MOVIES

Feb. 19-25 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: Milo (Kit Harington) smolders, but Mount Vesuvius does more than blow smoke in Pompeii.
PRIVACY IS OVER: The documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply examines what data you’re handing over to corporations and the government, what they do with it and what you can to protect your online privacy (maybe nothing). The film is the first in a series, presented by University of North Florida’s Department of Communication, and screens Feb. 25 at Sun-Ray Cinema in 5 Points. After the film, UNF Assistant Professor Peter Casella leads a discussion.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars    HOUSE OF CARDS

3 stars    WEST WING

2 stars    SCANDAL

1 star      COMMANDER IN CHIEF

 

OTHER FILMS

THE DISASTER ARTIST
Greg Sestero, who starred in The Room, reads from his new book, leads the audience in a live script reading and introduces the film, Feb. 22 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. Call for times and admission prices.

 

OSCAR SHORTS 
Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts, plus two documentaries, are screened through Feb. 20 at Sun-Ray Cinema, Five Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. Locavore Cinema, featuring local filmmakers, is screened 7 p.m. Feb. 20; call for admission prices. The film-screening tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman is held Feb. 27; call for times and admission prices.

 

DIVIDED WE FALL
The documentary, about a college student who travels across America to determine who counts as “one of us” in a world perceived as divided into an “us” versus “them” society, is screened 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at University of North Florida’s Student Union Auditorium, 1 UNF Drive, Southside, 620-5715, unf.edu/interfaith-center.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES 
The Hobbit 2 and Walking with Dinosaurs are screened at Latitude 30’s CineGrille Theater, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555.

 

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER 
We the People, Great White Shark 3D, Tornado Alley 3D and To The Arctic 3D run at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com.

 

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.

 

3 DAYS TO KILL

Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 21

Kevin Costner, who’s suddenly everywhere we look these days, plays a terminally ill Secret Service agent who’s got one last chance to live if he takes a new drug …
and goes on a final top-secret mission. Hmmm – life-saving drug vs killing another human being? Toss me that Glock.

 

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Rated R  

One-night stands may be fun, but this bunch of beautiful young devil-may-care people takes the practice to the next level. Co-stars the quite amusing Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.

 

AMERICAN HUSTLE

2 1/2 stars Rated R  

Writer-director David O. Russell has fashioned a beautiful, cinematic junk heap that’s likeable and engaging despite its overly long running time, sloppy screenplay and rambling structure. For professional scam artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale, with the best comb-over we’ve seen in years), working with the Feds is tougher than running cons. He’s helping the FBI (Bradley Cooper) nab public officials on the take in the infamous Abscam operation. Co-stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

 

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

3 stars Rated R  

The cast of director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning story includes Meryl Streep as Violet, crusty matriarch of a family falling apart; Julia Roberts is her soon-to-be-crusty daughter Barbara. Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister and Chris Cooper as her brother-in-law stand out.

 

DATE AND SWITCH

Rated R  

Two high school dudes vow to lose their virginity before prom. One of the dudes, however, comes out of the closet which causes everyone around him, including his girlfriend, to question their definition of friendship.

 

ENDLESS LOVE

Rated PG-13  

Didn’t we just do this? Young, mismatched, lovestruck kids try to stay together when their mean old parents try to split them apart. Co-stars Gabriella Wilde,
Alex Pettyfer and Bruce Greenwood. What, no Brooke Shields cameo?

 

FROZEN

3 1/2 stars Rated PG  

Disney’s animated feature about sisters Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), in this Golden Globe-winner. And hey, parents, check out details for the sing-along at some theaters.

 

GIMME SHELTER

Rated PG-13  

Vanessa Hudgens plays Agnes Bailey, pregnant and on the streets when her parents reject her. Thank God she meets a kind stranger. Co-stars Rosario Dawson,
Brendan Fraser and James Earl Jones.

 

GRAVITY

4 stars Rated PG-13  

The out-of-this-world survival story from director Alfonso Cuaron stars Sandra Bullock as medical engineer Ryan Stone 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?

 

GUNDAY

Not Rated  

The Indian action/thriller is about the chaotic Calcutta of the ’70s. In Hindi and Bengali. Co-stars Ranveer Singh , Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan.

 

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

3 stars Rated PG-13  

Co-writer and director Peter Jackson has stretched J.R.R. Tolkien’s books into lucrative movies and made stars of the cast members, including Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans and Ian McKellen. Then there’s the titular Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), a villainous fire-breathing dragon who lays claim to Bilbo’s homeland. The film sings with vibrant colors and stunning images.

 

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).

 

I, FRANKENSTEIN

Rated PG-13  

The doctor’s creation is in the middle of a violent struggle between two immortal clans. So … not a fight to death, then. Co-stars Aaron Eckhart,
Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto.

 

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

Rated PG-13  

Chris Pine stars as the young Ryan, just starting out on his CIA career. Co-stars Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh.

 

LABOR DAY

1 1/2 stars Rated PG-13  

Kate Winslet is Adele, a depressed single mother, raising her earnest teenage son Henry (newcomer Gattlin Griffith). Adele and Henry are taken hostage by Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), a wounded escaped killer. The kindly kidnapper does some home repairs, changes Adele’s oil (literally and euphemistically), teaches Henry to play catch – what a nice bad guy. Who in their right mind picks up a hitchhiker these days? The drama co-stars Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire,
James (Dawson!) Van Der Beek.

 

THE LEGO MOVIE

3 stars Rated PG  

Writers and directors Chris Miller and Phillip Lord’s entertaining, subversive animated feature about colorful toy bricks co-stars the vocal talents of Jonah Hill,
Channing Tatum, Will Arnett, Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell.

 

LONE SURVIVOR

Rated R  

Mark Wahlberg stars in this action/bio/drama based on actual events of a failed SEAL team mission in 2005. Co-stars Emile Hirsch and Taylor “Friday Night Lights” Kitsch, an actor we’ve always thought deserved another shot after his failed mission as “John Carter.”

 

THE MONUMENTS MEN

Rated PG-13  

George Clooney directs and stars in this fact-based film about a group of un-soldier types – think the opposite of The Dirty Dozen – museum curators, historians and art experts who go into enemy territory during WWII to save thousands of stolen masterpieces from destruction by the Nazis. Co-stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and the adorable Bob Balaban.

 

NEBRASKA

3 1/2 stars Rated R  

Cantankerous Woody Grant (Bruce Dern, getting long-overdue Oscar buzz) gets a piece of junk mail declaring him the winner of $1 million, so he convinces David
(Will Forte) – the son who’s never quite synched with his old man – to drive him to Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim the prize. Co-stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb and
Bob Odenkirk.

 

THE NUT JOB

Rated PG  

Will Arnett voices Surly, a rebellious squirrel banned from the park to roam the mean city streets. He plans his revenge: raid the nut store. Co-stars the vocal cords of Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl and Jeff Dunham.

 

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.

 

POMPEII

Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 21

I did a fifth-grade report on Mt. Vesuvius and the devastating volcanic eruption that wiped out a whole civilization. Shoulda waited for the movie,
co-starring Dylan Schombing, Rebecca Eady and Kiefer Wish-I-still-played-Jack-Bauer Sutherland.

 

RIDE ALONG

Rated PG-13  

Kevin Hart is a smart-mouthed security guard engaged to Angela (Tika Sumpter) whose brother James (Ice Cube) is a cop. Co-stars John Leguizamo and Jay Pharoah.

 

ROBOCOP

1 star Rated PG-13

Reviewed in this issue.


THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

Rated R  

Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller have hit that juncture where you either step up and commit … or not.

 

VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Rated PG-13  

Seriously? Hot girls in school uniforms, sucking blood? Co-stars Gabriel Byrne, who ought to know better, and Joely Richardson, who’s a goddamn Redgrave fer chrissake, plus Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry.

 

WINTER’S TALE

Rated PG-13  

A petty yet hot thief burgles a mansion and encounters a young woman who’s sickly yet hot. Somehow they become intertwined for life and beyond. Or before. It’s kinda iffy. Co-stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay, and Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and William Hurt, who must be wondering what the hell their agents are on.

 

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

3 1/2 stars Rated R  

Hotshot young stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a mansion, yacht, private jet, cars, a steady supply of cocaine and everything else money can buy. Debauchery isn’t a habit for him; it’s a way of life. It’s the late ’80s, so anything goes. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey. 

 

NEW ON DVD

ALL IS LOST

3 1/2 stars  Rated PG-13

When his 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean, a man sailing alone (Robert Redford, in an Oscar-worthy performance) is knocked out. He wakes up and sees his vessel is taking on water. Unable to contact the outside world, he sails into a violent storm with nothing but his strength and mariner’s intuition.

 

THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY

2 1/2 stars  Rated R

This comedy, about a group of college friends reuniting after 15 years, 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 and Atif Lanier. ’Nuff said.

 

THE COUNSELOR

2 stars  Rated R

Hoping to make a one-time deal to secure a financial future, a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) gets into drug trafficking world and learns it’s hard to leave. Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt co-star. Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Counselor” is the screenwriting debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormack McCarthy (“The Road”).

 

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.

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