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Dec. 4-10 Movies Calendar

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Originally in production as the “the ultimate comeback story” of cyclist Lance Armstrong, “The Armstrong Lie” became an inside look at Armstrong before and after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. The film opens Dec. 6 at Regal Beach Boulevard.
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Originally in production as the “the ultimate comeback story” of cyclist Lance Armstrong, “The Armstrong Lie” became an inside look at Armstrong before and after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. The film opens Dec. 6 at Regal Beach Boulevard.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars     AMERICAN PSYCHO

3 stars     RESCUE DAWN

2 stars     REIGN OF FIRE

1 star     TERMINATOR SALVATION

 

 

NOW SHOWING

12 YEARS A SLAVE

4 stars

Rated R 

Chiwetel Ejiofor is great in the powerful film based on real events. He plays Solomon, a free black man in pre-Civil War New York who’s abducted, then sold into slavery for 12 cruel years. He meets a Canadian abolitionist, and hopes his misery is over. Co-stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Quvenzhané Wallis.

 

ABOUT TIME

3 1/2 stars

Rated R 

In Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) family, the Lake men reach maturity in a special way: They learn they can time-travel. Tim falls in love with Mary (Rachel McAdams) and after many first impressions, she falls for him, too. Co-stars Bill Nighy.

 

THE ARMSTRONG LIE

 

3 stars Rated R • Opens Dec. 6

Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) utilized unprecedented access to chronicle a sports legend’s rise and fall from grace in this documentary. On camera, Lance Armstrong admits, “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.”

 

BAD GRANDPA

2 stars

Rated R 

“Jackass” character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and impressionable young grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), go on a wild hidden-camera road trip across America, placing real citizens in stupid situations.

 

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY

2 stars

Rated R 

This comedy, just in time for the holidays, has the best-looking cast we’ve ever seen. Really: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Eddie Cibrian, Atif Lanier.

 

BLACK NATIVITY

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG 

This holiday musical, based on Langston Hughes’ play, is about Langston (Jacob Latimore), an adolescent who spends Christmas with grandparents he’s never met – a strict preacher and his wife (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett) – New York City kin of his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Nas.

 

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

3 1/2 stars

Rated NC-17 

Two young French women (Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos) explore life’s possibilities.

 

THE BOOK THIEF

4 stars

Rated PG-13 

Amid the chaos and horror of WWII, Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) steals books – before the Nazis can burn them – and shares them with the folks around her. Co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

 

BULLETT RAJA

2 stars

Not Rated 

The new action movie co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Shergill. In Hindi.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 

Tom Hanks plays Phillips, a sea captain whose cargo ship is boarded by Somali pirates – Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman), Najee (Faysal Ahmed) and Elmi (Mahat M. Ali) – in April 2009.

 

THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE

2 stars

Rated PG 

This fantasy drama is set in 1890s England, as the modern convenience of electricity threatens to end a centuries-old legend of a candle and its miraculous powers. Co-stars Susan Boyle and Hans Matheson.

 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG 

This sequel is a rehash: same problems, different version. Kids will love the food creatures, though. Co-stars voices of Bill Hader, James Caan, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg and Neal Patrick Harris.

 

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

3 1/2 stars

Rated R 

The drama, based on a true story, is sparking serious Oscar talk for stars Matthew McConaughey, who plays redneck electrician Ron, and Jared Leto, who plays transvestite Rayon in Dallas, 1985. Ron is shocked when he learns he’s HIV-positive, with only one month to live. He’s even more stunned to find out the drugs that might save his life aren’t for sale in the U.S. Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn and Griffin Dunne.

 

DELIVERY MAN

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 

Underachiever David Wozniak discovers his 691 sperm donations to a fertility clinic in the early 1990s resulted in 533 children, 142 of whom filed a court action seeking his identity – they want to meet the man known only by his donor nom d’essence, “Starbuck.” Co-stars Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt.

 

ENDER’S GAME

3 stars

Rated PG-13 

In the not-so-distant future, the International Military searches for a young soldier to command troops in battle against an alien foe. Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) chooses bright young mind Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) to lead the fight to determine the future of Earth.

 

FREE BIRDS

2 stars

Rated PG 

This animated comedy, with voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler and George Takei, explores time travel by two determined turkeys who want to not be the main course for the holidays.

 

FROZEN

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG 

Disney’s latest feature introduces sisters Anna and Elsa, royalty of the northern land of Arendelle. Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) are strong characters in this animated version of "The Snow Queen."

 

GORE TERE PYAAR MEIN

1 1/2 stars

Not Rated 

The Bollywood rom-com co-stars Imran Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Anupam Kher. In English and Hindi.

 

GRAVITY

4 stars

Rated PG-13 

The out-of-this-world survival story from director Alfonso Cuaron stars Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone, a medical engineer, and George Clooney as experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky. While outside the ship making repairs, communication with Houston is severed. They’re left tethered together, floating 375 miles above the Earth. How will they survive?

 

HOMEFRONT

3 stars

Rated R 

Reviewed in this issue.

 

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 

In Part 2 of the trilogy, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a celebrity warrior hero manipulated by the Capitol’s leader Snow (Donald Sutherland). There’s revolution in the air due to her win at the Games. Co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields (Will and Jada’s daughter) and Jack Quaid (Dennis and Meg’s son).

 

LAST VEGAS

2 stars

Rated PG-13 

Sixty-somethings Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) meet in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last single friend, Billy (Michael Douglas), who’s marrying his much younger girlfriend.

 

OLDBOY

1 1/2 stars

Rated R 

Josh Brolin plays Joe, a man who was kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years … for no apparent reason. Well, he was an advertising executive … Co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

OUT OF THE FURNACE

 

3 stars

Rated R • Opens Dec. 6

Everyman Russell Baze (Christian Bale) takes care of his terminally ill father while working for the steel mill. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck), an Iraq War veteran, joins a crime ring then disappears, Baze seeks justice. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film also stars Forest Whitaker, Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana.

 

PHILOMENA

4 stars

Rated PG-13 

Journalist Martin (Steve Coogan) needs to boost his career. Philomena (Dame Judi Dench) wants to find the son she gave up for adoption, forced by not-so-holy nuns decades earlier. Stephen Frears directed.

 

RAM-LEELA

3 stars

Not Rated 

The new romantic drama co-stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. In Hindi.

 

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

3 stars

Rated PG-13 

The sequel, with more action and special effects, stars Chris Hemsworth as the golden-tressed Thor and Natalie Portman as his Earth-time girlfriend Jane. Co-stars Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard.

 

OTHER FILMS

 

FARRAGUT FEST

A celebration of “Star Trek” and science-fiction open house features free-standing “Star Trek” film sets of the bridge, transporter room, shuttlecraft interior, Romulan bridge, sick bay and a curving corridor, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7 at Farragut Films Studio, 516 W. William Ave., Kingsland, Ga.; free, 607-2770, farragutfest.com.

 

CINEMATIC ARTS WINTER FILM SHOWCASE

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts students screen their films, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the school, 2445 San Diego Road, San Marco, 346-5620 ext. 122, da-arts.org.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES

“We’re the Millers” screens at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.

 

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Great White Shark 3D,” “Tornado Alley 3D” and “The Last Reef 3D” are screened at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com. 

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