OPENING THIS WEEK
“DIVERGENT” (PG-13) (2:19) Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet and Jai Courtney. Directed by Neil Burger. In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. She discovers a plot to destroy Divergents and must find out what makes them dangerous before it’s too late.
Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nickelodeon (Portland); Nordica (Freeport); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco) (also in IMAX); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)
“MUPPETS MOST WANTED” (PG) (1:52) Stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and Steve Whitmire. Directed by James Bobin. The Muppets are on a world tour when they find themselves caught up in a jewel-heist that is headed by Constantine, a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his evil sidekick.
Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nordica (Freeport); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford)
MAINE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: 17th annual festival featuring 22 films being shown Saturday through March 29 at several locations and times. Venues include Nickelodeon, Portland; Railroad Square, Waterville; Frontier, Brunswick; The Strand, Rockland; Bangor Opera House, Portland Museum of Art, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Portland; and Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Augusta. For the full schedule and ticket information, go to mjff.org.
“THE ROYAL BALLET: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY” (NR) (2:55) Stars Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae. A wicked fairy curses baby Princess Aurora, but the good Lilac Fairy softens the curse to a sleep of 100 years and only a prince’s kiss can break the spell.
Showing Thursday only at: Brunswick 10
• SPECIAL SHOWINGS
”ELTON JOHN: THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO,” (NR) (2:00) Sir Elton John live from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Showing Wednesday only at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland)
“THE TEMPEST” Encore (NR) (2:30) Stars Christopher Plummer and Geraint Wyn Davies. Part one of the live performance of Shakespeare’s classic.
Showing Thursday only at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco)
• ALSO SHOWING
“3 DAYS TO KILL” (PG 13) (1:53) Stars Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen and Amber Heard. Directed by McG. While trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, a dying Secret Service agent is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in return for one last assignment.
“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.
“300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE” (R) (1:42) Stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Hans Matheson. Directed by Noam Murro. Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, the commander of the Persian navy. Based on Frank Miller’s novel “Xerxes.”
“AMERICAN HUSTLE” (R) (2:18) Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by David Russell. A con man, along with his seductive British partner, work with a wild FBI agent who pushes them into a world of power brokers and mafia.
“ANCHORMAN 2: SUPERSIZED” (PG 13) (1:43) Stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate.
“ENDLESS LOVE” (PG 13) (1:43) Stars Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood and Robert Patrick. Directed by Shana Feste. A young couple’s love affair becomes more reckless when her parents try to keep them apart.
“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.
“THE LEGO MOVIE” (PG) (1:40) Stars Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry and Alison Brie. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Mistakenly thought to be the MasterBuilder, an ordinary LEGO minifigure joins a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.
“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.”
“THE MONUMENTS MEN” (PG-13) (1:58) Stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett. Directed by George Clooney. A World War II platoon must rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
“MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN” (PG) (1:32) Animated. Stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann. Directed by Rob Minkoff. The time-travelling adventures of the world’s the most accomplished dog and his adopted son continue when Sherman accidentally rips a hole in the universe and it must be fixed before all history is altered.
“NEED FOR SPEED” (PG 13) (2:10) Stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi and Imogen Poots. Directed by Scott Waugh. A former street racer joins a cross-country race hoping to avenge his being framed by a wealthy business associate that resulted in his being sent to prison. As the race begins, a huge bounty is placed on his head.
“NON-STOP” (PG 13) (1:46) Stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o and Anson Mount. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. After receiving a series of text messages that puts those on a trans-Atlantic flight in danger, an air marshal springs into action when demands are made to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account.
“POMPEII” (PG 13) (1:45) Stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. As if it isn’t enough that Mount Vesuvius is erupting and destroying Pompeii, a former slave who has become a gladiator races to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator.
“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.
“ROBOCOP” (PG 13) (2:01) Stars Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. Directed by José Padilha. When good cop Alex Murphy is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to create a part-man, part-robot police officer.
“SON OF GOD” (PG 13) (2:18) Stars Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Sebastian Knapp and Paul Knops. Directed by Christopher Spencer. The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
“TIM’S VERMEER” (PG 13) (1:20) Stars Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette and Colin Blakemore. Directed by Teller. Documentary film with inventor Tim Jenison, who investigates the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.
“TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB” (PG 13) (1:51) Stars Nia Long, Amy Smart and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Directed by Tyler Perry. A group of single mothers create a support group following an incident at their children’s school.
”THE WIND RISES” (PG 13) (2:06) Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (Original title: “Kaze tachinu”). An animated look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
“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.