Movie capsules: A brief description of the movies playing this week in the Valley

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    Back to front, Beetle, voiced by Matthew McConnaghey, Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson and Monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron in a scene from "Kubo and the Two Strings" Laika Studios/Focus Features/AP

Published: 8/18/2016 12:58:45 PM

ANTHROPOID: The film is based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler. Stars Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe. Rated R.

BAD MOMS: When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long-overdue freedom and fun. Stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell. Rated R

BEN-HUR: The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Ben-Hur returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Also stars Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Morgan Freeman. Rated PG-13.

CAFÉ SOCIETY: Set in the 1930s, a young Bronx native (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. After returning to New York he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Also stars Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell. Rated PG-13.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Stars Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler. Rated R.

DON’T THINK TWICE: When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group — all best friends — start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all. Stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia. Rated R.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS: Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), a New York heiress, dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Also stars Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg. Rated PG-13.

GHOSTBUSTERS: The Ghostbusters are back, but this time, it’s all about the women: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones. This summer, they're here to save the world. Rated PG-13.

GLEASON: At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do — with purpose — for his newborn son, for his wife, and to help others with his disease. Rated R.

HELL OR HIGH WATER: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas. Stars Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, Chris Pine. Rated R.

INDIGNATION: In 1951, Marcus (Logan Lerman), a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War. Also stars Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts. Rated R.

JASON BOURNE: The most dangerous former operative of the CIA (Matt Damon) is drawn out of hiding to uncover hidden truths about his past. Also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander. Rated PG-13.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS: A young boy named Kubo (the voice of Art Parkinson) must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. Also stars the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Brenda Vaccaro, George Takei. Rated PG.

PETE’S DRAGON: The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford. Rated PG.

PHANTOM BOY: A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin. Stars the voices of Fred Armisen, Vincent D'onofrio, Jared Padalecki. In English. Rated PG.

WAR DOGS: Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Also stars Steve Lantz. Rated R.

SAUSAGE PARTY: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence. Stars the voices of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill. Rated R.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: A terrier named Max (the voice of Louis C.K.) regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke (the voice of Eric Stonestreet), a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. Also stars the voices of Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Dana Carvey. Rated PG.

STAR TREK BEYOND: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban. Rated PG-13.

SUICIDE SQUAD: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. Stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie. Rated PG-13.

WAR DOGS: Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill), who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Also stars Steve Lantz. Rated R.



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