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Nov. 6-12 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, is one of the major musicians speaking about his studio experiences in the documentary “Muscle Shoals,” directed by Greg Camalier. It opens Nov. 8 at Sun-Ray Cinema. Photo: Magnolia Pictures.
Martial artist Chen Lin-Hu (Tiger Chen, left) stands against villainous fight organizer Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves) in “Man of Tai Chi,” directed by Reeves.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   NEW YEAR’S EVE HANGOVER

3 stars   FLORIDA-GEORGIA HANGOVER

2 stars   ST. PATRICK’S DAY HANGOVER

1 star   HALLOWEEN HANGOVER

 

NOW SHOWING

ABOUT TIME

3 1/2 stars

Rated R • Opens Nov. 8

In Tim's (Domhall 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.

 

ARRAMBAM

3 1/2 stars

Not Rated

This action-drama stars Ajith Kumar, Aarya and Nayanthara. In Tamil.

 

BAD GRANDPA

2 stars

Rated R

Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), a signature “Jackass” character, and his impressionable grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), go on a wild hidden-camera road trip across America, placing real citizens in some unreal, over-the-top situations.

 

BAGGAGE CLAIM

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

Attractive flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful career woman, is feeling the pressure: Her little sister’s getting married, and she’s still single. She’s got 30 days to get hitched, so she starts culling through the dregs of past loves. Never a good plan.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

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.

 

CARRIE

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), pushed to the edge by a prank at her senior prom, unleashes her telekinetic powers in the remake of the 1976 horror classic, based on a Stephen King novel. Also starring Julianne Moore and Judy Greer; directed by Kimberly Peirce.

 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

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

 

THE COUNSELOR

3 stars

Rated R

Hoping to make a one-time deal that would secure his financial future, a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) takes a dip into drug trafficking and learns it can be harder to quit than he imagined. Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt fill out an all-star cast. Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Counselor” is the screenwriting debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy (“The Road”).

 

DON JON

3 stars

Rated R

The much-acclaimed film, written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt offers brutally honest truths that may strike a chord. The blasé Jon (Gordon-Levitt) is a young single man who successfully plays the field. Then he meets babe Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), and everything changes.

 

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 into 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.

 

ENOUGH SAID

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

The late James Gandolfini leaves us with a marvelous turn as Albert, a sweet, single man approaching the empty-nest stage. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a masseuse in the same boat – her daughter’s going away to college. They meet, begin dating and really click. Eva’s new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener) starts pissing and moaning about her ex-husband’s many faults, making Eva doubt her feelings for Albert.

 

ESCAPE PLAN

3 stars

Rated R

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), an expert on high-tech security, is wrongly imprisoned and must recruit Emil Rottmayer (Stallone’s “Expendables” co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger) to make a plan to escape “The Tomb” – the most impenetrable prison ever built.

 

THE FIFTH ESTATE

3 stars

Rated R

Events surrounding the first three years of WikiLeaks, the modern journalism website founded by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and leading up to the site’s 2010 release of Afghan war documents are recounted. The documents chronicled the U.S. government’s mistakes, civilian deaths, Taliban attacks and more over a six-year period. Not surprisingly, our government wasn’t happy.

 

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 — for two determined turkeys who want to not be the main course for the holidays.

 

GRAVITY

4 stars

Rated PG-13

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?

 

I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL

1 star

Rated PG

Ja Rule (aka Jeff Atkins) plays Miles Montego, a wealthy playa who’s a retired drug trafficker. He falls for Vanessa (Adrienne Bailon) who’s squeaky clean.

 

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

A possessed Josh (Patrick Wilson) has just killed psychic Elise (Lin Shaye) and Josh’s wife Renai (Rose Byrne) is in shock. Demons have followed Josh and Renai’s son Dalton (Ty Simkins) back from the Further (a purgatory-type place where demons latch onto humans and rejoin the living).

 

KRRISH 3

3 stars

Not Rated

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

 

LAST VEGAS

2 stars

Rated PG-13

Sixty-something-year-olds Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) get together in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single friend, Billy (Michael Douglas), who's getting married to his much younger girlfriend. The friends attempt to quit acting their age in this geriatric version of the “Hangover.”

 

MAN OF TAI CHI

3 stars

Rated R

Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with this martial arts film set in modern day Beijing. It follows the journey of Chen Lin-Hu (Tiger Chen) who uses his superior Tai Chi skills to make a name for himself in an underground fight club.

 

THE MOTEL LIFE

Rated R • Opens Nov. 8 at Sun-Ray Cinema

Two brothers (Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff) live in a motel outside Reno, Nev., with little support in life except each other. A deadly car accident changes their lives. Co-stars Kris Kristofferson and Dakota Fanning.

 

MR. MORGAN'S LAST LOVE

2 1/2 stars

Not Rated

Sir Michael Caine plays widower Michael Morgan, a professor of philosophy who's retired, living in Paris. He meets Pauline (Clémence Poésy), a young, beautiful dance instructor. She's looking for a father figure, he just needs some companionship. Co-stars Jane Alexander and Gillian Anderson.

 

MUSCLE SHOALS

4 stars

Rated PG • Opens Nov. 8 at Sun-Ray Cinema

This legendary music studio Fame 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.

 

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

2 stars

Rated PG

The sequel opens with Percy (Logan Lerman), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) at Camp Half-Blood, the only place where demigods can live in peace. Or so they think. They’re forced to recover the Golden Fleece, which is located in – you guessed it – the Sea of Monsters (aka the Bermuda Triangle).

 

PRISONERS

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

This crime thriller stars Hugh Jackman as a father desperate to find his daughter and her friend, missing under mysterious and potentially terrifying circumstances. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Maria Bello.

 

RUNNER RUNNER

2 stars

Rated R

Richie Furst’s (Justin Timberlake) success at online poker pays for grad school at Princeton – for a while. When he loses, he goes to Costa Rica to meet offshore businessman Ivan Block (Ben Affleck).

 

RUSH

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

The story of Formula One racing archrivals in 1976, director Ron Howard’s latest film is a fascinating character study of polar opposites with one thing in common: winning. Adrenaline junkie James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is reckless and self-centered, living the high life on and off the track. Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is grounded and super-serious.

 

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Nov. 8

Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor, the hottest god ever to be wrapped in armor. This time he's out to defeat yet another god-awful evil force — and hook up with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). Co-stars Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Kat Dennings.

 

OTHER FILMS

FILMMAKER JOSH GIBSON

Experimental filmmaker Gibson, a lecturing fellow at Duke University’s Arts of the Moving Image program, gives a screening and talk, 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, free, 826-8530, flagler.edu/crispellert.

 

SANGUIVOROUS

Accompanied by a live score from Tatsuya Nakatani and Eugene Chadbourne comes the first silent Japanese vampire movie, “Sanguivorous,” screens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $12, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

 

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

In support of its newest exhibit, “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” MOSH screens “Deep Impact” 7:15 p.m. Nov. 9 on the museum's rooftop, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, $8, 396-7062, themosh.org.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES

“Elysium” and “Despicable Me 2” screen at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.

 

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER

“Gravity: An IMAX 3D Experience,” “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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