Listings are for Feb. 27 to March 5 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.
American Sniper (7): 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, 4:30 and 7:40. Shiloh 14 at noon, 12:30, 3:10, 3:40, 6:20, 6:50, 9:30 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (4): This year’s Best Picture Oscar went to this film, which stars Michael Keaton, who won a Golden Globe for his performance as an actor struggling to put on a Broadway play. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Amores Perros) directs this imaginative and emotional film, which also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone. R. Vue and Brew in Laurel.
The DUFF (2): The title refers to Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and that may tell you just about all you need to know about this high school comedy. The DUFF in question (Mae Whitman) reinvents herself with the help of a jock (Robbie Arnell) and also has to learn the lesson that looks aren’t everything. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:25, 4:25, 7:10 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 and 8:05.
Fifty Shades of Grey (3): The phenomenal, and steamy, bestseller by E.L. James gets big-screen treatment with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in starring roles. Critics give it mixed reviews, and some say it is better than the book, but they weren’t too crazy about that either. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:05, 7 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
Focus (opening): Will Smith plays a con man who takes on an apprentice (Margot Robbie) in this crime comedy written and directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love). It’s an easy plot, critics say, but sharp dialogue and alluring performances by the leads pull it through. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:15, 7 and 9:35. Shiloh 14 at 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55 and 10:30.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2): Director Steve Pink (High Fidelity) moves this comedy sequel 10 years into the future, with a cast that includes Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase. Critics have been ruthless, noting that this is a weak sequel to a film that wasn’t all that great to begin with. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4, 7:05 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 at 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30 and 9:55.
The Imitation Game (8): This movie tells the story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a British mathematician charged with breaking Nazi code during World War II. The urgent and complex task is complicated by Turing’s arrogance and hidden homosexuality. Critics have enthusiastically embraced this film, which also stars Keira Knightley. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:55.
Jupiter Ascending (4): Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, who works as a house cleaner until she is tracked down by a genetically engineered hunter (Channing Tatum) who tells her she is destined for great things. The Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas), but critics find that its on-screen loveliness can’t make up for a predictable script. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (3): Another comic book tale, this time about a kid from the streets (Taron Egerton) who is recruited into a spy organization just as a global threat emerges. This movie by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men) features lots of action but also some laughs as it approaches the situation with an undertone of parody. The interesting cast includes Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:10 and 7:20. Shiloh 14 at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10.
The Lazarus Effect (opening): Blumhouse Productions (The Purge, Sinister) came up with this horror film about researchers (led by Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde) who find a way to bring the dead back to life. What could possibly go wrong? For starters, the university shuts the research project down, but that’s just the beginning. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 3:45, 7 and 9:15. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20.
McFarland, USA (2): Kevin Costner plays Jim White, a cross-country coach whose team of farm laborers triumphed over much better-funded schools in California. Life lessons abound, of course, and critics find it all predictably inspirational but also lovely and well intended. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:40, 4:40 and 7:40. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Paddington (7): The popular storybook bear finally gets the big-screen treatment in a low-key affair that has been nearly unanimously praised by critics for its charm, wit and old-fashioned nostalgia. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon and 5. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Seventh Son (4): Jeff Bridges plays Master Gregory, a knight who has to fight off a powerful witch (Julianne Moore) who aims to ignite a war between the supernatural and humanity. The only hope is a new apprentice, the seventh son of a seventh son (Ben Barnes). The movie is based on the Wardstone Chronicles series of books. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 2:25, 7:25 and 10.
Spongebob Squarepants (4): The second feature based on the popular TV cartoon series retains the original’s goofball charm. It’s perfect for its target audience, and adults may find a few laughs, too. PG. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 3:45 and 9:15 and in 2D at 1:15 and 6:50. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 2:25 and 9:40 and in 2D at noon, 4:50 and 7:15.
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