4 stars GROUNDHOG DAY
3 stars ANALYZE THIS
2 stars BEDAZZLED
1 star YEAR ONE
Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen), a divorced father to a teenage son, works in a daycare. When a young child falsely accuses him of inappropriate behavior, all hell breaks loose. In Danish, English and Polish. Screened Feb. 26-27 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. Call for times and admission prices.
The film-screening tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman features Synecdoche, New York screened 7 p.m. and The Master screened 9:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema, sunraycinema.com. Single-screening tickets are $9; $12 for both. Proceeds benefit LAByrinth Theater Company.
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.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES PIZZA-OFF
The beloved film, screened 7:15 p.m. March 1 at Sun-Ray Cinema, inspires a best pizza contest between Sun-Ray and 5 Star Pizza: 75 patrons choose during the movie. Tickets for the movie plus four slices of pizza are $20 plus tax. Film only, $9 for adults, $7 for seniors/students and $5.50 for kids, sunraycinema.com.
LATITUDE 30 MOVIES
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Walking with Dinosaurs are screened at Latitude 30’s CineGrille Theater, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside, 365-5555, facebook.com/latitude30.
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.
The last installment in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American series, the film screens at 7 p.m. March 4 at Flagler College’s Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, free, 819-6282, flagler.edu.
12 YEARS A SLAVE
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
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.
2 1/2 stars
Writer-director David O. Russell has fashioned a cinematic junk heap that’s likeable and engaging despite an overly long running time and sloppy screenplay. For professional scam artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), 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
The cast of director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning story has Meryl Streep as Violet, crusty matriarch of a family falling apart; Julia Roberts is her daughter Barbara. Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister and Chris Cooper as her brother-in-law stand out.
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
Not Rated • Opens Feb. 28 at Sun-Ray Cinema
One of five nominees for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the Belgian film features a love-at-first-sight romance. Elise (Veerle Baetens), who owns a tattoo shop, and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a bluegrass banjo player, bond over a shared passion for culture of all things American. Their love is put to the test when their daughter becomes ill.
3 1/2 stars
This real-life drama is based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty. 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.
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.
3 1/2 stars
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.
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.
Looks like a Bollywood version of Patty Hearst’s Stockholm syndrome episode years ago. Co-stars Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda and Durgesh Kumar. In Hindi, Nepali and English.
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
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 HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
3 1/2 stars
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).
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.
Elizabeth Olsen plays Thérèse, bound in marriage by her bitchy aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange), to infirm Camille (Tom Felton) in the mid-1800s in the slums of Paris. So she’s ripe for an affair and finds just the right guy, Laurent (Oscar Isaac). Hilarity does not ensue.
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
3 1/2 stars
The Coen Brothers score another quirky hit with this wry tale of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a folksinger trying to make it in the ’60s folkie scene, which couldn't decide if it was protest, pop or pap, what with Dylan getting play from WABC's Cousin Brucie and the rest of Greenwich Village scrambling to plug in. Co-stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman.
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
Chris Pine stars as the young Ryan, just starting out on his CIA career. Co-stars Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh.
THE LEGO MOVIE
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.
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
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.
Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 28
Liam Neeson might have found his niche as an action hero, despite his astonishing turn as Oskar Schindler – you know, that guy with that list.Here he’s an air marshal getting texts from a bad guy on his same transatlantic flight, threatening to kill passengers unless he gets $150 million. Co-stars Julianne Moore, Nate Parker and a guy named Scoot McNairy, which doesn’t sound a very distinguished actor-name. Scoot … sounds like his next movie will be Jackass 4.5.
THE NUT JOB
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.
This cheerful little film involves desertion, infidelity, divorce and rude awakenings. Co-stars Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim and Ali Mosaffa. In French and Persian.
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.
We 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 Can’t-wait-to-be-Jack-Bauer-again.
Rated R • Opens Feb. 28
A spiritual advisor helps dispirited folks; here the advisor is Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), who has a nutcase for a client, Angel (Forest Whitaker). Angel kidnaps Tommy and all hell breaks loose. With Sanaa Lathan and Mike Epps.
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.
This dreadful reboot of the 1987 cult classic is 108 minutes of blah action and half-measures. Co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.
SON OF GOD
Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 28
Reviewed in this issue.
THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller have hit that juncture where you either step up and commit … or not.
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.
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
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. All right, all right, all right.
NEW ON DVD
The mind-blowing, 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, the astronauts’’ communication with Houston (it’s Ed Harris’ voice we hear at NASA – who else?) is severed by debris from an exploding satellite. They’re left tethered together, floating 375 miles above a stark blue Earth far below. How will they survive in the most unsuitable environment imaginable?
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
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-starring Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard.
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, Neb. to claim the prize. Co-stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb, Rance Howard and Bob Odenkirk.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Two young French women (Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos) explore the many possibilities life has to offer.
This legendary music studio in rural Alabama has been the recording mecca of choice for the world’s greatest rock and blues musicians: Aretha, Bono, Mick, Gregg, Etta and hundreds more. Founder Rick Hall’s vision of diversity and excellence influenced timeless genius that continues today.