Now Showing: Week of Aug. 7
Movies playing at Harkins Theatres, 7202 Pav Way, Prescott Valley (Highway 69 between Glassford Hill and Lake Valley roads). 775-7444; www.harkins.com.
(NEW) - FANTASTIC FOUR - This is a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Toby Kebbell, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Jodi Lyn Brockton. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and language. Action/Adventure.
(NEW) - RICKI AND THE FLASH - A film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki's long-suffering ex-husband. Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Mamie Gummer, Rick Springfield, Sebastian Stan, Charlotte Rae. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language. Action/Adventure.
(NEW) - SHAUN THE SHEEP - When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Voices of: Justin Fletcher, Omid Djalili, Tim Hands, Simon Greenall, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour, Andy Nyman, Emma Tate. Rated PF for rude humor. Comedy/Animation.
(NEW) - THE GIFT - Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones? Cast: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, David Denman, Rebecca Hall, Busy Phillips, Katie Aselton. Rated R for language. Mystery/Suspense.
(NEW) - IRRATIONAL MAN - When a burned-out, brilliant professor - one who believes in lessons from life rather than textbooks - takes a job at a small college, everyone there is abuzz. He becomes involved with a teacher as well as a precocious student, but it takes a dramatic, existential act to turn his life around and make him see the world through a much rosier and more positive perspective. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Emma Stone, Meredith Hagner, Sophie Von Haselberg. Rated R for some language and sexual content. Special interest.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION - With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network of highly skilled special agents, the Syndicate. These highly trained operatives are hellbent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), who may or may not be a member of this rogue nation, as the group faces their most impossible mission yet. Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence and brief partial nudity. Action/Adventure.
VACATION - Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase's iconic character of the original four films, takes his own family on a road trip to "Walley World" in order to spice things us with his wife and reconnect with his sons. Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Keegan Michael Key, Regina Hall, Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Olson, Chevy Chase, Charlie Day, Michael Pena, Chris Hemsworth. Rated R for crude and sexual content and language throughout and brief graphic nudity. Action/Adventure/Comedy.
PIXELS - As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they're going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten, a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Jane Krakowski, Sean Bean. Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments. Drama/Animation/Comedy.
SOUTHPAW - Tells the riveting story of Billy "The Great" Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife, an adorable daughter and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis, a retired fighter and trainer to the city's toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick's guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Victor Ortiz, Clare Foley, Oona Laurence. Rated R for language throughout and some violence. Drama.
ANT-MAN - The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man." Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Hayley Atwell. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. Action and Adventure/Mystery and Suspense/Science Fiction and Fantasy/Comedy.
MR. HOLMES - Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love - before it's too late. Cast: Ian McKellen, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Patrick Kennedy, Nicholas Rowe, Colin Starkey. Rated PG for thematic elements, some disturbing images and incidental smoking. Drama/Mystery and Suspense.
MINIONS - The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Jennifer Saunders. Rated PG for action and rude humor. Animation/Kids and Family/Comedy.
INSIDE OUT - Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action. Animation/Kids and Family.
JURASSIC WORLD - Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor's interest, which backfires horribly. Cast: Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, B.D. Wong. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. Action/Adventure/Mystery/Suspense/Science Fiction/Fantasy