New movie releases for the weekend of July 24

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

New in theaters:


Aliens attack Earth using giant versions of classic videos games, and only, uh, Adam Sandler and Kevin James can save us. Also starring Peter Dinklage in an amazing mullet.

"Paper Towns"

The second film adaptation of a book by John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars") recently brought the author and supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne to the Palace Theatre for a premiere. Now you can see what all the tweens were screaming about.

"Soaked in Bleach"

As audiences were recently enthralled with HBO's "Montage of Heck," here's another side of the death of Kurt Cobain, namely the long-standing theory that Courtney Love was involved. Promises to be better than 1998's "Kurt & Courtney." (Gateway Film Center)

"Cartel Land"

This documentary takes a hard-hitting, raw look at the violent impact of drug cartels on various aspects of Mexican life. (Gateway Film Center)

Also playing:


There are problems with Amy Schumer's starring big-screen debut - conventional moralizing, distracting cameos, not as edgy as expected - but it's still one of the funniest comedies of the summer. That's how good she is. (3 1/2 stars)


Yes, it's another superhero movie, but at least this one finds some fresh territory in its tiny scale, so it's not just for the Marvel Universe completists. (3 stars)

"Magic Mike XXL"

Unabashed summer escapism, this sequel casts away plot and character development like a G-string and focuses on recreating the male strip club experience in a theater. (2 stars)


The little yellow fellows from "Despicable Me" get their own movie? Sounds adorable. Also, bonus points for smashing the glass ceiling with a female supervillain voiced by Sandra Bullock.

Alive recommends:


A powerful and heartbreaking documentary that captures both the genius and the tragedy of Amy Winehouse, a generational talent caught in a whirlwind of fame that she never sought. (4 stars)

Limited screenings:

"Donnie Darko"

Don't miss a chance to see Richard Kelly's 2001 teen angst sci-fi classic on the big screen. The Gateway Film Center is also planning a costume contest starting at 7 p.m. Friday, so don't let anyone doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.