Now Showing: Week of Sept. 4
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) - THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED - Frank Martin, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank's father pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna, and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. Cast: Ed Skrein, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Gabriella Wright, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson, Radivoje Bukvic. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, sexual material, some language, a drug reference and thematic elements. Action/Adventure.
(NEW) - A WALK IN THE WOODS - In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before it's too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure." Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. Cast: Robert Redford, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Nolte. Rated R for language and some sexual references. Drama/Action and Adventure/Comedy.
NO ESCAPE - An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Claire Geare, Pierce Brosnan, Sterling Jerins, Spencer Garrett. Rated R for strong violence throughout and for language. Mystery/Suspense.
WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS - Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James, who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James' much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole's forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for. Cast: Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Vanessa Lengies, Emily Ratajkowski, Jon Bernthal, Jonny Weston. Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity. Drama.
WAR ROOM - Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan's world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a "war room" and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony's hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara's wisdom that victories don't come by accident. Cast: Priscilla Shirer, Karen Abercrombie, T.C. Stallings, Alex Kendrick. Rated PG for thematic elements throughout. Drama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.