Film Guide for the week of Sept. 13 – Orange County Register

Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies

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NEW THIS WEEK

‘American Assassin’: (R) (for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to the role of a counterterrorism operative in this international thriller whose holes are compensated for with action. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 51 minutes. Grade:  */**

‘mother!’: (R) (for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language) Jennifer Lawrence gives the best performance of her career as a woman whose idyllic existence is shattered when her home is invaded by her poet husband’s worshipful cult.  (The Associated Press) 2 hours. Grade: */*/**

CONTINUING

‘Atomic Blonde’: (R) (for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity) Charlize Theron is terrific as an MI6 agent ordered to Berlin to break up a spy ring in this largely vacant, hyper-stylistic romp that trades on the Cold War atmosphere of far better films. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 55 minutes. Grade:*/*

‘The Big Sick’: A quirky authenticity hovers over this slick comedy about a white American and a Pakistani Muslim who must deal with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. (Los Angeles Daily News) 2 hours, 4 minutes. Grade: */*/*1/2

‘Brigsby Bear’: (PG-13) (for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying) A children’s TV show is produced for an audience of one, a kid who lives in an underground bunker. When the show abruptly ends, he sets out to finish the story himself. (Los Angeles Daily News) 1 hour, 40 minutes. Grade:*/*/*/1/2

‘Crown Heights’: (R) (for language, violence and some sexuality/nudity) This true story of a man wrongly convicted of murder in 1980 is full of good intentions and compelling performers but misses the chance to delve deeper into its characters. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 39 minutes. Grade: */*

‘Death Note’: (R) (for language, nudity, and violence) Thriller about a teen who stumbles across a notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name he writes in it is hamstrung by clunky dialogue and its own insanity.  (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 41 minutes. Grade: **

‘Detroit’: (R) (For strong violence and pervasive language) : This account of the murders of three unarmed black men that took place in Detroit’s Algiers Motel during the city’s 1967 race riots is an all-out assault on the senses and the soul. (The Associated Press) 2 hour, 23 minutes. Grade: */*/*

“Dunkirk”: (PG-13) (for intense war experience and some language) Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s World War II tale about British and Allied forces pinned down on the French coast and facing long odds is a stone-cold masterpiece. (The Associated Press) Grade: */*/*/*

‘Girls Trip’: (R) (for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material) Tiffany Haddish runs away with this hilarious ode to female friendships in which a group of college friends from the ‘90s reunite at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. (The Associated Press)

‘The Glass Castle’: (PG-13) (for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking) Jeannette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir is brought to life in this story of how a young woman’s life is shaped by a destitute, nomadic youth with a loving but deeply dysfunctional father.  (The Associated Press) 2 hours, 7 minutes. Grade: */*/*

‘Good Time’: (R) (for language throughout, violence, drug use and sexual content) Robert Pattinson gives the performance of his life in this pulse-pounding tale of a man on a desperate odyssey to bail his mentally challenged brother out of jail after a botched bank robbery.  (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 40 minutes. Grade: */*/**

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’: R (for strong violence and language throughout) Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds team up in this subpar action comedy about a top agent assigned to guard his arch enemy, a notorious hitman. (The News-Herald) 1 hour, 58 minutes. Grade: **

‘Home Again’: (PG-13) ( for some thematic and sexual material) Reese Witherspoon and Candice Bergen are wasted in this romantic comedy about a woman in the midst of a divorce who takes in three struggling young filmmakers. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 37 minutes. Grade:  */*

‘Ingrid Goes West’: (R) (for language throughout, drug use, some sexual content and disturbing behavior) A dark satire about two young women, a social media celebrity and her stalker, who find validation in likes and followers and equate social media experiences with real-life ones.(The Associated Press) 1 hour, 37 minutes. Grade:  */*/*

‘It’: (R) (for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language) This film based on the Stephen King novel about a group of children in the ‘80s who are haunted and hunted by a clown only they can see is a deeply hateful, unforgivable mess.  (The Associated Press) 2 hours, 15 minutes. Grade:  */*

‘Kidnap’: (R) (for violence and peril) This latest B-movie vehicle for Halle Berry, who plays a working-class single mom who chases down her little boy’s abductors, is a serviceable thriller: nothing more, nothing less. (The New York Times) 1 hour, 34 minutes. Grade: */*

‘LEAP!’: (PG) (for some impolite humor, and action) Despite the occasional stumble, this animated adventure about an aspiring ballerina who, over the course of the tale, becomes increasing graceful, has plenty to love.  (The News-Herald) 1 hour, 29 minutes. Grade:  ***

‘Logan Lucky’: (PG-13) (for language and some crude comments) This heist comedy about two unlucky working-class brothers who plan to fight the system by robbing a NASCAR racetrack is easy to like if not love. (The Associated Press)  1 hour, 59 minutes. Grade: */**

‘Patti Cake$’: R (for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image) Familiar story of a New Jersey would-be rapper trying to make it big has a commitment and exuberance that makes it all seem, if hardly fresh, at least creatively alive. (Los Angeles Daily News) 1 hour, 48 minutes. Grade: ***

‘Unlocked’: (R) (for violence and language) Noomi Rapace outshines this espionage thriller about a steely CIA operative brought back into the fold to deal with never-ending double-crosses as she tries to stop a biological attack on London.  (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 38 minutes. Grade: */*

Rating system

G: All ages admitted

PG: Parental guidance suggested. All ages admitted

PG-13: Parental guidance suggested; not recommended for younger than 13

R: Restricted. Those younger than 17 not admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

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