— Timbuktu (PG-13) 97 mins — 3.5 stars
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed.
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Actors: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
— Unfinished Business (R) 91 mins — screening Wednesday evening
A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Director: Ken Scott
Actors: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson
— Chappie (R) 120 mins — screening Wednesday night
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Actors: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman
— The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) 122 mins — 3 stars
As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
Director: John Madden
Actors: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy
— The Last Five Years
— Run All Night
— What We Do in the Shadows
Best bet this weekend:
— The renovated Cinemark Sugar House theater is reopening this weekend. Ten screens, now first-run. 2227 S. Highland Drive.