OPENING FRIDAY, Feb. 9
“THE 15:17 TO PARIS”— Clint Eastwood’s drama about 3 Americans who assisted ward off a terrorist attack on a high-speed guest train stars Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos as themselves. Also starring Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Jaleel White and Tony Hale. (PG-13 on appeal for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug referrals and language.)
“FIFTY SHADES RELEASED”— Simply in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s the 3rd in the steamy/kinky movie series about blushing book editor Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and masochistic millionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). Also starring Arielle Kebbel and Kim Basinger. Directed by James Foley. (R for strong sexual material, nudity, and language.)
“I, TONYA “– The dark comic story of Portland figure skater Tonya Harding, her scheming other half, hard-driving mother and the notorious attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney. Directed by Craig Gillespie. (R for prevalent language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity.) OSCAR VIEW: best actress (Margot Robbie), supporting starlet (Allison Janney), movie editing.
“LA BODA DE VALENTINA”— To avoid unfavorable press, a female’s outrageous political household persuades her to pretend to be married to her ex-beau– however then her present boyfriend proposes genuine. In Spanish with English subtitles. Starring Kate Vernon, Ryan Carnes and Omar Chaparro. Directed by Marco Polo Constandse. (R for language.)
“PETER BUNNY”— An animated, irreverent, contemporary funny based upon the characters created by Beatrix Potter with the voices of Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Daisy Ridley and Margot Robbie. Directed by Will Gluck. (PG for some disrespectful humor and action.)
CLASSIC TUESDAY (ORION)
– Tuesday,: “Princess Bride-to-be”
– March 13: “The NeverEnding Story”
CLOSING THURSDAY, Feb. 8
– “The Post”
– “The Commuter”
– “Phantom Thread”
– Held over: “12 Strong”
– Ending Thursday, Feb. 8: “The Commuter”
– Ending Thursday, Feb. 8: “Jumanji: Invite to the Jungle”
– Opening Friday, Feb. 9: “Fifty Tones Freed”
– Opening Friday, Feb. 9: “The Post”
“12 STRONG”— The story of the first unique forces team released to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the management of a new captain, the team needs to work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and William Fichtner. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. (R for war violence and language throughout.)
“DARKEST HOUR”— Gary Oldman, who’s being promoted as the very best actor Oscar front-runner, plays Winston Churchill in an England on the brink of The second world war as he need to decide whether to work out with Hitler or combat on against overwhelming odds. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn. Directed by Joe Wright. (PG-13 for some thematic product.) OSCAR SEE: best image, star (Gary Oldman), cinematography, costume style, makeup and hairstyling, production design.)
“DEN OF THIEVES”— A crew of bank burglars attempts to pull off the supreme heist: steal countless dollars from the Federal Reserve. Starring Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges and Pablo Schreiber. Directed by Christian Gudegast. (R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.)
“FERDINAND”— An animated adjustment of the classic 1936 kids’s book about a pacifist bull who chooses not to deal with the toreador, with wrestler-turned-actor John Cena voicing the title role. Likewise including the voices of Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Gina Rodriguez and Bobby Cannavale. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. (PG for rude humor, action and some thematic components.) OSCAR VIEW: best animated function.
“THE BEST SHOWMAN”— Hugh Jackman returns to his musical roots, playing the circus impresario P.T. Barnum in this musical biopic. Starring Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya, with songs by Oscar-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Directed by Michael Gracey. (PG for thematic elements including a brawl.) OSCAR SEE: best tune (“This is Me”).
“HOSTILES”— In 1892, an Army captain (Christian Bale) unwillingly consents to escort a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family through dangerous territory and back to his tribal lands. Starring Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper and Scott Shepherd. Directed by Scott Cooper. (R for strong violence, and language.)
“INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY”— Parapsychologist Elise Rainier faces her most terrifying and personal haunting yet– in her own household home. Starring Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Directed by Adam Robitel. (PG-13 for troubling thematic material, violence and fear, and quick strong language.)
“JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE”— Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart take over where Robin Williams’ 1995 motion picture (and the kids’s book its based on) left off, as four teens in detention are drawn into an old video game and need to bet their lives in avatar bodies. Starring Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Directed by Jake Kasdan. (PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive material and some language.)
“PADDINGTON 2”— Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of chores to buy the perfect present for his Auntie Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen. Starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville and Imelda Staunton. Directed by Paul King. (PG for some action and moderate disrespectful humor.)
“LABYRINTH RUNNER: THE DEATH REMEDY”— The daring teens who got away an enormous maze needs to break into another one, the famous Last City, in this franchise ending. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Wes Ball. (PG-13 for extreme sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and some thematic components.)
“PITCH PERFECT 3”— The a cappella super stars are out of college, in the labor force and trying to find any reason to get the band back together. Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Ruby Rose, Brittany Snow and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Trish Sie. (PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some action.)
“THE SHAPE OF WATER”— Guillermo del Toro’s adult fairy tale centers on the unlikely bond that establishes between a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) and an amphibious humanoid animal (Doug Jones). Also starring Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. (R for sexual material, graphic nudity, violence and language.) OSCAR SEE: finest picture, starlet (Sally Hawkins), supporting star (Richard Jenkins), supporting actress (Octavia Spencer), director (Guillermo del Toro), initial screenplay (Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), original score (Alexandre Desplat), cinematography, costume design, movie modifying, production design, sound editing, sound blending.
“STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI”— The 2nd movie in the brand-new “Star Wars” trilogy sees the return of Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Also starring John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern and Carrie Fisher. Directed by Rian Johnson. (PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.) OSCAR SEE: best original rating (John Williams), sound modifying, sound blending, visual impacts.)
“WINCHESTER”— A scary film motivated by guns heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), who ended up being convinced she was haunted by the souls of people killed by guns and who invested much of her fortune developing an unusual mansion to keep the fiends at bay. Also starring Sarah Snook and Jason Clarke. Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. (PG-13 for violence, troubling images, drug content, some sexual product and thematic components.)
— Put together by the Yakima Herald-Republic