MOVIE SHORTS: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

 

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Note: This list is sometimes trimmed for space.

"50 to 1" - (Drama adventure, PG-13, 110 minutes) Not reviewed. A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Cinemark Carefree Circle, in IMAX.

"As Above/So Below" - (Horror, R, 100 minutes) Grade: C-, Jordan Mintzer. A gang of 20-something treasure hunters find themselves at what's purported to be the gates of Hell. This low-budget effort provides a few late scares after plenty of eye-rolling setup.

"Cantiflas" - (Drama, PG, 96 minutes) Not reviewed. The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star.

"Saints and Soldiers: The Void" - (Drama PG-13, 97 minutes) Not reviewed. Racial tensions in a predominantly all-white WWII tank crew threaten to prevent them from foiling the German's deadly plan.

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"Ghostbusters" - (Comedy, 1984, PG, 107 minutes) Three paranormal scientists set out to save New York City from ghosts and other entities that start popping up everywhere.

"Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" - (Documentary, G, 39 minutes) Not reviewed. The incredible true story of nature's greatest explorers - lemurs.

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"And So it Goes" - (Romantic comedy, PG-13, 94 minutes) Grade: C, Roger Moore. A curmudgeon (Michael Douglas) battles, flirts with and annoys a woman (Diana Keaton).
"Boyhood" (Drama, R, 162 minutes) Grade: A, Roger Moore. Director Richard Linklater follows a boy (played by Ellar Coltrane) over 12 years.

"Chef" - (Dramedy, R, 114 minutes) Grade: A-, Michael O'Sullivan. A chef loses his position and takes his talents to a food truck.

"Edge of Tomorrow" - (Action adventure, PG-13, 113 minutes). Grade: C+, Roger Moore. A soldier finds himself caught in a time loop as he wars with an alien race.

"The Expendables 3" - (Action, PG-13, 126 minutes) Grade: C-, Peter Bradshaw. An ever- increasing gang of old-timer action stars go through their paces, this time with a handful of young guns that need saving.

"The Fault in Our Stars" - (Drama, PG-13, 125 minutes). Grade: C, Cary Darling. Teenagers meet at a support group and fall in love.

"The Giver" - (Sci-fi, PG-13, 94 minutes). Grade: C+, Roger Moore. An all-too familiar Orwellian future turns out one rebellious boy who may be destined to save the future.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" - (Sci-fi comedy, 121 minutes, PG-13) Grade: B, Roger Moore. A mismatched band of outsiders go on a quest to save the universe.

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" - (Comedy, PG, 121 minutes) Grade: C, Roger Moore. A culinary battle between owners of an honored French restaurant and an Indian restaurant in a little French village.

"If I Stay" - (Drama, PG-13, 103 minutes) Grade: C+, Roger Moore. A teen with a promising life ahead of her is critically injured and in a coma. She (or her spirit) must decide whether to stay or move on.

"Into the Storm" - (Action adventure, PG-13, 89 minutes) Grade: C, Roger Moore. Really bad weather happens and a cadre of witless voyeurs find themselves in the middle of it all.

"Let's Be Cops" - (Comedy, R, 104 minutes). Grade: D, Roger Moore. Two losers pretend to be police officers to get the attention they crave.

"Lucy" - (Action adventure, R, 149 minutes) Grade: C+, Roger Moore. A woman becomes the unwilling courier of a new drug, one that gives her access to her entire brain.

"Magic in the Moonlight" - (Romance, PG-13, 97 minutes) Grade: C, Richard Roeper. In this Woody Allen period piece, an Englishman (Colin Firth) is brought in to debunk a psychic (Emma Stone).

"Maleficent" - (Action adventure, PG, 97 minutes). Grade: B-, Rick Bentley. A fairy curses an infant princess before realizing the child could bring peace to the world.

"Most Wanted Man" - (Thriller, R, 120 minutes) Grade: A, Roger Moore. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a German spy tasked with avoiding another 9/11.

"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" - (Animation, PG, 88 minutes). Grade: B, Roger Moore. A dog and his adopted son try to fix a time rift they created.

"Planes: Fire and Rescue" - (Animation, PG, 143 minutes). Grade: C+, Roger Moore. Dusty the racing plane learns to be a firefighting plane.

"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" - (Action noir, R, 104 minutes) Grade: C, Roger Moore. Rehash of bullets, blood and beatdowns from "Sin City."

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" - (Sci-fi, PG-13, 157 minutes). Grade: C-, Clarence Tsui. The Autobots and a government official track an automobile mechanic and his daughter after they make a startling discovery.

"When the Game Stands Tall" - (Sports drama, PG, 115 minutes) Grade: D, Roger Moore. A high school football team with a 151-game winning streak must deal with the fallout when they finally lose.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" - (Action adventure, PG-13, 135 minutes). Grade: B+, Roger Moore. The X-Men send Wolverine into the past to head off potential disaster.

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