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Movies: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘The Martian’


  • Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an ordinary man placed in extraordinary circumstances in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES
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Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.

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‘Bridge of Spies’ ****

A fact-based drama about James Donovan, a hard-nosed Brooklyn lawyer recruited by the CIA to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate a prisoner swap in 1962. With Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Scott Shepherd. Written by Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (PG-13, 2:15)

‘Crimson Peak’ ***

Swept off her feet by a handsome stranger, a young woman in Victorian England is whisked to a house filled with spooky secrets. With Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston. Written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Directed by del Toro. (R, 1:59)

‘Freeheld’ ** 1/2

As a gay New Jersey police detective fighting to leave her pension to her partner, Julianne Moore gives a performance as a seriously ill individual that is stronger and more effective than the film that contains it. Directed by Peter Sollett. (Pg-13, 1:36) At Kahala 8

‘Goodbye Mr. Loser (Xia Luo Te Fan Nao)’

(Not reviewed)

Comedians Shen Teng and Mai Li star in this Chinese box-office hit about a middle-aged loser who passes out drunk and is magically transported back to his high school years to pursue the girl who got away. (PG-13, 1:54) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Goosebumps’ ***

The new boy in town and the girl next door must spring into action after accidentally releasing the monsters trapped in her father’s books. With Dylan Minnette, Halston Sage and Jack Black. Written by Darren Lemke. Directed by Rob Letterman. (PG, 1:43)

‘Woodlawn’

(Not reviewed)

Inspirational drama about the unity and success of the Woodlawn High School football team against a backdrop of racial tension in 1973 Birmingham, Ala. With Caleb Castille, Sean Astin and C. Thomas Howell. Written by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples. Directed by Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin. (PG, 2:03) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

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’99 Homes’ *** 1/2

To reclaim his house, a single father (Andrew Garfield) is forced to work for the ruthless businessman (Michael Shannon) who evicted him. With Noah Lomax. Written by Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi. Directed by Bahrani. (R, 1:52) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kahala 8

‘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)

‘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

‘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)

‘He Named Me Malala’ ** 1/2

A documentary portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived a brutal attack by the Taliban to become a leading women’s rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. (PG-13, 1:27) At Kahala 8

‘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)

‘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)

‘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

‘Pan’ **

A rebellious 12-year-old orphan (Levi Miller) is whisked away to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies in this film inspired by the Peter Pan mythos. With Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara. Written by Jason Fuchs. Directed by Joe Wright. In 3-D and Imax. (PG, 1:51)

‘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)

‘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)

‘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) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kapolei

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

‘Boruto: Naruto the Movie’

Noon Saturday and 7:45 p.m. Monday at Ward Stadium 16

In this 11th animated "Naruto" film, Naruto is now the Seventh Hokage of Konohagakure, and the five ninja countries are at peace, while Naruto’s son Boruto is about to enter the Chunin exams. $15

Roger Waters: ‘The Wall’ Encore

12:55 p.m. Sunday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18. $18.85

‘This Changes Everything’

7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kahala 8

A documentary exploring the notion that confronting the climate crisis represents an opportunity to build a better world. Based on the book by Naomi Klein. Directed by Avi Lewis. $12

Bolshoi Ballet: "Giselle"

7 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kahala 8

The tragic romance is captured from the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance in Moscow. $20

"Attack on Titan Part Two"

7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Ward Stadium 16, $12.25

Andre Rieu’s 2015 Maastricht Concert

7 p.m. Tuesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $15.70

‘Back to the Future’: 30th Anniversary

Wednesday at select theaters

Hitchcocktober: ‘Rope’

7 p.m. Thursday at Ward Stadium 16

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 thriller about two young men who strangle a classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. With James Stewart and Farley Granger. $7

Ed Sheeran X Tour at Wembley Stadium

7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dole Cannery Stadium 16, $16.76

Lincoln Center: Alvin Ailey, including ‘Revelations ‘

7 p.m. Thursday at Dole Cannery Stadium 16, $18.85

Arthouse

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

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

Japanese Cinema Spotlight 2015

Runs through Oct. 31.

"Weird and wonderful, fabulous and fantastical" screenings ranging from cute to creepy and violent, just in time for Halloween.

>> ‘Kuroneko’

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

In this second horror film from director Kaneto Shindo, the governor summons a war hero to confront a demon haunting the Rajomon Gate who’s been ripping out the throats of samurai in the grove, but what he sees are two beautiful women who look just like his lost mother and wife. (1968, Japan, 1:39)

>> ‘Bon Lin’

1 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday

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)

>> ‘Jellyfish Eyes’

4 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. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2013, Japan, 1:41)

>> ‘Godzilla: The Japanese Original’

7:30 p.m. Saturday

There have been many sequels, remakes and comics of Japan’s most famous monster. In the original "Godzilla," which was released in North America in 1958, the cut and re-edited version contained just an hour of the 98-minute original, which included an all-Japanese cast and special effects by legendary Eiji Tsuburaya. It remains as one of the greatest sci-fi/monster films ever made. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1954, Japan, 1:38)

>> ‘June Bride: Redemption of a Yakuza’

4 p.m. Sunday

This moving documentary, narrated by Tatsuya Shindo himself, tells his story as a gangster who managed to leave the gangster life in the nick of time by redeeming himself as a pastor. (2015, Japan/U.S., 1:20)

>> ‘Attack on Titan, Part Two: End of the World’

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

In this sequel, Eren and his band of heroes are on a mission to restore The Wall, but the Titans refuse to give up. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2015, Japan, 1:27)

>> ‘Kwaidan’

12:30 p.m. Thursday

Masaki Kobayashi’s quartet of traditional Japanese ghost stories, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival when originally released, includes "Black Hair," "The Woman in the Snow," "Hoichi the Earless" and "In a Cup of Tea." This version has been digitally restored and was never before released in the United States. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1965, Japan, 3:03)

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

>> ‘Black Cat’s Revenge’ (‘Kaidan nobori ryu’)

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

As members of a yakuza clan are killed off by a rival gang, its lady boss is shocked to learn the identity of her rival, setting up a supernatural showdown. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1970, Japan, 1:25)

>> ‘Dope’

12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 8 p.m. today; and 11:30 a.m., and 3:15 and 8:45 p.m. Sunday

When a socially awkward teen is asked by a drug lord to deliver a message, a wild "only-in-L.A." adventure ensues. Rated R. (2015, 1:43)

>> ‘Tomorrowland’

Noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Saturday

A teenage science wiz finds a mysterious pin that transports her to a Utopian city of endless possibilities. When she loses access, she sets out on a search for its inventor. With George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie. Rated PG. (2015, U.S./Spain, 2:10)

‘In the Courtyard’ (‘Dans la Cour’)

1:30, 5:15 and 7 p.m. Sunday

A rocker who becomes too depressed to play in his band lands a job as caretaker of an old Paris apartment building and strikes up an unusual friendship with a recently retired woman. Rated R. In French with English subtitles. (2014, France, 1:37)

‘Unit 7’ (‘Grupo 7’)

Noon, 4:15 and 8:15 p.m. Monday

Four cops are assigned to clean up the crime-ridden streets of Seville in preparation for the big Expo 92 event, but as the situation clears up, they start becoming indistinguishable from the bad guys. For ages 17 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2012, Spain, 1:36)

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

1:45 p.m. Monday

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)

‘Ghost Cat of the Cursed Swamp’ (‘Kaibyo noroi no numa’)

Noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday

This black-and-white horror flick takes place in Japan in 1615 when a treasonous man named Nabeshima murders Lord Takafusa and takes over his castle. This results in the suicide drowning of Lady Takafusa and her pet cat in a nearby swamp now infused with poisonous fury and a powerful curse. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1968, Japan, 1:26)

‘Lake of Dracula’

1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday

A doctor who’s been treating a number of female patients drained of blood makes a connection between these strange occurrences and his girlfriend, who has been withdrawn and anemic. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with subtitles. (1971, Japan, 1:22)

FRESH CAFE DOWNTOWN

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

‘Taking My Parents to Burning Man’

Twenty-year-old Bry decides to take his 60-something-year-old parents to Burning Man in the Nevada desert, an event notorious for dust, destruction and debauchery. This honest piece, directed by Joel Ashton McCarthy, bridges the generational family gap and depicts emotional family bonding during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. (2014, 1:22)

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