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Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times. The list of movies playing at Dole Cannery Stadium 18 was unavailable.

OPENED WEDNESDAY

‘No Escape’

** 1/2

Shortly after settling into their new home in Southeast Asia, an American businessman (Owen Wilson) and his family are caught in the middle of a violent political uprising. With Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. (R, 1:41)

OPENING FRIDAY

‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

***

In 1976 San Francisco, a teenage girl (Bel Powley) left rudderless by her hard-partying mother (Kristen Wiig) and absent father begins an affair with her mom’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard). Written by Phoebe Gloeckner. Directed by Marielle Heller. (R, 1:41) At Kahala 8

‘Memories of the Sword’

***

As the greed and excess of a corrupt monarchy threatens to destroy a once-glorious dynasty, three legendary warriors lead a revolt to overthrow the empire and save its people. With Lee Byung-Hun, Jeon Do-Yeon and Kim Go-Eun. Directed by Park Heung-Sik. In Korean with English subtitles. (NR, 2:01) At Pearlridge West

‘Mistress America’

***

A lonely college freshman (Lola Kirke) in New York City is taken under the wing of her adventurous soon-to-be stepsister (Greta Gerwig). Written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach. Directed by Baumbach. (R, 1:24) At Kahala 8

‘War Room’

(Not reviewed)

A husband and wife’s lives take an unexpected turn when the latter’s new client challenges her to fight for her family through prayer. With Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stallings and Alex Kendrick. Written by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick. Directed by Alex Kendrick. (PG, 1:20)

‘We Are Your Friends’

** 1/2

An aspiring 23-year-old Hollywood DJ spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights trying to create the one track that will set the world on fire, when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ, who takes him under his wing. With Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Shiloh Fernandez. Written by Max Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer. Directed by Joseph. (R, 1:36)

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‘American Ultra’

** 1/2

A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) have a quiet small-town existence, until it’s (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)

‘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

‘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 Kahala 8

‘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) At Pearl Highlands Stadium 12

‘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)

‘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 Ward 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 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

‘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)

‘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) At Kapolei and Pearlridge West

‘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) At Kahala 8

‘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

‘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)

‘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

‘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)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

‘Artists Den Presents alt-J’

7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $13.09

Concert by acclaimed, British Mercury Prize-winning U.K. rock group alt-J, filmed for Artists Den at the Hollywood American Legion in Los Angeles. Includes interview footage.

Arthouse

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

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

‘Listen to Me Marlon’

1 p.m. Friday and Tuesday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

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)

‘Tangerine’

4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

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. The film, shot entirely on specially equipped iPhones, was a breakout independent hit after its premiere at Sundance. (2015, 1:37)

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘Edo Castle Rebellion’ (‘Edo-jo tairan’)

11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Friday; 12:45 and 4:30 p.m. Monday

In 1680 a fierce, covert battle and familial intrigue over the succession of shoguns ensues after Tokugawa Shogun Ietsuna falls gravely ill and his brother declines to take over the responsibility. Directed by Toshio Masuda ("Tora! Tora! Tora!"). For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1991, Japan, 1:53)

‘Welcome to the South’ (‘Benvenuti al sud’)

1, 5 and 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., and 2:45, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday

This is an Italian remake of the French film ‘Welcome to the Sticks.’ After his boss banishes him to work in Naples, a postal supervisor is not looking forward to the prevalence of poverty, crime and trash in the area. However, once he’s there he realizes it’s not that bad, so his wife decides to join him. For ages 12 and older. (2010, Italy/Germany, 1:42)

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

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

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)

‘Bunny Drop’ (‘Usagi doroppu’)

1 and 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday

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)

‘Anthony Zimmer’

9 p.m. Saturday

A money launderer on the run from both the international police and Russian mafia undergoes extensive plastic surgery to change his appearance. The manhunt instead focuses on his lover, but with tricks of her own 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)

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

2 p.m. Sunday

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’)

4:15 p.m. Sunday

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)

‘Only Yesterday’ (‘Omohide Poro Poro)

11 a.m., and 2:45 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Animated film about a 27-year-old woman visiting relatives in the countryside; memories of life as a 10-year-old race through her thoughts as she reflects on how they help shape an individual’s adulthood. For ages 12 and older. (1991, Japan, 1:58)

‘The Dinner Guest’ (‘L’invite’)

1:15, 5 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday

Gerard, an unemployed 50-year-old, is thrilled when he gets a job offer in Indonesia. He decides to invite his new boss over for dinner, but there’s one problem: His wife is a terrible cook. For ages 12 and older. (2007, France, 1:26)

FRESH CAFE DOWNTOWN

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

‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’

The sounds and performances of iconic jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day and Dinah Washington at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, captured in this documentary by Bert Stern. (1960, 1:25)

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