Originally Published: August 20, 2015 9:02 p.m.
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) - AMERICAN ULTRA - American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Kristen Stewart, Tony Hale, Bill Pullman. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content. Action/Adventure/Comedy.
(NEW) - HITMAN: AGENT 47 - An elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research - and 46 earlier Agent clones - endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Emilio Rivera, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann, Ciarán Hinds. Rated R for sequences of strong violence and some language. Action/Adventure.
(NEW) - SINISTER 2 - The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in "Sinister," a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of "Wayward Pines") and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death. Cast: James Ransone, Lea Coco, Dartanian Sloan, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Sloan, Tate Ellington. Rated R for strong bloody violence, bloody and disturbing images and language. Horror.
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani, Sylvester Groth, Christian Berkel, Misha Kuznetsov. Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content and partial nudity. Action/Adventure/Mystery/Suspense/Comedy.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Cast: O'shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Paul Giamatti, Carra Patterson, Elena Goode, Alexandra Shipp, Keith Powers. Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence and drug use. Documentary/Drama.
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.
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.
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.
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 PG for rude humor. Comedy/Animation.
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.
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.
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.
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.