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Movies: ‘The Infiltrator,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘The BFG’

  • BROAD GREEN PICTURES

    Bryan Cranston stars as undercover U.S. customs agent Robert Mazur in “The Infiltrator.”

  • COLUMBIA PICTURES

    Melissa McCarthy, left, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones go ghost hunting in “Ghostbusters.”

  • PARAMOUNT PICTURES

    College friends contemplate life in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!”

  • DISNEY

    Mark Rylance stars as a giant who befriends a little girl played by Ruby Barnhill in Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG,” based on the Roald Dahl children’s novel.

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

OPENED WEDNESDAY

‘The Infiltrator’ **

Bryan Cranston plays a federal agent who goes deep undercover to access drug king Pablo Escobar’s 1980s empire. With John Leguizamo and Diane Kruger. Written by Ellen Brown Furman, based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography. Directed by Brad Furman. (R, 2:07)

OPENING FRIDAY

‘Cold War 2’

(Not reviewed)

Hong Kong-Chinese crime thriller stars returning cast members from the 2012 film “Cold War” — Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung, Charlie Young, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Ma Yili and Alex Tsui. A killer escapes and rival police officers clash over his capture. With new cast members Chow Yun-fat, Janice Man, Tony Yang and Bibi Zhou. In Chinese with English subtitles. (NR, 1:54) At Pearlridge West

‘Ghostbusters’

(No star rating)

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are the new generation of paranormal investigators out to save the world from supernatural baddies. Written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold, based on the 1984 film written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. Directed by Feig. Imax 3D. (PG-13, 1:56)

‘The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’ ***

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville profiles the international collective created by world-class cellist Ma. (NR, 1:36) At Kahala 8

‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River’

(Not reviewed)

Korean documentary about the married life of Jo Byeong-man and Kang Kye-yeol. Filmmaker Jin Mo-young filmed the couple for 15 months in the mountain village of Hoengseong County, Gangwon province. The couple was married for 76 years. Winner of the Audience Award at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in 2013. In Korean with English subtitles. (NR, 1:26) At Kahala 8

‘Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River’

(Not reviewed)

Kim Seondal (Yoo Seung-Ho) and his accomplices Bo-Won (Ko Chang-Seok), female Buddhist Yoon (Ra Mi-Ran) and Gyeon (Xiumin) steal the most expensive traded product — tobacco — from a rich and powerful man (Cho Jae-Hyum). Based on a novel about Kim Seon Dal. In Korean with English subtitles. (Not rated, 2:01) At Pearlridge West

NOW PLAYING

‘The Achy Breaky Hearts’

(Not reviewed)

Romantic comedy about 30-something Chinggay (Jodi Sta. Maria), a jewelry shop manager, caught between her ex-boyfriend Frank (Richard Yap) and Ryan, a customer (Ian Veneracion). Directed by Antoinette Jadaone. In Filipino with English subtitles. (NR, 3:23) At Kapolei and Pearlridge West

‘The BFG’ ***

A Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) befriends a young girl (Ruby Barnhill) from London in this adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. With Penelope Wilton. Written by Melissa Mathison. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (PG, 1:57)

‘Central Intelligence’ **

A former geek (Dwayne Johnson) returns to a high school reunion as a studly CIA agent and recruits his classmate (Kevin Hart) for a mission. With Amy Ryan. Written by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Rawson Marshall Thurber. Directed by Thurber. (PG-13, 1:54)

‘The Conjuring 2’ ***

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as demonologists investigating the haunting of a house in north London. With Frances O’Connor. Written by Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes, James Wan and David Leslie Johnson; story by Hayes, Hayes and Wan. Directed by Wan. (R, 2:13) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Finding Dory’ ***1/2

Nemo, Marlin and the forgetful blue tang must cross an ocean to find her family in this sequel to “Finding Nemo.” Voices of Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks. Directed by Andrew Stanton; co-director Angus MacLane. Imax 3-D. (PG-13, 1:43)

‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

(Not reviewed)

Twenty years later, the aliens return with new and improved technology. With Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman. Written by Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich and James Vanderbilt; story by Devlin, Emmerich, Wright and Woods. Directed by Emmerich. Imax 3-D. (PG-13, 2:00)

‘The Legend of Tarzan’ **1/2

After years of being civilized, the ape-man (Alexander Skarsgard) returns to the Congo and is entangled in a conspiracy. With Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Djimon Hounsou. Written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, based on the Tarzan stories created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by David Yates. Imax 3-D. (PG-13, 1:49)

‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ ***1/2

Two brothers get more than they can handle from the pair of out-of-control women who respond to their online ad. With Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza. Written by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Directed by Jake Szymanski. (R, 1:38)

‘Now You See Me 2’ **

The Four Horsemen return for more magic and tangle with an unethical tech magnate. With Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco and Lizzy Caplan. Written by Ed Solomon; story by Solomon and Peter Chiarelli, based on characters created by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. Directed by Jon M. Chu. (PG-13, 1:55) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘The Purge: Election Year’ ***1/2

In the third edition of this sci-fi horror series, the annual government-sanctioned, 12-hour period when all crime is legal comes under attack. With Frank Grillo, Edwin Hodge and Betty Gabriel. Written and directed by James DeMonaco. (R, 1:45)

‘The Secret Life of Pets’ ***

An animated comedy about what our dogs and cats do while we’re at work or school. Voices of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart. Written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Directed by Chris Renaud; co-director Yarrow Cheney. (PG, 1:30)

‘The Shallows’ **1/2

Blake Lively stars as a surfer on a secluded beach who fights for survival after encountering a great white shark. Written by Anthony Jaswinski. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. (PG-13, 1:27) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

‘Sultan’

(Not reviewed)

A middle-aged wrestling champion (Salman Khan) tries to make a comeback to represent India at the Olympics. With Anushka Sharma. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. (NR, 2:50) At Dole Cannery Stadium 18

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

National Theatre Live Summer Encore: ‘The Audience’

7 p.m. Tuesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $19; and 7 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kahala 8, $20 (PG-13, 3:00)

Tony Award winner Helen Mirren returns to the stage as Queen Elizabeth II.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Encore: ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’

7 p.m. Wednesday at Dole Cannery Stadium 18, $13 (NR, 3:25)

James Levine conducts Mozart’s opera about love. Starring Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzai, Rodion Pogossov and Danielle de Niese.

ARTHOUSE

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

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

HI Sk8 Films Shorts Showcase 2016

Opening-night reception, 6 p.m. Friday with live music, skate art, and food and beer for purchase, and films showing at 7:30 p.m.; doors open 6 p.m. Also screens Saturday at 1, 4 and 7:30p.m.

>> Shorts include “Kill Mode” (trailer), “Bruce Xee,” “Eskimo Bros,” “Velocity,” “Love & Hate,” “High Rider,” “Kyle by Kyle,” “The Ko‘olaus Are Calling,” “Haole Rot Manifesto, Pt. 2,” “Silent John Hawai‘i Pro Skater” and “Townsters.”

Honolulu Surf Film Festival 2016

Runs through July 31

‘View From a Blue Moon’

4 p.m. Sunday

Director Blake Vincent Kueny follows Hawaii’s John John Florence and his closest friends over three years of filming as they embark on a surf journey that takes them from the North Shore to other global destinations. (2015, 0:59)

Screens with:

>> ‘The Wild’

This short, directed by Aaron Leber, features Noah Beschen and was the 2015 REDirect Surf Film Festival Grand Prize Winner. (2015, 0:07)

‘Dirty Old Wedge’

7:30 p.m. Sunday

Tim Burnham directs this documentary showcasing Newport Beach’s famous surf break, a man-made phenomenon that became notorious beginning in the 1930s, drawing people from all over the world to witness it themselves. It focuses on the Wedge Crew, a group of bodysurfers with relationships with the wave and one another. (2016, 1:20)

‘Shorebreak: The Clark Little Story’

7:30 p.m. Monday

Director Peter King takes viewers into the life of renowned surf photographer Clark Little as he takes on Oahu’s most dangerous shorebreaks in his quest to capture awe-inspiring photos, some of which have graced the walls of the Smithsonian. (2016, 0:55)

‘La Primera Ola’

1 p.m. Tuesday

Documentary highlights seven key moments that defined the early days of Spanish surfing. Directed by Pedro Temboury. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2015, Spain, 1:18)

‘Peninsula Mitre’

7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Brothers Joaquin and Julian Azulay set off on foot across the easternmost tip of Argentina’s uninhabited Tierra del Fuego province with the goal of surfing a never-ridden, world-class wave at the Cape San Diego Lighthouse. To get there they must pass through heavy terrain and harsh climate conditions with a scarce food supply. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2016, Argentina, 1:28)

‘Bear Island’

1 p.m. Thursday

The Wegge brothers, known for their spontaneous way of life, head to formidable Bear Island in search of waves. In Norwegian with English subtitles. (2014, Norway, 1:22)

‘Surf Cinema Nugs’

7:30 p.m. Thursday

Showcase of short surf films from around the world, including “Light Therapy,” “Los Zapatos,” “Luis Eyre: Alien Invader,” “Peninsula South,” “Deep Islands,” “Live Life Beautifully: Andy Davis,” “Bulan Baru,” “I Lost My Dream,” “Watu,” “Being a Surfer Is Fun” and “A-Frame.”

MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘Everyone Says I Love You’

11 a.m. and 3, 4:45 and 8:45 p.m. Friday

Musical comedy about an American writer in Paris who, after being dumped by his French girlfriend, returns to New York in search of comfort from his best friends, ex-wife Steffi and hercurrent husband, Bob. Rated R. With Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Woody Allen, Goldie Hawn, Alan Alda, Natasha Lyonne and Natalie Portman. Directed by Allen. (1996, 1:41)

‘See You Tomorrow, Everyone’ (‘Minasan, Sayonara’)

12:45 and 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 6:15 p.m. Sunday

In this comedy-drama, a man who’s never stepped out from the government-built housing project he’s lived in since elementary school is compelled, years later, to face the real reason hedoesn’t want to leave. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2013, Japan, 2:00)

‘Green Room’

11:45 a.m. and 3:30, 5:15 and 9 p.m. Saturday

After performing a gig at a venue heavily frequented by skinheads, members of a punk band head to the offstage “green room” and witness a crime that places them in grave danger. RatedR. (2015, 1:35)

‘Man From Reno’

1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1:15, 4:45 and 8:15 p.m. Monday

A sheriff accidentally hits a Japanese man while driving through heavy fog in San Francisco; when he checks in on the man at the hospital, the sheriff learns the man has disappeared withouta trace. Meanwhile, a book-touring crime novelist escapes to San Francisco and begins an affair with a Japanese traveler who also disappears. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with Englishsubtitles. (2014, 1:52)

‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

Noon, 4:15 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Before the school year begins, college baseball players fired up with a desire for sex, fame and victory decide to indulge in a wild weekend, only to come to the realization that they won’t beyoung forever. Rated R. (2016, 1:57)

‘600 Miles’

11:45 a.m. and 3:15 and 6:45 p.m. Monday

Arnulfo smuggles weapons for a drug cartel and is kidnapped just as a federal agent attempts to apprehend the teen. During the 600-mile drive to get to his bosses, the balance of powershifts from kidnapper to hostage. Rated R. In Spanish and English with subtitles. (2015, Mexico/U.S., 1:25)

‘Villain’ (‘Akunin’)

11 a.m. and 4 and 9 p.m. Thursday

A construction worker gets caught up in an online hookup that goes wrong and has him on the run as the suspect in the woman’s murder. For ages 15 and older. In Japanese with Englishsubtitles. (2010, Japan, 2:20)

‘Michiel de Ruyter’ (‘Admiral’)

1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday

This historical adventure story is based on the life of a naval hero whose rise to fame included fighting naval battles, crippling the English navy and enduring 17th-century Holland’s politicaldivisions involving Republicans versus Royalists. For ages 15 and older. In Dutch, English and French with English subtitles. (2015, Netherlands, 2:26)

MONDAY DINNER THEATER

7 p.m. Monday, Cafe Julia, YWCA, 1040 Richards St., $5 (film screening only, arrive at 6:45 p.m.). Dinner reservations (arrive at 5 p.m.): 436-4326.

‘Sons of Halawa’

Director Matt Yamashita’s documentary shares the story of Pilipo Solatorio, a Halawa Valley-born man who, since the age of 5, has been deemed the family cultural practitioner, responsiblefor perpetuating the cultural traditions, music and stories of his isolated Molokai community. Yet, as he nears the end of his life, Pilipo asks himself whether it will be his son (who mustreturn home) or his two hanai sons (a taro farmer and a New York musician) who would accept and uphold the challenge left behind. (2016, 0:58)

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