)
Acclaimed director Atom Egoyan’s ( The Sweet Hereafter) compelling drama features a stellar cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, and Jürgen Prochnow. Zev Guttman (Plummer) is on a revenge mission to bring the man who killed his family at Auschwitz to justice. He is an elderly widower suffering from dementia and must rely on on his friend Max (Landau) to remotely guide him on his quest. After escaping from a retirement home, Zev has only his detailed letters of instructions from Max and his own faltering wits to keep him on track as he’s led across America, seeking one of four men who may be responsible for the crime. Meanwhile, Zev’s son Charles (Henry Czerny) is frantically searching for his father after learning of his escape from the home. Plummer delivers an understated performance as he goes from location to location in his search, frustrated by dead ends. Some will see the climatic twist coming a mile away, but it’s nevertheless, effective, and heartbreaking, if somewhat far-fetched. Rated R. 94 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Michael Abatemarco)
THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST
Not rated. 105 minutes. I n English, French, Bambara, Songhay, and Tamashek with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 40.
Queen in fatigues: Helen Mirren in Eye in the Sky, at Regal DeVargas