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    Jessica Chastain is a woman haunted by the supernatural in “Crimson Peak.”

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.


‘Burnt’ ** 1/2

A chef who went down in flames seeks redemption, his own kitchen and a third Michelin star. With Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. Written by Steven Knight. Directed by John Wells. (R, 1:40)

‘Dancin’ It’s On’

(Not reviewed)

Teen dancers from opposite coasts and different worlds team for a major competition and romance. With Witney Carson. Written and directed by David Winters. (PG, 1:31)

‘Felix Manalo’

(Not reviewed)

Biographical film dramatizing the life of Felix Ysagun Manalo, founder of Iglesia Ni Cristo. In Filipino with English subtitles. (Not rated, 2:56)

‘Our Brand is Crisis’ **

A Bolivian presidential candidate floundering in the polls enlists the help of an elite American management team led by a damaged but brilliant strategist. With Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton and Anthony Mackie. Written by Peter Straughan. Directed by David Gordon Green. (R, 1:48) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Truth’ ****

A gripping, beautifully executed journalistic thriller about the events that ended the careers of CBS anchorman Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes. With Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Written and directed by James Vanderbilt. (From New York Times review.) (R, 2:01)


‘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)

‘Coming Home’ ***

Chinese star Gong Li’s exquisitely doleful face is one of cinema’s treasures, and it’s the only special effect that director Zhang Yimou needs to make his latest film, about a couple separated during the Cultural Revolution, feel like a return to social-realist intimacy after a stretch in the world of razzle-dazzle epic melodrama. Zhang and his sterling actors have made something fairly unforgettable about the tragedy of forgetting. With Daoming Chen. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (PG-13, 1:49)

‘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)

‘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)

‘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)

‘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)

‘Jem and the Holograms’ **

A small-town teen musician goes from viral-video sensation to global superstar, with her sisters in tow. With Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott and Aurora Perrineau. Written by Ryan Landels. Directed by Jon M. Chu. (PG, 1:52)

‘The Last Witch Hunter’ * 1/2

As a warrior cursed with immortality continues his quest to rid the world of witches, an old foe returns from the dead. With Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood and Rose Leslie. Written by Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Directed by Breck Eisner. (PG-13, 1:46)

‘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)

‘Must Date the Playboy’

(Not reviewed)

A young woman (Jessy Mendiola) seeks revenge on her cheating boyfriend (Xian Lim) by asking her shy best friend (Kim Chiu) to make him fall in love with her. Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar. In Filipino with English subtitles. (Not rated, 2:06) At Pearlridge West

‘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)

‘Rock the Kasbah’ **

After being stranded in Afghanistan by his last remaining client, a washed-up rock manager tries to shepherd a gifted local singer to stardom. With Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride and Bruce Willis. Written by Mitch Glazer. Directed by Barry Levinson. (R, 1:46)

‘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)

‘Steve Jobs’ ****

Starring Michael Fassbender as the computer innovator and Kate Winslet as the woman who speaks up to him, this is a smart, hugely entertaining film that all but bristles with crackling creative energy. (R, 2:02)

‘The Walk’ ** 1/2

Philippe Petit’s infamous high-wire walk between the World Trade Center towers 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

‘Woodlawn’ ** 1/2

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


Titan XC Screenings

A weeklong series of movies on Honolulu’s biggest screen at Ward Stadium 16: “Battle Royale” (Japanese with English subtitles), Friday; “Kill Bill Volume 1,” Saturday and Thursday; “The Dark Knight,” Sunday; “Moulin Rouge,” Monday; “Saving Private Ryan,” Tuesday; “Serenity,” Wednesday. $10

Metropolitan Opera: ‘Tannhauser’

Starring tenor Johan Botha. Live at noon Saturday, repeats at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $25 (4:35)

‘The Anthem of the Heart’

Animated film in which a girl has her voice magically taken away so she can’t hurt anyone with it until her outlook on life is changed by music and friendship. Written by Mari Okada, directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. Japanese with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Monday at Ward Stadium 16, $15 (1:59)

On Stage: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, filmed Oct. 8 at London’s Vaudeville Theatre and featuring David Suchet (“Hercule Poirot”) as Lady Bracknell. 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $16 (2:50 with two intermissions)

Varsity Spirit’s ‘American Cheerleader’

Featuring the most memorable routines from the last 35 years of the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship. 7 p.m. Thursday at Dole Cannery Stadium 16, $13 (2:10)

National Theatre Live: ‘Hamlet’

The record-breaking London production starring Benedict Cumberbatch. 7 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kahala 8, $20 (PG-13, 4:00)




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

Japanese Cinema Spotlight 2015

Ends Saturday.

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

>> ‘Kwaidan’

12:30 p.m. Friday

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 distributed in the United States. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1965, Japan, 3:03)

>> ‘Godzilla: The Japanese Original’

1 p.m. Saturday

There have been many sequels, remakes and comics of Japan’s most famous sci-fi/monster film. This is the 98-minute, original “Godzilla,” with an all-Japanese cast and special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya; it was released in a re-edited, hourlong cut in North America in 1958. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1954, Japan, 1:38)

>> ‘Battles Without Honor and Humanity’

4 p.m. Saturday

Kinji Fukasaku’s violent yakuza film became part of a four-movie series that traces the rise of Japan’s criminal underworld and follows more than 100 characters through 20 years of gang wars, alliances, betrayals and assassinations. This opening episode finds an ex-soldier who escapes from postwar black markets and becomes a key member of the Yamamori gang, but soon becomes disillusioned by the selfish duplicity of his bosses. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1973, Japan, 1:39)


7:30 p.m. Saturday

Director Nobuhiko Obayashi, approached by Toho Studios to create a film like “Jaws,” asked his 10-year-old daughter for ideas. The resulting product entails a “hallucinatory head trip” about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to visit an ailing aunt in a creaky country home and their encounters with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano and nightmarish visions. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1977, Japan, 1:28)


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

‘Lake of Dracula’

11 a.m., and 3:45 and 8:30 p.m. Friday

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)

‘Ghost Cat of the Cursed Swamp’

12:30 and 5:15 p.m. Friday

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, resulting in the suicide drowning of Lady Takafusa and her pet cat in a nearby swamp, which is now infused with poisonous fury and a powerful curse. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1968, Japan, 1:26)

‘The Wicker Man’

2 and 6:45 p.m. Friday

A devoutly Christian police sergeant investigates the disappearance of a child on a small Scottish island inhabited by modern pagans and led by the charming Lord Summerisle. This cult classic is being presented in its rare extended version, praised highly by the late film critic Roger Ebert. (1973, U.K., 1:40)

‘The Body’ (‘El Cuerpo’)

11 a.m., and 3:30, 5:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday ; and 11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Monday

A wealthy businesswoman’s body disappears from a forensics lab, while an ongoing investigation finds a witness in a coma and a detective eyes the young, widowed husband as a shady suspect; but nothing in this movie is quite what it seems. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with subtitles. (2012, Spain, 1:48)

‘Ghost Cat Mansion’

1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

A doctor and his wife move from Tokyo to Kyushu into a long-deserted mansion with a reputation as being haunted, but they are not concerned — until a crazy old woman stalks and tries to strangle the doctor’s wife, and a priest relays a samurai-era tale of a vengeful cat spirit. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1958, Japan, 1:09)

To be shown with:

‘The Ghost Cat of Otama Pond’ (‘Kaibyo Otama ga Ike’)

A couple lost near a swamp takes shelter in an abandoned home. When the woman suffers from a terrible fever, a priest determines she’s been cursed and tells the man of a grim, centuries-old tale involving the woman’s ancestors. For ages 12 and older. (1960, Japan, 1:16)

‘The Gift’

Noon, 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday; and 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Monday

Married couple Simon and Robyn relocate to Los Angeles, where Simon runs into an old classmate at the mall. The old friend begins to “keep in touch,” and it gets creepier with each visit. Rated R. (2015, Australia/U.S., 1:48)

‘Thesis on a Homicide’ (‘Tesis Sobre un Homicidio’)

4 p.m. Sunday

Peering out of their classroom window, a law professor and his students are able to see the body of a dead young woman in the parking lot of an Argentine university. After following a tenuous trail of clues, the law professor begins to suspect one of his students. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2013, Argentina/Spain, 1:46)

‘Northern Limit Line’ (‘N.L.L.’)

Noon, 3:45 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Based on an actual incident in 2002, this film is about a South Korean patrol boat attacked by two North Korean vessels as it illegally crosses the Northern Limit Line. For ages 15 and older. In Korean with English subtitles. (2015, South Korea, 2:10)

‘What Goes Around’ (‘Sorte Kugler’)

2:15 and 6 p.m. Thursday

A struggling real estate agent who gets through his days by insulting everyone gets into a serious car accident and visits the afterlife, where he is judged by a celestial game-show host who decides to give him another chance. In Danish with English subtitles. (2009, Denmark/Czech Republic, 1:20)


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

Hitchcock & Set Design: ‘Rear Window’

A photographer, while nursing a broken leg, is stuck in his apartment and becomes intrigued by the neighbors he can see from his window. When the wife of a salesman across the courtyard vanishes, he suspects the husband may have killed her, although his own girlfriend and night nurse don’t believe him — until a neighbor’s dog also turns up dead. (1954, 1:35)

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