OPENING THIS WEEK
“LABOR DAY” (PG 13)(1:51) Stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Clark Gregg. Directed by Jason Reitman. Single mom Adele and her son give a wounded, fearsome man a ride but learn that police are searching for the escaped convict. The mother and son gradually learn his true story while their options become more and more limited.
Opening at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)
“THAT AWKWARD MOMENT” (R) (1:34) Stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Imogen Poots. Directed by Tom Gormican. Three friends find themselves at that point in every dating relationship when decisions about proceeding need to be made.
Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nordica (Freeport); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)
• SPECIAL SHOWINGS
“GIUSEPPE VERDI’S “AIDA” FROM ARENA DI VERONA” (NR) (2:35) Aida is sad since the victory of Radamès, whom she loves, must mean the defeat of her father, the king of Ethiopia, who has taken up arms to free her from slavery in Egypt. It gets a lot more complicated since Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh is also in love with Radamès and has the power to manipulate the outcome.
Showing Thursday only at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco)
STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S “COMPANY” (NR) (2:30) Stars Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone. Relationships are examined as five married couples help their friend, a perpetual bachelor, celebrate his 35th birthday but all have various opinions about his lifestyle.
Showing Thursday only at: Cinemagic (Westbrook)
“12 YEARS A SLAVE” (R) (2:14) Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Directed by Steve McQueen. In upstate New York before the Civil War, Solomon Northup, a free black man, is abducted, sold into slavery and struggles to stay alive. Based on a true story.
“AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (R) (2:01) Stars Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney and Julia Roberts. Directed by John Wells. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family who have returned to their Oklahoma home to deal with a family crisis and the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
“AMERICAN HUSTLE” (R) (2:18) Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by David Russell. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, work with a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
“ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES” (PG 13) (1:59) Stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. Directed by Adam McKay. Ron Burgundy returns to the news desk with his co-anchor and wife Veronica Corningstone, weatherman Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind, ready to take the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm, but not so classy.
“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (R) (1:57) Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Based on the story of hard-living Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in the mid-1980s, and his battles with the medical field and pharmaceutical companies while searching for alternative treatments.
“DEVIL’S DUE” (R)(1:29) Stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Sam Anderson and Roger Payano. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. A newlywed couple deals with an unexpectedly early pregnancy that seems to be creating dark changes to the wife’s body and mind.
“FROZEN” (PG) (1:42) Animated with the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel. Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in a race to find Anna’s sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Along the way they encounter severe conditions and the zany snowman, Olaf.
Also showing: “Frozen in Summer,” sing-a-long with Olaf.
“GRAVITY” (PG-13) (1:30) Stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris and Orto Ignatiussen. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
“HER” (R) (2:06) Stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Spike Jonze. A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
“THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” (PG-13) (2:41) Stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ken Stott. Directed by Peter Jackson. The longstanding quest to reclaim their homeland, Erebor, has the dwarves, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey continuing their adventure, and Bilbo is in possession of a mysterious magical ring.
“THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE” (PG 13) (2:26) Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games starts a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
“I, FRANKENSTEIN” (PG 13) (1:33) Stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Virginie Le Brun. Directed by Stuart Beattie. Dr. Frankenstein’s creation is caught in a centuries-old war between two immortal clans.
“INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS” (R) (1:45) Stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund. Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. A young singer tackles the Greenwich Village folk scene during a week in 1961.
“JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT” (PG-13) (1:45) Stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Young CIA analyst Jack Ryan uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
“THE LEGEND OF HERCULES” (PG-13) (1:38) Stars Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins and Roxanne McKee. Directed by Renny Harlin. The mythical Greek hero, son of Zeus, is betrayed by his stepfather the king and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love. Hercules must choose to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny.
“LONE SURVIVOR” (R) (2:01) Stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch. Directed by Peter Berg. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were assigned to capture or kill the notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Based on the failed 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings.”
“NEBRASKA” (R) (1:55) Stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb. Directed by Alexander Payne. An aging, booze-addled father and his estranged son travel from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
“THE NUT JOB” (PG) (1:25) Animated with the voices of stars Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Directed by Peter Lepeniotis. Surly, the curmudgeonly squirrel, is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city, where he discovers Maury’s Nut Store just as winter approaches.
“PHILOMENA” R) (1:34) Stars Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Mare Winningham. Directed by Stephen Frears. A journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades earlier.
“RIDE ALONG” (PG-13) (1:39) Stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter and John Leguizamo. Directed by Tim Story. Ben, a fast-talking security guard, goes on police patrol in Atlanta with his brother-in-law James, all to prove himself worthy of marrying James’ sister.
”SAVING MR. BANKS” (PG 13) (2:05) Stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley and Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, “Mary Poppins.”
“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY” (PG) (1:55) Stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott. Directed by Ben Stiller. A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies. When his job is threatened, he takes action in the real world, embarking on an extraordinary adventure.
“THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” (R) ( 3:00) Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne and Jon Favreau. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise as a stockbroker to his fall involving crime, corruption and the government.