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Movies: ‘Vacation,’ ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

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    Tom Cruise returns as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the action-packed sequel “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.”
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Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times. For full reviews of movies opening this weekend, see the Today section.

OPENED WEDNESDAY

‘Vacation’ **1/2

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a suburban everyman (Ed Helms) surprises his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons with a cross-country trip to an amusement park. With Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. (R, 1:39)

OPENING FRIDAY

‘A LEGO Brickumentary’   ** 

A documentary about the history and myriad uses of the popular snap-together plastic bricks. Directed by Kief Davidson and Daniel Judge. (G, 1:32)

‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ ***

With the IMF disbanded, secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team face off against a shadowy group of highly trained operatives hellbent on creating a new world order. With Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. (PG-13, 2:11)

‘Wild City’ (Not reviewed)

A cop turned bar owner (Louis Koo) befriends a drunken customer (Tong Liya) and finds himself pursued by her former lover (Shawn Yue) and his thugs. Written and directed by Ringo Lam. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (NR, 1:44) At Pearlridge West

‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’ (Not reviewed)

A gifted 10-year-old (Kyle Catlett) secretly leaves his Montana home to travel to Washington, D.C., via freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute Institution. But no one at the Smithsonian knows the age of the recipient. Based on the book “The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet,” by Reif Larsen. With Helena Bonham Carter. (PG, 1:45) At Kahala 8

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A Hard Day’ ***1/2

A homicide detective (Lee Sun-kyun) accidentally kills a man and tries to hide the body in his mother’s coffin. In Korean with English subtitles. (Not rated, 1:50) At Pearlridge West

‘Ant-Man’ **1/2

A master thief (Paul Rudd) seeking redemption dons a suit that allows him to shrink in size but increase in strength to face down a new generation of threats. With Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll. Written by Rudd and Adam McKay. Directed by Peyton Reed.(PG-13, 1:57) ‘The Breakup Playlist’ (Not reviewed) Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo star in a Filipino romantic drama about an aspiring singer and rock band leader who develop feelings for each other when they work together on a song. In Filipino with English subtitles. (Not rated, 1:30) At Pearlridge West

‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ ***

After a nervous breakdown lands him in a mental hospital, a bipolar 1970s father (Mark Ruffalo) becomes the primary caretaker for his two young daughters while his wife (Zoe Saldana) gets her MBA. With Imogene Wolodarsky. Written and directed by Maya Forbes. (R, 1:28) At Kahala 8

‘Inside Out’ ***1/2

An 11-year-old girl and her family move to a new city, prompting her five personified emotions to help guide her through the transition in this animated film. With the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling. Written by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley. Directed by Docter and Ronnie del Carmen. (PG, 1:35)

‘Jurassic World’ ***

At an island theme park where dinosaurs have been resurrected through science, a new genetically engineered specimen escapes confinement and plunges the park into chaos. With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio. Written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow. Directed by Trevorrow. In 3-D. (PG-13, 2:04)

‘Magic Mike XXL’ **

The strip-dancing guys go on a road trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they plan to give their last performance. With Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Strahan and Amber Heard. (R, 1:55) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Ward Stadium 16.

‘Minions’ ***1/2

The capsule-shaped creatures known as Minions search for a new evil mastermind to follow in this spinoff of the “Despicable Me” animated films. With the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm. Written by Brian Lynch. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. In 3-D.(PG, 1:28)

‘Mr. Holmes’ *** 

In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes faces the end of his days in a remote seaside farmhouse, where he begins to rely on his housekeeper’s young son and revisits the unsolved case that forced him into retirement. With Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Milo Parker.Written by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directed by Bill Condon. (PG, 1:34) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kahala 8

‘Northern Limit Line’   *** 

A South Korean naval thriller based on the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong in 2002. Stars Kim Moo-Yeol, Jin Goo, Lee Hyun Woo and Lee Wan. Directed by Kim Hak-soon. (Not rated, 2:10) At Pearlridge West

‘Paper Towns’ ***

When his enigmatic crush (Cara Delevingne) disappears after taking him on an all-night adventure, a dorky high school student (Nat Wolff) follows a trail of clues to track her down. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Directed by Jake Schreier. (PG-13,1:49)

‘Pixels’ **

When aliens misinterpret videos of classic arcade video games as a declaration of war and use them as models for an invasion of Earth, an old-school joystick jockey (Adam Sandler) is enlisted to fend them off. With Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan. Written by Tim Herlihy Dowling. Directed by Chris Columbus. (PG-13, 1:38)

‘Southpaw’ **1/2 

When a lefty boxing champ (Jake Gyllenhaal) known for his brutal but effective style suffers a personal tragedy, he teams with a hard-bitten former pugilist (Forest Whitaker) to fight his way back to redemption. With Rachel McAdams. Written by Kurt Sutter and Richard Wenk. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. (R, 2:04)

‘Spy’ **1/2 

When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and other top agents are compromised, a desk-bound CIA analyst (Melissa McCarthy) is sent into the field to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer. With Jason Statham and Rose Byrne. Written and directed by Paul Feig. (R,2:00) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Terminator Genisys’ **1/2 

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator in a reboot of James Cameron’s sci-fi classic. With Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke and Jai Courtney. Directed by Alan Taylor. (PG-13, 1:59) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Trainwreck’ ***1/2

A hard-living men’s magazine writer (Amy Schumer) who doesn’t believe in monogamy is thrown for a loop when she starts to fall for her latest profile subject, an endearing sports doctor (Bill Hader). With Brie Larson. Written by Schumer. Directed by Judd Apatow. (R, 2:02)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

National Theatre Live: ‘Everyman’ 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 4 and 2 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 5 at Kahala 8, $20

Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) takes the lead role in Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptation of one of English drama’s oldest plays on morality. Directed by Rufus Norris.

‘Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’’ Check listings for times of limited showings at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Ward Stadium 16, Pearlridge West and Mililani

Two members of Frieza’s army hope to find Dragon Balls to revive Frieza thus seeking revenge on the Saiyans.

All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory Live’ 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 5 at Ward Stadium 16, $15

Go behind the scenes of season nine of the Intel Extreme Masters, a pro video game tour. The documentary is followed by a panel discussion with Michael “Carmac” Blicharz, managing director of pro gaming at Turtle Entertainment.

‘DCI 2015: Big, Loud & Live 12 12:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 6 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $18.85

Drum Corps International bring the DCI World Championship Quarterfinals to the big screen from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

COURTESY DORIS DUKE THEATRE

ARTHOUSE

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768, honolulumuseum.org); $10, $8 members

‘Ua Mau ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures’

4 p.m. Friday July 31, free.

Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit directs this film, produced by Pu‘a Foundation, which takes viewers on a journey that shares historical plateaus of the Hawaiian Islands and key events that shaped Polynesia’s first nation-state. 

HONOLULU SURF FILM FESTIVAL 2015

Ends Saturday; Aug. 1 $10, $8 members.

‘Ocean Driven’

1 p.m. Friday July 31

Focuses on South African big-wave surfing champion Chris Bertish with action footage from the start of a new era in surfing up until 2010, when he surprised the world by taking on the biggest waves ever paddled into and surfed at the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational Event in Half Moon Bay, Calif., minutes after nearly drowning. (2015, South Africa, 0:56)

Screens with:

‘Much Better Now’

A forgotten book is knocked over by the wind, and a bookmark that has been stuck in its pages gets to enjoy the ride of its life. (2011, Portugal/Austria, 0:06)

‘Behind the Tide’

1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1

Documentary explores how art and a love for surfing can transcend geographical and cultural boundaries as director Romain Juchereau meets photographers, artists, shapers and surfers while on the road for two years. (2014, France/U.K./Australia, 1:06)

Screens with:

‘Fiore de Maggio: The Flower of May’

Director Luca Merli introduces us to a Mediterranean surfer named Sebastiano Concas, who lives in a houseboat by the sea. (2015, Italy, 0:03)

‘El Chino’

Inspiring story of Jonathan Wong, next in line of the four-generation Chinese lineage of Sun Sun Co., which is the oldest grocery store and wholesaler in Boston’s Chinatown. He desperately seeks to step away from the family business to pursue his own dreams and chase waves in the Northeast. Winner of the Spirit of the Festival Award at the San Diego Surf Film Festival. (2015, 0:15)

‘Against the Grain: Shaping an Alaia’

Explore the wonders of using simple tools to create an alaia surfboard from paulownia wood. Directed by Alessandro Rodrigues. (2014, 0:06)

‘The Involvement Dream’

Modern surfer Belinda Baggs catches waves on a surfboard designed in 1968 by Patagonia Ambassador Wayne Lynch, who first used his dream-inspired design to experience wave riding all over the world. (2014, Australia, 0:05)

‘Locked In’

7:30 p.m. SaturdayAug. 1

Closing-night reception begins 6 p.m. with a live performance by Men in Grey Suits and pupu from Da Spot. A panel discussion, led by Anna Trent Moore, curator of Bud Browne Film Archives, follows the screening with surf legends Peter Cole, Mark Cunningham, Kimo Hollinger and Jock Sutherland; $25, $20 members.

Bud Browne’s 1964 classic, voted by Surfer Magazine as one of the best surf films ever made, features the famous wipeout by Greg Noll on a 25-foot wall near Pipeline, a sketch spoofing “Adventures of Superman” and appearances by various surfers. (1964, 1:23)

MOVIE MUSEUM

3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771); $5, $4 members

‘Kryptonite!’ (‘La kryptonite nella borsa’)

11:30 a.m., and 3:45 and 8 p.m. Friday July 31; 1:15, 5:15 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1; and 2 and 6:15 p.m. Monday Aug. 3

A 9-year-old boy is taken in by his extended, colorful Neapolitan family after his mother suffers a breakdown stemming from her husband’s infidelity. Amidst the comical happenings within the household, Peppino finds himself a superhero in his Superman- obsessed cousin, Gennaro. For ages 15 and older. In Italian with English subtitles. (2011, Italy, 1:42)

‘Hitokiri’ (‘Tenchu’)

1:15 and 5:30 p.m. FridayJuly 31 and 11:30 a.m., and 3:45 and 8 p.m. Monday Aug. 3

At the end of the Tokugawa shogunate period, many factions are left struggling for power, except for the loyalist Tosa clan. While leader Takechi has his own agenda, his best assassin is torn between two factions after hearing of his master’s plans. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1969, Japan, 2:15)

‘Black Cat, White Cat’ (‘Crna macka, beli macor’)

11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday Aug. 1

A Gypsy con man intends to pay his debt to a gangster by arranging a marriage between his son and the gangster’s sister, but the results are disastrously hilarious. Rated R. In Romany, Serbian and Bulgarian with subtitles. (1998, Yugoslavia/France/Germany/Austria/Greece, 2:04)

‘Hartenstraat’ (‘Heart Street’)

Noon, 5:15 and 8:45 p.m. Sunday Aug. 2

A single dad who owns a deli on a charming street in Amsterdam tries his romance luck online, while a beautiful, self-absorbed fashion designer moves her boutique next door. They instantly dislike each other, but perhaps Heart Street will begin to work its magic. For ages 13 and older. In Dutch with English subtitles. (2014, Netherlands, 1:30)

‘Tangerines’ (‘Mandariinid’)

1:45, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday Aug. 2

While the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1992 causes a separatist conflict in Abkhazia, Georgians fight with Russians and Abkhazians in claiming its territory. Two neighbors who were supposed to evacuate their village decide to stay back to harvest tangerines, but their plan to flee before the fighting reaches them is nixed when two badly wounded adversaries show up outside their home seeking shelter. For ages 15 and older. In Estonian and Russian with subtitles. (2013, Estonia/Georgia, 1:27)

‘Anthony Zimmer’

11:30 a.m., and 3 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 6

A money launderer on the run from both the international police and Russian mafia undergoes extensive plastic surgery to change his appearance. So, instead, they begin to focus on his lover, but with tricks up her sleeve, she sets up an innocent tourist as a decoy to throw off the pursuers. For ages 12 and older. In French, Russian and English with English subtitles. (2005, France, 1:29)

‘Hugh and Heke’

1:15, 4:45 and 8:15 p.m. Thursday Aug. 6

Hugh, following his doctor’s order to rest, takes his family to a deserted North Island beach with the intent of enjoying a quiet holiday, but the serenity is broken with the arrival of Heke and his family. While the two men squabble over everything, which starts with a battle over a fish, their families try their best to become friends. For ages 12 and older. (2010, New Zealand, 1:27)

FRESH CAFE DOWNTOWN

“Monday Dinner Theatre,” 7 p.m. Aug. 3 Monday, 1111 Nuuanu Ave. (436-4326); $5 at the door

Hitchcock & His Writers — Thornton Wilder: ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

Charlie is a murderer on the run who finds refuge with his older sister’s family in Santa Rosa. His idolizing niece learns the ring he gave to her once belonged to a dead widow and begins to suspect her uncle isn’t the saint she thought he was. (1943, 1:48)

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