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Movies: ‘The Final Master,’ ‘The Lobster’

  • UNIVERSAL PICTURES

    “Saturday Night Live” alumni Jorma Taccone, left, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer star in “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.”

  • A24 FILMS

    Colin Farrell stars as a man trying to escape the fate of being turned into an animal in “The Lobster.”

  • PARAMOUNT PICTURES

    Stephen Amell and Megan Fox star in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.”

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times. For reviews of movies opening this weekend, see the Today section.

OPENING FRIDAY

‘The Final Master’ ****

The Wing-Chun tradition rests with its last adherent, who must battle local officials to fulfill his destiny. With Liao Fan, Song Jia, Jiang Wenli. Written and directed by Xu Haofeng. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (NR, 1:49) At Kahala 8 and Pearlridge West

‘The Lobster’ **1/2

A man (Colin Farrell) in the near future who flees into the woods rather than be turned into an animal because he is single illegally falls in love with a fellow rebel (Rachel Weisz). With Lea Seydoux. Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou. Directed by Lanthimos. (R, 1:58) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Kahala 8

‘Love Me Tomorrow’

(Not reviewed)

Coleen Garcia plays a well-known blogger and club promoter who believes she deserves the love of DJ D-JC (Piolo Pascual). With Dawn Zulueta. In Filipino with English subtitles. (PG, 2:01) At Kapolei and Pearlridge West

‘Me Before You’ **

Romantic drama about a working-class English girl (Emilia Clarke) who becomes caretaker for a wealthy, young, wheelchair-using banker (Sam Claflin). With Janet McTeer. Written by JoJo Moyes, based on her book. Directed by Thea Sharrock. (PG-13, 1:50)

‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ ***1/2

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (who comprise comedy troupe The Lonely Island) wrote and star in this comedy about a rapper enduring a colossal sophomore slump. Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone. (R, 1:26)

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’

(Not reviewed)

The return of the pizza-eating, martial-arts-infused, adolescent reptiles. With Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney. Written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Directed by Dave Green. (PG-13, 1:52)

‘The Wailing (Goksung)’

(Not reviewed)

A string of savage murders in a small village occurs following the arrival of a newcomer, creating an environment of fear. With Hwang Jung-min, Chun Woo-hee and Kwak Do-wo. Written and directed by Hong-jin Na. In Korean with English subtitles. (NR, 2:36) At Pearlridge West

NOW PLAYING

‘A Bigger Splash’ ****

Luca Guadagnino’s movie is a swooning cinematic appeal to the senses — two hours of al fresco lovemaking, gorgeous scenery and simmering erotic warfare with Ralph Fiennes’ acting on glorious, supremely uninhibited display. (R, 2:04) At Kahala 8

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ *1/2

Alice time-travels to save the Mad Hatter. With Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska. Written by Linda Woolverton, based on characters created by Lewis Carroll. Directed by James Bobin. (PG, 1:53)

‘The Angry Birds Movie’ *1/2

Outliers Red, Chuck and Bomb must figure out what’s going on when green piggies arrive on their island. Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride. Written by Jon Vitti. Directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis. (PG, 1:37)

‘Captain America: Civil War’ ***1/2

Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers and faces off against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man as the Avengers split into feuding factions. With Scarlett Johansson. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Imax 3-D. (PG-13, 2:27)

‘The Jungle Book’ ***

Director Jon Favreau guides this live-action and CGI version of Rudyard Kipling’s tale, which follows the adventures of Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves. With Neel Sethi and the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba. Written by Justin Marks. (PG, 1:46)

‘Love & Friendship’ ****

Whit Stillman has finally made a full-fledged Jane Austen adaptation, a master class on the art of comic timing, taking the author’s early epistolary novella and infusing it with his own droll, mocking spirit and expert way of looking behind societal facades. (PG, 1:32)

‘The Meddler’ ***

A New Jersey mom (Susan Sarandon) relocates to L.A. to be close to her screenwriter daughter (Rose Byrne). With J.K. Simmons. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. (PG-13, 1:43) At Kahala 8

‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ **

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne return in this sequel to the 2014 frat-boys-versus-new-parents comedy, this time with a sisterhood as the adversary. Written by Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Directed by Stoller. (R, 1:32)

‘The Nice Guys’ **1/2

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling team up as a muscle-for-hire and a private eye in this 1970s-set action comedy. With Angourie Rice. Written by Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi. Directed by Black. (R, 1:56) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Three Wise Cousins’

(Not reviewed)

Rom-com starring Neil Amituanai, who plays Adam, a New Zealand-born Samoan who falls for a girl who likes only “real island guys.” To win her over, Adam travels to Samoa and asks his cousins (Vito Vito and Fesuiai Viliamu) for help. (PG-13, 1:29) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18 and Pearl Highlands Stadium 12

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ **

The original mutant awakens after thousands of years and he is not happy, triggering a battle for a new world order. With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence. Written by Simon Kinberg. Directed by Bryan Singer. (PG-13, 2:24)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“One Night for One Drop”

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $16 (PG, 1:30)

Cirque Du Soleil’s annual Las Vegas charity event show for the One Drop Foundation, an organization devoted to providing safe water to people around the world. The group also provides youth education on water conservation to local projects in Southern Nevada.

“Ghostbusters”

2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $13 (PG, 2:05)

Watch the original 1984 flick starring Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Annie Potts, the late Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver. The new version, featuring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig, opens July 15.

ARTHOUSE

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

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

>> ‘The Birth of Sake’

7 to 9 p.m. today, followed by Q&A and sake-tasting sessions, $15, birthofsake.com

Erik Shirai’s award-winning documentary explores the world of artisan sake-making. Winner of Best Feature Documentary at the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival and Best Documentary Director at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

Cinematheque Francaise Film Festival 2016

Runs Saturday through June 26. Opening-night reception 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, with French cuisine by museum executive chef Jacob Silver and a screening of “Mon Roi” at 7:30 p.m., $45, $40 for museum members. (Film only, $10, $8 for members.)

>> ‘Mon Roi’

(Also screens 1 p.m. Wednesday )

After a serious ski accident, a woman becomes dependent on medical staff and pain relievers while she recuperates in a rehabilitation center. While facing an uphill battle of healing, she reflects on her turbulent past relationship with a man and questions why she submitted to dealing with a suffocating and destructive passion. In French with English subtitles. (2015, France, 2:10)

Also screening:

>> ‘New Faces of Animation’

1 p.m. Sunday

This collection of shorts, selected by the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy in Canada and the U.S., contains explicit imagery and is not suitable for children. In French with English subtitles. (2016, France, 1:19)

• Films include “Alison,” “Yul and the Snake,” “Tigers Tied Up in One Rope,” “Sunday Lunch,” “A Slice of the Country,” “Rhizome,” “My Home” and “In Deep Waters.”

>> ‘Young Tiger’

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

This coming-of-age immigrant drama is about a 15-year-old boy from Punjab who is sent by his parents to France as an illegal alien to make money for the family. At 17, his integration into the Sikh community is nearly seamless as he divides his time between school, friends, his girlfriend and the Sikh temple. In French and Punjabi with English subtitles. (2015, France, 1:27)

Screens with:

>> ‘Maman’

An 8-year-old girl’s life is turned upside down after her father returns from a trip to their native Senegal and introduces her to Rama, his second wife. (2015, France/Austria, 0:13)

>> ‘Mustang’

7:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Tuesday

After an innocent romp session on the beach turns scandalous, five orphaned teenage sisters in a Turkish village are scorned by their family and forced to prepare for arranged marriages. Instead, they rebel and decide to band together in hopes of chasing a future of their own choosing. In Turkish with English subtitles. (2015, France/Germany/Turkey/Qatar, 1:37)

>> ‘My Internship in Canada’

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

This quirky political satire is set in rural Quebec where an unsuspecting member of Parliament lands in the national spotlight when he learns his vote ultimately decides whether Canada goes to war. In French with English subtitles. (2015, Canada, 1:48)

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘Love Letter’

12:30, 4:15 and 8:15 p.m. today; 1:15, 5 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday

A woman who has been mourning the death of her fiance for two years sends a letter to an address she finds in his high school yearbook and is surprised when she receives a reply from a woman with the same name as him. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1995, Japan, 1:57)

‘Nabbie’s Love’ (‘Nabbie no koi’)

2:30 and 6:30 p.m. today; 11 a.m. and 2:15, 4 and 5:45 p.m. Monday

Comedy drama about a woman who quits her job in Tokyo and returns home to Okinawa, where she finds her grandmother involved in a passionate affair. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1999, Japan, 1:32)

‘Amma & Appa’

11:30 a.m. and 3:15 and 7 p.m. Saturday

Documentary about a German woman and an Indian man who decide to get married but must travel back and forth to gain approval of their families while, in the process, realizing there are differences to be dealt with regarding their own lives and expectations. For ages 10 and older. In German, English and Tamil with English subtitles. (2014, Germany, 1:30)

‘East Side Sushi’

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

A single mother decides to quit her job working at her father’s fruit cart and become a sushi chef in Oakland, Calif., where she must face obstacles such as bigotry, sexism and having to lift 50-pound bags of rice to prove her new culinary skills. Rated PG. (2014, 1:46)

‘Race’

Noon, 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday

Jesse Owens, a black athlete, is faced with with prejudice in America and Hitler’s intent to shame him at the 1936 Olympics while also aiming to give his best athletic effort and represent his country. Rated PG-13. (2016, Canada/Germany, 2:14)

‘Sexy Line’ (‘Sekushi chitai’)

2:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:45 and 7:15 p.m. Monday

Set in the Tokyo underworld in 1961, this comedy noir is about a junior manager seeking revenge after his girlfriend is murdered. He is helped by a pickpocket named Mayumi; the pair finds joy in solving the mystery as they roam the dark alleys of Asakusa and Ginza. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1961, Japan, 1:22)

‘Black Line’ (‘Kurosan chitai’)

8:45 p.m. Monday

A journalist who is drugged while waiting to interview a prostitute wakes up in bed to find her dead next to him. As he runs from the law, he explores the dark side of Tokyo and Yokohama in search of the killer. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1960, Japan, 1:20)

‘Meet the Patels’

11:30 a.m. and 3:15 and 7 p.m. Thursday

In his quest for a mate, an Indian-American man allows his parents to choose a bride for him while his sister films the process in this home movie-turned-documentary. Rated PG. (2014, 1:28)

TUESDAY DINNER THEATER

7 p.m. Tuesday, Cafe Julia (YWCA), 1040 Richards St., doors open 6:45 p.m., $5. Dinner reservations (arrive at 5:15 p.m.), 436-4326.

‘Chasing Shadows’

Director Nelson Quan documents photographer Jeff Simms as he captures on film eclipses in Australia, Turkey, Mongolia, French Polynesia and the Arctic Circle. A Q&A session with Quan will follow the film screening. (2015, 0:58)

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