Listings are for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 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.
As Above/So Below (5): In another found footage horror movie, an archaeologist (Perdita Weeks) discovers a passage to hell in the catacombs beneath Paris. Brothers John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) and Drew Dowdle wrote the script, and John Erick Dowdle directed. R. Shiloh 14 at 4:10 and 9:15.
The Boxtrolls (opening): This animated feature from the makers of Coraline is about a bunch of odd creatures who raise a human boy (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in a house 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 in 3D at 1 and 9:15 and in 2D at 4 and 6:45. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 1:30 and 9 and in 2D at 4 and 6:30. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Dolphin Tale 2 (3): The cast is back from the 2011 hit that starred Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. It’s the continuing story of a dolphin named Winter that received a prosthetic tail following an injury. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:25, 4:05, 6:45 and 9:25. Shiloh 14 at 1, 3:40, 6:20 and 9. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
The Drop (2): A bartender (Tom Hardy) gets caught up in the investigation of a robbery gone bad. Director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) charms critics with this dark thriller, filling the screen with atmospherics and a plot that takes unexpected turns. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:35, 4:15, 7 and 9:45.
The Equalizer (opening): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:20 and 7:25. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 1:30, 4:40 and 7:50 and also at 2, 5:05 and 8:10.
The Giver (7): In this movie based on a Newbery Award-winning book for young adults that has sold 10 million copies, Jeff Bridges plays the title character, a bearded hermit in a dystopian future after the Ruin in which a Council of Elders, led by Meryl Streep, controls everything, everything is in black and white, and memories have been erased. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 4:40 and 9:50.
Guardians of the Galaxy (9): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:45 and 7:45. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
The Identical (3): This odd movie has taken a critical beating (5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) with its strange story about identical twins who grow up apart but become connected through a shared passion for music. Elvis impersonator Blake Rayne plays both twins, and Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd are in there, too, in this religiously themed film. PG. Vue and Brew in Laurel.
If I Stay (6): Based on the young adult novel of the same name, this movie stars Chlöe Grace Moretz as an aspiring musician who gets caught in a coma between life and death. To be or not to be? That is, indeed, the question in this well intentioned exploration of teenage angst. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1:30 and 6:35.
Let’s Be Cops (7): Two friends (Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson) dress up as cops for a costume party, then get caught up in a web woven by mobsters and corrupt detectives. Rob Riggles also stars. Apparently, the movie can’t quite decide whether it wants to be a comedy or a shoot-‘em-up, and doesn’t pull off either. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:40 and 7:15. Shiloh 14 at 2, 4:35, 7:10 and 9:45.
The Maze Runner (2): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4:30 and 7:40. Shiloh 14 at 1, 1:45, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:15, 9:45 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks (opening): Various animated ponies get involved in a battle of the bands that turns into something more sinister. NR. Shiloh 14 at 1 on Saturday and Sunday.
No Good Deed (3): Idris Elba plays a threatening stranger who talks his way into a home and leaves the family there fighting for its survival. Taraji P. Henson stars as the mother in the threatened home. Despite critical pummeling, the film has done well at the box office. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:15.
Sing Over Me (4): This documentary tells the story of Dennis Jernigan, who wrote popular Christian songs and struggled with homosexuality throughout his life. Vue and Brew in Laurel.
The Song (opening): 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. Shiloh 14 at 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:45.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (8): If you’ve read the comic books, seen the TV series and watched the feature films, you already know what you are in for in this film from producer Michael Bay of Transformers fame. If you haven’t, why start now? Well, Megan Fox is in it, but other than that? PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4, 7:10 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at 1:30, 4:05, 6:40 and 9:15.
This Is Where I Leave You (2): Based on a novel by Jonathan Tropper, this dramatic comedy rolls out a big cast: Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and Tina Fey, among others. Critics are divided about whether the cast overcomes an overworked plot or whether the film contains enough laughs to make a trip to the theater worthwhile. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 at 2:15, 4:50, 7:25 and 10.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2): In a film based on a novel by Lawrence Block, Liam Neeson plays an ex-New York cop working on the edges of the law as a private investigator. He takes a job looking for the bad guys who kidnapped a drug trafficker’s wife, then takes his own revenge. Predictable enough, but well crafted, most critics say. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4:40 and 7:45. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
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