New This Week
5 TO 7 Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall) star as an aspiring young New York writer and a married Frenchwoman who ignite an impetuous love affair on the streets of Manhattan. Frank Langella, Glenn Close, and Olivia Thirlby co-star for director Victor Levin. (R) 97 minutes. Starts Friday.
DANNY COLLINS Al Pacino stars as a past-his-prime ’70s rocker with a chance to get a grip on his wayward life after he discovers an undelivered letter written to him 40 years ago by John Lennon. Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer co-star for writer-turned-director Dan Fogelman (he wrote Crazy Stupid Love and The Guilt Trip). (R) 106 minutes. Starts Friday.
THE HUNTING GROUND The ongoing epidemic of rape on America’s college campuses is examined in this unflinching documentary from director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering (The Invisible War). The film explores the way institutions turn a blind eye to the “rape culture,” and the climate of official denial, the impact on victims and their families, and measures being taken in the fight for justice. (PG-13) 90 minutes. Starts Friday, at the Nickelodeon. (SPECIAL NOTE: A post-film panel discussion with UCSC students, Confidential Victim Advocates, Title IX, Student Conduct Officers, and Monarch Services will follow the 7 p.m. screening on opening night.)
THE LONGEST RIDE Another romantic Nicholas Sparks novel comes to the screen in this story of an older man trapped in a car crash interwoven with the lives of a young couple in love. Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson and Jack Huston star. George Tillman Jr. directs. (PG-13) 139 minutes. Starts Friday.
WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star in this new comedy from Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale; Frances Ha) as a “middle aged” couple of New Yorkers (they’re in their 40s) on a collision course with upheaval and introspection when they are befriended by a hip, spontaneous younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). (R) 94 minutes. Starts Friday.
WOMAN IN GOLD Helen Mirren stars in this fact-based story as an elderly Jewish woman who will stop at nothing to recover priceless artwork she believes was stolen from her family by the Nazis. Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, and Tatiana Maslany co-star. Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) directs. (PG-13) 109 minutes. Starts Friday.
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EFFIE GRAY Reviewed this issue. (PG-13) 108 minutes. (**1/2)—Lisa Jensen.
FURIOUS 7 The untimely death of co-star Paul Walker midway through filming this installment was a blow to the series, but the action franchise roars on with this tale of a vendetta sworn against team leader Vin Diesel and his crew. Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Walker are featured. Jason Statham and Kurt Russell also join the cast. (PG-13) 137 minutes.
KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER This offbeat film festival favorite concerns a young Japanese woman (Rinko Kikuchi) in a mundane job in Tokyo who finds an old VHS copy of the movie Fargo, and journeys to North Dakota to find the buried treasure depicted therein. David Zellner directs. (Not rated) 105 minutes.
THE WRECKING CREW Denny Tedesco’s entertaining music documentary celebrates a loose aggregate of LA-based recording studio session musicians known to insiders as “The Wrecking Crew.” In the burgeoning West Coast pop music scene of the early 1960s, these were the players smart producers called in to lay down the basic groove under some of the best-known hit songs of the era (by artists like The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, and Sonny and Cher). Tedesco’s film honors these unsung heroes (including his late father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, and fascinating female bass guitarist Carol Kaye) with the recognition they deserve. (PG) 95 minutes. (***)—Lisa Jensen.