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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for Dec. 12-18 and are subject to change. Listings for the Wynnsong 10 were unavailable at press time. 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.

Big Hero 6 (6): This animated feature from Walt Disney is about a robotics expert who uses his companion robot and friends to deal with a sinister plot in San Fransokyo. Critics are ecstatic about the look and humor of the film. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:40, 5:20 and 8.

Dumb and Dumber To (5): The makers of this dumb franchise did one smart thing: They brought back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to star in this sequel as the titular dumb guys. The Farrelly brothers direct again, and Kathleen Turner and Rob Riggle also star in this over-the-top comedy. One big problem, most critics say: It just isn’t that funny. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 2, 4:40, 7, 7:20 and 10.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (opening): Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) brings the second book of the Old Testament to life in epic style, with Christian Bale as Moses leading the children of Israel out of captivity under the cruel reign of Pharaoh (Joel Edgerton). Despite the sensational story and effects, critics have been only mildly impressed. PG13. Shiloh 14 in Big D format and 3D at noon and 10, in Big D format at 3:20 and 6:40, in 3D at 1:30, 4:50 and 8:10 and in 2D at noon, 12:30, 3:20, 3:50, 6:40, 7:10 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Fury (9): Brad Pitt plays an Army sergeant in command of a tank crew in Europe near the end of World War II. The tank is named Fury, and that describes the action, too: a series of dramatic tank battles punctuated by a scene in a German home that has its own overtones of violence. David Ayer (End of Watch) wrote the script and directed. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:45, 3:50, 6:55 and 10.

Gone Girl (11): Based on a bestseller by Gillian Flynn, the film by director David Fincher (The Social Network, Zodiac) explores that a possibility that a missing woman (Rosamund Pike) may have been murdered by her husband (Ben Affleck). Critics say the film is close to, if not at the level of, Mr. Fincher’s best, and that’s plenty good. R. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (opening): Director and writer Peter Jackson returns for the third in a trilogy of stories based on Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Yes, it’s true: Evil is afoot, and the fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance. Opening at 7 Tuesday at Vue and Brew in Laurel and at 7:10, 8 and 10:30 at Shiloh 14.

Horrible Bosses 2 (3): This comedy sequel brings back most of the original cast, but early reviews have been, to borrow a word, horrible. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis star, and this time they aren’t out to kill their bosses. They’re trying to market Shower Buddy, a product of their own. Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey also are back, for some reason. R. Shiloh 14 at 1:30, 4, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 and 9:40.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I (4): The filmmakers broke the third volume of a trilogy in two to make this film, and critics say there’s not quite enough film here to fill up the time it takes to see. But it still wins mostly praise, and Jennifer Lawrence is back and terrific as usual, while Julianne Moore stars as the president of a troubled nation. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon, 12:30, 3, 3:30, 6, 6:30, 9 and 9:30. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Interstellar (6): Christopher Nolan (Inception, the Dark Knight trilogy) wrote and directed this science fiction film about a pilot (Matthew McConaughey) who gets a chance to travel to another galaxy to escape the dust storms enveloping Earth. It’s long (nearly three hours), magnificent in its special effects and nevertheless tells a simple story about family. Critics see shades of Stanley Kubrick but are mostly pleased. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4:40 and 8:20.

Nightcrawler (4): Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 pounds to star as a morally ungrounded man who makes it big in TV news by chasing late-night stories of crime and mayhem in Los Angeles. Rene Russo also stars in this critically acclaimed film by writer and director Dan Gilroy. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15 and 9:15 at least through Dec. 11.

Ouija (7): In this horror film, a dark power is awakened when humans make use of a Ouija board. The makers have a lot of horror movie cred, and the stars include Douglas Smith and Olivia Cooke. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 5:05 and 9:40.

The Penguins of Madagascar (3): This animated feature from DreamWorks is about a bunch of penguins involved in global espionage. The voices include John Malkovich. PG. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 12:30, 2:55, 5:20 and 7:45 and in 2D at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:40. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

St. Vincent (8): Bill Murray plays an old curmudgeon, a gambler and a drinker, who takes a job babysitting for his new neighbor (Melissa McCarthy). Naturally, he takes the child places a child shouldn’t go and, naturally, he turns out not be such a bad guy, but critics say that Murray’s wry performance saves everything. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:45, 4:20, 7 and 9:35 at least through Dec. 11.

The Theory of Everything (3): This biopic is based on Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Steven, a memoir by Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) about her relationship with astrophysicist Steven Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), the author of A Brief History of Time who was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 21. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45, 4:05 and  7:05 at least through Dec. 11.

The Vatican Museums (opening): This documentary, originally produced in 1997, explores the Vatican’s collections of art and historical items with the help of scholars from around the world. Wynnsong 10 at 7 at least through Dec. 11.

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