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AB­SO­LUTELY FAB­U­LOUS: THE MOVIE

Beloved sit­coms don’t of­ten make great movies — film­mak­ers seem to feel the need to raise stakes and ex­pand scenery when tak­ing shows to the big screen, though the source of the orig­i­nal charm usu­ally comes from its smaller scale. Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie is no ex­cep­tion. The plot re­vis­its the feck­less Bri­tish fash­ion­ista duo of PR maven Ed­ina Mon­soon (Jen­nifer Saun­ders) and mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Patsy Stone (Joanna Lum­ley) as they con­front dire fi­nan­cial straits — they can’t af­ford cham­pagne, and Patsy’s re­duced to swig­ging Chanel No. 5. When Ed­ina ap­pears to ac­ci­den­tally kill Kate Moss at a fashion party, the two­some flee to the French Riviera to evade au­thor­i­ties and seek bene­fac­tors. The comic chem­istry be­tween Saun­ders and Lum­ley is as rol­lick­ing as al­ways, and the film is un­re­lent­ing in its de­pic­tion of two shal­low women who refuse to age grace­fully, but the plot is over­cooked and pointless, as are most of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos from Bri­tish celebs and fashion lu­mi­nar­ies. Fans of the se­ries may be left long­ing for the episodic struc­ture of a half-hour in Ed­ina’s house; for­tu­nately, re­runs are on Hulu. Rated R. 90 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Molly Boyle)

CEN­TRAL IN­TEL­LI­GENCE

Dwayne “The Rock” John­son and Kevin Hart have starred in sev­eral buddy come­dies each, but they’ve never done one to­gether — un­til now. Hart plays Calvin, a man who looks up an old class­mate named Bob Stone on Face­book. Back in school, Bob was over­weight and teased. Now he looks like The Rock, and he’s a CIA agent. When the mis­matched friends re­unite, they get drawn into some in­ter­na­tional-es­pi­onage shenani­gans. Rated PG-13. 114 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)

THE FALLEN IDOL

In one breath­tak­ing stretch in the late 1940s, Carol Reed made a string of clas­sic thrillers that equal or bet­ter the best of Hitch­cock. They are Odd Man

Out (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948), and The Third Man (1949). This one, about an am­bas­sador’s son (Bobby Hen­rey) who idol­izes the em­bassy but­ler (Ralph Richardson) and gets him in a heap of trou­ble while try­ing to pro­tect him, has been re­dis­cov­ered as a lost gem in the last decade. It has re­stored some of the stature of Reed as well. Not rated. 95 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Jonathan Richards)

FIND­ING DORY

Out­side of the Toy Story fran­chise, Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio’s se­quels have been fairly unin­spired trips through fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory, and this fol­low-up to the 2003 smash

Find­ing Nemo is no ex­cep­tion. It cen­ters on Dory, the for­get­ful blue fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. In a rare in­stance when Dory’s mem­ory works prop­erly, she re­calls that her fam­ily lives in the Mon­terey area and sets out to find them, aided by old friends such as the clown­fish Mar­lin (Al­bert Brooks) and Nemo (Hay­den Ro­lence). The an­i­ma­tion is col­or­ful, there are some in­ven­tive bits, and an octopus named Hank (Ed O’Neill) nearly steals the show. It’s ba­si­cally a beat-for-beat re­make of the first film, which will please kids more than adults, and at­tempts to muster fresh en­ergy never quite take off. Rated PG. 103 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Robert Ker)

GHOST­BUSTERS

Those who ag­o­nized that this sum­mer’s all-fe­male

Ghost­busters re­boot would bring shame upon the fran­chise can rest easy — or they can stay home and miss out on all the fun. Helmed by di­rec­tor Paul Feig (Brides­maids), the film stars Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and Erin (Kris­ten Wiig) as feud­ing sci­en­tists who are even­tu­ally united by their mu­tual love for ghost hunt­ing. They’re joined by a cou­ple of rel­a­tive new­com­ers: the mad­cap Kate McKin­non as weirdo en­gi­neer Dr. Jil­lian Holtz­mann, and Les­lie Jones as Patty, a brassy MTA worker with an en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge of New York his­tory. Chris Hemsworth amus­ingly fills in as the team’s brawny but dumb blond sec­re­tary, who is shame­lessly ob­jec­ti­fied by the en­tire squad. The first half crack­les with the cast’s elec­tric­ity, but too much CGI and mul­ti­lay­ered ac­tion el­e­ments weigh down the fi­nale. But the jokes (of­ten seem­ingly at the ex­pense of the movie’s sex­ist de­trac­tors) are fast and fu­ri­ous, many of the scares are gen­uinely eerie, and it’s easy to sit back and en­joy the mind­less ad­ven­ture in time-hon­ored sum­mer-movie fashion. Rated PG-13. 116 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Molly Boyle)

HIL­LARY’S AMER­ICA: THE SE­CRET HIS­TORY OF THE DEMO­CRATIC PARTY

If you’re of the opin­ion that a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency might be bad for the coun­try, then con­ser­va­tive film­maker Dinesh D’Souza (2016: Obama’s Amer­ica) is here, tin-foil hat in hand, to as­sure you that a Clin­ton pres­i­dency would be much worse. This is the first doc­u­men­tary D’Souza has made since he be­came a con­victed felon (he pleaded guilty to vi­o­lat­ing cam­paign fi­nance law but blames Obama for the whole mess), and he is mad­der at Democrats than ever be­fore. Rated PG-13. 100 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14. (Not re­viewed)

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Ricky Baker (new­comer Ju­lian Den­ni­son) is a very bad egg. We have this on the author­ity of his child wel­fare of­fi­cer, Paula Hall (Rachel House). The movie opens with Paula de­liv­er­ing the pudgy, sullen thir­teen-year-old into the hands of his last-chance foster fam­ily, the re­mote bush-dwelling farm cou­ple Bella (Rima Te Wi­ata) and her husband, the grumpy old Hec (Sam Neill). But cir­cum­stances re­sult in Ricky run­ning away. He gets hope­lessly lost and is found by savvy woods­man Hec. But Hec is in­jured, and the two have to hole up in the woods while he heals. The au­thor­i­ties as­sume kid­nap­ping and worse, and a mas­sive man­hunt en­sues for Hec and Ricky. The bulk of the movie fol­lows as the two tra­verse the New Zealand bush. All this is in the in­ven­tive hands of Kiwi writer-di­rec­tor Taika Waititi. It’s the well-worn story of the grad­ual, grudg­ing bond­ing of a cur­mud­geon and a kid, but told with a deep reser­voir of charm and sur­prise. Rated PG-13. 101 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE

It’s now been 12 years since the orig­i­nal Ice Age film and four since Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, and the se­ries is still go­ing strong de­spite the fact that Americans are no longer ter­ri­bly pas­sion­ate about it (the last one did so-so state­side). The rest of the world, how­ever, made the last film a smash and still loves that an­i­mated mam­moth (Ray Ro­mano), saber­toothed tiger (De­nis Leary), and sloth (John Leguizamo), so the fran­chise keeps march­ing on. This time, their ad­ven­tures find them up against a me­teor on a crash course with the planet. Rated PG. 94 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE INFILTRATOR

Bryan Cranston plays a fed­eral agent in 1986 who goes un­der­cover as a money laun­derer to take down a Colom­bian drug or­ga­ni­za­tion. As he be­comes close with a top lieu­tenant in the drug ring (Benjamin Bratt), he must nav­i­gate a mine­field of po­ten­tial prob­lems, and his cover is con­stantly at risk of be­ing blown. Diane Kruger and John Leguizamo por­tray his fel­low agents. Rated R. 127 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown. (Not re­viewed)

KAILI BLUES

Chen (Chen Yongzhong) is man with a crim­i­nal past, now a doc­tor on a mis­sion to make up for past mis­deeds by car­ing for his aban­doned nephew. In the hands of first-time writer and di­rec­tor Bi Gan, Chen’s trav­els into ru­ral China be­come a po­etic jour­ney that weaves its way through past and present, re­veal­ing as­pects of China’s his­tory and cul­ture and Chen’s own past and fu­ture in dream­like fashion. The film boasts one of the long­est track­ing shots in re­cent mem­ory, mind-bog­glingly chore­ographed and last­ing more than 40 min­utes. Kaili Blues ob­serves peo­ple in their hum­ble sur­round­ings in a nat­u­ral way, with a cast of mostly non­pro­fes­sion­als. It’s a film of self-dis­cov­ery, self-sac­ri­fice, and pos­si­bil­ity, as mys­te­ri­ous as it is beau­ti­ful, even if its mean­ing is elu­sive. This is one to be talked about. Not rated. 113 min­utes. In Man­darin with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. (Michael Abatemarco)

THE LEG­END OF TARZAN

Di­rec­tor David Yates helmed the last four Harry

Pot­ter films and brings the same at­ten­tion to de­tail to Edgar Rice Bur­roughs’ lit­er­ary leg­end in this thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing tale of Tarzan. The ti­tle char­ac­ter (Alexan­der Skars­gård), hav­ing ac­cli­mated to Lon­don life, is coaxed into re­turn­ing to the jun­gle, where he finds a Bel­gian min­ing com­pany threat­en­ing both the hu­man and an­i­mal com­mu­ni­ties. From there, it’s all pulpy ad­ven­ture with vine-swing­ing, train­hop­ping, ape-fight­ing, al­li­ga­tors, shirt­less men, and dam­sels in dis­tress. The de­light­ful sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Christoph Waltz as a mus­tache-twirling vil­lain and Sa­muel L. Jack­son as an Amer­i­can gun­fighter, all of whom are decked out in imag­i­na­tive pe­riod cos­tumes. While the script could have used an­other draft, the ro­mance is un­der­cooked, and some of the edit­ing jumps around in weird ways, this stuff is all for­giv­able in a movie meant for sim­ple, swash­buck­ling es­capism. Rated PG-13. 109 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Robert Ker)

LIGHTS OUT

This hor­ror film ap­peals very lit­er­ally to peo­ple’s fear of the dark, cen­ter­ing on a spirit who only ap­pears when you turn out the lights and who gets closer and closer ev­ery time you flick that switch. Re­becca (Teresa Palmer) dis­cov­ers that her lit­tle brother (Gabriel Bate­man) is be­ing haunted by this crea­ture, which also stalked her at a young age. She un­cov­ers a dark chap­ter in her mother’s past — and part of it might not be done with the fam­ily. Rated PG-13. 81 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher; Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)

MIKE AND DAVE NEED WED­DING DATES

Zac Efron and Adam Devine play two broth­ers who man­age to ruin ev­ery event they at­tend with their aw­ful be­hav­ior. To pre­vent them from ru­in­ing their sis­ter’s wed­ding, their par­ents make them bring dates. The plan back­fires when the women (Anna Ken­drick and Aubrey Plaza) turn out to be wilder than their escorts. Rated R. 98 min­utes. DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)

THE MU­SIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD EN­SEM­BLE

Cel­list Yo-Yo Ma, thor­oughly charis­matic and in­tro­spec­tive in this doc­u­men­tary, unites mu­si­cians from all over the world (with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the Mid­dle East and Asia) as the Silk Road En­sem­ble. This en­gross­ing film highlights Ma along with other mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Chi­nese

pipa player Wu Man and Ira­nian ka­mancheh player Kay­han Kal­hor — and ties it to­gether with out­stand­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, crisp edit­ing, and pre­dictably won­der­ful mu­sic. Rated PG-13. 96 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Robert Ker)

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

The lat­est film adap­ta­tion of a John le Carré spy novel stars Ewan McGre­gor as Perry, a teacher who meets Dima (Stel­lan Skars­gård), a pow­er­ful mem­ber of the Rus­sian mob, while on va­ca­tion. Dima, wish­ing to be­come an in­for­mant for the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment in ex­change for sanc­tu­ary, gives Perry a list of names to pass along to MI6. The list con­tains peo­ple in­volved in money laun­der­ing, in­clud­ing politi­cians through­out the United King­dom. Soon, Perry finds him­self en­tan­gled in both sides of the con­spir­acy. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas. (Not re­viewed)

THE SE­CRET LIFE OF PETS

In struc­ture, the lat­est en­try in the sum­mer an­i­ma­tion sweep­stakes is Toy Story adapted to do­mes­tic an­i­mals. What mis­chief goes on when the hu­mans aren’t around? What ad­ven­tures do these lov­able crit­ters get up to? But Pets never rises to the Toy Story level of imag­i­na­tion. The first part of the movie is con­tent to imag­ine the shenani­gans your four-legged pals might ac­tu­ally be in­volved in when you close that door. But there are 90 min­utes to fill, and be­fore long, we’re off to car chases, phys­i­cal may­hem, and all sorts of rep­tiles and birds of prey, led by a rogue bunny who has it in for hu­mankind. There are some un­de­ni­ably funny mo­ments but also long stretches where you can check your watch or make men­tal gro­cery lists. The movie is voiced by an all-star cast led by Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart. Re­mem­ber when an­i­mated fea­tures pro­vided em­ploy­ment for poor anony­mous work­ing stiffs in Hol­ly­wood? What kid re­ally cares if the cat is Lake Bell or the fal­con is Al­bert Brooks? Rated PG. 90 min­utes. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Re­gal DeVar­gas; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Jonathan Richards)

STAR TREK BE­YOND

So far, 2009’s Star Trek (first in the cur­rent fran­chise) and now Star Trek Be­yond (num­ber three) dis­prove the “rule” that any Star Trek fran­chise’s even­num­bered films are bet­ter than the odd-num­bered ones. The crew of the USS En­ter­prise launch a res­cue mis­sion to the planet Al­tamid only to find them­selves caught in an am­bush. When alien tough guy Krall (Idris Elba) ran­sacks the En­ter­prise search­ing for a com­po­nent of an an­cient bioweapon he plans to use against the Star­base York­town, the crew aban­dons ship and they find them­selves trapped on Al­tamid. Chris Pine (Cap­tain James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Mr. Spock), Karl Ur­ban (Doc­tor “Bones” Mc­Coy), Zoe Sal­dana (Lieu­tenant Uhura), Si­mon Pegg (Scotty), and the late An­ton Yelchin (Chekov) all reprise their roles. Star Trek Be­yond bal­ances the ac­tion with more char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, in­trigue, and in­ter­nal con­flicts than the pre­vi­ous films. Fans new and old should ap­pre­ci­ate this episodic en­try for its fo­cus on beloved char­ac­ters and a more orig­i­nal plot than the pre­vi­ous film, 2013’s Star Trek Into Dark­ness. Rated PG-13. 122 min­utes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Re­gal Sta­dium 14. Screens in 2-D only at Re­gal DeVar­gas; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Michael Abatemarco)

YARN

Au­thor Bar­bara King­solver con­trib­utes a nar­ra­tive voice-over about the fun­da­men­tal na­ture of wool in this doc­u­men­tary homage to knit­ting and cro­chet­ing. Yarn fol­lows fe­male fiber artists from Poland, Ice­land, and Ja­pan as they push past what they con­sider to be a sex­ist bias in the art world against any medium as­so­ci­ated with hand­i­crafts, a bias strong enough to cause some of them to leave their home coun­tries and seek ac­cep­tance else­where. Not rated. 76 min­utes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Jen­nifer Levin)

Bourne again: Matt Damon in Ja­son Bourne, at Re­gal DeVar­gas, Re­gal Sta­dium 14, Vi­o­let Crown, and DreamCatcher

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