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NEW THIS WEEK AMERICAN ULTRA. A pair of weed-indulging slackers — Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) and Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) — enjoy a quiet life in a small West Virginia town. Until Mike, who unbeknownst to himself is a super-deadly sleeper agent for the CIA, is in short order: targeted by Langley for extermination by a new manager (Topher Grace) and re-activated as a killer by his former handler (Connie Britton). So, it’s one deeply confused (and still stoned) assassin defending himself quite adeptly against other deadly agents (one memorable kill is via spoon), while also trying to lock down his relationship with his girlfriend. Nima Nourizadeh’s dark comedy supplies enough twists and turns (and laughs) to make this decent-enough late-summer entertainment. And there’s fun supporting work from John Leguizamo and Walton Goggins (Justified). The ultra-violence is a bit wearying, and the film could have been shorter (it takes a bit to get its wacky groove going.) But at least it proves some stoners can get stuff done. (Al Hoff) HITMAN: AGENT 47. Even for viewers who aren’t familiar with the Hitman video-game series, the basis for Aleksander Bach’s new film sounds intriguing. An evil organization is trying to revive a scientific program that created genetically engineered assassins, and the progeny of that original program are tasked with making sure that doesn’t happen. Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto play dueling assassins with a common goal: finding a girl (Hannah Ware) who might hold the key to genetic modification, and getting her to trust them. It’s hard to say whether the film would be any more enjoyable for fans of the video games, but for franchise noobs it’s sometimes difficult to follow. Even the structure of the film feels like a video game, complete with a final boss mission. And at one point, it’s almost like Ware’s character is going through a video-game introduction tutorial. But it’s still an action thriller, which means there are explosions, fast cars, guns and carefully choreographed fight scenes. (Rebecca Nuttall)

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Gueros (2015)

8/26 @ 7:30pm Winner of 5 Mexican Ariel “Academy Awards” including Best Picture and Best Director! _________________________________________________

The Painter and Transience (2015) 8/27 @ 7:30pm

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NO ESCAPE. An American family living overseas finds itself caught up in a coup. Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell and Owen Wilson star in John Erick Dowdle’s thriller. Starts Wed., Aug. 26 REBELS OF A NEON GOD. Ming-liang Tsai’s 1992 crime thriller follows a young man in Taipei who becomes obsessed with a petty thief. In Mandarin, with subtitles. Starts Fri., Aug. 28. Harris

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Meru In 2008, three of the world’s best CP MERU. climbers — Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk — attempted to summit the Meru peak in the Himalayas. Meru is “only” 21,850 feet high, but it’s topped by a sheer rock “fin,” and reaching the top has remained elusive. It is considered an “impossible climb” because summiting requires a variety of climbing skills (on ice, rock and wall), at high altitude, and while carrying all one’s equipment. And in this case, while also filming the effort. (Chin co-directed Meru with his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.) The film follows the three as they prep and hit the mountain in 2008, and are eventually forced to turn back 100 meters from the top. As they ponder whether to try again, the climbers are sent reeling by life-changing events, and the film shifts from an adventure doc to intimate examinations of risktaking, the camaraderie of climbing and how to balance dreams with realities. Jon Krakauer, climber and author of the disaster-on-Everest account Into Thin Air, serves as a narrator of sorts, filling in more casual viewers on technical details (ice climbing vs. wall climbing), and helping to explain what forces drive climbers to seek “impossible” challenges. A must for armchair alpinists, who can come just for the spectacular climbing footage, but nearly everyone will find this thoughtful window into pursuing extreme vocations fascinating. Starts Fri., Aug. 28. Manor (AH)

Turbo Kid (2015)

8/28 @ 10:00pm, 8/29 @ 4:00pm & 9:00pm, 8/30 @ 5:00pm & 7:30pm, 8/31 @ 7:30pm, 9/1 @ 9/2 @ 7:30pm, 9/3 @ 7:30pm The orphaned Kid survives a drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX. A cult classic in the making.

TURBO KID. This indie Canadian film is an homage to the apocalyptic adventures of yesteryear, from biggies like Mad Max and Waterworld to dozens of straight-to-video actioners. This time, the action is set in the “distant future of 1997” (the first of many jokes rooting this film in a 1980s sensibility). Water is scarce, people are violent and damaged, and one tween boy known as “the kid” makes do by scavenging. Then two significant things happen: The kid makes a new friend, the super-hyper, bubbly girl named Apple, and they hook up with a posse (on BMX bikes) who are out to take down a villain named Zeus. There are chase scenes, disgusting kills (like using a winch to uncoil someone’s intestines), random superpowers and the dusty camaraderie of the wasteland. There are also references galore to this film’s antecedents, in costumes, music (an electronic soundtrack), cheesy dialogue and, well, BMX bikes. It’s done with a lot of affection, and will resonate deepest with those who learned of the coming apocalypses by watching VHS tapes or cable late at night. Starts Fri., Aug. 28. Hollywood (AH)

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Pittsburgh City Paper Volume 25 Issue 34

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Pittsburgh City Paper Volume 25 Issue 34