Movie Watch: Amarillo film options for June 15 to 22

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
"Cars 3" opens this weekend.
Courtesy Disney/Pixar

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Coming to Amarillo theaters this week: Another ride around the track with Cars, a Tupac bio and deadly shark attacks and bachelorette parties.

 

New in theaters

All Eyez on Me

Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars as the late rapper Tupac Shakur in "All Eyez on Me."
Courtesy Codeblack Films

Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars as rapper Tupac Shakur in this new biopic that traces his meteoric rise before his untimely death at 25. Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) co-stars as Shakur's mother, Afeni. (R for language and drug use throughout, violence, some nudity and sexuality; click here for showtimes at United Artists Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd., and Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

"All Eyez on Me" trailer

 

Cars 3

Lightning McQueen, right, faces a sleek new rival in "Cars 3."
Courtesy Disney/Pixar

Generally considered the least of Pixar's efforts, Cars has nonetheless spawned a trilogy (plus the knock-off Planes), and reviews for the latest installment — in which Lightnin' McQueen tries to get his mojo back — are surprisingly positive. "Without giving anything away, I can tell you that, at its climax, this latest installment in a springtime of sequels the world doesn’t need eases into a surprising new gear and takes a hard turn into becoming the movie that, during its earlier lulls, I’d idly longed to see," writes the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl. "There’s even a moral, one that’s as crucial in preschools as it is in our fan cultures: Let others take a turn sometimes, boys." (G; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16 and here for showtimes at Tascosa Drive-In, 1999 Dumas Drive)

"Cars 3" trailer

 

47 Meters Down

Kate (Claire Holt, right) tries to calm her panicked sister Lisa (Mandy Moore) after they realize they’re trapped at the bottom of the ocean in "47 Meters Down."
Courtesy Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Two sisters — Lisa (Mandy Moore, This Is Us) and Kate (Claire Holt, The Vampire Diaries) — are trapped underwater in a malfunctioning shark cage as great whites circle the water between them and their boat. The trailers are positively terrifying, and reviews indicate an abundance of scares (if not brains). "As silly as much of 47 Meters Down is, when its characters keep silent, the film imparts a palpable sense of dread surrounding the sisters’ increasingly desperate attempts to make their way to the surface. But like Lisa and Kate’s pendular swings between hope and despair, (director Johannes) Roberts’s film can’t help alternating between the genuinely terrifying and the just plain dumb," writes Slant's Derek Smith. (PG-13 for sequences of intense peril, bloody images, and brief strong language; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)

"47 Meters Down" trailer

 

Rough Night

Blair (Zoë Kravitz, from left), Frankie (Illana Grazer), Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Pippa (Kate McKinnon) and Alice (Jillian Bell) get lit in "Rough Night."
Courtesy Sony Pictures

When Jess (Scarlett Johansson) announces her engagement, her best friends from college (Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoë Kravitz) reunite with her for a debaucherous bachelorette weekend in Miami. Disaster strikes when a male stripper is accidentally killed during the bacchanalia, and the women struggle to cover up his death. Lucia Aniello (who works with Glazer on Comedy Central's Broad City) makes her feature directorial debut. No reviews are available yet. (R for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and brief bloody images; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)

"Rough Night" trailer

 

Special engagements

RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party

"RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party" trailer

The RiffTrax crew is joined by guests Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theatre 3000) and comedian Paul F. Tompkins to poke fun at an assortment of crazy summer-themed short films. It'll screen at 7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at both the Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. (NR)

 

El Dorado

"El Dorado" trailer

The Cinemark Classics Series continues with screenings of this John Wayne and Robert Mitchum Western at 7 p.m. Sunday and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hollywood 16. (NR)

 

Summer Movie Express

"Penguins of Madagascar" trailer

Regal Cinemas' kids movie club continues with screenings of Monster Trucks and Penguins of Madagascar at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays at Amarillo Star 14. Admission is $1.

 

    Still in theaters

    Baywatch (AS-14, H-16); Beauty and the Beast (Premiere Cinemas Westgate Mall 6, 7701 W. Interstate 40); The Boss Baby (WM-6); Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (AS-14, H-16); The Fate of the Furious (WM-6); Going in Style (WM-6); Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (AS-14, H-16); How to Be a Latin Lover (WM-6); It Comes at Night (AS-14, H-16); Kong: Skull Island (WM-6); Megan Leavey (AS-14, H-16); The Mummy (AS-14, H-16 and TDI); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (AS-14, H-16); Smurfs: The Lost Village (WM-6); and Wonder Woman (AS-14, H-16). (Click on titles for my reviews and on theaters for showtimes.)

     

     

     

    Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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