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Orig­i­nal­ity of premise can only do so much for wri­ter­di­rec­tor Matt Ross’ strained hymn to nat­u­ral liv­ing. Viggo Mortensen is Ben, a bearded pa­tri­arch who has taken his fam­ily off the grid and deep into the woods, where they kill deer with hunt­ing knives and eat the bloody, still-warm liver as a rite of pas­sage. Mom is ab­sent, and we learn early on that she has just com­mit­ted sui­cide. Her fa­ther (Frank Lan­gella, not quite as vil­lain­ous as we first sus­pect) for­bids his son-in-law to at­tend the fu­neral, which only eggs him on, so the tribe (six kids, home-schooled and bril­liant) piles into the fam­ily bus and heads for Dad’s Palm Springs-ish es­tate (some­where in New Mex­ico). It’s épa­ter la bour­geoisie all the way, but none of it rings true. And ul­ti­mately, it turns out good old civ­i­liza­tion isn’t the worst thing af­ter all. Rated R. 118 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown. (Jonathan Richards)


The Toy Story fran­chise aside, 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)


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. 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. (Molly Boyle)


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). 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)


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 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


In 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, the stu­dio heads be­hind the Bourne fran­chise at­tempted to tran­si­tion it from Matt Da­mon (as Ja­son Bourne) and di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass to Jeremy Ren­ner (as Aaron Cross) and di­rec­tor Tony Gil­roy. Alas, the ef­fort met with a tepid re­sponse, and so Da­mon is Bourne again, once more with Green­grass in tow. This time, Bourne has his full mem­ory in­tact, and he at­tempts to learn more about his past while be­ing pur­sued by a shadow or­ga­ni­za­tion called Iron­hand. Rated PG-13. 123 min­utes. Re­gal DeVar­gas; Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


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. (Not re­viewed)


Cel­list Yo-Yo Ma, 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)


She’s push­ing ninety. He’s al­most 100. They’ve been mar­ried for more than three quar­ters of a cen­tury, and they’re still in love. When we first meet By­ong-man Jo, he can still hoist a bun­dle of fire­wood onto his back and carry it home, but Gye-yeul Kang wor­ries about her hus­band’s flag­ging health. Jin Mo-Young’s doc­u­men­tary cov­ers about 15 months at the end of Jo’s life. His style is ten­der and com­pas­sion­ate, though from time to time we may won­der if we have any right to be there. His edit­ing and pac­ing are mostly good, although some mo­ments feel a bit coyly staged. The emo­tional tug of this fi­nal cur­tain on a life­time of mar­riage is pow­er­ful. If you have tears, pre­pare to shed them. South Korea must be awash, as this is the most suc­cess­ful in­de­pen­dent film in that coun­try’s his­tory. Not rated. 86 min­utes. In Korean with sub­ti­tles. The Screen. (Jonathan Richards)


This movie imag­ines a sprawl­ing vir­tual re­al­ity game that peo­ple play on their phones, in which “watch­ers” force “play­ers” to per­form a se­ries of dares. A young woman named Venus (Emma Roberts) finds her­self com­pelled to pair up with a stranger named Ian (Dave Franco) in an in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous mis­sion where their fi­nal goal might be their very sur­vival. Rated PG-13. 96 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not re­viewed)


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)


So far, 2009’s Star Trek (the first in the cur­rent fran­chise) and now Star

Trek Be­yond (num­ber three) dis­prove the “rule” that even-num­bered Star Trek 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 con­flict 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 2-D only at Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Re­gal DeVar­gas; Vi­o­let Crown; DreamCatcher. (Michael Abatemarco)

Cat­ting around: Nine Lives, at Re­gal Sta­dium 14 and DreamCatcher

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