MOVIES

Oct. 16-22 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

Jim White (Roy Abramsohn, right) begins to unravel while taking his family, including daughter Sara (Katelynn Rodriguez), on a surreal trip to Disney World in the subversive “Escape from Tomorrow.” Directed by Randy Moore and shot without Disney’s permission, the film opens Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   THE SHINING

3 stars   MISERY

2 stars   FIRESTARTER

1 star   THINNER

 

NOW SHOWING

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.

 

BATTLE OF THE YEAR

1/2 STAR

Rated PG-13

The battle referred to is for dancing, as gutsy and talented Americans dance against the best dancers in the world.

 

BESHARAM

1 1/2 stars

Not Rated

The Bollywood rom-com co-stars Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda and Rishi Kapoor. In Hindi.

 

BLUE CAPRICE

3 1/2 stars

Rated R • Opens Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema

Director Alexandre Moors’ debut film examines the Beltway snipers — John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington) and Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond) — and the father-son relationship that develops between them. Douglas Anderson graduate Cassandra Freeman co-stars as a woman from whom Muhammad seeks help.

 

BONNIE & CLYDE

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

Stylish rendering of the tale of fierce bank robbers Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), who tore up rural America during the Great Depression, killing anyone who got in their way. Arthur Penn directed this great film, which ends with the inevitable shoot-out, one of the most graphic depictions of death-by-machine-gun we've ever seen. Nominated for 22 Oscars, the film grabbed two; for cinematography and best supporting actress, Estelle Parsons.

 

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. It’s a helluva story, told with competence by all involved. It’s also the type of drama that gets nominated for writing, directing and acting Oscars.

 

CARRIE

2 1/2 stars

Rated R • Opens Oct. 18

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.

 

DON JON

3 stars

Rated R

The much-acclaimed film, written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt offers brutally honest truths that will strike a chord in us all. Jon (Gordon-Levitt) and buddies Bobby (Rob Brown) and Danny (Jeremy Luke) are single young men who play the field – none more successfully than the blasé Jon. Then he meets babe Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), and everything changes. Co-starring a surprisingly adept Tony Danza and Julianne Moore.

 

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 fast 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 FROM TOMORROW

3 stars

Not rated • Opens Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema

Jim White (Roy Abramsohn) avoids telling his wife and two young kids he’s lost his job by taking them to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” But Disney turns nightmarish as he gets visions of prostituting princesses and devilish children. Is he losing his mind or is the park more sinister than he imagined? Randy Moore’s directorial debut — a black-and-white satire shot without permission in Disney theme parks — is billed as the “most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival” and a film that “should not exist.” The Daily Beast called it “Disney’s Worst Nightmare.”

 

ESCAPE PLAN

3 stars

Rated R • Opens Oct. 18

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. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the action flick co-stars Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent).

 

THE FAMILY

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play Fred and Maggie, a Mafia couple in the witness protection program. They’re living in France with their two kids, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), trying to fit in. This dark comedy, directed by Luc Besson, has its moments, and De Niro is in his element.

 

THE FIFTH ESTATE

3 stars

Rated R • Opens Oct. 18

Reviewed in this issue.

 

GRACE UNPLUGGED

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

The inspirational drama stars AJ Michalka as Gracie, a young singer who hopes her faith is strong enough to take her to the top.

 

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 greenhorn medical engineer, and George Clooney as experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky. While outside the ship making repairs, debris from an exploding satellite severs the astronauts’ communication with Houston (it's Ed Harris' voice we hear at NASA – who else?), leaving them tethered together and floating 375 miles above a stark blue Earth far below. They must work together to survive in the most unsuitable environment imaginable for human beings. It’s one of the best films of the year.

 

I'M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL

Rated PG • Opens Oct. 18

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.

 

THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE

1 1/2 stars

Rated R

Two young boys from the inner city grow up fast when their mothers are arrestedxx? Co-starring Jordin Sparks.

 

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), and a move to Grandma Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) house doesn’t help.

 

INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED

2 stars

Rated PG-13

A Mexican ladies’ man finds the product of a fling on his doorstep and the child changes his carefree life. Settled in LA working as a stunt man, Valentín (Eugenio Derbez) and daughter Maggie (Loreto Peralta) have their family threatened when the child’s mother shows up.

 

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

2 stars

Rated PG-13

Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a character based on the White House butler who served U.S. presidents over three decades, witnessing many of the 20th century’s biggest moments. The all-star cast runs deep with James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon and Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. Also starring Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Vanessa Redgrave, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Liev Schreiber.

 

MACHETE KILLS

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

The sequel to “Machete” – well-received by action fans and critics alike – must up the ante on the camp, blood and body count. The antihero Machete (Danny Trejo) tries to take down billionaire arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), who’s planning to launch weapons in space to ignite a war. Machete is recruited by the President of the United States – played by Charlie Sheen – we’re not kidding – for the mission, because it “would be impossible for any mortal man.” Directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lady Gaga. (Still not kidding.)

 

METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

Not your average behind-the-scenes music doc. Dane DeHaan plays Trip, a roadie for Metallica who’s tasked with a do-or-die assignment during a concert. Easy, right? Wrong. After a dry spell, the metal masters got their shit together; here they bare their souls a bit. And special effects are awesome. With original members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.

 

PARKLAND

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

Opening as the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, the film examines the chaotic events on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. Told from multiple perspectives, the historical drama looks at the alleged gunman’s escape from the FBI, the actions of doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson’s ascendancy to president, and an amateur’s filming of the tragedy. Directed by Peter Landesman, it co-stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy Strong and Marcia Gay Harden.

 

THE PATIENCE STONE

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

A 30something woman tends to her severely wounded husband in a Middle Eastern land ravaged by war. He's essentially a vegetable, and the young wife (Golshifteh Farahani) begins to share her deepest thoughts with the unresponsive older man, which makes him a magic stone, a protecting amulet in Persian mythology.

 

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.

 

RIDDICK

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is left for dead – you know how that usually goes – and faces an alien race of predators and bounty hunters who want him dead in the franchise that started with 2000’s “Pitch Black.” Co-starring Karl Urban and Jordi Molla. Directed by David Twohy.

 

ROMEO AND JULIET

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

We all know the story: two love-struck kids try to stay together despite their families' sworn enmity. Co-starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Christian Cooke as Mercutio.

 

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). Ivan recruits Richie (not knowing Richie thinks Ivan cheated him) to work for his gambling empire, but the stakes get higher when the feds want Richie to help bust Ivan. Directed by Brad Furman, the drama co-stars Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie.

 

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; he comes from money, and uses it, along with his vast knowledge of racing, to build the fastest car possible.

 

SURGE

Rated PG

This high-energy interactive movie theater event fuses music, comedy and inspirational messages; 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theater St. Augustine and AMC Orange Park.

 

WE’RE THE MILLERS

3 stars

Rated R

Small-time drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) uses the “perfect family” façade when he’s offered $100,000 to bring back “a little bit” of weed from Mexico. The family includes stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), latchkey teenager Kenny (Will Poulter) and homeless teen Casey (Emma Roberts). Sudeikis has great one-liners, Aniston unfurls a edgy/sexy/funny performance like her role in “Horrible Bosses.”

 

OTHER FILMS

IDEAS & IMAGES

The National Endowment for the Humanities' African-American film series begins with "The Abolitionists" screened 7 p.m. at Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, free, 819-6282, flagler.edu/our-community.

 

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATRE

“Gravity: An IMAX 3D Experience,” “Great White Shark 3D” and “Tornado Alley 3D” are screened along with “The Last Reef 3D” and “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theatre, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com.

 

SUN-RAY CINEMA

Jacksonville native and producer Aimee Schoof appears for a question-and-answer session after the opening night screening of “Blue Caprice,” 7:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $9, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. Dr. LowFi presents "The Kindred," 11:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Professors Nick DeVillers and Duncan Barlow present Horror Trope Bingo with "Rosemary's Baby" 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Green Day's "Broadway Idiot" runs Oct. 24. Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES

“Red II” and "Smurfs 2" screen at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.  

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