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At The Movies

Listings are for Oct. 17-23 and are subject to change. For times at the Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2): Disney brings the popular children’s book to the big screen, keeping it to 80 minutes and recruiting Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as actors. Critical reaction has been generally positive but unenthusiastic, with critics finding the movie slight but amusing. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:40, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:10.Shiloh 14 at 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Annabelle (3): This horror movie at least stars someone with the same first name as the title character, Annabelle Wallace. Collider says the movie is not a sequel to The Conjuring, last year’s critical success starring Vera Farmiga, but does use a creepy doll that was featured in that film. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4:10, 7:05 and 9;40. Shiloh 14 at 1:30, 4, 7 and 9:30.

The Best of Me (opening): Yet another Nicholas Sparks novel makes it to the screen, this one starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as high school sweethearts who spend 20 years apart, then get back together at the funeral of a friend. Michael Hoffman (Promised Land) directs. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:05, 4, 7 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 1, 1:30, 4, 4:20, 7, 7:10, 9:50 and 10.

The Book of Life (opening): This animated fantasy tells the story of a hero who sets off on a quest to rescue the one he loves. Lovely visuals somewhat compensate for a formulaic story, critics say. Voices include Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Ice Cube. PG. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 1 and 9:15 and in 2D at 4 and 6:45. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 1:30 and 9:30 and in 2D at 4 and 7. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

The Boxtrolls (4): This animated feature from the makers of Coraline is about a bunch of creatures who raise a human boy (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) underground. When an arch villain (Ben Kingsley) attempts to destroy the creatures, the boy goes to their defense. Critics are mostly charmed, but some see this as a sharp decline from Coraline. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 6:45 and 9:15. Shiloh 14 at 2 and 4:30.

Dracula Untold (2): This retelling of the Dracula story makes Vlad the Impaler out to be something of a romantic hero. Here, Dracula (Luke Evans) takes on whole armies from the Ottoman Empire, boldly slaying his enemies but losing a lot of the creepy appeal that made Dracula so successful as a scary villain in the first place. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:10, 7:15 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 2, 4:25, 6:50, 7, 9:15 and 9:25.

The Equalizer (4): Denzel Washington plays a man with a murky past who comes out of retirement to help a girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) threatened by Russian gangsters. Critics find it exciting but derivative and a squandering of Mr. Washington’s considerable talents. R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Fury (opening): Brad Pitt plays an Army sergeant in command of a tank crew in Europe near the end of World War II. The tank is named Fury, and that describes the action, too: a series of dramatic tank battles punctuated by a scene in a German home that has its own overtones of violence. David Ayer (End of Watch) wrote the script and directed. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4:45 and 8. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 1, 4:05, 7:10 and 10:15 and also at 1:15, 4:20, 7:25 and 10:30.

Gone Girl (3): Based on a bestseller by Gillian Flynn, the film by director David Fincher (The Social Network, Zodiac) explores that a possibility that a missing woman (Rosamund Pike) may have been murdered by her husband (Ben Affleck). Critics say the film is close to, if not at the level of, Mr. Fincher’s best, and that’s plenty good. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:25, 4:50 and 8:15. Shiloh 14 at 1:10, 4:30 and 7:50.

Guardians of the Galaxy (12): In a Marvel film from Walt Disney, space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) enlists the aid of a band of odd misfits, including a raccoon and a treelike humanoid, to battle for the fate of the galaxy. Even with the special effects, director  and co-writer James Gunn (Slither) emphasizes a knowing sense of humor that most critics find appealing. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 4 and 9:45.

The Judge (2): Robert Duvall is the titular judge, who is suspected of murder. Robert Downey Jr. plays the judge’s son, a big-city lawyer who comes home to find out the truth about his estranged father. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) is better known for lighter stuff, and bits of humor enliven the grimmer parts of this family conflict. Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton also star. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4:30 and 7:45. Shiloh 14 at 1:30, 4:45 and 8.

Left Behind (3): Nicholas Cage stars in a critically ravaged movie about the biblical Rapture, in which millions of people disappear without a trace. Mr. Cage plays the pilot of a transatlantic jumbo jet whose passengers suddenly start disappearing. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4, 7 and 9:40. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

The Maze Runner (5): Based on James Dashner’s fantasy novel, this is about a boy who wakes up trapped with other boys in a maze. It’s a science-fiction thriller and box office success aimed at young adults, but adults may find its workmanship and intricacies worth a look as well. Dylan O’Brien stars. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1:15 and 7.

Meet the Mormons (2): This documentary takes a look at the Mormon faith and at the people who practice it around the globe. The few critics who have troubled to see it complain that it paints too rosy a picture of the religion’s past and amounts to a commercial for Mormonism. PG. Shiloh 14 at 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40.

The Song (2): A singer and songwriter played by Alan Powell of the Christian group Anthem Lights comes out from under the shadow of his father’s musical career, has a major hit and falls in love with a girl (Ali Faulkner), but the temptations of fame threaten to tear his life apart. PG13. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

 

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