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Movies: ‘Black Mass,’ ‘Captive’

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    Joel Edgerton stars as FBI Agent John Connolly and Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in the drama “Black Mass.”
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Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times. Note: The list of movies playing at Dole Cannery Stadium 18 was unavailable.

OPENING FRIDAY

‘Black Mass’ ***

In 1970s South Boston, Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) collaborates with the FBI to eliminate a common enemy in the Italian mob. With Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch. Written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth. Directed by Scott Cooper. (R, 2:02)

‘Captive’ *** 1/2

After being taken hostage in her own home by an escaped killer (David Oyelowo), a troubled suburban widow (Kate Mara) tries to reason with her captor with a Christian self-help book. With Leonor Varela. Written by Brian Bird. Directed by Jerry Jameson. (PG-13, 1:37) At Kapolei and Ward Stadium 16

‘Everest’ ** 1/2

A fact-based drama about two rival expeditions to the top of Mount Everest that were struck by a massive blizzard in 1996. With Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes. Written by William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. In Imax and 3-D. (PG-13, 2:01) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Ward Stadium 16

‘Grandma’ ****

Having just broken up with her girlfriend, an ornery septuagenarian poet (Lily Tomlin) helps her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) try to rustle up money for an abortion. With Marcia Gay Harden. Written and directed by Paul Weitz. (R, 1:18) At Kahala 8

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ **

Having escaped from a massive maze into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a band of young survivors searches for clues to their predicament. With Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Written by T.S. Nowlin. Directed by Wes Ball. (PG-13, 2:12) At Kahala 8

‘Veteran’ (Not reviewed)

A tough and merciless detective (Hwang Jung-Min) tries to take down a young arrogant millionaire (Yoo Ah-In). In Korean with English subtitles. (NR, 2:03) At Pearlridge West

NOW PLAYING

’90 Minutes in Heaven’ * 1/2

A biographical drama about a pastor who was declared dead by rescue workers after a horrific auto accident but ultimately survived, claiming he had experienced heaven during the ordeal. With Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth. Written and directed by Michael Polish. (PG-13, 2:01)

‘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

‘A Walk in the Woods’ **

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star in this adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-seller about old friends hiking the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. With Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal. Written by Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman. Directed by Ken Kwapis. (R, 1:44)

‘The Beauty Inside’ ***

Each day, a man wakes up in a different body. While his age, gender and nationality may change, his love for a woman who knows his secret endures. With Han Hyo-joo, Park Seo-jun, Juri Ueno and Lee Jin-uk. Directed by Baek Jong-yeol. (NR, 2:06) At Pearlridge West

‘Dragon Blade’ (Not reviewed)

When Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) leads an army to claim the Silk Road, trained warriors team with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers to maintain the delicate balance of power. With Jackie Chan and John Cusack. Written and directed by Daniel Lee. (R, 2:07) At Mililani and Ward Stadium 16

‘Ex With Benefits’ (Not reviewed)

A woman (Coleen Garcia) will do anything to keep her ex (Derek Ramsay) in her life. In Filipino with English subtitles. (NR, 1:52) At Kapolei and Pearlridge West

‘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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Pearl Highlands Stadium 12

‘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)

‘Jimmy’s Hall’ *** 1/2

British director Ken Loach brings a sure feel for Ireland’s landscape as well as its strife as he turns his attention to an obscure historical figure, activist Jimmy Gralton. (PG-13, 1:46) At Kahala 8

‘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

‘Learning to Drive’ **

A New York City book critic (Patricia Clarkson) living through the aftermath of a divorce strikes up an improbable friendship with her new Indian-American driving instructor (Ben Kingsley). With Jake Weber. Written by Sarah Kernochan. Directed by Isabel Coixet. (R, 1:30) At Kahala 8 and Windward Stadium 10

‘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)

‘Meru’ ***

A documentary following three American climbers as they attempt to become the first people to scale Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot peak in the Himalayas. Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. (R, 1:30) At Kahala 8

‘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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘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)

‘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)

‘The Perfect Guy’ (Not reviewed)

After a painful breakup, a successful lobbyist (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy) who may not be what he seems. With Morris Chestnut. Written by Tyger Williams. Directed by David M. Rosenthal. (PG-13, 1:39)

‘Phoenix’ *** 1/2

In post-World War II Berlin, a German-Jewish concentration camp survivor begins a dangerous double life to determine whether her husband was the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld and Nina Kunzendorf. Written and directed by Christian Petzold. In German with English subtitles. (PG-13, 1:39) 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)

‘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)

‘The Transporter Refueled’ (Not reviewed)

An expert wheelman is coerced by a quartet of femmes fatales to help them take down a crew of Russian human traffickers. With Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson and Loan Chabanol. Written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Luc Besson. Directed by Camille Delamarre. (PG-13, 1:36)

"Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos" (Not reviewed)

Toto, a timid young rooster who was the runt of the litter, finds the courage to save his family from an evil rancher. In Spanish with English subtitles. (PG-13, 1:38) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘The Visit’ * 1/2

Sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip, a brother (Ed Oxenbould) and sister (Olivia DeJonge) discover their relatives are up to no good. With Kathryn Hahn and Deanna Dunagan. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. (PG-13, 1:34)

‘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)

‘Wolf Totem’ ** 1/2

A Beijing student (Feng Shaofeng) sent to live among nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution finds himself caught between the advance of civilization and a traditional way of life. With Shawn Dou and Ankhnyam Ragchaa. Written by Alain Godard, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Lu Wei and John Collee. Directed by Annaud. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (PG-13, 2:01) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Ward Stadium 16

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

University of Hawaii vs. UC Davis

6 p.m. Saturday at Koko Marina and Koolau Stadium 10

College football live from Aloha Stadium, $12.

TCM Presents "Psycho"

2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Relive Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960s psychological thriller starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh, $13.09.

"Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes"

7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kahala 8

A behind-the scenes looks at the making of inventive rock band Arcade Fire’s album "Reflektor," with personal interviews and concert footage, $15.

Royal Shakespeare Company: "Othello"

2 p.m. Wednesday at Kahala 8

Hugh Quarshie ("Faust," "Julius Caesar") returns to the company to play Othello in this classic tale with Lucian Msamati portraying Iago, $20.

Lincoln Center: "San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet"

7 p.m. Thursday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan star in Helgi Tomasson’s production of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, $15.70-$18.85.

National Theatre Live: "The Beaux Stratagem"

7 p.m. Thursday at Kahala 8

Simon Godwin directs George Farquhar’s comedy about two men who spent their fortunes in London and move to provincial Lichfield to find someone rich to marry, $20.

Arthouse

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

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

Seoul Cinema 2015

Runs Saturday through Oct. 2. Features a selection of contemporary Korean flicks, from new festival favorites to hidden gems. Presented by Korea Foundation. Opening-night reception 6 p.m. Saturday, with Korean food and a movie screening of "How to Steal a Dog" at 7:30 p.m., $35, $30 for members.

>> ‘How to Steal a Dog’

This film, based on the novel by Barbara O’Connor, is about a young girl who "borrows" dogs from wealthy families to obtain reward money. Her plans for Wally, who belongs to a fancy gallery-restaurant owner, are thwarted after the owner’s greedy nephew schemes to get rid of Wally after learning his aunt has willed most of her property to the dog. Directed by Kim Sung-ho. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 1:49)

>> ‘The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow’

11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. This free screening is showing as part of the museum’s Family Film Sunday event.

Award-winning director Chang Hyung-yun provides this unique, comic sci-fi romance about an orbiting female satellite who picks up a pop song on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to locate the song’s source. On the way, she is transformed into Satellite Girl while the singer in question is fatefully turned into a cow. Throw into the mix a wizard in the form of a toilet paper roll, an incinerator monster and even a pig witch. Recommended for ages 8 and older. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 1:21)

>> ‘Revivre’

4 p.m. Sunday; $10, $8 for members

Based on Kim Hoon’s award-winning short story, director Im Kwon-taek’s 102nd film is about a successful cosmetics company executive whose wife is suffering from brain cancer. When a woman joins his marketing team, he finds himself dealing with pangs of forbidden desire. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 1:33)

>> ‘Man on High Heels’

7:30 p.m. Sunday

Korean crime thriller about a legendary cop, feared among the mafia for his brutality in fighting crime, whose macho appearance masks his secret of being transgender. Just as he decides to live his life as a woman, a criminal gang he once dismantled returns to seek revenge. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 2:05)

>> ‘A Hard Day’

1 p.m. Tuesday

A homicide detective named Gun-soo runs over a man on a dark rural street while driving back from his mother’s funeral and ends up desperately dumping the body in a coffin alongside his mother. As a colleague makes progress on this accident case, a witness who happens to be a detective steps forward and wants to see the body, forcing Gun-soo to retrieve it, but this time he notices the gunshot wounds. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 1:51)

>> ‘Sea Fog’

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Thursday

This thriller is based on the 2007 stage play, which, in turn, was based on a real-life tragedy about a longtime captain of a decrepit ship that had been sold by its owner. With the entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood, the captain seeks out a human-trafficking broker and smuggles illegal migrants from China into South Korea. When the ship stalls in the open ocean, tragedy unfolds as the crew is pitted against the migrants. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 1:51)

>> ‘Painted Fire’

1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Im Kwon-taek provides a vivid look into the turbulent life of Korea’s greatest artist, the temperamental and passionate 19th-century brush master Jang Seung Up. Winner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Best Director award. In Korean with English subtitles. (2002, S. Korea, 1:56)

>> ‘Memory of Forgotten War’

7:30 p.m. Thursday

Directors Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem tell the personal stories of four Korean-American survivors of the Korean War (1950-53) while conveying the human cost of military conflict. Analysis by historians Bruce Cummings and Yuh Ji-Yeon is interwoven through these stories, along with visual aspects such as newsreels, military footage and archival photographs. In Korean with English subtitles. (2013, 0:37)

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘The Dinner Guest’ (‘L’invite’)

11 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Friday

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

‘Love & Mercy’

12:30, 2:45, 5 and 8:45 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., and 3:15 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Bill Pohlad directs this biopic about Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, highlighting two key episodes in his life. The first event takes us back to 1965-68 as Wilson creates the album "Pet Sounds" while losing his grip on reality. The second fast-forwards to the ’80s when he is a sick man imprisoned in his beachfront mansion by his therapist. He ends up falling in love with a woman who seeks to emancipate him. With Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti. Rated PG-13. (2014, 2:01)

‘Jiyu Ren’ Ai’ (‘Bluestockings’)

1:15, 5:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Thursday

As college buddies, Akiko and Kiyoko believed in marrying for love and pursuing careers. It is post-graduation, and their dreams are dashed as Akiko finds herself in a traditional marriage with a businessman, while Kiyoko is divorced and living with her father. While Akiko helps her friend find a job with her husband’s company, a complex love triangle ensues. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2005, Japan, 1:57)

‘Cinderella’

11:30 a.m., and 3:15, 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday

True to the classic fairy tale about a virtuous girl who lives in a household surrounded by evil women, yet she still manages to get to the ball. With Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Richard Madden. Rated PG. (2015, U.S./U.K., 1:45)

‘Tricks’ (‘Sztuczki’)

1:30 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday

Six-year-old Stefek and his older sister Elka play a game called "bribing fate" to see whether small actions lead to predicted outcomes. They become skilled at these "tricks," but Stefek faces the ultimate challenge when he sees a man he thinks is his father. For ages 13 and older. In Polish with English subtitles. (2007, Poland, 1:35)

‘For a Handful of Kisses’ (‘Por un punado de besos’)

11 a.m., and 2:30, 6 and 9:30 p.m. Monday

A touching love story about a girl who places a personal ad and a boy who answers it, but both have painful secrets to reveal in order to find true love. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2014, Spain/Venezuela, 1:38)

‘Nightfall in India’

12:45, 4:15 and 7:45 p.m. Monday

A surly, wheelchair-bound Spaniard ditches his Romanian caregiver to travel across Europe, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan to India. With Juan Diego and Clara Voda. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2014, Spain/Rome/Sweden/Turkey/India, 1:35)

‘Liberi’ (‘Break Free’)

1, 5 and 9 p.m. Thursday

When Cenzo loses his job, he falls into a deep depression as his wife leaves him and his son, Vince, leaves home to work in a tourist town. Vince ends up being hired as a cook and even finds love, but will his family ever reunite? For ages 15 and older. In Italian with English subtitles. (2003, Italy, 1:53)

FRESH CAFE DOWNTOWN

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

‘Pina’

In this homage to German choreographer Pina Bausch, director Wim Wenders was compelled to portray the essence of her unique and inspiring art. Bausch suddenly died in the summer of 2009, as Wenders was planning the film. (2011, Germany, 1:43)

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