Listings are for Nov. 14-20 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.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (6): Disney brings the popular children’s book to the big screen, keeping it to 80 minutes and recruiting Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as actors. Critical reaction has been generally positive but unenthusiastic, with critics finding the movie slight but amusing. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 and 9.
Beyond the Lights (opening): A budding but deeply unhappy music superstar (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) falls in love with a cop (Nate Parker) assigned to guard her. Doesn’t sound like much, but this new film from writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball) has drawn praise from critics, who find it a thoughtful crowd-pleaser. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 12:30, 4, 7 and 9:50.
Big Hero 6 (2): This animated feature from Walt Disney is about a robotics expert who uses his companion robot and friends to deal with a plot in San Fransokyo. Critics are ecstatic about the look and humor of the film. PG. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7:05 and 9:45 and in 2D at 11:15 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 7:15 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7 and 9:40 and in 2D at 11:15 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 7:15 and 9:55. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
The Book of Life (5): This animated fantasy tells the story of a hero who sets off on a quest to rescue the one he loves. Lovely visuals somewhat compensate for a formulaic story, critics say. Voices include Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Ice Cube. PG. Shiloh 14 at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 4:30.
Dracula Untold (6): This retelling of the Dracula story makes Vlad the Impaler out to be something of a romantic hero. Here, Dracula (Luke Evans) takes on whole armies from the Ottoman Empire, boldly slaying his enemies but losing a lot of the creepy appeal that made Dracula so successful as a scary villain in the first place. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35 and 10.
Dumb and Dumber To (opening): 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. PG13. Wynnsong 10 and Shiloh 14 at 11:20 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:20 and 10. Also at Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7 and 9:40
Fury (5): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4:35 and 7:40. Shiloh 14 at 12:45, 3:50, 6:55 and 10.
Gone Girl (7): 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. Shiloh 14 at noon, 3:20, 6:40 and 10.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I: (opening Nov. 20): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 8 and 11:30. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 8 and also at 8 and 11. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Interstellar (2): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 11:30 a.m., 1, 3:10, 4:45, 7:25 and 8:30. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:40, 4:10, 6:20, 7:50 and 10.
John Wick (4): Keanu Reeves has drawn critical acclaim as the title character, an ex-hitman out for revenge against a bunch of gangsters who kill a dog. Not much plot here, but critics say it’s a slick and stylish thriller that provides plenty of entertainment. R. Shiloh 14 at 7 and 9:35.
The Judge (6): Robert Duvall is the titular judge, who is suspected of murder. Robert Downey Jr. plays the judge’s son, a big-city lawyer who comes home to find out the truth about his estranged father. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) is better known for lighter stuff, and bits of humor enliven the grimmer parts of this family conflict. Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton also star. R. Wynnsong 10 at 11:30 a.m., 2:45 and 7:45. Shiloh 14 at 12:30 and 6:35.
The Maze Runner (9): 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. Shiloh 14 at 1:15, 4, 6:45 and 9:30.
Nightcrawler (3): 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. Shiloh 14 at 3:45 and 9:50.
Ouija (4): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1:45, 4:05, 7:20 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20.
Pride (opening): This film hasn’t made much money at the box office, but both critics and audiences who have seen it say it’s a charming comedy with something to say. The film is based on a true story about gay and lesbian activists whose initial attempts to help striking mine workers in England is rebuffed. Bill NIghy and Imelda Staunton star. Vue and Brew in Laurel.
St. Vincent (4): 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 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:50. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
23 Blast (2): This movie is based on a true story about a football player who suddenly went blind but still managed to play football all the way through high school. Critics find it inspirational but predictable. PG13. Vue and Brew in Laurel.
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