Film Guide for the week of Sept. 20 – Orange County Register

Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’: (R) (for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material) This sequel to the 2015 hit action-spy-comedy romp “Kingsman: The Secret Service” sticks to the original’s winning formula while going bigger, though not necessarily better. (The News-Herald) 2 hours, 21 minutes. Grade: **/*

‘Battle of the Sexes’: (PG-13) (for some sexual content and partial nudity)This fictionalized rendering of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs  is well-intentioned, but thinly drawn and suspiciously Hollywood-ized. (The Associated Press) 2 hours, 1 minute. Grade:  **/*

‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’: (PG) (for some mild action and rude humor) The biggest problem with this fast-paced, family-friendly tale constructed with digital versions of Lego blocks is that it comes so soon after this year’s enjoyable “Lego Batman Movie.” (The News-Herald) 1 hour, 41 minutes. Grade: **/*


‘American Assassin’: (R) (for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to the role of a counterterrorism operative in this international thriller whose holes are compensated for with action. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 51 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:*/*

‘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

‘Crown Heights’: (R) (for language, violence and some sexuality/nudity) This true story of a man wrongly convicted of murder in 1980 is full of good intentions and compelling performers but misses the chance to delve deeper into its characters. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 39 minutes. Grade: */*

‘Death Note’: (R) (for language, nudity, and violence) Thriller about a teen who stumbles…

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