Best bets opening Friday
▪ “American Ultra” – This action-comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg as a small-town stoner whose life with his live-in girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) is suddenly turned upside-down when he discovers he has been trained as a lethal CIA agent, he just doesn’t remember it. See what too much weed can do, kids?
▪ “The End of the Tour” – This Sundance film festival hit has been in a slow-rollout release since early August and now opens in Wichita. It chronicles the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg again – he’s taking over Wichita!) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) that took place after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking novel “Infinite Jest.”
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▪ “Hitman: Agent 47” – Movies based on video games haven’t transferred to the big screen well (I’m talkin’ to you, “Mortal Kombat”) – and the first “Hitman” in 2007 that starred Timothy Olyphant is a good example. This new film is technically a reboot, starring Rupert Friend as a lethal assassin (is there any other kind?) who teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
▪ “Sinister II” – Note to parents: If you move your family into a creepy old country house and one of your kids gets possessed and tries to kill you because he can’t get another chocolate chip cookie, maybe you should move, perhaps?
▪ Return of the Cults: “Pink Floyd the Wall” – The trippy 1982 film companion to the classic Pink Floyd album follows a troubled rock star’s descent into madness. Showing at 7, 9:15 and 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Palace Theatre, 535 S. Ridge Circle. Tickets are $3.50.
▪ Cinema Alfresco Spotlight on East Indian Cinema: “3 Idiots” – The Tallgrass Film Association and Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum of Art team up to present this coming-of-age comedy at 8:30 p.m. Friday at WSU’s Duerksen Amphitheater. The film follows college friends bucking the flailing higher-education system. Admission is free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners are welcome. The film is rated PG-13.