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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for Sept.25 to Oct. 1 and are subject to change. Movies at the Amusement Park Drive-In begin at dark on Fridays and Saturdays. 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.

Black Mass (2): The title sounds like your typical horror movie, but hold on: This actually is about Whitey Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster recently taken into custody. Johnny Depp has drawn kudos in the lead role, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton also starring. R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:10, 7 and 9:50.

Captive (opening): Yet another faith-based drama, now about a meth addict (Kate Mara) taken hostage by a criminal (David Oyelowo) on the run. She begins reading Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life, and their relationship changes. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

Cartel Land (2): This prize-winning documentary explores border drug wars, where Mexican cartels clash with vigilantes trying to keep drug wars south of the border. R. Art House Cinema at 6:15 on Friday and Wednesday, at 2 and 6:15 on Saturday and at 2:45 on Sunday.

Everest (opening): This 3D movie is based on disastrous 1996 attempts to climb the world’s tallest mountain. The crowded cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes. The scenery is terrific, of course, and the dangers of high altitude are vividly displayed. PG13. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 12:30, 1, 3:30, 7, 9:30 and 10 and in 2D at 4 and 6:30. Wynnsong 10  in 3D at 1, 7 and 9:55 and in 2D at 4.

Grandma (2): Lily Tomlin stars in this comedy about a woman and her granddaughter (Julia Garner) who have to scare up $600 before sundown. Ms. Tomlin is terrific, critics say, and they praise the film as simple, uncalculating and often funny. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:05 and 7.

The Green Inferno (opening): Eli Roth (Hostel)  directs this gory horror film about environmental activists who travel to the Amazon to try to save the rain forest. But who will save them? One critic called it a “feast for gorehounds.” R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:50.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (opening): The popular animated horror comedy earns a second episode. The voices include Mel Brooks, who is a funny man, and Adam Sandler, who isn’t. Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi and Kevin James also star. PG. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 and 9:50  and in 2D at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 1:25 and 6:45 and in 2D at 4:05 and 9:15. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Inside Out (10): In this animated Pixar film, a girl has to move with her father to a new job in San Francisco. Her emotions, voiced by such actors as Amy Poehler, Lewis Black and Bill Hader, struggle to adjust inside the headquarters of her brain. Critics are calling it one of Pixar’s best. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4:15, 6:55 and 9:20.

The Intern (opening): A retired business owner (Robert De Niro) gets an internship at a fashion website run by a career-driven woman (Anne Hathaway). The movie tries hard to cash in on all of the possibilities for Life Lessons and comic conflicts, and it mostly seems to succeed, critics acknowledge a bit grudgingly. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:05, 7 and 9:45. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Jurassic World (16): 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 2:25 and 7:45.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2): This is the second movie in a projected trilogy based on the popular young-adult science fiction books by James Dashner, who lives in the Rocky Mountain West. Critical reviews are mixed, but the consensus appears to be that the movie adequately sets the stage for the final film in the series. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 1:30, 3:40, 4:40, 6:50, 7:50 and 10. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Minions (12): 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 and 5:20.

90 Minutes in Heaven (3): Based on a true story, this faith-based film is about a man who is declared dead in a traffic accident and believes that he has gone to Heaven. Then he comes back to life and has to adjust to the pain and turmoil of the accident. Michael Polish (Twin Falls, Idaho) directs. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 4 and 9:20.

No Escape (5): 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. Amusement Park Drive-In.

People Places Things (opening): In this comedy, a New York City professor and graphic novelist with twins is estranged from their mother. When a student tries to set him up with her mother, he faces the challenge of coming to terms with himself and the city. R. Art House Cinema at 4:15 and 8:30 on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday and at 12:45 on Sunday.

The Perfect Guy (3): A lobbyist (Sanaa Lathan) has a passionate relationship with a stranger. Then her ex-boyfriend resurfaces. David M. Rosenthal (A Single Shot) directs, and Tyger Williams (Menace II Society) wrote the script. PG13. Amusement Park Drive-In.

Pixels (10): In this animated comedy, aliens from outer space mistake video feeds of old arcade games as an invasion from Earth and launch a preemptive attack using such characters as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 4:25 and 9:50.

Sinister 2 (6): 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. Amusement Park Drive-In.

Southpaw (8): 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.

The Visit (3): The latest from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) is a found-footage story about two children who go to live with their strange – and terrifying – grandparents. Some critics suggest that this movie shows that the director is back on the right track. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

A Walk in the Woods (4): 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. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 and 8:05.

War Room (5): The subtitle says it all: “Prayer is a powerful weapon.” This faith-based movie is about a crumbling marriage of a couple who aim to set things right with a battle plan involving prayer. Despite tepid reviews, this film has become a box office hit. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 1:35, 4, 4:35, 6:50, 7:35 and 9:40. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

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