MOVIES

Oct. 9-15 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

Flagler College screens “The Abolitionists” (pictured) as the first film in the National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American film series Oct. 17 at Gamache-Koger Theater’s Ringhaver Student Center in St. Augustine.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW

3 stars   CAPTAIN MORGAN

2 stars   CAP’N CRUNCH

1 star   CAPTAIN KANGAROO

  

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.

 

ATHARINTIKI DAAREDI

3 1/2 stars

Not Rated

This comedy/drama, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, co-stars Pawan Kalyan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Pranitha. In Telugu.

 

BAGGAGE CLAIM

*G@@

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

G@@@

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.

 

BESHARAM

*G@@

Not Rated

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

 

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.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Oct. 11

Reviewed in this issue.

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

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.

 

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 • Opens Oct. 11

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 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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.” It's only moderately funny, sputtering 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

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. 9 and 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.”

 

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.

 

 

OTHER FILMS

D’OCTOBERFEST

Documentaries featured include “Good Ol’ Freda,” about The Beatles' secretary who worked for the Fab Four throughout their too-short career; “Blackfish, examining the consequences of keeping a killer whale in captivity; “Man on Wire,” about Philippe Petit’s illegal high-wire act atop the World Trade Center; “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” “Rejoice & Shout” and “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story.” Oct. 11-13, Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, $8 for one film, $40 for early-bird pass (first two screenings each day) 206-2607, check ameliaflt.org for schedule.

 

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.

 

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.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES

“Red II” screens at Latitude 30’s movie theater, CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.

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