More than 25 years after the hit British miniseries captivated PBS audiences, novelist Evelyn Waugh’s tale of pre-World War II England shifts to the big screen, as Oxford student Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode) becomes embroiled with gay classmate Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw) and his aristocratic family. Julian Jerrold (“Becoming Jane”) directs a cast that also includes Emma Thompson as Sebastian’s chilly, intensely Catholic mother, and Hayley Atwell co-stars as Sebastian’s sister Julia. At the Suncoast. (135 minutes.) PG-13; sexual content.
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
Brendan Fraser returns for the third installment of this summer franchise as the daring father-and-son duo of Rick and Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) unearth the mummy of a shape-shifting emperor (martial arts whiz Jet Li) cursed centuries ago. John Hannah returns as bumbling Jonathan Carnahan, but Maria Bello replaces Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz as Rick’s archaeologist wife, Evelyn; Michaelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” rounds out the starring cast for director Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”), who takes over for Stephen Sommers. At multiple locations. (112 minutes.) PG-13; adventure action, violence.
College-bound New York misfit Luke Shapiro (former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck) spends the summer of ’94 peddling dope, trading marijuana to his pothead psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley) in exchange for therapy while he pursues the doctor’s stepdaughter (“Juno’s” Olivia Thirlby). Writer-director Jonathan Levine’s quirky comedy, which won the audience award at this year’s Sundance film festival, returns to Las Vegas following a June showcase at the CineVegas festival. At Sam’s Town and Village Square. (95 minutes.) R; pervasive drug use, profanity, sexuality.
— By CAROL CLING