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(Documentary, 100 minutes, PG-13, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) An intense and highly personal look at professional climber Alex Honnold’s rope-less conquest of a route on El Capitan, a legendary rock face in Yosemite National Park. Directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi capture both the athletic genius and emotional anguish of the historic climb. (Evan Bush, The Seattle Times)
(Action thriller, 121 minutes, R, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) A U.S. submarine captain attempts to thwart World War III after uncovering a possible Russian coup. With Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini and Toby Stephens. Written by Arne L. Schmidt and Jamie Moss, based on a novel by George Wallace and Don Keith. Directed by Donovan Marsh.
JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN
(Comedy, 88 minutes, PG, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Rowan Atkinson's bumbling Bond character returns in the sequel no one asked for. This limp, lifeless, one-joke action comedy sequel, directed by David Kerr, comes 15 years after the 2003 "Johnny English," and manages to overstay its welcome, even at a scant 88 minutes. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(Drama, 108 minutes, R, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) A dying American author looking for one last story discovers an English seductress spinning her own deadly tale. With Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess, Theo James, Billy Bob Thornton. Roberta Hanley; based on Martin Amis' novel. Directed by Mathew Cullen.
(Horror, R, 105 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany, the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Director David Gordon Green dispenses with all the sequels that followed John Carpenter’s original classic and picks up the story 40 years later, with Jamie Lee Curtis (reprising her role from the original) convinced that masked killer Michael Myers will stalk the streets of Haddonfield again. And guess what? She’s right. Judy Greer co-stars. (Jake Logan, Associated Press)
THE HATE U GIVE
3 ½ stars
(Drama, PG-13, 132 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) A teen who lives in a poor neighborhood but goes to a rich school (Amandla Stenberg) faces pressure from all sides when a police officer shoots and kills her friend. This fictional but wholly authentic slice of American life in the 2010s is filled with immediacy and urgency, but also so much heart, soul and love. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN
3 ½ stars
(Comedy-drama, PG-13, 93 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) Inspired by true events, this whimsical film stars Robert Redford in a damn good performance as a career criminal who keeps on committing crimes, keeps on getting caught -- and keeps on escaping. It's said to be Redford's final film as an actor and serves as a fitting curtain call. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
2 ½ stars
(Western action, R, 121 minutes, playing at the AMC Corvallis 12) For most of this Old West fable, the offbeat adventures of psycho Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix), his brother and fellow hit man Eli (John C. Reilly) and their detective associate Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) carry the day. But then the wheels fall off with an epilogue that rings false and manipulative. Based on a novel by Oregon writer Patrick deWitt. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
(Crime thriller, R, 141 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) The El Royale, a rundown hotel that sits on the border between Nevada and California, attracts seven strangers on a fateful night in this new genre-busting exercise from director Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”). It’s fun to watch as the plot clicks together, but it doesn’t have any substance. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(Biographical drama, R, 112 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Keira Knightley delivers a radiant performance as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French novelist, actress and sexual adventurer. The move is visually delightful, delicious funny and delectably bawdy. (Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
(Biographical drama, PG-13, 141 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Director Damien Chazelle reunites with his “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling for this drama, which traces eight years in the life of Neil Armstrong and his wife, Janet, leading up to the Apollo 11 mission. It’s tense and distinctive and defiantly personal. (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
(Action-adventure, comedy, PG, 90 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany and the AMC Corvallis 12) Two friends encounter a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished “Goosebumps” book by R.L Stine (as if there’s such a thing). But the dummy has plans to bring all of his ghoulish friends back to life in time for Halloween.
TEA WITH THE DAMES
3 ½ stars
(Documentary, no MPAA rating, 94 minutes, playing at the Darkside in Corvallis) Four great English actresses (Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith) occasionally get together for tea and gossip. Director Roger Michell had the bright idea to record one of the sessions, and it’s just what you hoped for: It’s engaging, juicy and hard to resist. (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
A STAR IS BORN
"A Star Is Born" (Drama, R, 136 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 and Pix in Albany, the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12). In his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper (also the leading man) strikes the perfect balance between a showbiz fable and an intimate story with universal truths. As the protege who rockets to fame, Lady Gaga is a winning, natural presence, even in the scenes where she's nowhere near a piano or a microphone. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
2 ½ stars
(Sci-fi, PG-13, 112 minutes, playing at the Regal 7 in Albany, the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12) Tom Hardy stars in this film, inspired by a comic-book series, about an intrepid investigative reporter who becomes an unwilling host body for the alien Symbiote Venom, who has a fondness for chomping on heads. Hardy drives this film straight to Crazytown; as a result, the movie is way more entertaining than it has a right to be. (Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service)
(Animated adventure, PG, 96 minutes, playing at the Regal 4 in Corvallis and the AMC Corvallis 12). It's not often an animated children's movie features lessons about critical thinking. But in this zippy, silly, zany, cheery little tale, a skeptical Yeti (voice of Channing Tatum) in a land of Yetis learns the value of questioning the status quo. (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)