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Philippe Petite (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in TriStar Pictures' THE WALK.

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

OPENED WEDNESDAY

‘The Walk’ ** 1/2

Philippe Petit’s infamous high-wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 is the basis for this drama. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon. Written by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne. Directed by Zemeckis. In Imax and 3-D. (PG, 2:03) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

OPENING TODAY

‘Etiquette for Mistresses’ (Not reviewed)

Romantic drama about five mistresses who share one secret. Based on the novel by Julie Yap-Daza. With Claudine Barretto, Kim Chiu, Iza Calzado, Cheena Crab and Kris Aquino. In Filipino with English subtitles. (NR, 2:02) At Kapolei and Pearlridge West

‘Hell and Back’ (Not reviewed)

Two friends travel to the underworld and battle demons, Greek legends and the devil himself to save their friend in this animated comedy. With the voices of Nick Swardson, T.J. Miller and Rob Riggle. Written by Hugh Sterbakov and Zeb Wells. Directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman. (NR, 1:26) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18, Kapolei and Pearl Highlands Stadium 12

‘The Martian’ *** 1/2

Separated from his crew and presumed dead after a massive storm, an astronaut (Matt Damon) is stranded on the red planet and does everything he can to survive until he’s rescued. With Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig. Written by Drew Goddard. Directed by Ridley Scott. In 3-D. (PG-13, 2:10)

‘Saving Mr. Wu’ (Not reviewed)

Ticking-clock crime thriller in which a Beijing celebrity (Andy Lau) is kidnapped and police have less than 24 hours to locate him before he is killed by his captors. With Wang Qianyuan and Liu Ye. Directed by Ding Sheng. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (NR, 1:46) At Pearlridge West

‘Shanghai’ **

An American spy (John Cusack) arrives in Shanghai during winter 1941 and discovers his friend has been killed. With Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, David Morse, Ken Watanabe and Franka Potente. Written by Hossein Amini. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. (R, 1:44) At Kapolei, Koolau Stadium 10 and Mililani

‘Sicario’ ***

In the lawless area around the U.S.-Mexican border, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force for a clandestine mission. With Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Written by Taylor Sheridan. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. (R, 2:01)

NOW PLAYING

‘Black Mass’ ***

In 1970s South Boston, Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) colludes with the FBI while eliminating his enemies. With Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch. Written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth. Directed by Scott Cooper. (R, 2:02)

‘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)

‘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 Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kahala 8

‘The Green Inferno’ *

A band of student activists travels to the Amazon jungle, only to be taken prisoner by the indigenous tribe they came to save. With Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy and Daryl Sabara. Written by Guillermo Amoedo and Eli Roth. Directed by Roth. (R, 1:40)

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ **

Dracula opens his spooky hotel to human guests and puts his half-vampire, half-human grandson through monster boot camp in this animated sequel. With the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg. Written by Robert Smigel and Sandler. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. (PG, 1:29)

‘The Intern’ ** 1/2

After discovering that retirement doesn’t interest him, a 70-year-old widower (Robert De Niro) becomes an intern at an online fashion site. With Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo. Written and directed by Nancy Meyers. (PG-13, 2:01)

‘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 Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Lost in Hong Kong’ (Not reviewed)

A married man on vacation (Xu Zheng) with his wife (Zhao Wei) hopes to reconnect with his first love (Du Juan) in this comedy sequel to 2012’s “Lost in Thailand.” Written and directed by Xu. Zheng In Mandarin with English subtitles. (NR, 1:54) At Pearlridge West

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ **

Having escaped from a massive maze into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, young survivors search 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)

‘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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ *** 1/2

A drama about the turbulent life of chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, including his high-profile rivalry with a Soviet counterpart at the height of the Cold War. With Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard. Written by Steven Knight. Directed by Edward Zwick. (PG-13, 1:56) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kahala 8

‘The Perfect Guy’ *

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) 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,cq no final period 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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Veteran’ (Not reviewed)

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

‘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’ ** 1/2

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. (PG, 1:20)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

The Metropolitan Opera: Il Trovatore Live

12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and 6:30 p.m. WednesdayOct. 7 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Anna Netrebko stars as the tortured heroine Leonora in Verdi’s drama. With Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna, Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, Dolora Zajick as Gypsy Azucena and Stefan Kocan as Ferrando, $18.85-$25.13.

University of Hawaii vs. Boise State

4:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Koko Marina and Koolau Stadium 10

College football live from Boise, Idaho, $12.

‘The Iron Giant: Signature Edition’

Noon Sunday, Oct. 4 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

The 1999 animated film based on Ted Hughes’ 1968 novel “The Iron Man” returns to the big screen with two bonus scenes,$13.09.

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition’

7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Peter Jackson’s 2012 film with 13 minutes of extra footage, $13.09.

Rifftrax Live: ‘Miami Connection’

7:30 p.m. TuesdayOct. 6 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

The guys are back to riff on the 1987 martial arts flick, $13.09.

“Attack on Titan, Part 1”

7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Ward Stadium 16

Dark fantasy-action film loosely based on the manga series of the same name. In Japanese with English subtitles, $8.75-$12.25.

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition’

7:30 p.m. WednesdayOct. 7 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

The second of “The Hobbit” trilogy was released in 2013. This version has an extra 25 minutes added to the 161-minute film, $13.09.

“Finding Noah”

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

Documentary about a team of people in search of Noah’s ark and the challenges they encountered on their trip to Mount Ararat, located in eastern Turkey. Historical reports, biblical accounts and scientific evidence point to Mount Ararat as the final resting place of the ark. Narrated by Gary Sinise with a panel discussion featuring archaeologists, theologians and explorers after the film, $13.09.

“The Who in Hyde Park”

7:30 p.m. ThursdayOct. 8 at Dole Cannery Stadium 18

The group’s 50th anniversary tour finale show, $15.70.

“The Man Who Knew Too Much”

7 p.m. ThursdayOct. 8 at Ward Stadium 16

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 remake of his original 1934 film is 45 minutes longer than the first movie. Stars James Stewart and Doris Day, $7.

Arthouse

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768, honolulumuseum.org)

Seoul Cinema 2015

Ends Friday. A selection of contemporary Korean films, from new festival favorites to hidden gems, presented by the Korea Foundation. $10, $8 for members.

>> ‘A Girl at My Door’

7:30 p.m. Friday

Recent police academy graduate Young-nam quickly climbs the ranks in Seoul, but a drinking problem has her transferred to a small seaside town where she meets a troubled young girl with an abusive stepfather. Young-nam takes the girl in, but the drunken father decides he wants his daughter back. In Korean with English subtitles. (2014, S. Korea, 1:59)

Japanese Cinema Spotlight 2015

Runs Saturday through Oct. 31. “Weird and wonderful, fabulous and fantastical” screenings ranging from cute to creepy, just in time for Halloween.

>> ‘Jellyfish Eyes’

1 p.m. Saturday

After his father dies, a young boy and his mother move into a country town where he makes an unlikely friend: a flying jellyfishlike sprite he nicknames Kurage-bo. In Japanese with English subtitles. (Japan, 2013, 1:41)

>> ‘Love Live! The School Idol Movie’

4 p.m. Saturday

Based on the anime series, this film picks up after its second season and finds third-year students of Otonokizaka High School approaching graduation. The school idol group, which initially formed to prevent the school from closing, becomes champions of the school tournament. Afterward, students must prepare for an even bigger performance. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2015, Japan, 1:44)

>> ‘Attack on Titan: Part One’

7:30 p.m. Saturday

Live-action adaptation of the post-apocalyptic fantasy manga series. In present-day Japan the sudden arrival of the Titans, mysterious humanoid creatures that devour humans, are leaving humans on the brink of extinction. Fast-forward 100 years to find a peaceful human population living behind massive walls to defend themselves against the Titans, but the people are becoming restless and curious as to what’s on the other side. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2015, Japan, 1:39)

>> ‘Bon Lin’

1 p.m. Sunday

Two manga fanatics set out on a quest to Tokyo’s Akihabara district in hopes of saving their friend, who is being abused by her live-in boyfriend. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2014, Japan, 1:31)

>> ‘When Marnie Was There’

4 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Tuesday

Hiromasa Yonebayashi directs this newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, about a shy and artistic girl who moves seaside to live with relatives and meets a mysterious girl living in a mansion with whom she forms an instant connection that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2014, Japan, 1:43)

>> ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’

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

Director Mami Sunada is granted rare access to the notorious Studio Ghibli and follows three men — the lifeblood behind the studio — over the course of one year: director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki and “the influential other director” Isao Takahata. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2013, Japan, 1:58)

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘For the Good of Others’ (‘El mal ajeno’)

11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. today; and 11 a.m. and 3, 4:45 and 8:45 p.m. Monday

A doctor is blamed for the death of a woman, leaving her widowed husband to seek revenge. The widower sets out to kill the doctor and then shoot himself, but the doctor survives, regaining consciousness with a new healing power that comes at a terrible cost. For ages 17 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2010, Spain, 1:38)

‘Spy’

12:45, 4:45 and 8:45 p.m. today; and 11:30 a.m. and 1:45, 4, 6:15 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday

When a middle-age, pencil-pushing CIA agent is suddenly assigned as a field operative, a comical circus ensues as she learns to deal with a doofus Brit agent while hunting down a murderous arms dealer. With Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Miranda Hart, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham. This special extended version is unrated. (2015, 2:10)

‘The Devil Rides Out’

11:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Saturday

Set in England during the 1920s, this classic sets up an intense battle between good and evil as a fight ensues over the souls of two young adults. (1968, U.K., 1:35)

‘The Inugami Family’ (‘Inugami-ke no ichizoku’)

1:15, 3:45 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Set in 1947, this popular Japanese mystery is about a detective who discovers his client, pharmaceutical tycoon Sahei Inugami, is murdered. As he looks into Inugami’s will, family members suddenly begin to die off. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1976, Japan, 2:26)

‘Negotiator: Mashita Masayoshi’

12:45 and 6:30 p.m. Monday

When a high-tech prototype Tokyo subway train is hijacked, Japan’s top negotiator is called upon to investigate — but it turns out the bomber has a personal vendetta against him. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2005, Japan, 2:07)

‘Romanzo Criminale’

4 and 9 p.m. Thursday

Based on the real-life Magliana Gang, this pulp epic is about three childhood friends who establish a criminal empire in 1970s Rome and ties in the gang’s exploits with Italy’s recent political history. Winner of seven David di Donatello awards. For ages 15 and older. In Italian with English subtitles. (2005, Italy/France/U.K., 2:27)

FRESH CAFE DOWNTOWN

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

Hitchcock & Set Design: ‘Foreign Correspondent’

Alfred Hitchcock’s second project in America required the work of 14 scriptwriters over the course of five years to adapt war correspondent Vincent Sheehan’s “Personal History” and humorist Robert Benchley to write and finish the script. The story finds an American journalist covering the war scene in Europe in 1938-40 when he witnesses the assassination of a Dutch diplomat. (1940, 1:58)

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