The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. See page 5 for a review.
Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Premiere Cinemas.
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, and language – Premiere Cinemas.
Into the Storm
Storm trackers, thrill-seekers and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tinseltown 17 including XD auditorium, Movies 16 including XD auditorium and Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin (Romain Duris) endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe (Audrey Tautou) after she’s diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
Film not rated – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Step Up All In
(2-D and 3-D)
All-stars from the previous “Step Up” installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers. Cast includes Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam G. Sevani, Misha Gabriel Hamilton, Stephen Boss, Stephen Stevo Jones and David Shreilbman.
Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive material -Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(2-D and 3-D)
Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
The Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own nearby eatery, until undeniable chemistry causes the Madame to take gifted young chef Hassan under her wing.
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality – Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17.
Movies Continuing This Week
22 Jump Street
Kerns rating: Three stars.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are now police partners asked to work undercover at a small college. Car chases provide the usual cliches, but the two stars actually boast excellent chemistry and the script provides a handful of laugh-out-loud moments.
Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence – Movies 16.
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
Rated R for language – Movies 16.
The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war. Opposing European powers have clashed over the fertile Ohio Valley, and entire families are devastated by the ensuing violence. Hostile native tribes are raiding the vulnerable frontier farms, and two young sisters are among those taken captive. While hoping for rescue and return to their home, they are comforted with the words of a family hymn: “Alone Yet Not Alone.” But when the sisters are suddenly and cruelly separated, their tender faith is brought to a stretching point. Forcibly immersed into a primitive foreign culture, the older sister, Barbara, clings to her beliefs. Yet now a deeper fate threatens, and she makes a difficult decision: to risk her life in an attempt to escape. Pursued by a relentless and cunning warrior, Barbara and her three fellow captives must cross more than 200 miles of raw wilderness in their effort to reach friendly territory.
Rated PG-13 for violence – Premiere Cinemas.
A story that imagines that the United States lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed.
Rated PG-13 for violent images – Movies 16.
And So It Goes
A self-centered real estate agent (Michael Douglas) enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home.
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements – Tinseltown 17 and Movies 16.
A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. Cast includes Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine.
Rated R for language – Premiere Cinemas.
Dawn of the
Planet of the Apes (3-D and 2-D)
Kerns rating: Four and one-half stars.
Matt Reeves delivers the cinematic blockbuster so many hoped for. This time an action-packed war between simians and humans will gauge more than just survival. Indeed, the second in a minimum of three new films – the first being 2011’s excellent “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – touches on older priorities and bigotries that must be discarded, at least if one is to live long enough to see future generations procreate. Actually (no surprise), what impresses most is the motion-capture technology that already made Andy Serkis a star as Caesar and in a half dozen other roles. The new story opens about a decade after the conclusion of the 2011 predecessor, which concluded when a chimp (Serkis as Caesar) takes charge. In the years since, confrontations with humans have been few and far between. In terms of scenic design and visual effects, this movie has progressed light years from what we saw just two years ago. The tide quite definitely has turned since apes made a baby doll that could say, “Mama,” and since Heston shocked the future (back in 1968) by saying the first words apes ever heard a human say: “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” Now Caesar’s friend Koba, once content to save his leader’s brash son from a bear, proves himself just as capable against mankind’s tank turret and sees no reason not to destroy the furless breed. Survival of new mantras – especially “Ape not kill ape” – will rely on how much apes can learn before the next movie opens. Like so many superior first sequels, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” provides entertaining conflict and works best as an incredibly promising setup.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language – Premiere Cinemas (including D-Box), Tinseltown 17 and Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
Earth to Echo
After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of children embarks on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.
Rated PG for some action and peril, and mild language – The Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
Edge of Tomorrow (2-D and 3-D)
Kerns rating: Three and one-half stars.
I’m stunned by all the rave reviews, although the acting is first rate throughout. One cannot argue with Doug Liman’s direction of action-packed moments, a futuristic beach advance in which humans are wiped out in record time. That includes Tom Cruise who, as an actor, should be commended. First, he is at his absolute best here when playing the coward – a new role for him – and to the actor’s credit, is willing to give co-star Emily Blunt each shared scene’s stronger and tougher moments. The plot finds Cruise and Blunt making slow progress toward winning a war only as Cruise, caught in a time loop, is repeatedly killed and receives training to become a more efficient soldier.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material – Tinseltown 17.
The Fault in
Kerns rating: Four stars.
So much works in this film, which defies odds as it sidesteps sentimentality and instead finds young actors Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort delivering excellent performances and making viewers care on more than one level. Mind you, doom is seemingly introduced as a hand-in-hand partner when the story asks Hazel (Woodley) and Gus (Elgort) to find each other at a support group for, of all people, cancer patients. Yet these are intelligent characters, wise enough to recognize the unfairness of love, and yet willing to grasp each possible shared moment of happiness, no matter how brief. One cannot help but fall for their shared wit, and every joke made about the constant presence of a prosthetic limb or an oxygen tanks. Laura Dern and, especially, Willem Dafoe impress in grown-up roles. But it is, finally, Woodley who wins us over, presenting a character expected to learns through loss.
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language – Movies 16.
The Fluffy Movie
A comedy concert film that captures the on-stage performance and inspirational success story of Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.
Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and sexual references – Movies 16
Get On Up
A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Premiere Cinema and Movies 16
of the Galaxy
(2-D and 3-D)
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Cast includes Christ Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Premiere Cinema including IMAX and DBOX, Tinseltown 17 including the XD auditorium and The Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
(3-D and 2-D)
Kerns rating: Two and one-half stars.
Yes, I, too, was expecting this to be awful. Imagine my surprise when the title role, admittedly not an acting challenge, fit Dwayne Johnson well, especially thanks to direction by Brent (“Rush Hour”) Ratner, who decides to give the film a sense of humor as well as plenty of action. Also helping is that this “Hercules” is no stand-alone hero, but rather probably would not even survive without five friends/followers, including one not ready to die, an Amazon not written in for sex and a nephew meant to be a storyteller no matter how much he would rather fight. Fun and short in length, both making it better than the new “Transformers.”
Rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Premiere Cinemas, Tinseltown 17 and The Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
Rated R for language throughout – Movies 16.
Kerns rating: Four stars.
You can have your overrated “Edge of Tomorrow.” Much better sci-fi arrives courtesy of Luc Besson and actress Scarlett Johansson, who is pushed over the edge and finds out what it is like to start off using 10 percent of her brain, and then finds out how to see that total upped by more and more 10-percent increments. This film is scary, alarming – especially as she kills more than one person, explaining that they would not have survived anyway. Morgan Freeman provides strong support in a movie that is as intelligent as it is exciting.
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tinseltown 17, Movies 16 and The Stars and Stripes Drive-In.
(3-D and 2-D)
Kerns rating: Three stars.
Angelina Jolie has fun with the title role, and so will most children in the audience. In fact, an inconsistent script allows Jolie, feeling betrayed, to turn Disney’s 1959 animated “Sleeping Beauty” on its ear after placing a frightening sleeping curse on the untrustworthy king’s baby daughter. It would shock the late Disney to find Maleficent allowed to find the princess’ hiding place in the woods, at which point she decides to watch Aurora grow up. It becomes obvious that this is essentially a one-star movie. In fact, Jolie may be at her most likeable when providing an unexpected soft humor. Imagine her delivering such lines as, “I don’t like children.” Most supporting work is messy, forgettable or both, the worst being Sharlto Copley’s over the top work as a paranoid king. The ending’s potential suffers from director Robert Stromberg telegraphing true love’s first kiss. But Jolie manages to win over young audiences even while empowering the movie’s (human) female characters.
Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images – Movies 16.
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Kerns rating: One and one-half stars.
Seth McFarland earned far more laughs with a profane teddy bear than with this movie, which seemed determined to gross out audiences rather than make them laugh.
Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug material – Stars and the Stripes Drive-In.
An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator’s proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.
Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements – Movies 16.
Fire and Rescue (3-D and 2-D)
Kerns rating: Two stars.
Not nearly as awful as the original “Planes,” but, once again, predictable and boasting no good reason for being made in the first place. After crop duster Dusty begins winning every race, he realizes that he may have found a deeper purpose in life. Ho Hum. The only things worse are the songs. Voice talent includes Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong and John Michael Higgins.
Rated PG for action and some peril – Tinseltown 17 and Movies 16.
The Purge: Anarchy
A couple are driving home to their kids when their car runs out of gas just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, Leo goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles.
Rated R for strong disturbing violence, and for language – Priemere Cinemas and Tinseltown 17.
A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.
Not Rated – At Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
A married couple (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tinseltown 17 and Movies 16.
After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. Cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates.
Rated R for language including sexual references – Movies 16.
A Man Too
All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.
Rated PG-13 for crude sexual content including references, partial nudity, language and drug material – Tinseltown 17.
Age of Extinction (3-D and 2-D)
Kerns rating: Two stars.
At a bloated lengh of 165 minutes, I honestly did not think this movie was ever, ever going to end. Almost every one of the action-packed battle scenes is longer than it needs to be, as director Michael Bay shows off his visual effects while spending little to no time on story and character development. Somehow he has lured Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg to star this time, playing an eccentric Texas inventor who buys an old truck and stumbles upon a transformer in hiding. The subplot finds Wahlberg surprised that his sexy teen-aged daughter has been seeing boys. This time, some of the villains are naive humans who fail to see they are being used, and instead feel they can improve upon the original Transformers.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo – Premiere Cinemas and Tinseltown 17.
X-Men: Days of
(3-D and 2-D)
Kerns Rating: Four and one-half stars.
A movie to give us hope for the summer; a sequel that is gripping, entertaining – and add a prison break sequence that is nothing short of exciting. Wolverine is sent to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that would result in doom for both humans and mutants. At the least, it is a lot of fun and might even help viewers forget “X-Men Last Stand.” Cast includes Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Peter Dinklage.
Rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Movies 16.
Star ratings and reviews
by William Kerns; most synopses provided by IMDB.