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THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
(Drama, PG, 109 minutes, playing at the Regal Albany) A clever dog voiced by Kevin Costner narrates the story of his owner, an aspiring Formula One driver. With Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker, Martin Donovan, Gary Cole. Garth Stein’s novel has yielded a movie that provides the requisite tearjerking, but it’s a very strange affair. Directed by Simon Curtis. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(Drama, PG-13, 99 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) A promising high school football player fights for justice after he is falsely convicted of rape. With Aldis Hodge, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd, Greg Kinnear. Written by Doug Atchison. Directed by Tom Shadyac.
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
(Adventure, PG, 102 minutes, playing at the Regal Ninth Street in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) The teen explorer from the animated series leads her friends on a jungle adventure in this live-action tale. With Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, Temuera Morrison. Directed by James Bobin.
(Drama, R, 102 minutes, playing at the Regal Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) The wives of three incarcerated mobsters take over their husbands' rackets to support their families in 1970s NYC. With Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d'Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Common, Annabella Sciorra, Myk Watford. Written by Andrea Berloff; based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. Directed by Berloff.
(Documentary, PG, 97 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) A potent documentary about the first all-female crew to compete in yachting's grueling Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989, it tells a mighty tale about the majesty of the human spirit and the power of women. (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
(Horror, PG-13, 111 minutes, playing at the Regal Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Teens in a small town in the 1960s discover a book of terror tales that start to come true. With Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint. Story by Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan; based on the series by Alvin Schwartz. Directed by Andre Ovredal.
THEM THAT FOLLOW
(Thriller, R, 98 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Aharrowing and chilling deep dive into an isolated religious community in the Appalachian mountains. The daughter (Alice Englert) of the pastor (Walton Goggins) is engaged to one man but in love with another, a romantic triangle that ignites a series of life-changing and sometimes horrifying developments. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
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HOBBS & SHAW
(Action, PG-13, 134 minutes, playing at the Regal Albany, the Regal Ninth Street in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham grudgingly team to battle a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist wielding a bio threat in this globe-spanning spinoff of the “Fast and Furious” action series. With Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren. Written by Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce; story by Morgan; based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson. Directed by David Leitch.
(Drama, R, 101 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) In a mostly formulaic story about a working-class dreamer trying to make it big in Nashville, Irish actress Jessie Buckley proves she has the stuff to become a major Hollywood star. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
(Drama, R, 159 minutes, playing at the Regal Albany, the Regal Ninth Street in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Leonardo DiCaprio is a has-been TV star and Brad Pitt plays his longtime stunt double in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's 1969-set multi-narrative tale set during the closing days of the studio system's Golden Age. The film is a bit rueful, sentimental even, which is a new mode Tarantino, but it builds to an unfortunately glib ending. With Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, James Marsden, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis, Lena Dunham, Bruce Dern, Luke Perry, Brenda Vaccaro.
THE LION KING
(Animated, PG, 118 minutes, playing at the Pix in Albany, the Regal Albany, the Regal Ninth Street in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Director Jon Favreau’s virtual reality re-creation of the Disney animated classic turns out to be a bizarre Frankenstein's monster of a film that is so distressingly unpleasant it somehow manages to even ruin the original, much beloved 1994 hand-drawn cartoon version. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
TOY STORY 4
(Animated, G, 100 minutes, playing at the Regal Albany) The gang goes on a road trip and reunites with Bo Peep in the fourth entry in Disney-Pixar's beloved computer-animated franchise. The movie is absolutely packed with humor and heart. With the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Jay Hernandez, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Lila Sage, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin, Estelle Harris. Directed by Josh Cooley. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(Musical biopic, 121 minutes, R, playing at the Darkside) Mild-mannered English piano player Reginald Dwight transforms into rock superstar Elton John in this musical fantasy biopic starring Taron Egerton. With Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard. Written by Lee Hall. Directed by Dexter Fletcher. This dizzy, delirious jukebox musical has the energy and visual dynamism to truly reflect the outlandish aesthetic and performance style of its subject. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
(Drama, R, 120 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Jimmie Fails plays a fictionalized version of himself in director Joe Talbot's gorgeous Sundance prize-winning debut feature, which tells a deeply personal story of friendship, community and the yearning for home. (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times)