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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for April 24-30 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. For times at the Vue and Brew in Laurel, go to www.vueandbrew.com or call 633-4438. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.

The Age of Adaline (opening): Blake Lively has drawn high praise for her portrayal of a woman who becomes stuck at age 29 after an auto accident and a mysterious bolt of lightning. This complicates romance, which may turn off cynical viewers, but most critics find the film charming and innovative. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Cinderella (7): 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 (6): 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 at 1:20, 4:10, 7 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30.

Ex Machina (opening): Alex Garland (script for 28 Days Later) directed this exploration of artificial intelligence with Domhnall Gleeson playing a computer programmer charged with evaluating the latest experiment (Alicia Vikander). Critics are enthusiastic, finding the tale fascinating, intriguing and a bit baffling. R for graphic nudity and violence. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4, 7:10 and 9:50.

Furious 7 (4): 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 1:30, 5 and 9. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 8 and also at noon, 12:30, 3:10, 3:45, 6:20, 7, 9:30 and 10:10.  Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Get Hard (5): 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. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

Home (5): 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 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. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

Little Boy (opening): The titular little boy is a child of World War II wanting desperately for his father to come home from the war safe and sound. He tries to make it happen by being a very good little boy indeed, but whatever his merits, the movies, critics say, is too cloying to be compelling. Stars include Emily Watson, Kevin James and Tom Wilkinson. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4:10, 7:10 and 9:50.

The Longest Ride (3): 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 and Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Mr. Turner: This film explores the last quarter century of the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). He lives incognito with a landlady in Chelsea, visits brothels, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship to paint a snowstorm and generally provokes royalty and the public. Arthouse Cinema and Pub at 5:45 Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 30.

Monkey Kingdom (2): 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 (2): 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, 7:15 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 and also at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:40. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Red Army (opening): This documentary tells the story of the Soviet Union’s Red Army hockey team, focusing on captain Slava Fetisov, who became a political outcast after standing up against the Soviet system. Arthouse Cinema and Pub at 3:30 and 8:45 on Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 30.

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (4): Fans of the offbeat but amusing first film in this series may be equally charmed by this entry, which some critics says is as good as, or even a bit better than, its predecessor. The distinguished cast includes Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Maggie Smith. PG. Amusement Park Drive-In.

True Story (opening): Jonah Hill plays a New York Times reporter whose identity has been taken on by an accused killer (James Franco). It’s based on a book by Michael Finkel, who retreated to Montana after he was caught using a composite character in one of his newspaper stories. Sounds interesting, but reviews have been so-so. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:05, 3:45, 7:30 and 10.

Unfriended (2): 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.

Woman in Gold (3): 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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