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“The Big Sick”:

The screen­play, writ­ten by star Ku­mail Nan­jiani and his real-life wife, Emily V. Gor­don, was in­spired by their courtship. The sexy, beguil­ing Zoe Kazan brings in­tel­li­gence and be­liev­abil­ity to the Gor­don role. The ro­mance is al­most de­railed be­cause Ku­mail can’t bring him­self to tell his tra­di­tional Pak­istani par­ents he’s in love with an Amer­i­can named Emily, who comes down with some­thing de­bil­i­tat­ing, and is in a med­i­cally in­duced coma when Ku­mail fi­nally vis­its the hos­pi­tal and meets her par­ents. For­tu­nately, this film tran­scends the clichés of each formula it flirts with. ★★ ★ ½ (Bob Strauss, Los An­ge­les Daily News) R, 2:00


This beau­ti­fully pho­tographed in­die drama from de­but­ing Korean-Amer­i­can wri­ter­di­rec­tor Kog­o­nada fol­lows two lovely young strangers — Seoul-based book trans­la­tor Jin, played by John Cho (Sulu in the “Star Trek” films), and re­cent high­school grad­u­ate Casey, played by Ha­ley Lu Richard­son (“The Edge of Sev­en­teen”) — as their friend­ship de­vel­ops. They spend a few days talking and ex­plor­ing Casey’s home­town, Colum­bus, In­di­ana — an un­likely set­ting for sev­eral mid-20th- cen­tury build­ings de­signed by in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned ar­chi­tects of the day — while each tries to come to terms with strained parental re­la­tion­ships. ★★ ★ (Justin Chang, Los An­ge­les Times) Un­rated, 1:44


Christo­pher Nolan’s World War II drama is a stun­ning, im­mer­sive sur­vival film that puts view­ers in the midst of the ac­tion, whether on the beach with the 400,000 Al­lied sol­diers wait­ing and hope­ing for a res­cue that may never come; on the English Chan­nel in a lit­tle civil­ian ship with only an aging man and two teenage boys aboard, head­ing into hos­tile wa­ters; and in the air above the beach in two lone Spit­fires that are about to run out of fuel. “Dunkirk” ranks as the best film of 2017 so far and as Nolan’s best, too. ★★★★ (Lind­sey Bahr, As­so­ci­ated Press) PG-13, 1:46

“Girls Trip”:

The randy comedy — star­ring Regina Hall, Jada Pin­kett Smith, Queen Lat­i­fah and Tif­fany Had­dish as life­long friends — nails the loy­alty, bold­ness and heart of these spir­ited women who are at­tend­ing an event in New Or­leans when the fun turns boozy and bawdy. ★★★ (Katie Walsh, Tri­bune News Ser­vice) R, 2:02

“The Hit­man’s Body­guard”:

A hit­man (Sa­muel L. Jack­son) must tes­tify at a court in the Nether­lands about mil­i­tary crimes com­mit­ted by a no­to­ri­ous Be­laru­sian dic­ta­tor (Gary Old­man). But get­ting the wit­ness to the Hague be­comes a big prob­lem af­ter an In­ter­pol trans­fer goes awry. Called in to help is the world’s top body­guard (Ryan Reynolds), and his 24-hour trip with the hit­man, a for­mer ad­ver­sary, be­comes quite event­ful. It’s no sur­prise the most mag­netic char­ac­ter is Jack­son’s, whether singing folk songs with nuns or dol­ing out ro­man­tic ad­vice via speak­er­phone dur­ing a high-speed chase. A close sec­ond is Salma Hayek play­ing Jack­son’s feisty wife. But the non­stop ac­tion gets te­dious well be­fore the cred­its roll. ★½ (Katie Walsh, Tri­bune News Ser­vice) R, 1:58

“In­grid Goes West”:

In her rich­est per­for­mance yet, bad- girl comic Aubrey Plaza plays a so­cial-me­dia stalker who moves from the East Coast to the West so she get close to her role model, Tay­lor Sloane (El­iz­a­beth Olsen), an at­trac­tive young woman who makes a liv­ing doc­u­ment­ing her restau­rant meals and shop­ping sprees on­line. Di­rec­tor Matt Spicer and his co-writer, David Bran­son, nail the celebrity cul­ture, L. A. air­head and cell­phone gen­er­a­tion stereo­types so pre­cisely that the satire comes across as fresh and timely. ★★ ★ (Bob Strauss, Daily News, Los An­ge­les) R, 1:37


Stephen King’s sneer­ing Pen­ny­wise the clown (Bill Skars­gård) once again stalks the mis­fit chil­dren of the “losers club” from the sew­ers of small-town Maine in Andy Muschi­etti’s re­make of the au­thor’s 1986 hor­ror tale. Skars­gård grounds the vil­lain with an in­tel­lec­tual depth that’s al­ways dis­turb­ing, de­spite some mo­ments when the tale lapses from shud­der­wor­thy into the realm of schlock. ★★ ★ (Karen D’Souza, Bay Area News Group) R, 2:15

“Lo­gan Lucky”:

Chan­ning Ta­tum plays laid-off West Vir­ginia coal miner Jimmy Lo­gan, whose wife (Katie Holmes) has traded up for a mid­dle- class hus­band. Jimmy’s brother Clyde (Adam Driver), now a bar­tender, lost an arm while serv­ing in Iraq, and their sis­ter (Ri­ley Keough) works as a hair­dresser. For this fam­ily, the Amer­i­can dream has pretty much evap­o­rated. So with help from an in­car­cer­ated ex­plo­sives expert (Daniel Craig), they de­cide to take some­thing back from in­sti­tu­tions that have let them down, by in­ter­cept­ing the cash flow at a big NASCAR race. Though in some ways more triv­ial than its theme, Steven Soder­bergh’s heist flick will put a smile on your face. ★★ ½ (Lind­sey Bahr, As­so­ci­ated Press) PG-13, 1:59

“The Trip to Spain”:

Michael Win­ter­bot­tom’s “The Trip …” movies hold out the prom­ise of new places to ex­plore and ex­otic dishes to sa­vor, but in this third film — again star­ring Steve Coogan and Rob Bry­don as fic­tion­al­ized ver­sions of them­selves — trav­el­ing this time through Spain’s Basque coun­try to Málaga, the formula seems a bit tired, and the ac­tors’ celebrity im­per­son­ations are wear­ing thin. ★ ½ (Justin Chang, Los An­ge­les Times) Un­rated, 1:51

“Wind River”:

Screen­writer Tay­lor Sheri­dan (“Si­cario,” “Hell or High Wa­ter”) makes his fea­ture di­rect­ing de­but with an at­mo­spheric mur­der thriller set on the Wy­oming Na­tive Amer­i­can reser­va­tion of the ti­tle. A teenage girl has been killed, and the richly lay­ered story ex­plores trib­al­ism and gen­der re­la­tions within and across In­dian and An­glo lines, as a track­er­marks­man (Jeremy Ren­ner) helps a green­horn FBI agent (El­iz­a­beth Olsen) in­ves­ti­gate. Sheri­dan crafts solid drama from the bat­tle be­tween com­mu­nity law and the feral law of the fron­tier, and un­spools shock­ing se­quences that turn the story’s char­ac­ter fo­cus and time­line in un­ex­pected di­rec­tions while bod­ies pile up. ★★ ★ ½ (Colin Covert, Star Tri­bune, Min­neapo­lis) R, 1:47


Ku­mail Nan­jiani, left, and Zoe Kazan in “The Big Sick.”

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