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Clearly, she doesn’t realize she’s in Michael Bay’s
Transformers: Age of Extinction
, his fourth and longest
yet effort to sell shiny, shape-shifting toys to little
kids and flashy cars to big ones. Taking place five
years after the Battle of Chicago,
Age
does away
with screaming Shia LaBeouf and his dopey parents,
focusing instead on struggling small-town inventor
Cade Yeager (Wahlberg), who has unwittingly revived
Autobot leader Optimus Prime. Harboring this other-
worldly fugitive puts Cade, Tessa, and secret boyfriend
Shane (Reynor) right in the thick of danger – especial-
ly with CIA stooge Harold Attinger (Grammar) working
in league with intergalactic bounty hunter Lockdown
and biotech giant Joshua Joyce (Tucci) to eliminate
all Autobots and Decepticons alike. So long as Bay
keeps throwing this junk in our faces, people will
keep throwing their money right back.
(07/04/2014)
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– William Goss
CM Cedar Park, CM Round Rock, Southpark Meadows,
CM Stone Hill Town Center, Highland, Gateway,
Lakeline, Metropolitan, Moviehouse, Tinseltown North
22 JuMP Street
D: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller; with Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice
Cube, Jillian Bell, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas, Nick Offerman, Amber
Stevens, Wyatt Russell. (R, 112 min.)
If you absolutely loved or even mostly enjoyed
21 Jump Street
, this is a no-brainer, as cops Jenko
(Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) again go undercover – this
time on a college campus. Combining terrific interplay
between the two leads with a mix of genuine wit and
blatantly dumb fun,
22 Jump Street
is as often right
on target as it is excessively over the top, making it
a frequently delightful mess. This is not moviemak-
ing at its finest, but it is entertaining, and
22 Jump
Street
is goddamn delighted by it. When a deadly
new drug is introduced on campus, 22 Jump Street
leader Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) reluctantly sends
his two misfit cops undercover. The film is overdone
but rarely undercooked, and the creative team end
up giving far more than the minimum they could have
gotten away with – which results in an unusually fun
and funny film.
(06/13/2014)
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– Louis Black
Southpark Meadows, Gateway, iPic, Tinseltown North,
Tinseltown South
velAIyIllA PAttAthArI
D: Velraj; with Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek, Samuthirakani, Saranya
Ponvannan. (NR, 155 min., subtitled)
This Tamil love story and action film is the first
film written and directed by Velraj.
(07/18/2014)
– Marjorie Baumgarten
Tinseltown South
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D: Bryan Singer; with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael
Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ian
McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Halle Berry. (PG-13, 130 min.)
Director Bryan Singer, reclaiming the film franchise
he launched in 2000, means to establish from the
first reel that
Days of Future Past
is not messing
around. Via voiceover, Professor X (Stewart) explains
the catastrophic present, in which killing machines
called Sentinels have wiped out most of the world’s
mutant population and many of their human defend-
ers, too. With its past and future dual timelines
– series constant Wolverine (Jackman) is sent back
to the early Seventies to dissuade the blue-skinned
shapeshifter Mystique, née Raven (Lawrence), from
an assassination that will set off a ruinous ripple
effect –
Days of Future Past
is cannily constructed
to pull in actors from both the original trilogy and
2011’s origin-story reboot,
First Class
, and top to bot-
tom it’s a terrific cast. Still, the film tenders no new
thought or wrinkle to the franchise. It’s the difference
between a diverting entertainment, and a riveting
one.
(05/23/2014)
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– Kimberley Jones
Tinseltown North, Tinseltown South
thInK lIKe A MAn too
D: Tim Story; with Kevin Hart, Terrence J, Regina Hall, Taraji P.
Henson, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good,
Romany Malco, Jenifer Lewis, Dennis Haysbert, Gary Owen, Wendi
McLendon-Covey. (PG-13, 106 min.)
Following the generally unexpected success of
2012’s
Think Like a Man
, which turned Steve Harvey’s
titular self-help book into a relatively fresh battle of
the sexes, we now find ourselves faced with the gen-
erally expected success of
Think Like a Man Too
– a
more frantic, less funny reunion pic that proves what-
ever happens in Vegas will happen in just about every
movie set in Vegas. Mama’s boy Michael (Terrence
J) is there to tie the knot with single mom Candace
(Hall), with proud bachelor Cedric (Hart) serving as his
best man. It’s as raucous a party weekend as a PG-13
rating will allow, with director Tim Story cranking up
the tone to match the loud-mouthed, crowd-pleasing
fervor of Hart. But, when the closest thing to a novel
gag is the bachelorette party’s rowdy rendition of Bell
Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” you know that what we’ve got
here is actually the same old song.
(06/20/2014)
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– William Goss
Metropolitan
rIo 2
D: Carlos Saldanha; with the voices of Jake T. Austin, Kristin
Chenoweth, Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars,
Jemaine Clement, Jamie Foxx, Will.i.am, George Lopez. (G, 101 min.)
In this animated sequel, Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel
(Hathaway), and their three children head from their
home in Rio deep into the Amazon basin, where they
find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to
be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her
father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted
to be with them in the jungle, but Blu is a city bird,
uncomfortable with the father-in-law and unhappy
about the ex.
Rio 2
is loaded with terrific vocal tal-
ents (though they are mostly squandered), and is
agog with characters all feverishly working to carry
way too much plot. Less a celebration of Brazil than
of homogenized Las Vegas stage-show aesthetics,
the film’s more ethnic elements are Mixmaster-
blended into seamless Hollywood entertainment. All
singing, all dancing, all color:
Rio 2
is a modern, stu-
dio animation blockbuster – spilling all over the place,
rather than arching into the sky.
(04/18/2014)
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Movies 8, Lake Creek 7
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Plan your trip at capmetro.org/metrorail
GO DOWNTOWN.
Friday & Saturday
‘til midnight
WHERE CAN
METRO
RAIL
TAKE ME THIS
WEEKEND?
PURPLE MARTIN ROOST
Every summer thousands of these birds
decide to spend their evenings roosting in
three Live Oak trees in the Wells Fargo on
Airport Boulevard. Bring a chair and watch
from across the street with other bird lovers
in the Highland Mall parking lot. Binoculars
encouraged.
Fri.-Sat., July 25-26, 7:45-9pm.
Highland Mall, 6001 Airport. Free.
www.travisaudubon.org.
FLAPPERS, FEDORAS,
AND FOUL PLAY
Audience-
interactive murder-mystery-comedy-dinner-
theatre sort of thing, all Roaring Twenties
style, from those madcap mugs and molls
at 4th Wal Texas.
Saturdays, 6pm. Through
July 27. Speakeasy, 412 Congress,
512/476-8017. $20-185.
www.4thwall.events
LORA REYNOLDS GAL-
LERY: SUMMER SHOW
This
group show at the elegant gallery Downtown
features works by Colby Bird, Richard For-
ster, Roy McM kin, Fr nk Selby, nd other
artists.
Fri.-Sat., 11am-6pm. Through Sept.
6. 360 Nueces #50, 512/215-4965.
www.lorareynolds.com
www.tugg.com/events/8884
Documentary:
“TheGeniusofMarian”
8/19 @cinemarkHillcountryGalleria, 6:30pm
Fundraising event for the mobile Art Program:
art activities for seniors & disabled adults.
to PurchAse tickets, visit:
For more inFo, visit www.mobileArtProgrAm.org