Film Guide for the week of Sept. 6 – Orange County Register

Film guide for box-office releases and ongoing movies

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‘It’: (R) (for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language) This film based on the Stephen King novel about a group of children in the ‘80s who are haunted and hunted by a clown only they can see is a deeply hateful, unforgivable mess.  (The Associated Press) 2 hours, 15 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

‘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 across a notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name he writes in it is hamstrung by clunky dialogue and…

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