The Billings Outpost

At The Movies

Listings are for April 11-17 and are subject to change. For times at the  Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com. 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.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2): Marvel superhero Captain America (Chris Evans) teams up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to find out who is sabotaging “helicarriers” that are designed to take out potential military threats. Scarlett Johansson plays a former KGB agent who adds interest to the chase scenes and combat. PG13. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 12:50, 4, 7 and 10:10 and in 2D at noon, 3:10, 6:20 and 9:30. Shiloh 14 in 3D and Big D format at 12:50 and 7:05, in 2D and Big D format at 4 and 10:20, in 3D at 11 a.m., 2:10, 5:20 and 8:30 and in 2D at noon, 3:10, 6:15 and 9:20. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel and at Amusement Park Drive-In.

Divergent (4): This science-fiction adventure film, based on a series of books by Veronica Roth, is set in a world where people are divided up based on human virtues. One woman who can’t fit in (Shailene Woodley) discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents. The film has drawn a ho-hum response from critics but has done well with audiences. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 2, 5:15 and 9. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 3:40, 6:50 and 10.

Draft Day (opening): Kevin Costner stars as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The pressure is on, especially from his boss (Frank Langella), the lawyer (and girlfriend) in charge of salary caps (Jennifer Garner) and his mom (Ellen Burstyn). Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Dave) PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:10, 7 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:40, 5:20 and 8.

God’s Not Dead (4): A college freshman who refuses to write a paper disavowing the existence of God is required to spend a semester finding evidence and arguments for God, then debate the disbelieving professor in front of the class. Not hard to figure where this is going, but at least the Newsboys provide the title track. PG. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:45. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2): Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore)  has a new movie with some old friends in the cast: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. It’s a characteristically quirky, original and critically acclaimed Anderson tale about the theft of a Renaissance painting. R. Shiloh 14 at 11:20 a.m., 1:55, 4:30, 7:05 and 9:40.

Heaven Is for Real (opening): Greg Kinnear stars in this inspirational film based on a bestselling book about a boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience. Sounds unlikely, but then he starts bringing up things that happened before he was born. Vue and Brew in Laurel beginning Wednesday.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (6): Two popular characters from TV’s old The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show get an animated film of their own in which Sherman (Max Charles) rips a hole in the universe, and Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) has to act fast to avoid obliterating world history, all while passing along some jokes and science information. Voices include Stephen Colbert’s. PG. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45 and 9:20.  Also at Amusement Park Drive-in.

Muppets Most Wanted (4): This skillfully crafted and often funny (if ridiculous) Disney film takes the Muppets on a worldwide tour that finds them caught up in an international crime caper headed by a Kermit look-alike. Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ray Liotta star. PG. Shiloh 14 at 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:15 and 8. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

Noah (3): It’s hard to put a new twist on this old, old story, but co-writer and director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan) appears to have pulled it off. He draws on both the Bible and mythology to tell a dark version of the flood story without, apparently, causing unnecessary offense to Bible believers. Russell Crowe is the title character, Jennifer Connelly plays his wife, and Anthony Hopkins makes an appearance as Methuselah. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:40, 4:50 and 8. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:10, 3:40, 5:20, 6:50, 8:30 and 10.

Oculus (opening):  A teenager convicted of killing his parents is released in his 20s (Brenton Thwaites). His sister (Karen Gillan), out to prove him innocent, traces the deaths to a supernatural forces unloosed by a mirror. They find the mirror, and terrible things start happening all over again. Sounds routine, but critics say its tricks of perception keeps the audience enthralled. R. Wynnsong 10 and Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 and 10:20.

The Raid 2 (opening): The martial arts action comes fast and often in this film set in Jakarta, a sequel to The Raid: Redemption. Iko Uwais is back as the hero, this time going undercover in prison, along with elaborate fight choreography and a less elaborate plot. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:45, 5:15 and 9.

Rio 2 (opening): The plot is a bit of a mess, but this animated film apparently has much of the charm and visual appeal of the highly successful original. Voices include those of Ann Hathaway, will.i.am., George Lopez and Jesse Eisenberg. G. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 12:15, 2:50, 5:30 and 8:15 and in 2D at 12:45, 4, 6:45 and 9:20. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 7 and 9:35 and in 2D at 11 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45 and 9:20. Also at Amusement Park Drive-in and at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Son of God (6): This retelling of the Gospels stars Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus and Greg Hicks as Pilate. The trick with retelling this oft-told story is to make a watchable film that nevertheless shows proper reverence to its subject matter. PG13. Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Three Days to Kill (8): Kevin Costner plays an international spy who is prepared to give up his high-risk career for the sake of his estranged wife and the daughter he has tried to shield from his work. How do you suppose that works out for him? Right. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:25, 4:15, 7:05 and 9:50.

Transcendence (opening): Morgan Freeman and Johnny Depp star in this film about a terminally ill scientist who uploads his brain to a computer and acquires astonishing powers. Vue and Brew in Laurel beginning Thursday, April 17.

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