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Film Review Ninjango

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Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.


(Critics’ Choices capsule reviews are by Kenneth Turan (K.Tu.), Justin Chang (J.C.) and other reviewers. Openings compiled by Kevin Crust.)




“Battle of the Sexes” — In 1973, 55-year-old “chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs challenges top women’s pro Billie Jean King, 29, to a tennis match that captivated the world while each deals with personal issues. With Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming. Written by Simon Beaufoy. Directed by Jonathan Drayton and Valerie Faris. (2:01) PG-13.

“Big Bear” — A bachelor party takes a criminal turn when a jilted groom’s friends kidnap the guy who stole his fiancee. With Pablo Schreiber, Adam Brody, Tyler Labine, Joey Kern. Written and directed by Kern. (1:28) NR.

“Boston” — Documentary chronicles the long, storied history of the city’s marathon, from its humble beginnings to the 2013 terror attack and the race’s place in the distance running pantheon. Narrated by Matt Damon. Directed by Jon Dunham. (1:54) NR.

“Elizabeth Blue” — Schizophrenia plagues a young woman after she is released from a mental hospital and moves in with her fiance. With Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kathleen Quinlan. Written by Vincent Sabella and Alfred D. Huffington. Directed by Sabella. (1:35) PG-13.

“Ex Libris: The New York Public Library” — Veteran filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes a deep dive into the venerable 92-branch institution’s complex role in the life of the city in this documentary. (3:17) NR.

“The Force” — Documentary explores the Oakland Police Department’s challenges with reform, the Black Lives Matter movement and a damaging scandal. Directed by Peter Nicks. (1:30) NR.

“Friend Request” — A social media interaction turns deadly for a popular college student and her friends. With Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo. Written by Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch, Simon Verhoeven. Directed by Verhoeven. (1:32) R.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” — Documentary portrays eight months in the life of multifaceted performer Lady Gaga. Directed by Chris Moukarbel. (1:40) NR.

“Happy Hunting” — A drunk going through withdrawal lands in a desolate desert town where the local sport is using drifters as prey. With Martin Dingle Wall, Ken Lally, Kenny Wormald. Written and directed by Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson. (1:31) NR.

“The Houses October Built 2” — Five friends face their fears and again are terrorized by the extreme haunting group Blue Skeleton. With Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe, Bobby Roe. Written by Andrews, Bobby Roe. Directed by Bobby Roe. (1:41) NR.

“The King’s Choice” — In 1940, invading German Nazis order King Haakon of Norway to surrender or die. Written by Jan Trygve Royneland and Harald Rosenlow Eeg. With Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics. Directed by Erik Poppe. In Norwegian with English subtitles. (2:10) NR.

“Kingsman The Golden Circle” — Sequel to the 2014 hit finds the secret organization teaming with U.S. spies to thwart a common enemy. With Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges. Written by Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn; based on a comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Directed by Vaughn. (2:21) R.

“Last Rampage” — A convicted murderer and his cellmate escape and terrorize Arizona in 1978. With Robert Patrick, Heather Graham, Bruce Davison. Written by Alvaro Rodriguez and Jason Rosenblatt; based on the book by James W. Clarke. Directed by Dwight Little. R.

“The Lego Ninjago Movie” — Lloyd and his ninja friends move to the big screen to battle his father, the evil warlord Garmadon. Voices by Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani. Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan. PG.

“Machines” — Documentary on a massive, unregulated textile factory in Gujarat, India, and the human laborers who work long hours for little money. In Hindi and English with English subtitles. Directed by Rahul Jain. (1:11) NR.

“Motherland” — Documentary focuses on the experiences of three women in a busy maternity hospital in the Philippines. Directed by Ramona Diaz. In Filipino with English subtitles. (1:34) NR.

“1 Buck” — A dollar bill passes through the hands of the desperate citizens of a downtrodden Louisiana town in this crime thriller. With John Freeman, Katie Ryan, Will Green. Written and directed by Fabien Dufils. (1:30) NR.

“Scareycrows” — A young woman in an English seaside town discovers a terrifying secret as her friends disappear one by one. With Tom Child, Alice Maguire, April Hughes. Written by Diana Townsend, David Hardie. Directed by Lucy Townsend. (1:13) NR.

“Shot” — Wounded by a random bullet, a man clings to life as the teenage neighbor who accidentally fired a handgun struggles with his guilt. With Noah Wyle, Sharon Leal and Jorge Lendenborg Jr. Written by Anneke Campbell and Will Lamborn; story by Jeremy Kagan. Directed by Kagan. (1:29) NR.

“Slipaway” — An elderly woman with a sailboat befriends a struggling musician with a criminal past. With Elaine Partnow, Jesse Pepe. Written and directed by Julia Butler, Daniel Mentz. (1:29) NR.

“Stronger” — Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, a man severely injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, who helped identify one of the suspects and battled back against physical and emotional adversity. With Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown. Written by John Pollono, based on the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Directed by David Gordon Green. (1:56) R.

“The Tiger Hunter” — A young Indian man struggles to become an engineer in Chicago in the 1970s and joins a group of eccentric friends. With Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder. Written by Sameer Asad Gardezi, Lena Khan. Directed by Khan. (1:34) NR.

“Time to Die” — A gunslinger is released from prison and hopes to live a quiet life, but the sons of a man he killed have other ideas in this restoration of the 1966 Arturo Ripstein film. With Marga Lopez, Jorge Martinez de Hoyos, Enrique Rocha. Written by Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Directed by Arturo Ripstein. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.

“Victoria & Abdul” — The Queen of England develops a trusting friendship with an Indian clerk. With Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard. Written by Lee Hall; based on the book by Shrabani Basu. Directed by Stephen Frears. (1:52) PG-13.

“Welcome to Willits” — Campers and a pot farmer in Northern California are terrorized by mysterious creatures. With Dolph Lundgren, Karrueche Tran, Rory Culkin. Written by Tim Ryan. Directed by Trevor Ryan. (1:22) NR.

“Woodshock” — Tormented from within and troubled by the effects of a powerful drug, a young woman loses her grip on reality. With Kirsten Dunst, Joe Cole, Pilou Asbæk. Written and directed by Kate & Laura Mulleavy. (1:40) R.




“Beach Rats” — Eliza Hittman’s moving and moodily evocative coming-of-age drama follows the emotional and sexual confusion of a Brooklyn teenager (brilliantly played by Harris Dickinson) over the course of a long, hot summer. (J.C.) R.

“The Big Sick” — Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan are terrific as a young couple navigating the challenges of interracial romance and Muslim immigrant identity in director Michael Showalter's delightful, serious-minded comedy, which also features powerhouse supporting turns from Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. (J.C.) R.

“Columbus” — John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson play two strangers who go on a walking-and-talking tour of the modernist architecture in Columbus, Ind., in this serenely intelligent, gorgeously contemplative first feature from writer-director Kogonada. (J.C.) NR.

“Dunkirk” — Both intimate and epic, as emotional as it is tension-filled, Christopher Nolan’s immersive World War II drama is being ballyhooed as a departure for the bravura filmmaker, but in truth the reason it succeeds so masterfully is that it is anything but. (K.Tu.) PG-13.

“Girls Trip” — Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and a revelatory Tiffany Haddish play four women renewing the bonds of friendship on a New Orleans weekend getaway in this hilariously raunchy and sensationally assured new comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (“The Best Man”). (J.C.) R.

“Good Time” — Robert Pattinson gives a revelatory performance as a scuzzy small-time crook going nowhere very fast in this moody, relentless and impeccably observed New York thriller directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. (J.C.) R.

“Marjorie Prime” — Superb performances by Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins are the center of this elegant, quietly haunting sci-fi chamber piece directed by Michael Almereyda, who adapted it from Jordan Harrison’s 2014 play. (J.C.) NR.

“The Teacher” — A fine Czech film about a teacher with a malevolent gift for taking advantage of students and parents. The Jan Hrebejk-directed movie joins an understanding of human nature with fastidious control over technique and style. (K.Tu.) NR.

“Wind River” — Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in the most accomplished violent thriller in recent memory, a tense tale of murder on a Native American reservation made with authenticity, plausibility and wall-to-wall filmmaking skill by writer-director Taylor Sheridan. (K.Tu.) R.


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