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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for Nov. 21-27 and are subject to change. For times at the Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to 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 (7): 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 (2): 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 1:10, 4, 7 and 9:50.

Big Hero 6 (3): 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. Wynnsong 10 in 2D at  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.

Dracula Untold (7): 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 11:40 a.m., 4:50 and 10.

Dumb and Dumber To (2): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 2, 4:40, 7:20 and 10. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40, 2, 4:20, 4:40, 7, 7:20, 9:40 and 10.

Fury (6): 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 1:05, 4:15 and 7:20. Shiloh 14 at 12:45, 3:50, 6:55 and 10.

Gone Girl (8): 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.

Horrible Bosses 2 (opening Nov. 25): 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. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I: (opening): 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 noon, 1, 3:30, 4:15, 7, 7:25, 10:10, 10:30 and at 11:40 on Friday and Saturday. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 1, 4, 7 and 10 and also at 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and at 11 and at midnight on Friday and Saturday only. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Interstellar (3): 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 a family in cosmic trouble. Critics see shades of Stanley Kubrick but are mostly pleased. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 12:30, 1:20, 4:15, 5:10, 8 and 9. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:40, 4:10, 6:20, 7:50, 10 and at 11:30 on Friday and Saturday only.

The Judge (7): 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 in this drama. R. Wynnsong 10 at 12:30., 4 and 7:30. Shiloh 14 at 12:30 and 6:35.

The Maze Runner (10): 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 2:05 and 7:15.

Ouija (5): 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 credibility, and the stars of the show include Douglas Smith and Olivia Cooke. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 and at 11:40 on Friday and Saturday only.

The Penguins of Madagascar (opening Nov. 26): This animated feature from DreamWorks is about a bunch of penguins involved in global espionage. The voices include John Malkovich. PG. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Pride (2): 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 a group of 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 (5): 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, 7:10 and 9:50. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

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