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Sept. 25-Oct. 1 Movies Calendar

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Cutline: A jazz orchestra teacher (J.K. Simmons) unloads on a novice drummer in director Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash,” a Sundance jury winner. It’s one of eight short films in the “Sundance Film Festival Short Films” program opening Sept. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   2 DAYS IN PARIS

3 stars   21 GRAMS

2 stars   200 CIGARETTES

1 star   2012

 


NOW SHOWING

2 GUNS

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) have been working for the government for more than a year to infiltrate a dangerous drug cartel. They’re forced to team up when their mission goes awry.

 

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

4 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Sept. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema

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

Opens

Sept. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema

Eight short films are featured, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. "The Date," Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction, Jenni Toivoniemi, Finland, 8 minutes; "Whiplash," Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction, Damien Chazelle, USA, 17 minutes; "Skinningrove," Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction, Michael Almereyda, USA, 15 minutes; "Until the Quiet Comes," Short Film Special Jury Award, Kahlil Joseph, USA, 4 minutes; "Irish Folk Furniture," Short Film Jury Award: Animation, Tony Donoghue, Ireland, 8 minutes; "The Event," Julia Pott, USA/United Kingdom, 4 minutes; "Jonah," Kibwe Tavares, Tanzania/United Kingdom, 20 minutes and "K.I.T.", Michelle Morgan, USA, 15 minutes. Check with Sun-Ray for times and dates.

 

AUSTENLAND

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

A little Jane Austen goes a long way for most folks, but Jane Hayes (Keri Russell) is just plain obsessed. There’s a Jane Austen theme park in England, where she goes to find some version of Mr. Darcy, the hero of “Pride and Prejudice,” a fictional character who holds the yardstick by which she measures all beaus. Co-starring JJ Feild, the outrageous Jennifer Coolidge and Bret McKenzie.

 

BAGGAGE CLAIM

Rated PG-13

Opens Sept. 27

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

1/2 STAR

Rated PG-13

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

 

CLOSED CIRCUIT

1 1/2 stars

Rated R

There are a lot of cameras recording 24/7 in public places all over England and a deadly terrorist attack has been caught on film. Two members of the team (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) defending an accused spy were once lovers, but that’s not the biggest problem with this mystery/thriller – poor editing is.

 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

Opens Sept. 27

Reviewed in this issue.

 

C.O.G.

3 stars

Rated R

Opens Sept. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema

In the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young Yale student (Jonathan Groff) moves to work at an apple farm in Oregon and has many of his worldviews picked apart.

 

THE CONJURING

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and her husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) have investigated paranormal occurrences a long time, but when they get called to a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, they encounter their most horrifying case. A family desperately needs help before violent ghosts destroy them.

 

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, hitting the dating scene to find a suitable mom. The Minions (voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin) steal the whole thing.

 

DON JON

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

Opens Sept. 27

Reviewed in this issue.

 

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”).

 

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.

 

GETAWAY

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

Brent (Ethan Hawke), a former racecar driver, is forced into a mission to save his kidnapped wife. The Kid (Selena Gomez), a young hacker, is along for the ride while Brent takes orders from the unknown criminal (Jon Voight), who is watching all the action through cameras mounted on the car.

 

GRACE UNPLUGGED

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.

 

THE GRANDMASTER

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

This lush, beautifully filmed (by cinematographer Philipe Le Sourd) movie is based on the true story of Ip Man (Tony Leung), a Chinese martial arts wizard who excelled at his craft – so much so, he was Bruce Lee’s mentor and teacher. Co-starring Zhang Ziyi and directed by Wong Kar Wai. In Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.

 

GRAND MASTI

1 1/2 stars

Not Rated

This college reunion comedy, co-starring Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani, is not up to Bollywood’s usual standards.

 

GROWN UPS 2

1/2 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

This sequel picks up right where “Insidious” left off. 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 his daughter Maggie (Loreto Peralta) find their happy little 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

Rated R

Opens Sept. 27

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. But the special effects are said to be awesome. With James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, 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

1/2 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.

 

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.

 

RUSH

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

Opens Sept. 27

Reviewed in this issue.

 

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.

 

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE

2 1/2 stars

Not Rated

No matter the language or location, love is a challenge around the world. In Hindi.

 

SMURFS 2

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG

At it again, the Smurfs enter the humans’ world to help Smurfette (Katy Perry) escape Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Gargamel created the Naughties to help him harness the Smurf-essence, but he learns the only way to get it is with a spell only Smurfette knows.

 

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

4 stars

Rated R

This film, directed by James Ponsoldt, captures the experience of being a teenager with exquisite honesty and grace. Unlikely couple Sutter (Miles Teller) and Aimee (Shailene Woodley) are real people with real problems, leading lives of hardship, awkwardness and angst.

 

STILL MINE

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

Opens Sept. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema

In James Cromwell’s first lead role and based on a true story, Craig Morrison (Cromwell) makes plans to build a more suitable house for his ill wife Irene (Genevieve Bujold). Building codes, officials and jail time stand in his way, as he takes a stand in this drama, directed by Michael McGowan.

 

THIS IS THE END

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

It’s a wild party at James Franco’s house with all his rowdy friends drinking and ingesting substances. Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Franco play themselves in the crazy comedy. As a party is in full swing, the apocalypse dawns. Sinkholes, raging fires and vicious demons outside leave the dudes stuck inside the house with limited “supplies.”

 

THE ULTIMATE LIFE

2 stars

Rated PG

Jason Stevens (Logan Bartholomew) faces lawsuits from his extended family while running his grandfather’s foundation. His beloved Alexia (Ali Hills) departs on a mission trip to Haiti. Jason discovers his grandfather’s journal and is transported to 1941, where he’s reminded of what’s important in life. Co-starring Peter Fonda and Bill Cobbs; directed by Michael Landon Jr.

 

WE’RE THE MILLERS

3 stars

Rated R

Small-time drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) uses the “perfect family” façade after he’s offered $100,000 to bring back “a little bit” of weed from Mexico. The perfect family includes stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), likable latchkey teenager Kenny (Will Poulter) and homeless teen Casey (Emma Roberts). Sudeikis delivers great one-liners and Aniston unfurls another edgy/sexy/funny performance in the same vein as 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, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, the fantasy is based on a novel by L. Frank Baum's stories of a young farm girl who travels to a faraway land only to learn that there's no place like home. Click your heels and repeat after me …

 

THE WOLVERINE

3 stars

Rated PG-13

Logan (Hugh Jackman) learns that being a warrior without a cause isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. When he gets 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 but his mates hold it in considerably less esteem. Twenty years ago, Gary (Simon Pegg), Ollie (Martin Freeman), Pete (Eddie Marsan), Steve (Paddy Considine) and Andy (Nick Frost) attempted to down a pint of ale at each of the 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.

 

YOU’RE NEXT

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

A happy family reunion becomes a violent crime and then a case of serious counterattack in this thriller, directed by Adam Wingard.

 

OTHER FILMS

 

DEF LEPPARD VIVA HYSTERIA CONCERT

The enduring hair band kills it over nine concerts at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Café last spring. 8 p.m. Oct. 2.

 

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.

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