“The Internship” (PG-13, 119 minutes, Fox) Two middle-aged men, both suddenly unemployed and, in one case, facing foreclosure, decide their wisest move is to apply for unpaid internships at Google even though they possess zero technical skills, barely know what Instagram is and often refer to the Internet as “the online.” Anything resembling post-economic-recession logic clearly got chucked out the window here, along with the acknowledgment that Bing and Yahoo exist. But hey, the whole point of “The Internship” is to reunite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, whose mile-a-minute-meets-super-mellow chemistry made “Wedding Crashers” a massive hit in 2005 and puts them in ridiculous situations that prove moxie and determination always overcome actual competence. That this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic. Contains sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language.
“Before Midnight” (R, 108 minutes, Sony): Richard Linklater made his name in 1991 with “Slacker,” a low-key ramble through Austin that introduced a new generation and a spontaneous form of filmmaking that concealed surprising intelligence and artfulness beneath its laid-back style. Now and then he returns to the talky, elliptical movie he started out making: In 1995, he made “Before Sunrise,” starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as Jesse and Celine, two people in their 20s who meet on a train and spend a romantic night having one long conversation while strolling through Vienna; in 2004 he caught up with the couple in “Before Sunset,” when they meet again a decade later. There’s no doubt that “Before Midnight,” which finds the young lovers of yore firmly ensconced within the regret and compromise of middle age, also finds them grappling with intimations of aging and mortality.
“The Way, Way Back” (PG-13, 103 minutes, Fox): Adolescent disaffection, adult cluelessness and the fleeting pangs of summer romance spring palpably to life in “The Way, Way Back,” a coming-of-age drama that manages some genuinely surprising turns despite the formulaic road it travels. In the film’s opening scene, 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James), on his way to a cramped, damp summer on the Massachusetts shore, is trapped in a car being driven by his mother’s boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell). While Duncan’s mom, Pam (Toni Collette), naps, Trent is haranguing Duncan about his social skills, sharply asking the teenager how he would rate himself on a scale from 1 to 10, then volunteering that he’d give Duncan “a 3.” Contains thematic elements, profanity, some sexual content and brief drug material.
Also: “The Conjuring,” “As Cool as I Am,” “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story,” “Dead in Tombstone,” “Oka!” (documentary on ethno-musicologist Louis Sarno), “Storm Rider,” “Homecoming,” “In a Town This Size” (2011, documentary about sexual child abuse ), “Just Like a Woman,” “Paradise: Faith” (Austria/Germany/France), “The Uninvited” (1944, The Criterion Collection), “ Red Clover,” “Scoot & Kassie’s Christmas Adventure” and “The Wall” ( Austria/Germany).
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