Film Guide for the week of Aug. 30 – Orange County Register

Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies

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‘Unlocked’: (R) (for violence and language) Noomi Rapace outshines this espionage thriller about a steely CIA operative brought back into the fold to deal with never-ending double-crosses as she tries to stop a biological attack on London.  (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 38 minutes. Grade: */*

CONTINUING

‘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

‘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 films. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 55 minutes. Grade:*/*

‘The Big Sick’: A quirky authenticity hovers over this slick comedy about a white American and a Pakistani Muslim who must deal with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. (Los Angeles Daily News) 2 hours, 4 minutes. Grade: */*/*1/2

‘The Book of Henry’ (PG-13) (for thematic elements and brief strong language) This appealing, quirky tale of a single mother’s loving relationship with her two young sons goes off the rails when it turns into a vigilante thriller. (The New Times) 1 hour, 45 minutes. Grade: **

‘Brigsby Bear’: (PG-13) (for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material and teen partying) A children’s TV show is produced for an audience of one, a kid who lives in an underground bunker. When the show abruptly ends, he sets out to finish the story himself. (Los Angeles Daily News) 1 hour, 40 minutes. Grade:*/*/*/1/2

‘Churchill’: (PG) (for thematic elements, brief war images, historical smoking throughout, and some language) Historical saga that follows the British prime minister over the course of several days leading up to the D-Day invasion…

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