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Reese Witherspoon stars in the comedy "Home Again," which continues its run this weekend in mid-valley theaters. 

Karen Ballard, Open Road Films

Here's a list of movies playing in mid-valley theaters as of Friday. Complete and updated Movie Scene listings can be found online.



3 stars

A recently separated woman (Reese Witherspoon) moves to Los Angeles with her two daughters and rents out her guesthouse to three much younger men (Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky) — one of whom she soon begins dating. But then her estranged husband (Michael Sheen) reenters the picture. This comedy was written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of Nancy Meyers, and like her mother’s flicks, this is the kind of domestic escapism that feels like being wrapped in a warm hug. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)


4 stars

(Horror, R, 135 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the Regal 4 in Corvallis) This R-rated interpretation of Stephen King's masterful 1986 novel is a bold, intense, beautifully paced, wickedly hilarious, seriously scary and gorgeously terrifying period-piece work that instantly takes its place among the most impressively twisted horror movies of our time. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


(Thriller, no MPAA rating, playin at the Darkside in Corvallis) An Icelandic heart surgeon (Baltasar Kormákur) is desperate to end the relationship between his eldest daughter (Hera Hilmar) and her controlling, drug-dealer boyfriend (Gísli Örn Gardarsson). Eventually, his attempts escalate into kidnapping and violence. Kormákur also directed.



3 ½ stars

(Comedy, R, 97 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) An obsessed stalker (Aubrey Plaza, alternately charming and sad and pathetic and absolutely insane) meets the internet trendsetter she worships (a perfectly cast Elizabeth Olsen) and manages to become her bestie. It's a smart and darkly amusing comedy that grows crazier and crazier. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


3 stars

(Comedy-drama, no MPAA rating, 108 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite to eat and wander their way through Spain in the third installment of their “Trip” movies. The movies may be frivolous (and stitched together from British TV shows), but they are unique — they have an astute understanding of mature male friendship that is rare, even in a male-dominated industry. (Gary Thompson, The Philadelphia Inquirer)


(Action-adventure, drama, PG-13, 89 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) In 1964 San Francisco, a pre-fame Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) challenges a Shaolin monk named Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu) to a fight behind closed doors. This flick dramatizes this real-life event, which helped cement Lee's reputation as one of the greatest martial artists of all time. Directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau.”)


3 stars

(Animated, PG, 89 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) "Leap!" (Animated adventure, PG, 89 minutes). Elle Fanning does wonderful voice work as an 11-year-old orphan dreaming of dancing ballet in 1880s Paris. Aside from one murderous misstep, this lovely and breezy animated adventure is thoroughly enchanting. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


4 stars

(Sci-fi action, R, 130 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Should you really go to the theater and pay 2017 prices for the new 3-D version of a 1991 movie? Absolutely. The 3-D is occasionally impressive, but what matters most is the brilliance of the film itself, a time-traveling sci-fi actioner with badass special effects and a nifty, at times wonderfully, head-spinning plot. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


1 ½ stars

(Action-adventure-comedy, R, 111 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Through a series of contrived circumstances, a security specialist (Ryan Reynolds) is enlisted to transport an assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) to a war criminal's trial. There's nothing and no one to like in this blunt, ultraviolent, obnoxious empty vessel of a movie. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


3 ½ stars (Crime caper, PG-13, 119 minutes, playing at the Regal 4 in Corvallis) In what plays like a biscuits-and-gravy take on "Ocean's 11," a couple of twang-talkin' dirt-kickers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) plan to steal the cash from a North Carolina speedway vault. Steven Soderbergh's breezy heist romp is great fun and one of the most purely entertaining movies of the year. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


4 stars

(Western thriller, R, 111 minutes, playing at the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the Regal 7 in Albany) An FBI investigator (Elizabeth Olsen) needs help from a wildlife agent (Jeremy Renner) to find a girl's killer in the snows of Wyoming. It's a stark and beautiful and haunting 21st-century thriller, filled with memorable visuals and poetic dialogue — and scenes of sudden, shocking, brutal violence. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


(Horror-thriller, R, 109 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) A dollmaker (Anthony LaPaglia) and his wife (Miranda Otto) take in a group of orphaned goals. But a haunted doll lurks inside the house in this new chapter in the “Conjuring” series. Directed by David F. Sandberg, who generated plenty of scares in “Lights Out.”


2 stars

(Drama, PG-13, 127 minutes, playing at the Regal 4 in Corvallis) The well-made adaptation of journalist Jeannette Walls' memoir doesn't shy away from some of the more shocking and tragic episodes from her upbringing. But when it tries to celebrate her cruel father's supposed bohemian idealism and love for his children, it rings sour and false. Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts star. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


3 stars

(Documentary, PG, 100 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) The sequel to 2006's Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" follows Al Gore around the globe as he meets with young (and practically worshipful) recruits to the climate change cause. The final scenes, urging viewers to sign up and get involved, make it seem as if we've been watching an infomercial all this time.


1 star

(Horror-fantasy, PG-13, 94 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany) As the Man in Black, Matthew McConaughey is supposed to send chills down your spine, but he's nothing but a preening, one-dimensional goof. That's just one of the many unfortunate elements in this Stephen King adaptation plagued by washed-out cinematography, mediocre special effects and stilted dialogue. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


4 stars

(War drama, PG-13, 106 minutes, playing at the Pix in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Christopher Nolan's faithful and deeply respectful retelling of one of the most pivotal battles in World War II is a gripping, deeply involving and unforgettable film that ranks among the best war movies of the decade. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


4 stars

(Romantic comedy, R, 119 minutes, playing at the Pix in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) In a fictionalized version of real events in his life, Kumail Nanjiani plays a comedian whose new girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) falls ill and goes into a medically induced coma. Funny and smart and wise and silly, it is without a doubt one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long time. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


3 ½ stars

(Sci-fi action, PG-13, 133 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Vengeful after a human attack on their compound, Caesar (Andy Serkis, brilliant and heartbreaking) and his ape allies go on a mission to take out the officer responsible (Woody Harrelson). The result is a war movie more serious and much darker than most big-budget midsummer blockbusters. And a whole lot more captivating. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


3 ½ stars

(Action adventure, PG-13, 133 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) The best thing about the latest Spider-Man (the terrific and well-cast Tom Holland) is that he's still more of a kid than a man. Even with a goodly amount of explosions and action, this scaled-down adventure plays less like an ultimate-stakes battle than a John Hughes teen-angst romance/comedy meshed with a superhero saga. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


4 stars

(Action, R, 113 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver," about a savant of a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) working for a criminal mastermind (Kevin Spacey), crackles with originality and dark humor and teems with perfectly timed action sequences. If you see this movie and tell me you didn't have a great time, we're going to have to talk about your idea of a great time. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


1 ½ stars

(Animated, PG, 90 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Gru, the lovable villain from the first two “Despicable” movies, must cope not just with a long-long brother but a new baddie: Balthazar Bratt, a former child star. Steve Carell returns to voice Gru and Trey Parker of “South Park” voices Balthazar. Other voices include Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan. There are Minions as well, but the overall film is less than the sum of its parts: It’s wacky but dull. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)


(Animated comedy, PG, 95 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Surly the squirrel (Will Arnett) rallies his animal friends to help destroy an amusement park that’s been built on the site of their beloved park. This animated sequel also features the voices of Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Jackie Chan, Jeff Dunham, and Bobby Cannavale.


3 ½ stars

(Fantasy/action-adventure, PG-13, 141 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Director Patty Jenkins' origin story is packed with heart and empathy, and we have the endearing lead performance of Gal Gadot to thank for that. It's a fully realized, three-dimensional characterization of a superhero that has never gotten her due -- until now. (Richard Roeper, Universal Press Syndicate)


2 ½ stars

(Drama, PG-13, 116 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Named after the woman who protected soldiers in Iraq with her IED-detecting K9 officer, Sergeant Rex, “Megan Leavey” might be a story about war, but it’s much more a tale about the bond between humans and animals. Kate Mara, Common and Bradley Whitford star. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)


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