Movies Opening Friday, April 17


— Beyond the Reach (R) 95 mins – 1.5 stars

A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert.

Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti

Actors: Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Martin Palmer

— Queen and Country (NR) 115 mins – 2.5 stars

In this sequel to Hope and Glory (1987), Bill Rohan has grown up and is drafted into the army, where he and his eccentric best mate, Percy, battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.

Director: John Boorman

Actors: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt

— True Story (R) 100 mins – 3.5 stars

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Rupert Goold

Actors: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones

— Wild Tales (R) 122 mins – 4 stars

Six short stories involving distressed people.

Director: Damián Szifrón

Actors: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa


— Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (PG) 94 mins – not screened

After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.

Director: Andy Fickman

Actors: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui

— Child 44 (R) 137 mins – not screened

A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Actors: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace

— Unfriended (R) 82 mins – will screen Wednesday night

A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

Director: Levan Gabriadze

Actors: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson

— Monkey Kingdom (G) 81 mins – 3 stars

A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia.

Directors: Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill

Actors: Tina Fey

Next week:

— The Age of Adaline
— Desert Dancer
— Ex Machina
— Little Boy
— Merchants of Doubt
— The Water Diviner


Best bet for the week:

Next Tuesday, April 21, at the City Library downtown: “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” documentary about the singer and activist Nina Simone, which was the opening-night film at Sundance this year. And it’s free.

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