New This Week
DOPE Shameik Moore certainly redefines the definition of “geek” (since when are geeks the perfectly chiseled Fresh Prince throwback types with Class Act hair and excellent taste in music) as Malcolm, a straight-A student carefully maneuvering the reality of growing up in Inglewood. Produced by Pharrell Williams and Sean Combs (who are responsible for the undoubtedly dope soundtrack which includes four new originals by Pharrell) in addition to Forest Whitaker, the coming of age comedy/drama sees Malcolm through the trials and tribulations of his teens—the mean streets, romance, drama, and everything awkward and awesome in between. Rick Famuyiwa directs. Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons co-star. (R) 115 minutes. Starts Friday.
INSIDE OUT Voiced by the royalty of today’s comedy cinema, this Pixar creation follows the inner-workings of Riley—literally, her life is navigated by the “emotions” Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger, and Sadness, all animated characters inside her head and all utterly adorable with their own personalities—as her father moves her family from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, and Lewis Black are among the top-tier comedic cast led by directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen. (PG) 94 minutes. Starts Friday.
CONTINUING EVENT: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES Film buffs are invited Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. to downtown Santa Cruz, where each week the group discusses a different current release. For our location and discussion topic, go tohttps://groups.google.com/group/LTATM.
ALOFT Twenty years ago, Nana Kunning (Jennifer Connelly) abandoned her son Ivan (Cillian Murphy). After a lifetime apart, the two are on very separate courses when a young journalist, played by Mélanie Laurent, brings mother and son together in a way that makes both question their lives—and the audience question how an actress only six years Murphy’s senior could play his mother. Claudia Llosa directs. (R) 112 minutes.
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS Reviewed this issue (PG-13) 92 minutes.
JURASSIC WORLD Steven Spielberg apparently learned nothing about franchises that have worn out their welcome from the poor reaction to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Oh wait, that movie made hundreds of millions of dollars? Oh, maybe he did learn something! Anyway, in this one, there’s a new dinosaur park, and everything goes fine! Not really, but wouldn’t that be kind of awesome? (PG-13) 124 minutes.