Not rated. 99 minutes. In Polish with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 41.
ALL EYEZ ON ME
Straight Outta Compton, a film that told the story of rap group NWA, was a runaway success last summer. This biopic about another West Coast rap legend, Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.), hopes to repeat that success. Shakur’s life certainly offers grist for the mill: Raised by a single mother who was an activist with the Black Panthers (Danai Gurira), the young boy showed prodigal talent across all performing arts before settling on hip-hop. He rose to prominence, courted controversy, and became a martyr figure when he was murdered in a feud with, among others, New York City rapper Biggie Smalls (Jamal Woolard). Rated R. 140 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Not rated. 91 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 38.
THE BOOK OF HENRY
In between shooting Jurassic World films and an upcoming Star Wars gig, director Colin Trevorrow takes a breather with this small movie about a single mother (Naomi Watts) trying to raise two boys. One of them, named Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), is a genius who befriends Christina (Maddie Ziegler), the girl next door. When Henry finds out this girl is being abused by her stepfather (Dean Norris), he enlists his mom to help her. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. Violet Crown. (Not reviewed)
This summer’s annual Pixar movie finds the animation studio returning to one of their biggest cash cows: the Cars franchise, about a bunch of talking vehicles in a world without any human drivers. This time, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), now with his odometer getting up there in numbers, sets out for a comeback to prove he’s still the best racer there is. Larry the Cable Guy returns as the tow truck Mater, and Kerry Washington, Chris Cooper, and Bob Costas also lend their voices. Rated G. 109 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14. Screens in 2-D at Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
47 METERS DOWN
The latest shark-attack movie stars Mandy Moore and Claire Holt as two sisters vacationing and adventure-seeking in Mexico. While on a boat, they are talked into getting into a metal cage that is then lowered into the ocean, where they can experience what it’s like to swim with the great whites. It’s good, scary fun at first, but then the cable snaps, sending the cage and their limited oxygen supply down to the ocean floor. Rated PG-13. 89 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
I, DANIEL BLAKE
Not rated. 100 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See review, Page 39.
This 1970 Western, filmed entirely in New Mexico, may seem dated to today’s audiences. Yet it still packs a punch, remaining a powerful tale about racism. Featuring Burl Ives, Brock Peters, David Carradine, Nancy Kwan, and Jack Palance, the movie recounts the gruesome reception a black Union veteran faces after coming home at the end of the Civil War, as white citizens conspire to put an end to his dream of a idyllic postwar life spent ranching. Instead of the cavalry, a tribe of mistreated Native Americans comes to his rescue, reminding moviegoers of the better angels of our nature. The dialogue may at times be stilted and the monologues a bit preachy, but the film’s gutsy approach to racism at a time when moviemakers ignored the topic, along with its unfortunate contemporary relevance, make this a film worth watching. Not rated. 89 minutes. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (James McGrath Morris) See story, Page 28.
PARIS CAN WAIT
Rated PG. 92 minutes. Violet Crown Cinema. See review, Page 40.
Scarlett Johansson tries her hand at mainstream comedy in this movie by Lucia Aniello, who is best known for her work on the TV series Broad City. She plays one of several women at a bachelorette party in Miami who find themselves in a madcap caper when the stripper they’ve hired dies unexpectedly. Some of the other women are played by Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz. Rated R. 101 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Keep ya head up: Demetrius Shipp Jr. in All Eyez on Me, at Regal Stadium 14, Violet Crown, and DreamCatcher