Editor’s note: Michael Phillips is chief movie critic for the Chicago Tribune. Additional reviews are provided by Advocate staff and news services.
Films are awarded:
HHH - Good
HH - Fair
H - Poor
Other ratings — These are assigned by the Motion Picture Association of America. A G rating means all ages admitted; PG means parental guidance suggested, since some material may be unsuitable for children; PG-13 strongly cautions parents that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13; R requires accompanying parent or adult guardian for those younger than 17; NC-17 refuses admission to anyone younger than 17.
- AMC CLEARVIEW PALACE 12: Clearview Mall, 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. (504) 887-1257. amctheatres.com
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- AMC WESTBANK PALACE 16: 1151 Manhattan Blvd., Gretna. (504) 263-2298. amctheatres.com.
- CHALMETTE MOVIES: Chalmette Cinema Shopping Center, 8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette. (504) 304-9903. chalmettemovies.com.
- THE GRAND 14 ESPLANADE: 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. (504) 229-4259. thegrandtheatre.com.
- THE GRAND 16 SLIDELL: 1950 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. (985) 641-8738. thegrandtheatre.com.
- INDYWOOD MOVIE THEATER: 628 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans. (970) 631-3748. indywood.org.
- PRYTANIA THEATRE: 5539 Prytania St., New Orleans. (504) 891-2787. prytaniathearenew orleans.com.
- MOVIE TAVERN NORTHSHORE: 201 N. Hwy. 190, Covington. (985) 247-0757. movietavern.com.
- REGAL COVINGTON STADIUM 14: 69348 Hwy. 21, Covington. (844) 462-7342 ext. 1510. regmovies.com
- THE THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE: 333 Canal St., New Orleans (504) 493-6535. thetheatres.com.
- ZEITGEIST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTER: 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 352-1150. zeitgeistnola.org.
- “PAN”: Levi Miller plays Peter in “Pan,” an origins story for J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan character. Peter is magically whisked away from a London orphanage one night to a land of pirates, warriors and fairies. Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman co-star.
“99 Homes”: HHH Rated R — In the tense, New Orleans-shot drama set in 2010, Michael Shannon plays Rick Carver, the master house-flipper and real estate exploiter whose money is made on bank foreclosure properties. One of the unlucky soon-to-be-ex-homeowners is construction worker Dennis Nash, played by Andrew Garfield, who goes to work for the very man, Carver, responsible for (or at least symbolic of) his no-win circumstance. 1:52. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
“HE NAMED ME MALALA”: Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim directs this affecting documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban because she believes girls should go to school.
- “MISSISSIPPI GRIND”: In this mostly New Orleans-filmed drama, co-star Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn gamble their way down the Mississippi River. Sienna Miller co-stars. Showing at the Prytania Theatre.
- “TIME OUT OF MIND”: Richard Gere portrays a homeless, mentally ill man who drifts through the city searching for food, alcohol and shelter. He also tries to make contact with his estranged daughter. The cast also includes Jena Malone, Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi and Kyra Sedgwick.
- “ROSENWALD”: A documentary about Sears President Julius Rosenwald, who dedicated his life and fortune during the Jim Crow era to building more than 5,600 schools for black children. Many of the schools were in New Orleans. Showing at 7:15 Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
- “THE CREEPING GARDEN”: This documentary explores the interest of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists in plasmodial slime mould. Showing at 9:30 p.m. Friday through Thursday (except Saturday at 5:30 p.m.) at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
“SUGGESTIVE GESTURES”: An experimental feature presented by visiting filmmaker David Finkelstein, preceded by an improvised performance by Finkelstein and New Orleans drag artist Agnes de Garron. 9:30 p.m. at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
- “BLACK MASS”: HHH Rated R — Johnny Depp stars as an Irish mobster in 1970s Boston who is recruited by the FBI to help eliminate the Italian mob. 2:02. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, Prytania Theatre, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “COOTIES”: Rated R — After cafeteria food turns school kids into killer zombies, a group of surviving, misfit teachers band together to escape being eaten. Featuring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Alison Pill. 1:36. At Chalmette Movies. Closes today.
- “EVEREST”: HH ½ Rated PG-13 — In May 1996, eight climbers died on Mount Everest: three on the north face, under circumstances less known to the outside world, and five others on the south face in a far more extensively documented series of unfortunate events. The screenwriters were after a lean, purposeful procedural, but the result feels timid, afraid to express a strong viewpoint or opinion, or contrasting viewpoints, on what went wrong. 2:01. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “THE GREEN INFERNO”: H Rated R — Eli Roth’s film about crash victims in the Amazon jungle is a flop that one critic said “overestimates gore for actual scares. Roth’s blend of social media and shame isn’t really scary. 1:40. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, Chalmette Movies.
- “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2”: HHH Rated PG — This animated follow-up sees Dracula worried about his half-human grandson not being vampish enough. Time for a “monster-in-traning” boot camp, with the voices of Adam Sandler and Mel Brooks. 1:29 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “THE INTERN”: HH½ Rated PG-13 — To break the monotony of retirement, widower Robert De Niro takes a senior intern post at an online fashion site founded and run by Anne Hathaway. 2:01 At AMC Clearview Palace 12, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place
- “THE MARTIN”: HHH½ Rated PG-13 — Matt Damon stars as a lone astronaut trapped on Mars. His crew leaves when he is presumed to be dead after a storm. 2:22. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “MAZE RUNNER — SCORCH TRIALS”: HH Rated R: The kids from “Maze Runner” are up against it again in this sequel to the first film. Many of the original actors repeat their roles in this Wes Ball-directed, earnest, no-nonsense commitment to the protagonist’s waking nightmare. 2:11. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “SICARIO”: HHH½ Rated R — Emily Blunt plays an FBI agent recruited by a goverment task force officer, played by Josh Brolin, to escalate the war on drugs. Benecio del Torro also stars in this action adventure set on the U.S.-Mexican border. 2:01. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “PAWN SACRIFICE”: HHH Rated PG-13 — The true story of American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, played by Tobey Maguire, locked in a chess and real-world Cold War battle with the Soviet empire. 1:56. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
- “PARTISAN”: Rated R — Vincent Cassel plays a trainer of child assassins in this drama from Australia. 1:38 At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
- “THE PERFECT GUY”: HH Rated PG-13 — Sanaa Lathan is as tough as she is fetching, which is why it’s so disheartening to watch her play a dope terrorized by a new flame who doesn’t take kindly to being dumped. David M. Rosenthal’s film is a cheap “Fatal Attraction” knockoff. 1:40. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK”: Not rated — Director Christian Frei teams with anthropologist Helen Fisher to examine heartbreak and love sickness in this documentary. 1:30 Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
- “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”: HHH½ Rated R — This is a musically propulsive mixed blessing of a biopic with the real-life protagonists breathing down the movie’s neck to make sure nothing too harsh or unflattering gets in the way of the telling. Three of the film’s producers are Ice Cube (born O’Shea Jackson), Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Tomica Woods-Wright, the widow of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright. As relayed by director F. Gary Gray, the rise of South Central L.A. hip-hop revolutionaries N.W.A begins in Compton, Calif., in 1986 and ends less than a decade later, with Eazy’s AIDS-related death in 1995. 2:27 At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
- “THE VISIT”: HHH Rated PG-13 — M. Night Shyamalan’s look at two kids visiting their creepy grandparents for the first time while Mom is on a cruise. It’s good that Becca has brought a couple of cameras and her laptop along to document all the strange things that go bump in the long night. 1:34. At AMC Cleaview Palace 12, AMC Palace 20.
- “THE WALK”: HH½ Rated PG — The true story of Philippe Petit, a young man who stages a breathtaking, illegal walk on a wire stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Le Bon. 1:40. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Regal Covington Stadium 14.