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
- AMC ELMWOOD PALACE 20: 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan. (504) 733-2029, amctheatres.com.
- 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. U.S. 190, Covington. (985) 247-0757. movietavern.com.
- REGAL COVINGTON STADIUM 14: 69348 La. 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.
- “BRIDGE OF SPIES”: Rated PG-13.Tom Hanks leads the cast of this Cold War-era political drama. Director Steven Spielberg returns to the sociopolitical, historical storytelling he explored in “Lincoln,” albeit on a more intimate, behind-the-scenes scale. Joel and Ethan Coen co-wrote the fact-based script. At AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14
- “CRIMSON PEAK”: Rated R. After an alluring stranger wins a young woman’s heart, she’s swept away into a house of secrets that sits on top of a mountain of blood-colored clay. Guillermo del Toro directs this horror story starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. AMC Clearview Palace 12, AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, the Grand 14 Esplanade.
- “GOOSEBUMPS”: Rated PG. Teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette), upset about moving from a big city to a small town, finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful Hannah (Odeya Rush), his new next-door neighbor. But Hannah has a mean, mysterious dad, Mr. Shivers, whose real name is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling “Goosebumps” books for kids. AMC Westbank Palace 16, the Grand 14 Esplanade. AMC Elmwood Palace 20, Chalmette.
- “WOODLAWN”: Rated PG. A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Set in early 1970s in Birmingham, Alabama.
- “THE CUT”: Not rated. Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin’s drama about a young father searching for his daughters following the Armenian genocide. Showing at 7:20 p.m. Friday through Thursday (except Saturday and Tuesday at 5 p.m.) at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
- “DROWN”: Not rated. Jealousy, homophobic fear and unrequited lust culminate in this controversial Australian film. Showing at 9:45 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Center,
“THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING”: A documentary based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book about climate change. Showing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary 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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 16 Slidell, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “THE CREEPING GARDEN”: Not rated — This documentary explores the interest of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists in plasmodial slime mould. 1:21. At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
- “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 Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 16 Slidell.
- “FREEHELD”: HH½ Rated PG-13 — Julianne Moore gives a performance as a seriously ill individual that is stronger and more effective than the film that contains it. The based-on-fact story of a dying New Jersey police detective who in 2005 fights to leave her pension to her domestic partner, ”Freeheld” is a politically correct romantic weepy that plays in 2015 like a self-congratulatory victory lap for gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular. 1:36. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
- “HE NAMED ME MALALA”: HHH Rated PG-13. 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. 1:27. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore.
- “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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place
- “THE MARTIAN”: 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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, 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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore.
- “MISSISSIPPI GRIND”: Rated R — 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. 1:48 At Prytania Theater.
- “MEET THE PATELS”: Rated PG — An Indian-American man, Ravi Patel, falls in love with his ideal woman and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this comedic film reveals how love is a family affair. 1:28 At AMC Elmwood Palace 20.
- “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, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “PAN”: H Rated PG — 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. 2:03. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, Chalmette Movies, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “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 Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell.
- “ROSENWALD”: Not rated — 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. 1:40. At Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center.
- “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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 14 Esplanade, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “TIME OUT OF MIND”: Not rated — 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. 2:00 At Chalmette Movies.
- “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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell.
- “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 Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16 Slidell, Movie Tavern Northshore, The Theatres at Canal Place.
- “WAR ROOM”: Rated PG — From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and every other area of life. 2:00. At AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Westbank Palace 16, The Grand 16.