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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for April 17-23 and are subject to change. Movies begin at dark at the Amusement Park Drive-In, and show only on Fridays and Saturdays through Memorial Day weekend, when they switch to daily. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.

American Sniper (14): Clint Eastwood directed this true story about Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who was America’s most successful sniper but had trouble adjusting to life back home. The Associated Press says it’s Mr. Eastwood’s best movie in years, and most other critics agree. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20 and 9:30.

Cinderella (6): Kenneth Branagh directs Disney’s live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale, which Kurt Vonnegut called the world’s favorite story. Branagh breaks no new ground but tells the story with affection, tradition and with a fine cast that includes Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother and Lily James as the splendid little girl whom the shoe fits perfectly. PG. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4,  7 and 9:45.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (5): This follow-up to the futuristic hit has been skeptically received by critics. One called it “yet another movie about pretty young people in futuristic sportswear punching or shooting each other.” Shailene Woodley’s appeal as an action start also has been questioned, but Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts pump up the star power. PG13. Wynnsong 10 in 2D at 1:20, 4:10, 7 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 in 2D at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30.

Furious 7 (3): The seventh entry in the Fast and Furious series is characterized by critics as dumb, loud, light on plot, illogical, meat-headed and an altogether good time at the theater. Van Diesel, Tony Jaa and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are among the stars, who also include Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 2, 4:10, 5:15, 7:20 and 9. Shiloh 14 at noon, 12:30, 1:30, 3:20, 3:45, 4:45, 6:40, 7, 8 and 10.  Vue and Brew in Laurel at 12:45, 3 and 7:45.

Get Hard (4): Critics call it “stupid and immature” and “offensive by design and lowbrow by nature.” And that’s from critics who liked it. This raunchy comedy stars Will Ferrell as a convicted banker who prepares for prison with the help of the guy who washes his car (Kevin Hart). Director Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) is not to be confused with the more accomplished Ethan Coen of the Coen Brothers. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 3:45, 7:20 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

Home (4): This animated feature from DreamWorks is about an alien who lands on Earth and befriends a girl who helps teach him Life Lessons. It’s a fairly pedestrian effort by a company known for better work, most critics say. Voices include Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. PG. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 4:30 and 7 and in 2D at 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 1, 3:30, 6 and 8:30 and in 2D at 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8. Vue and Brew in Laurel at 12:45, 3, 5 and 7. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

An Honest Liar (opening): This documentary about magician and escape artist James “The Amazing” Randi looks at his investigations into psychics, faith healers and con artists, as well as the fictional characters he has created in his own life. Unrated. Arthouse Cinema and Pub at 4 and 8:30 Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It Follows (4): This horror movie from David Robert Mitchell has drawn enthusiastic reviews from critics, who say it is one of the most imaginative and gripping horror films in years. It’s about a girl who has sex with a new guy, only to find that he has transferred his own nightmare to her: She begins seeing strange people, and they are all out to get her. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:35.

The Longest Ride (2): In yet another critically panned movie based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Last Song, Safe Haven, The Notebook),  Scott Eastwood plays a bull rider who gets into a difficult love affair with an aspiring New York City artist (Brittany Robertson). Somehow, it all gets intertwined with another love story involving Alan Alda. Variety calls the film “three-hankie twaddle.” PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:25 and 7:35. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 1, 3:30, 4, 6:30, 7, 9:30 and 10. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

Monkey Kingdom (opening): Tina Fey narrates this documentary about a monkey mother caring for her new baby. Critics have been enthralled with the photography and sharp editing, as well as the wit of the narrative. G. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15 and 9:30.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (opening): Early reviews of this comedy sequel have been brutal. “Mordantly witless,” one critic wrote. Another said, “As you watch the film, it’s already forgotten.” Kevin James returns as the mall cop, this time off to Las Vegas for a vacation with his daughter. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4:20, 7 and 9:25. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10 and also at 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8. Vue and Brew in Laurel at 1, 3:30, 5:45 and 7:45.

Unfriended (opening): Reviews have been generally, but far from unanimously, positive for this horror film about teenagers (who else?) who are stalked by computer by someone seeking revenge for a shaming video that led to a suicide. It’s a clever gimmick, some critics say, but if you think this is scary, you should see what’s on the actual internet. R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 10.

What We Do in the Shadows (2): Four vampire roommates, ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, try to adjust to the modern world in this comedy by the creators of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, Jamaine Clement and Taika Waititi. A documentary film crew follows the vampires as they deal with technology and a very strict diet. Arthouse Cinema and Pub at 1:30 and 6:15 Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Woman in Gold (2): Helen Mirren stars in this tale, based on a true story, of a woman who sets out to retrieve a painting seized by the Nazis in World War II. Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl and Katie Holmes also star in a film that has divided critics just about evenly: Some praise the powerful story but others find it sluggish and predictable. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:35, 4:15, 7:05 and 9:45.

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