A Boy and the World (PG) 1 HR 20 MIN – 3 Stars
Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night. The story depicts a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.
Starring: Vinícius Garcia, Lu Horta, Marco Aurélio Campos
Director: Alê Abreu
Plan 10 From Outer Space (Unrated) 1 HR 22 MIN – 3.5 Stars
This low-budget sci-fi feature attempts to satirize life in Salt Lake City, UT, and begins as a young woman locates a strange bronze plate beneath the Great Salt Lake. As she tries to unlock its secrets, she discovers that it is part of a UFO conspiracy based on actual Mormon doctrines. The aliens turn out to be intergalactic sex fiends who want to take over the Earth. Fortunately, the heroine has help from assorted crazy characters who work together to save the planet. The title has little to do with the film, nor is it really related to Edward D. Wood Jr.’s awful classic Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Starring: Karen Nielson, Karen Black, Pat Collins
Director: Trent Harris
Embrace of the Serpent (Unrated) 2 HR 3 MIN – 3.5 Stars
Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.
Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis
Director: Ciro Guerra
A War (R) 1 HR 55 MIN – 3.5 Stars
Company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home.
Starring: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling
Director: Tobias Lindholm
The Young Messiah (PG-13) 1 HR 51 MIN – Not Screened
The inspiring and unique story of seven-year-old Jesus Christ and His family as they come to a fuller understanding of His divine nature and purpose.
Starring: Adam Greaves-Neal, Sara Lazzaro, Vincent Walsh
Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
10 Cloverfield Lane (PG-13) 1 HR 45 MIN – to be screened Wednesday Night
A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she’s locked in a cellar with a doomsday prepper, who insists that he saved her life and that the world outside is uninhabitable following an apocalyptic catastrophe. Uncertain what to believe, the woman soon determines that she must escape at any cost.
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr
Director: Dan Trachtenburg
The Brothers Grimsby (R) 1 HR 23 MIN – 1.5 Stars
Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling. Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want, including 11 children and the most gorgeous girlfriend in the northeast of England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian, who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher
Director: Louis Leterrier
Singing with Angels (PG) 1 HR 34 MIN – 2.5 Stars
Aubrey reflects on her experiences with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and discovers the strength and blessings of it and the power of music in her life.
Starring: Anne Sward, Bailee Michelle Johnson, Sarah Kent
Director: Brian Brough, Brian A. Brough