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Movies: ‘American Ultra,’ ‘The End of the Tour’

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    Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are a stoner and his girlfriend in trouble with the government in “American Ultra."
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Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.

OPENING FRIDAY

‘American Ultra’ ** 1/2

A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend’s (Kristen Stewart) quiet small-town existence is (comically) upended when his sleeper-assassin past comes back to cause explosive problems. With Topher Grace. Written by Max Landis. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. (R, 1:36)

‘The End of the Tour’ ****

James Ponsoldt’s magnificent film gives us two guys talking, screen versions of the real-life novelist David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky. They’re played with a wrought and wary chemistry, synapses blazing, by Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. (R, 1:45) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kahala 8

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ **

Hitman 47 (Rupert Friend), a genetically engineered assassin, teams up with a woman (Hannah Ware) to find her father, the master scientist behind the robotic killing machines. Based on the "Hitman" video game series. With Zachary Quinto and Ciaran Hinds. (R, 1:48)

‘The Love Affair’

(Not reviewed)

Two lawyers help each other get over broken relationships. With Bea Alonzo, Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta. In Filipino with English subtitles. (Not rated, 2:05) At Kapolei and Pearlridge West

‘Sinister 2’ * 1/2

A protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin 9-year-old sons (Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house haunted by an evil spirit. With James Ransone. Written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. Directed by Ciaran Foy. (R, 1:37)

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‘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)

‘Assassination’

(Not reviewed)

During Japan’s colonial rule of Korea, resistance fighters plot to kill two high-level targets. With Gianna Jun, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo. Written and directed by Choi Dong-hoon. In Korean with English subtitles. (NR, 2:20) At Pearlridge West

‘Fantastic Four’ * 1/2

When a scientific expedition to an alternate universe transforms them, a quartet of outsiders must learn to harness their new abilities and stop a former friend turned enemy. With Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. Written by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank. Directed by Trank. In 3-D. (PG-13, 1:40)

‘The Gift’ ***

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as a young married couple who have a chance encounter with an old high school acquaintance (Joel Edgerton), throwing their lives into a dark tailspin. Written and directed by Edgerton. (R, 1:48)

‘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 Disney/Pixar 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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Jurassic World’ ***

At an island theme park where dinosaurs have been resurrected through science, a 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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’ ***

In this animated film set in a Mediterranean village, an exiled poet, his housekeeper and her free-spirited young daughter embark on a fateful journey. With the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek and Quvenzhane Wallis. Written by Roger Allers. Multiple directors. (PG, 1:24) At Kahala 8

‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ **

At the height of the Cold War, a CIA operative and a KGB agent join forces to stop an international criminal organization. With Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. Written by Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. Directed by Ritchie. In Imax. (PG-13, 1:56)

‘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)

‘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)

‘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 Kahala 8

‘Pixels’ **

Aliens misinterpret videos of classic arcade video games as a declaration of war and use them as models for an invasion of Earth, and 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)

‘Ricki and the Flash’ *** 1/2

A fading rock musician (Meryl Streep) who chased stardom at the expense of her family tries to reconnect with her daughter (Mamie Gummer), who has been devastated by a failed marriage. With Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield. Written by Diablo Cody. Directed by Jonathan Demme. (PG-13, 1:40)

‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ ***

A bored sheep and his flock conspire to take a day off, but when their plan goes awry they’re forced to mount a rescue mission. With the voices of Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes and Omid Djalili. Written and directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. (PG, 1:24) At Mililani and Ward Stadium 16

‘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) At Pearl Highlands Stadium 12 and Ward Stadium 16

‘Straight Outta Compton’ ** 1/2

A biopic about the rise and fall of the seminal Los Angeles gangsta rap group N.W.A, led by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. With O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. Written by Andrea Berloff. Directed by F. Gary Gray. (R, 2:22)

‘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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Ward Stadium 16

‘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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Ward Stadium 16

‘Wonderful Nightmare’

(Not reviewed)

Rom-com starring Uhm Jung-Hwa as a well-known attorney who dies because of a mistake made in heaven and is reborn as an ordinary housewife, played by Song Seung-Heon. In Korean with English subtitles. (NR, 2:05) At Pearlridge West

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Royal Shakespeare Company: "The Merchant of Venice"

7 p.m. Tuesday at Kahala 8, $20

Makram J. Khoury and Patsy Ferran make their RSC debut as Shylock and Portia in director Polly Findlay’s production of Shakespeare’s drama, which also stars Jamie Ballard as Antonio.

"Labyrinth"

7 and 10 p.m. Wednesday at Ward Stadium 16, $10

The 1986 musical adventure fantasy film featuring Jennifer Connelly as a teenager trying to save her baby stepbrother (Toby Froud) from a goblin king (David Bowie).

ARTHOUSE

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

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

‘Listen to Me Marlon’

7:30 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Thursday

The intimate side of late actor Marlon Brando is expressed in his own words through a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials, collected over the course of his lifetime. Directed by Stevan Riley. (2015, 1:35)

Stage on Screen: ‘Titus Andronicus’

1 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, $20, $18 for members

Revival of Lucy Bailey’s production of William Shakespeare’s tragic play about a Roman army general who engages in a cycle of revenge with the Queen of the Goths, first presented in 2006. This production generated controversy in the U.K. for containing so much gory violence that, although staged, many audience members fainted. Captured live in May 2014. (3:06)

‘Tangerine’

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday; and 1 p.m. Wednesday

Daring comedy, set during the Christmas season in Los Angeles’ unofficial "red-light district," follows trans working-girl Sin-Dee and best friend/fellow trans sex worker Alexandra, who roam the city to get to the bottom of a rumor that her pimp boyfriend was unfaithful during Sin-Dee’s 28-day lockup. On a side note, this entire film was shot on an iPhone 5s. (2015, 1:37)

2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

1 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday

Six award-winning, adult-themed short films from this year’s festival: "World of Tomorrow" (2015, 0:17), "SMILF" (2015, 0:09), "Oh Lucy!" (2014, Japan/Singapore/U.S., 0:22), "The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul" (2015, Russian/Ukrainian, 0:07), "Storm Hits Jacket" (2014, France, 0:13) and "Object" (2015, Poland, 0:15).

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘OLO: The Boy From Tibet’

11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Friday

Documentary about a 10-year-old boy who had escaped his home country at age 6 and is now living in India. For ages 10 and older. In Tibetan and English with subtitles. (2012, Japan, 1:48)

‘Woman in Gold’

1, 5 and 9 p.m. Friday; and 12:45, 2:45, 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday

Based on the true story of a woman who fights the Austrian government for the recovery of a portrait of her aunt, a famous Gustav Klimt masterpiece that was stolen by the Nazis. With Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl and Katie Holmes. Rated PG-13. (2015, U.S./U.K., 1:49)

‘Josie, the Tiger and the Fish’ (‘Joze to tora to sakana tachi’)

11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday

A college student runs to stop a baby buggy from careening out of control, and instead of a baby, he finds a young woman in it. Josie, who has cerebral palsy, has been kept out of society’s eye by her grandmother, but everything changes after she meets Tsuneo. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2003, Japan, 1:56)

‘Ex Machina’

1, 3, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday

A young coder of an Internet search company, Caleb, wins a competition and gets to spend a week with the company’s founder in a lavish mansion in the Alaska wilderness, but this "vacation" turns out to be a test, as Caleb is asked to spend time with an alluring robot to determine whether her artificial intelligence can match up to that of a human’s. With Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson. Rated R. (2015, U.K., 1:48)

‘Firelight’

11 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Sunday

Romantic drama set in 1838 about a Swiss governess who agrees to secretly bear the child of an English landowner to pay off her father’s debt. With Sophie Marceau, Stephen Dillane, Dominique Belcourt and Kevin Anderson. Rated R. (1997, U.K./U.S., 1:43)

‘Dreams for Sale’ (‘Yume uru futari’)

11 a.m., and 3:30 and 8 p.m. Monday

After a couple loses everything when their izakaya burns to the ground, the wife has her charming husband promise marriage to lonely women to bilk them out of their money. As they get closer to reaching their financial goals, however, strains develop in their marriage. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2012, Japan, 2:14)

‘Bunny Drop’ (‘Usagi doroppu’)

1:30 and 6 p.m. Monday

At his grandfather’s funeral, 27-year-old Daikichi is caught off guard when he meets his grandfather’s illegitimate 6-year-old daughter — and ends up adopting her, after she is rejected by the family. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2011, Japan, 1:54)

‘The Glory of Team Batista’ (‘Chimu bachistuta no eiko’)

11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday

After saving 26 consecutive lives by performing the risky Batista procedure, heart surgeon Dr. Kiryu decides to investigate after the occurrence of three failures. He asks Dr. Taguchi, a mousy female doctor, to head the investigation, and although she lacks surgical knowledge, she is exceptionally perceptive about people. For ages 12 and older. (2008, Japan, 2:00)

‘The Triumphant Return of General Rouge’ (‘Jeneraru ruju no gaisen’)

1:45 and 8:15 p.m. Thursday

In this sequel to "The Glory of Team Batista," Dr. Taguchi, who protests her own promotion as chairwoman of the Ethics Committee, receives an anonymous letter accusing a doctor of colluding with a medical supplier. Meanwhile she learns this same doctor has a growing list of enemies for wanting to cure too many people. For ages 12 and older. (2009, Japan, 2:03)

‘Happiness Never Comes Alone’ (‘Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul’)

4 p.m. Thursday

Romantic comedy about a party-loving, kid-hating musician whose life forever changes when a woman named Charlotte literally falls at his feet. With Sophie Marceau and Francois Berlaand. Subtitled. (2012, France, 1:50)

FRESH CAFE DOWNTOWN

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

‘Let’s Get Lost: Chet Baker’

Fashion photographer Bruce Weber directs this Academy Award-nominated film for Best Documentary Feature about the great jazz musician of the 1950s, which includes his early days portrayed with a "golden boy" image and a jail stint for drug possession. (1989, 1:58)

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