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At The Movies

Listings are for Aug. 22-28 and are subject to change. For times at the Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to Features at the Amusement Park Drive-In begin at dusk on Fridays and Saturdays. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Earth to Echo (7): This kid-oriented feature is about four school friends who team up to help a small stranded alien they befriend. Critics are less than enthusiastic but say it should appeal to the younger set. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon.

The Expendables 3 (2): Now more expendable than ever, the grizzled cast is back in another action flick co-directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also stars along with Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What a cast. What a waste. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 10. Shiloh 14 at 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10.

The Giver (2): In this movie based on a Newbery Award-winning book for young adults that has sold 10 million copies, Jeff Bridges plays the title character, a bearded hermit in a dystopian future after the Ruin in which a Council of Elders, led by Meryl Streep, controls everything, everything is in black and white, and memories have been erased. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:50, 4:40, 7:15 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

Guardians of the Galaxy (4): In a Marvel film from Walt Disney, space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) enlists the aid of a band of odd misfits, including a raccoon and a treelike humanoid, to battle for the fate of the galaxy. Even with the special effects, director  and co-writer James Gunn (Slither) emphasizes a knowing sense of humor that most critics find appealing. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 1, 4, 7 and 10. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (3): Lasse Hallström (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) directed this film about a family from India who open a restaurant in the south of France. There they come into conflict with the woman who runs a nearby high-toned French restaurant (Helen Mirren) until they learn to appreciate each other’s culture and cuisine. PG. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

If I Stay (opening): Based on the young adult novel of the same name, this movie stars Chlöe Grace Moretz as an aspiring musician who gets caught in a coma between life and death. To be or not to be? That is, indeed, the question in this well intentioned exploration of teenage angst. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4:10, 7:05 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:40, 5:20 and 8. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

Into the Storm (3): If you’ve seen the TV ads, you probably already know whether this is the movie for you. We admit it: We are total suckers for big storm movies, and one huge storm is what this movie is all about. Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies star. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 2, 4:30, 7:20 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 and 9:50. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In..

Let’s Be Cops (2): Two friends (Damon Wayans Jr., Jake Johnson) dress up as cops for a costume party, then get caught up in a web woven by mobsters and corrupt detectives. Rob Riggles also stars. Apparently, the movie can’t quite decide whether it wants to be a comedy or a shoot-‘em-up, and doesn’t pull off either. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:40, 4:30, 7:15 and 10. Shiloh 14 at 12:20., 2:35, 2:55, 5:10, 5:30, 7:45 and 8:05. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Lucy (5): In a much-anticipated movie, at least judging from TV ads, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who accidentally acquires the drug-induced capacity to make full use of the human mind. One of a series of strong woman characters created by director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita), she takes on the bad guys and eventually finds her way to a scientist played by Morgan Freeman, who wants to study her. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 and 9:50.

A Most Wanted Man (opening): In one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final roles, he plays a German spymaster trying to break up a terrorist ring. This film version of yet another John Le Carre novel opened in limited release in July and is just now getting around the country. Nearly uniformly positive reviews indicate it may have been worth the wait. Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe also star. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:05, 7 and 10.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (opening): The first Sin City was a groundbreaker of sorts: stark black and white with startling hints of color, brutal if cartoonish violence and an over-the-top noir sensibility. This sequel, also directed by Richard Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller, brings back many of the same characters and actors -  Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson – and adds some new ones: Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green. R. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 1:30, 4:15 and 9:45 and in 2D at 7. Shiloh 14 in Big D format and 3D at 1:30, 4:15 and 9:45 and in Big D format and 2D at 7.

Slugterra (4). This is sort of an animated martial arts film, based on a Disney TV series, about a slug-slinging gang that combines elements of comedy, fantasy and science fiction. Not rated. Shiloh 14 at noon on Saturday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3): If you’ve read the comic books, seen the TV series and watched the feature films, you already know what you are in for in this film from producer Michael Bay of Transformers fame. If you haven’t, why start now? Well, Megan Fox is in it, but other than that? PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4, 7:10 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 and 8:35. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

When the Game Stands Tall (2): Jim Caviezel plays legendary high school football coach Bob Ladouceur, who led the De La Salle high school football team in California to 151 consecutive wins. Thomas Carter (Swing Kids) directs. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon, 1, 2:45, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:15 and 9:50. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

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