MOVIES

Oct. 2-8 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

Divorced mom Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) begins a relationship with Albert (James Gandolfini). Then, Eva finds reason to question the budding romance in “Enough Said,” a comedy directed by Nicole Holofcener. The film opens Oct. 4 at Sun-Ray Cinema.
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Ivan Block (Ben Affleck, left) convinces Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) to stay in Costa Rica and assume a leadership role in Block’s online gambling empire in “Runner Runner,” directed by Brad Furman.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   JON STEWART

3 stars   JIMMY FALLON

2 stars   JIMMY KIMMEL

1 star   JAY LENO

 

NOW SHOWING

2 GUNS

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington), working for the government to infiltrate a dangerous drug cartel, are forced to team up when their mission goes awry.

 

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

4 stars

Rated PG-13

You know their voices, but not their names. Director Morgan Neville puts the spotlight on the backup singers of some of the most well-known performers in this documentary that examines their sacrifices and hard work. Co-starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer.

 

2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS

Sun-Ray Cinema

Short films are featured, including fiction, documentary and animation. Check with Sun-Ray for shorts' times and dates.

 

BAGGAGE CLAIM

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

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. They’re exes for a reason, Montana.

 

BATTLE OF THE YEAR

1 STAR

Rated PG-13

The battle referred to is for dancing, as gutsy and talented Americans dance against the best dancers in the world. This is almost as pointless as that yacht-racing thing everybody salivates about every winter.

 

BLUE JASMINE

3 stars

Rated PG-13

Director Woody Allen elicits a stellar performance from Cate Blanchett in his drama showcasing characters bent on self-destruction. Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Andrew Dice Clay, who’s gotten some positive reviews for his turn in this much-ballyhooed film.

 

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 yet ubiquitous Neal Patrick Harris.

 

DEF LEPPARD VIVA! HYSTERIA CONCERT

The enduring hair band kills it over nine concerts at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Café last spring. Screening one night only at Cinemark Tinseltown and Regal Avenues, 8 p.m. Oct. 2.

 

DESPICABLE ME 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is a heinous villain who becomes a spy, from bad guy to dad to raise three adopted daughters. The Minions (voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) steal the whole thing.

 

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, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly and Brie Larson. Whose parents named her after a smelly cheese.

 

ELYSIUM

3 stars

Rated R

It’s 2154, and Earth, where the 99 percenters live, is a mess. The air’s polluted, garbage is everywhere. The aristocrats live on Elysium, a circular spaceship oasis just outside Earth’s atmosphere. It’s an idyllic structure, made to look like the paradises of yesteryear. Max (Matt Damon) is planning to take down Elysium and bring equality to Earth in the dystopian sci-fi from director Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”).

 

ENOUGH SAID

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Oct. 4 at Sun-Ray Cinema

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 is going away to college. They meet, begin dating and really click. Then 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.

 

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 clearly in his element.

 

GENERATION IRON

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

This documentary, produced by the same folks who made “Pumping Iron” way back in 1977, covers much of the same territory, following really big men as they train for the Mr. Olympia competition. Bodybuilders of old (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno) and new (Phil Heath, Kai Greene) are featured.

 

GRACE UNPLUGGED

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG • Opens Oct. 3

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 • Opens Oct. 4

Reviewed in this issue.

 

GROWN UPS 2

1 STAR

Rated PG-13

Lenny (Adam Sandler) learns crazy follows everywhere when he moves his family back to his hometown to be with friends Marcus (David Spade), Kurt (Chris Rock) and Eric (Kevin James). The four adults relive the last day of school through their kids’ experiences.

 

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.

 

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 the special effects are said to be awesome. With original band members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.

 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

2 stars

Rated PG-13

This fantasy-adventure film co-stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

 

ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US

1 STAR

Rated PG

OMG! Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis and that scamp Harry sing to a massive crowd on the edge of hysteria at the O2 Arena in London. We see their incredible leap from unknowns into the white-hot spotlight as the lads succeed beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

 

PARKLAND

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Oct. 4

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 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.

 

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).

 

PHATA POSTER NIKLA HERO

2 stars

Not Rated

The Bollywood film, co-starring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana, is in Hindi.

 

PLANES

2 stars

Rated PG

Watching this Disney movie, you realize you liked it better the first and second times you saw it when it was called “Cars,” then “Cars 2.” The film, only moderately and occasionally funny, does offer a nice message of believing you can do more than what you think you’re capable of, but “Planes” sputters when it needs to soar.

 

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.

 

RUNNER RUNNER

2 stars

Rated R • Opens Oct. 4

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.

 

SHORT TERM 12

3 1/2 stars

Rated R • Sun-Ray Cinema

At a foster-care facility, Grace (Brie Larson) helps troubled kids; she and her boyfriend, who also works there, counsel and guide kids who have nowhere else to go. Co-starring John Gallagher Jr., Frantz Turner and Kaitlyn Deaver.

 

STILL MINE

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

Based on a true story, this is about Craig Morrison (James Cromwell’s first lead role) who plans to build a suitable house for his ill wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold). Building codes, officials and jail deter him, as he takes a stand in this drama directed by Michael McGowan.

 

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.”

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG

The classic 1939 black-and-white – and fabulous Technicolor, once we get to Oz – fantasy gets the IMAX treatment. Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, it’s based on L. Frank Baum’s stories of a young farm girl who travels to a faraway land only to learn there’s no place like home. Click your heels and repeat after me …

 

THE WOLVERINE

3 stars

Rated PG-13

Logan (Hugh Jackman) learns being a warrior without a cause isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Called to Japan, he begins a journey to face his own mortality.

 

THE WORLD’S END

2 stars

Rated R

In this British comedy, one man fondly recalls a pub crawl his mates hold in considerably less esteem. Twenty years ago, Gary (Simon Pegg), Ollie (Martin Freeman), Pete (Eddie Marsan), Steve (Paddy Considine) and Andy (Nick Frost) tried to down a pint of ale at 12 pubs in a one-mile stretch of town. They didn’t finish the run and now Gary wants to make it right. The problem? Alien robots have taken over the bodies of the townspeople.

 

OTHER FILMS

C.O.G.

Humorist and diarist David Sedaris is damn funny — we've laughed aloud reading his many books and short stories from his crazy <<real>> life. Writer and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez has made this comedy-drama based on one of Sedaris' stories, about David (Jonathan Groff), a self-impressed young man who's signed on to work at an Oregon apple farm with his best friend Jennifer (Troian Bellisario). She bails, he goes alone … with an attitude that he's an intellectual among cretins. Not a good place to come from when you're out in the elements among people with fierce pruning shears. 7:15 p.m. Oct. 3 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

 

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATRE

“The Wizard of Oz,” “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.

 

LATITUDE CINEGRILLE

“World War Z” is currently screened at Latitude 30 CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside, 365-5555.

 

DONNIE DARKO WITH RICHARD KELLY

As part of The Talkies series, director Richard Kelly provides live commentary during a screening of his 2001 film “Donnie Darko,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Sun-Ray Cinema. See it without commentary the night before, 9:15 p.m. Oct. 11; tickets $29.50 for admission to both screenings; 359-0047, sunraycinema.com. o

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