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At the Movies: August 9

“The Kitchen,” “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” “Brian Banks,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Ode to Joy”


The Kitchen
The Fast & Furious franchise features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

R. Crime/Drama. Directed by Andrea Berloff. 1h 43m.

What the Internet is Saying: “…Packs a punch.” – Hollywood Reporter

The Art of Racing in the Rain
A heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life - his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

PG. Drama/Comedy. Directed by Simon Curtis. 2h 3m. 

What the Internet is Saying: “Simon Curtis' heavy-pawed melodrama is engineered to make you weep.” – Variety

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time-stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying home.

PG-13. Thriller/Horror. Directed by André Øvredal. 1h 47m.

What the Internet is Saying: “’Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ puts the BOO! in book adaptation.” – NPR

 

Brian Banks
The inspirational true story of Brian Banks, an all-American high school football star who finds his life upended when he's wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Despite the lack of evidence, Banks gets railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

PG-13. Drama. Directed by Tom Shadyac. 2h 3m.

What the Internet is Saying: “…Hodge does a sublime job of capturing Brian's determination and desperation with his performance...” – ScreenRant

Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet -- high school. Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents while trying to solve the seemingly impossible mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.

PG. Action/Adventure. Directed by James Bobin. 1h 42m. 

What the Internet is Saying: “Live-action ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ is LOL quirky fun.” – New York Post

Ode to Joy
A man's narcolepsy is activated when he's happy, so he must find new ways to not feel joy. This becomes especially problematic when he falls in love.

R. Comedy. Directed by Jason Winer. 1h 37m.

What the Internet is Saying: “Director Jason Winer wakes up the romcom genre with this eccentric, amusing film...” – Common Sense Media