The Billings Outpost

Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for March 27 to April 2 and are subject to change. For times at the Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com. Movies begin at dark at the Amusement Park Drive-In, and show only 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.

American Sniper (11): Clint Eastwood directed this true story about Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who was America’s most successful sniper but had trouble adjusting to life back home. The Associated Press says it’s Mr. Eastwood’s best movie in years, and most other critics agree. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4:25 and 7:30.

Chappie (4): In this new film from Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Sharlto Copley plays the title character, a near-future police droid that acquires the ability to think and feel. That somehow makes him – it – a threat to mankind, which sets out to destroy it – him. Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel also star. R. Shiloh 14 at 2:35 and 8:10.

Cinderella (3): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 3:45, 7 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at noon, 1, 2:45, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:15 and 9:45. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel and at Amusement Park Drive-In in Laurel.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2): 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 in 3D at 1:45, 4:40 and 7:30 and in 2D at 1:20, 4:10, 7 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 in Big D format and 3D at 1 and 10, in Big D format and 2D at 4 and 7, in 3D at noon, 3, 6 and 9 and in 2D at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:30.

Do You Believe? (2): Another Christian-oriented film from the makers of God’s Not Dead follows the lives of 12 people who journey toward faith as they are influenced by a pastor who in turn is influenced by a street-corner preacher. Most critics hate it, but audiences seem to love it. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon, 1, 4, 7 and 9:50. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

The DUFF (6): The title refers to Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and that may tell you just about all you need to know about this high school comedy. The DUFF in question (Mae Whitman) reinvents herself with the help of a jock (Robbie Arnell) and also has to learn that looks aren’t everything. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon and 5:30.

Get Hard (opening): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 3:45, 7:20 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:35, 5:10 and 7:45.

The Gunman (2): Director Pierre Morel (Taken) got the cast right – Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem – but not much else works here, most critics say. The predictable yet confusing plot sabotages Mr. Penn’s stalwart performance as a mercenary in the Congo trying to find his lost love and shake those who are out to kill him. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:10, 7:10 and 9:55.

Home (opening): 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 3D at 1:20, 4, 6:50 and 9:15 and in 2D at 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 and 9:40. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 and in 2D at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

It Follows (opening): This horror movie from David Robert Mitchell has drawn enthusiastic reviews from critics, who say it is one of the most imaginative and gripping horror films in years. It’s about a girl who has sex with a new guy, only to find that he has transferred his own nightmare to her: She begins seeing strange people, and they are all out to get her. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 and 8:05.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (7): Another comic book tale, this time about a kid from the streets (Taron Egerton) who is recruited into a spy organization just as a global threat emerges. This movie by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men) features lots of action but also some laughs as it approaches the situation with an undertone of parody. The interesting cast includes Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill and Samuel L. Jackson. R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

McFarland, USA (7): Kevin Costner plays Jim White, a cross-country coach whose team of farm laborers triumphed over much better-funded schools in California. Critics find it all predictably inspirational but also lovely and well intended. PG. Shiloh 14 at 12:45, 4, 7 and 10.

Run All Night (3): The ubiquitous Liam Neeson plays Jimmy the Gravedigger, a retired hitman who gets at odds with his former boss and friend (Ed Harris). It’s a predictably dark thriller with car chases and shootouts, but nobody does this better than Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown). R. Wynnsong 10 at 7 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at 1:15, 4, 7 and 10. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.

‘71 (opening): This film takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier (Jack O’Connell) who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. He must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. R. Art House Cinema and Pub at 3:30 and 8:30 Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (8): The second feature based on the TV cartoon series retains the original’s goofball charm. It’s perfect for its target audience, and adults may find a few laughs, too. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15 and 4:15.

Still Alice (4): Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning performance finally makes it to town. She plays a linguistics professor who struggles to cope with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in this critically acclaimed adaptation of a 2007 novel by Lisa Genova. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4, 7:05 and 9:45.

The Wrecking Crew (opening): This documentary was produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. It tells the story of the musicians who drove many of the No. 1 hits of the 1960s, from Nat King Cole to Frank Sinatra to the Monkees and the Beach Boys. PG. Art House Cinema and Pub at 1 and 6:15 Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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