November 21, 2013

At the Movies

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' / 'Dallas Buyers Club' / 'The Book Thief' / 'Frozen'

OPENING THIS WEEK

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Sophie Nelisse stars as a girl who finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others amid the horrors of World War II Germany in "The Book Thief."

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“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.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nickelodeon (Portland); Nickelodeon (Portland); Nordica (Freeport); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland);Cinemagic (Saco) (also in IMAX 3D); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)

“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 hilarious snowman, Olaf.

Opening at: Brunswick 10 (also in 3D); Cinemagic (Saco) (also in IMAX 3D); Cinemagic (Westbrook) (also in 3D)

“THE BOOK THIEF” (PG 13) (2:11) Stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse. Directed by Brian Percival. Young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others amid the horrors of World War II Germany, while a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

Opening at: Cinemagic (Saco) (also in IMAX 3D); Cinemagic (Westbrook)

“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (R) (1:57) Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. 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.

Opening at: Eveningstar (Brunswick); Nickelodeon (Portland); Cinemagic (Westbrook) 

“DELIVERY MAN” (PG-13) (1:43) Stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders and Jack Reynor. Directed by Ken Scott. An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nordica (Freeport); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)

“DOCTOR WHO: THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR” (NR) 50th-anniversary special screening celebrating the world’s longest-running sci-fi series with highlights from all incarnations of the iconic show.

Opening Monday only at: Brunswick 10 (also in 3D);

“AEROSMITH: ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN” (NR) (1:34) Stars Tom Hamilton, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Joey Kramer. Following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Aerosmith disregarded warnings to stay away and decided to help the people of Japan with their music.

Opening Tuesday only at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook)

“JEKYLL AND HYDE: THE MUSICAL” (NR) (2:29) Stars David Hasselhoff, Coleen Sexton, and Andrea Rivette. Directed by Don Roy King.

Musical version of the Robert Louis Stevenson story about a doctor who conducts an experiment on himself that results in his bringing out his dark, murderous side, Mr. Hyde.

Opening Thursday only at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook)

“THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE” (PG) (1:49) Stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen and Kenan Thompson. Directed by Rob Reiner. An alcoholic novelist has lost his drive and his nephew pushes him to summer in quiet Belle Isle, where he meets a single mom and her daughters who help him to write again.

Opening Monday only at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook)

“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 after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Opening at: Cinemagic (Westbrook)

NOW SHOWING

“ABOUT TIME” (R) (2:03) Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. Directed by Richard Curtis. Tim discovers he can time-travel and change what has happened in his own life, but his decision to get a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as he thought.

“ALL IS LOST” (PG-13) (1:40) Stars Robert Redford. Directed by J.C. Chandor. After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself facing mortality.

“BAD GRANDPA” (R) (1:32) Stars Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Spike Jonze and Georgina Cates. Directed by Jeff Tremaine. Irving Zisman, 86, takes his 8-year-old grandson on a journey across America.

“THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY” (R) (2:02) Stars Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa and Taye Diggs. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Fifteen years later, forgotten rivalries and romances are reignited when college friends get together over the holidays.

“BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR” (NC-17) (2:59) Stars Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Originally “La Vie d’Adèle.” Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In French with English subtitles.

“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (PG-13) (2:14) Stars Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Barkhad Abdirahman. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Based on the true story of Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the MV Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.

“CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2” (PG) (1:35) Animated, with the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Farris, Will Forte and Neil Patrick Harris. Directed by Dody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Flint Lockwood leaves his post at The Live Corp Company when he learns his most infamous machine is still working and turning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

“ENDER’S GAME” (PG-13) (1:54) Stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. Directed by Gavin Hood. The International Military needs someone to save the human race from an alien attack. Brilliant young Ender Wiggin is recruited and trained to lead a battle that will determine Earth’s future.

“ENOUGH SAID” (PG-13) (1:33) Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. A divorced woman decides to pursue the man she’s interested in but learns he’s the ex-husband of her new friend.

“FREE BIRDS” (PG-13) (1:31) Animated, with the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler and Amy Poehler. Directed by Jimmy Hayward. Two turkeys put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history by getting turkey off the holiday menu for good.

“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.

“LAST VEGAS” (PG-13) (1:45) Stars Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Three 60-something friends throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single buddy.

“THOR: THE DARK WORLD” (PG-13) (1:52) Stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgård. Directed by Alan Taylor. Thor begins a perilous journey when faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, and he sacrifices everything to save us all.

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” (R) (2:14) Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Directed by Steve McQueen. In Pre-Civil War in the United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery and struggles to stay alive. Based on a true story.

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