Movie Watch: Amarillo film options for Sept. 21 to 28

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"The Lego Ninjago Movie" opens this weekend.
Courtesy Warner Bros.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

New in Amarillo theaters this week: A British invasion, a social stalker and more Legos. Plus, see why greed is still good.


New in theaters

Friend Request

Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) may want to rethink her social media strategy in "Friend Request."
Courtesy Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

A popular college student (Alycia Debnam-Carey) regrets friending, then unfriending a social outcast when her friends start dying off one by one. "The death scenes are genuinely hide-behind-your-sleeve terrifying, but each one of Laura’s pals is so self-absorbed that you’ll joyously embrace their gory fate," writes Time Out's Kate Lloyd. (R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language; click here for showtimes at United Artists Amarillo Star 14, 8275 W. Amarillo Blvd., and Cinemark Hollywood 16, 9100 Canyon Drive)

"Friend Request" trailer


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Taron Egerton returns to action in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle."
Courtesy Fox

The hit to the semi-surprise hit 2014 action flick finds British agents — after surviving the destruction of their headquarters — working with American counterparts to defeat an unlikely druglord (Julianne Moore). Reviews are mixed thus far: "The Golden Circle doesn’t go wild enough to break Vaughn’s well-set mold, instead fitting neatly inside his filmography alongside other action-heavy offerings. It’s fun, but it’s blockbuster overkill after an already-crowded summer season," writes Indiewire's Kate Erbland. (R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16 and here for showtimes at Tascosa Drive-In, 1999 Dumas Drive)

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" trailer


The Lego Ninjago Movie

Garmadon threatens civilization in "The Lego Ninjago Movie."
Courtesy Warner Bros.

Lloyd, the Green Ninja and Master Builder, must call on his secret ninja friends to battle Garmadon in this franchise-expanding new Lego animated film. Complicating matters is the fact that Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux) is Lloyd's (Dave Franco) father. Reviews are pretty solid: "(U)nlike the two previous entries (The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie), this one feels a little worn around the edges. But while parents may miss the second-level smarts of its predecessors, kids should fall right into the fun," writes The Wrap's Elizabeth Weitzman. (PG for some mild action and rude humor; click here for showtimes at Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16)

"The Lego Ninjago Movie" trailer


Special engagements

Wall Street 

"Wall Street" 30th anniversary screening

Director Oliver Stone gets a career-best performance from Charlie Sheen and an Oscar-winning one from Michael Douglas in this look at big business in the 1980s. The 30th anniversary screening also includes a retrosprective documentary short, Greed Is Good. It'll screen at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at both the Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. (R)


Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

"Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" trailer

GKids teams with Fathom Events for Studio Ghibli Fest, featuring six acclaimed anime films from the beloved Japanese film studio. The festival continues in September with screenings of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a post-apocalyptic film about a young woman's quest to find peace. It'll screen at 12:55 p.m. Sunday (in an English-dubbed version) and 7 p.m. Monday (in a subtitled version) at the Amarillo Star 14. (PG for violence)


Jeepers Creepers 3

"Jeepers Creepers 3" trailer

The horror franchise returns to theaters for one night only with a film set between the first and second movies. Sgt. Tubbs (Brandon Smith) assembles a task force to track down the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy. It'll screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Amarillo Star 14 and Hollywood 16. (NR)


Steve McQueen: American Idol

"Steve McQueen: American Icon" trailer

The late actor — known for Bullitt and The Great Escape, among other films — is profiled in a documentary hosted by Pastor Greg Laurie. It'll screen at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Amarillo Star 14. (NR)



Still in theaters

All Saints (AS-14, H-16); American Assassin (AS-14, H-16); Annabelle: Creation (H-16); Baby Driver (Premiere Cinemas Westgate Mall 6, 7701 W. Interstate 40); Birth of the Dragon (WM-6); Despicable Me 3 (H-16); 47 Meters Down (WM-6); Girls Trip (WM-6); The Hitman's Bodyguard (AS-14, H-16); Home Again (AS-14, H-16); It (AS-14, H-16 and TDI); Leap! (H-16); mother! (AS-14, H-16); Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (WM-6); Wind River (AS-14, H-16); and Wonder Woman (WM-6). (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, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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