Listings are for July 25-31 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.
America: Imagine the World Without Her (4): Dinesh D’Souza (2016: Obama’s America) wrote and co-directed this documentary, which appears to roam around a bit but essentially makes the case that America is a great country with a few bad people in it, such as Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 12:10, 2:50, 5:30 and 8:10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
And So It Goes (opening): Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap, The Bucket List) directed this predictable romantic comedy about a ruthless real estate agent (Michael Douglas) who suddenly becomes responsible for a 9-year-old granddaughter he didn’t know he had. A neighbor (Diane Keaton) helps out, and the real estate agent slowly warms to her, and to his granddaughter. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45, 4:10, 7 and 9:30.
Begin Again (2): It’s a familiar enough story: A songwriting couple (Keira Knightley, Adam Levine) seek their fortunes in New York, but he finds another woman, and she is left on her own until a washed-up record executive (Mark Ruffalo) is struck by her talent, and by her. John Carney (Once) wrote and directed the film, and music abounds. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4, 7:05 and 9:40.
Belle (opening): This movie is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a mixed-race woman in the 18th century who helped end slavery in England. It’s a lovely film, critics say, and Mbatha-Raw’s performance is drawing rave reviews. It’s a costume drama with a message that hits home. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:05, 6:55 and 9:35.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (3): This critically acclaimed sequel to 2011’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (itself one of a string of Planet of the Ape movies dating back to the Charlton Heston original in 1968) creates a world in which apes survive a virus that wipes out most of the human race. Then a troop of apes led by a wise leader (Andy Serkis) encounters a band of human survivors, and trouble ensues. Critics say it achieves the rare feat of improving on its predecessor. PG13. Wynnsong 10 in 2D at 1, 4, 7 and 10. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 and 10:15 and in 2D at 1, 4, 7 and 10. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.
Deliver Us from Evil (4): This movie appears to be as predictable as its title. Eric Bana plays a New York police officer who gets involved in cases of demonic possession with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez). The movie is based on the experiences of Ralph Sarchie, retired police officer and demonologist. R. Shiloh 14 at 7:15 and 10:05.
Earth to Echo (5): 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. Wynnsong 10 at noon, 2:25 and 4:50. Also at Amusement Park Drive-In.
Hercules (opening): Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gets the title role in this retelling of a story that seems to have been in the movies for as long as it has been in mythology. Here, Hercules is a mercenary tasked with training an army to take on a barbaric warlord. Director Brett Ratner bears blame for last year’s Movie 43, one of the worst-reviewed movies in years. PG13. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 5:05, 10:05 and at 11:30 on Friday and Saturday and in 2D at 12:05, 2:35, 7:35 and at 11:40 on Friday and Saturday. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 1:30 and 4 and in 2D at 11 a.m., 6:30 and 9. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel and at Amusement Park Drive-In.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (7): This DreamWorks Animation sequel to its 2010 hit also is written and directed by Dean DeBlois, who appears to have lost none of his knack for animated action punctuated by a carefully constructed story. Voices include those of Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, America Ferrera and Gerard Butler. PG. Shiloh 14 at 11:30 a.m., 2:05 and 4:40.
Lucy (opening): 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. Wynnsong 10 at noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 and 11:40. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 11:30 a.m., 1:50, 4:10, 6:30 and 8:50 and at 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 and 9:50.
Maleficent (9): Angelina Jolie plays the title character in this film from Walt Disney Pictures, based on the villain in “Sleeping Beauty.” In this version, the semi-reformed Maleficent places a curse on an infant named Aurora (Elle Fanning), then realizes that the child may hold the key to peace in the land. PG. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:30 and 9.
Persecuted (2): This Christian-themed movie is about a minister (James Remar) who is framed for murder by a corrupt politician and must battle against persecution that the movie apparently sees coming for all Christians. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 7:15 and 9:40.
Planes: Fire and Rescue (2): This sequel to Disney’s popular animated feature Planes is more of the same, if perhaps not quite as good. It’s pretty to look at, critics say, but doesn’t offer much to please viewers beyond the age of 10 or so. Voices include Hal Holbrook, Dane Cook and Ed Harris. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10 and 9:25. Shiloh 14 at 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7 and 9:15. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel and at Amusement Park Drive-In.
The Purge: Anarchy (2): James DeMonaco wrote and directed this sequel to his own 2013 hit about a country that has 12 hours of anarchy every year. Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams star in a franchise that draws on an intriguing idea but may be struggling to find something more to do with it. R. Shiloh 14 at 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 7 and 9:35.
Sex Tape (2): Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal play a couple who attempt to liven up their romance by making a graphic tape of themselves having sex. Somehow, it goes public, and they spend a comedic night trying to get it back. Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) directs. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35 and 10.
Tammy (4): In this critically panned movie (22 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), Melissa McCarthy (Identity Thief), who co-wrote the script with director Ben Falcone, plays a woman who loses her lousy job, leaves her cheating husband and winds up on a road trip to Niagara Falls with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). R. Wynnsong 10 at 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 and 10:15. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (5): Spectacle director Michael Bay cranks up the robots again, bigger, louder and longer than ever, with very little plot to get in the way of the story. Mark Wahlberg stars, and Nicola Peltz fills in where Megan Fox used to be. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at noon, 4 and 7:30. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4:45 and 8:25.
22 Jump Street (7): Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in this follow-up to 21 Jump Street, which was itself based on a TV show, and critical reaction indicates the sequel is at least as funny as its predecessor. This time, the two cops go undercover at a college (instead of a high school) in search of a drug dealer. Ice Cube plays their boss, and the Lucas Brothers play their dorm neighbors. R. Shiloh 14 at 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 and 10.
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