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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for Sept.4-10 and are subject to change. Listings for the Wynnsong 10 were not available at press time. Movies begin at dark each night at the Amusement Park Drive-In, with a dusk-to-dawn showing on Sunday. For times at Vue and Brew in Laurel, go to or call 633-4438. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.

American Ultra (3): In this action comedy, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) plays an unmotivated stoner living with his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) who doesn’t realize that he actually is a lethal secret agent. Reviews have been mixed; some critics find it too violent to be funny and too funny to be taken seriously. R. Shiloh 14 at 7:20 and 9:50.

Ant-Man (8): Yes, it’s another Marvel Comics superhero coming to the big screen, but with affable Paul Rudd in the lead role, this movie plays all that saving the world business mostly for laughs. The plot may be the same ol’ same ol’, but here it at least shrinks to ant-size proportions. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Digging for Fire (opening): In this meandering tale, Jake Johnson (who also helped write the script) and Rosemarie DeWitt play a married couple who get a house-sitting gig in the hills of Los Angeles. He finds a bone and a pistol and sets out to unravel the mystery, digging up the yard while his wife urges him to forget about it. R. Art House Cinema at 4:30 and 8:30 on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday and at 1 on Sunday.

Fantastic Four (5): Pre-release buzz was bad for this attempt to bring these comic book characters to life, and the critical reception also has not been kind, the same as with the 2005 predecessor. This version traces the origin story of the Fantastic Four, then lays on the special effects in an effort to create excitement. PG13. Amusement Park Drive-In.

The Gift (5): Joel Edgerton (Felony) wrote, directed and stars in this engaging thriller about a young married couple who run into an old acquaintance (Edgerton) and uncover a terrible secret that has been hidden for 20 years. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall also star. R. Shiloh 14 at 2:50 and 8.

Infinitely Polar Bear (2): Mark Ruffalo plays man with bipolar disorder who has to leave his family and move into a halfway house. When his wife (Zoe Saldana) leaves for business school, he attempts to move back home and cope with the kids. Art House Cinema and Pub at 6:30 on Friday and Wednesday, 2:30 and 6:30 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

Jurassic World (13): Dinosaurs are cloned for human entertainment for the fourth time in this series. Surely nothing will go wrong this time. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio star. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (4): The ’60s TV series comes back to life with Henry Cavill  playing Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer playing Illya Kuryakin. The series was a bit of a spoof on the James Bond movies, themselves a bit spoofy. And both were out-spoofed by another ’60s series, Get Smart. The result here, as you might imagine, is lots of style without much substance. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon and 5:20. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Max (3): This family-friendly movie is about a military dog in Afghanistan that is adopted by the family of his dead handler and forms a close bond with the handler’s brother. Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls) wrote and directed. PG. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Minions (9): This animated comedy serves as a sort of prequel to the Despicable Me movies, focusing on the lovable lackeys who in this movie get involved with Scarlet Overkill, an evil villain voiced by Sandra Bullock. Perhaps the rest of the film makes more sense than that sentence. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:40.

Mission: Impossible 5 - Rogue Nation (6): This durable franchise, based on a durable TV series and with durable star Tom Cruise (now 53), is back for another critically welcomed entry. Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg return, and newcomers Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Jeremy Renner join in. Director Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script for The Usual Suspects, which sets a high bar. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 3:40, 6:50 and 10. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

No Escape (2): An American businessman (Owen Wilson) and his family are caught up in a rebel uprising in Southeast Asia. Reviews have been tepid; critics say that watching this is a fun time, provided you don’t think too hard about characters and plot. One critic called it “xenophobic claptrap of the highest order.” R. Shiloh 14 at 12:15, 2:50, 5:25 and 8. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel and at Amusement Park Drive-In.

Ricki and the Flash (5): The Ricki in the title is Meryl Streep playing a rock ’n’ roll guitarist who returns home after giving up everything for her career. Ms. Streep is terrific, of course, and she gets help from Kevin Kline, playing her ex-husband; Rick Springfield, playing her band mate and lover; and Ms. Streep’s own daughter, Mamie Gummer, playing her fictional daughter. PG13. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Shaun the Sheep Movie (5): This animated film from Britain’s Aardman Animations (Curse of the Were-Rabbit) is based on a British TV series. It offers no dialogue but plenty of smiles and charm, critics say. PG. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:40 and 5. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Sinister 2 (3): This horror film is a sequel to the 2012 hit movie. Shannyn Sossamon (The Rules of Attraction, The Day) stars as the mother of a pair of twins in a rural house where terrible things happen. C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson, who wrote the original, also collaborated on this script. R. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

Southpaw (7): Jake Gyllenhaal plays a boxing champion who is devastated after his wife (Rachel McAdams) is killed when she is caught in the crossfire of a gunfight. His career deteriorates, he loses custody of his daughter, and his house is foreclosed on. Can a new trainer (Forest Whitaker) help? It’s predictable stuff, redeemed by first-rate performances. R. Amusement Park Drive-In.

Straight Outta Compton (4): This biographical story tells the tale of N.W.A., an influential California rap group in the mid ’80s. It’s a case where the cast is less well known than the musicians they portray: O’shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, and so on. Critics have had an odd response: Nearly all find plenty to criticize, but nearly all also find that the sheer power of the story overcomes those drawbacks. R. Shiloh 14 at noon, 3:20, 6:40 and 10.

Vacation (6): This follow-up to National Lampoon’s Vacation has the Chevy Chase character’s son (Ed Helms) taking his wife (Christina Applegate) and kids on a trip back to Walley World. The usual mishaps ensue, along with the usual crude humor and occasional belly laughs. R. Shiloh 14 at 2:50 and 8:10.

A Walk in the Woods (opening): Robert Redford, now 81, plays a famous travel writer who leaves behind his wife (Emma Thompson) and family to walk the Appalachian Trial with a friend, a n’er-do-well played by Nick Nolte, 74. Critical opinion is almost evenly divided between those who are happy to see these two aging actors working together and those who find it all a bore. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 and 8:05.

We Are Your Friends (2): Zac Efron (Neighbors) plays a DJ aspiring to greatness who falls for the girlfriend (Emily Ratajkowski) of his mentor (Wes Bentley). It’s basically a coming-of-age tale set to electronic music; if you like the music, the movie should be fine. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:20 and 5:30.

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