After blending chop-socky action and slapsticky comedy in “Kung Fu Hustle,” actor-director Stephen Chow gives the sci-fi genre a family-friendly twist with this tale of a poor schoolboy (Xu Jiao) who discovers an alien toy puppy with special powers. In Mandarin with English subtitles. At Suncoast. (86 minutes.) PG; profanity, mature themes, rude humor, brief smoking.
“Hairspray’s” Brittany Snow takes over for scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis in this remake of the 1980 slasher fave about an obsessed killer determined to give a high school senior and her friends a night to die for — literally. Scott Porter (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”) and Monica Dawson (“Heroes”) co-star. At multiple locations. (88 minutes.) PG-13; violence and terror, sexual material, underage drinking, profanity.
A haunted cop (Keanu Reeves) implicated in the death of his ex-partner hits the mean streets of L.A. to solve the execution-style killing in this gritty crime drama directed by “Training Day” screenwriter David Ayer. Forest Whitaker, “House’s” Hugh Laurie, Terry Crews and Chris Evans co-star. At multiple locations. (109 minutes.) R; strong violence, pervasive profanity.
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE
This year’s Oscar winner for best feature-length documentary, from director Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”), investigates the U.S. military’s use of torture on terrorist suspects imprisoned in Afghanistan, Iraq and at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. At Village Square. (106 minutes.) R; disturbing images, content involving torture and graphic nudity.
A WALK INTO THE SEA
Subtitled “Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory,” this documentary focuses on Williams, a handsome, 22-year-old Harvard graduate who became a force at artist Andy Warhol’s Factory (and in his bed) during the swingin’ ’60s, until the night he went out for an after-dinner walk — and disappeared. Part of the CineVegas screening series at Neonopolis. (75 minutes.) NR; drug use and references, profanity.
— By CAROL CLING