Film Guide for the week of Aug. 2 – Orange County Register

Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies

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NEW THIS WEEK

‘Detroit’: (R) (For strong violence and pervasive language) : This account of the murders of three unarmed black men that took place in Detroit’s Algiers Motel during the city’s 1967 race riots is an all-out assault on the senses and the soul. (The Associated Press) 2 hour, 23 minutes. Grade: */*/*

‘Wind River’: (R) (for strong violence, a rape, disturbing images, and language)  A game tracker and an FBI agent team up to solve the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation in this bleak tale of big open spaces and misery all around. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 47 minutes. Grade: */*1/2

‘Kidnap’: (R) (for violence and peril) This latest B-movie vehicle for Halle Berry, who plays a working-class single mom who chases down her little boy’s abductors, is a serviceable thriller: nothing more, nothing less. (The New York Times) 1 hour, 34 minutes. Grade: */*

CONTINUING

‘3 Idiotas’: (PG-13) (for some rude humor and brief strong language) A group of friends embark on a fun adventure determined to find a college roommate who disappeared without a trace on graduation day. (imdb.com) 1 hour, 46 minutes.

‘A Ghost Story’: (R) (for brief language and a disturbing image) A dead man returns home as a ghost to watch over his grieving wife in this often transfixing, frequently unsatisfying meditation on the nature of time and life’s impermanence. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 32 minutes. Grade: */*1/2

‘Alien: Covenant’: (R) (for sci-fi violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality/nudity) What was once a slithery straightforward monster movie in space has mutated into an impressively ambitious but overly ornate saga with a general sense of deja vu. (The Associated Press) 2 hours, 2 minutes. Grade: ** 1/2

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’: (PG) (for thematic elements and some troubling images)  A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 39 minutes. Grade:*/*/*

‘Atomic Blonde’: (R) (for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity) Charlize Theron is terrific as an MI6 agent ordered to Berlin to break up a spy ring in this largely vacant, hyper-stylistic romp that trades on the Cold War atmosphere of far better…

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