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Nov. 27-Dec. 3 Movies Calendar

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Aretha (Angela Bassett) and Reverend Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker) are the grandparents Langston (Jacob Latimore, not pictured) visits in the musical drama “Black Nativity,” directed by Kasi Lemmons.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars     TRANSPORTER

3 stars     FAST & FURIOUS 6

2 stars     THE ITALIAN JOB

1 star     DEATH RACE

 

 

NOW SHOWING

12 YEARS A SLAVE

4 stars

Rated R

Chiwetel Ejiofor is great in this powerful film, based on real events. He plays Solomon, a free black man in pre-Civil War upstate New York. He’s abducted, then sold into slavery for 12 cruel years. When he meets a Canadian abolitionist, he hopes his misery will end. 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. Now he’s got to plan the rest of his life. Co-stars Bill Nighy.

 

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.

 

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 some unreal, way 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

Rated PG

This holiday musical, based on Langston Hughes' play, is about Langston (Jacob Latimore), an adolescent who spends Christmas with his grandparents, the Cobbs (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett) — a strict preacher and his wife he's never met, New York City kin of his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). He's from Baltimore and figures he knows all there is to know about mean streets. The good reverend, however, has a few surprises. 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 the many possibilities life has to offer.

 

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.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

The 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.

 

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 at Christmastime. Co-stars Susan Boyle, Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks.

 

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 Matthew McConaughey, who plays redneck electrician Ron, and Jared Leto, who plays transvestite Rayon in Dallas, 1985. Ron is shocked to learn he's HIV-positive, with a 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 <> “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 Hyrum 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

Reviewed in this issue.

 

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, the astronauts’’ communication with Houston is severed by debris from an exploding satellite. They’re left tethered together, floating 375 miles above the Earth. How will they survive in the most unsuitable environment imaginable?

 

HOMEFRONT

Rated R

The drama, about a former DEA agent who wife has died, stars Jason Statham, Winona Ryder, James Franco and Kate Bosworth.

 

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).

 

KRRISH 3

3 stars

Not Rated

Krrish (Hrithik Roshan) is a Bollywood superhero, annihilating bad guys and resurrecting the dead. The sci-fi action-adventure is in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

 

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 <> an advertising executive … Co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

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 the sure-fire Oscar contender.

 

RAM-LEELA

3 stars

Not Rated

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

 

SINGH SAAB THE GREAT

2 1/2 stars

Not Rated

The new comedy-drama, in Hindi, co-stars Sunny Deol, Amrita Rao and Urvashi Rautela.

 

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

DRIVE IN MOVIE

"Christmas Vacation" is screened at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine, free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES

“We’re the Millers” and "Planes" screen 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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