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For, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020


There’s been a lot of talk over the past few months about Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” being the film that would bring the U.S. cinemas roaring back to life. Well it’s here this weekend, so we’ll see. And yes, as with Nolan’s earlier films, it will be in IMAX as well as regular auditoriums.


“Tenet” (PG-13). Reviews have been decidedly mixed for Nolan’s latest, with complaints about the dialogue being muffled so as to be incomprehensible. But it’s also been praised by his fans as yet another enigmatic effort from a singular filmmaker (whose previous efforts include the “Dark Knight” trilogy, “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk”). Here, John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”) stars as a CIA agent trying to solve a nefarious time-bending plot. Or something like that. With Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.




“Critical Thinking” (Not Rated). John Leguizamo stars in this true story of a class of underprivileged teenagers who fought through adversity to become the first urban high school to win the U.S. Chess National Championship in 1998.


“Fatima” (PG-13). This faith film relates the 1917 Our Lady of Fátima story, about a 10-year-old shepherd and her two young cousins who witness an apparition they claim is the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Catholic Church quickly condemned the children but it sparked a movement among the faithful. With Joaquim de Almeida, Harvey Keitel and Sônia Braga.


“H Is for Happiness” (PG). This quirky Australian family film is about a sprightly 12-year-old girl who befriends a strange new boy in her school, and how he inspires her to use her boundless energy and unrelenting optimism to mend her broken family.




“The Argument” (R). Dan Fogel, Emma Bell, Maggie Q and Danny Pudi head the ensemble cast of this comedy about a couple getting into an argument at their cocktail party, then deciding to have the guests re-create the entire evening to determine who’s at fault.


“Padre No Hay Mas Que Un 2” (“Father There Is Only One 2,” Not Rated, in Spanish with English subtitles). A hapless father of five in Madrid is besieged with domestic difficulties, which don’t get any better when he discovers his wife is pregnant again. This comedy is a sequel with the original cast of a big hit in Spain.


“The Owners” (R). Yet another horror film, as a group of young friends hear of an elderly couple’s safe full of money and decide to burglarize the house. But when the owners return home early, they turn the tables on the young thieves. With Maisie Williams, Rita Tushingham.


“Guest House” (R). A couple about to be married buys their dream home, but the previous owners’ guest-house occupant, a drug-addled party animal, refuses to leave. Pauly Shore (yes, that Pauly Shore) stars as an R-rated version of the obnoxious characters he played in all those 1990s alleged comedies (“Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome”).


The many older movies that have been playing in local theaters have all but disappeared now, as a batch of new films each week have displaced them (thought most of them have been debuting online at the same time).


But in honor of Chadwick Boseman, who died last week, the Redwood Drive-In is playing “Black Panther” and several theaters around town are showing the film that first earned Boseman attention, “42,” the Jackie Robinson biography.


The only others currently playing are the original “Ghostbusters,” playing at the Megaplex District complex in South Jordan, and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which is not quite as inscrutable as “Tenet” is reported to be.