February 14, 2013

At the Movies

Opening: 'A Good Day to Die Hard' / 'Beautiful Creatures' / 'Safe Haven' / 'Escape from Planet Earth' / 'Amour' / 'Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto'


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Bruce Willis, left, and Jai Courtney are father and son John and Jack McClane in the latest in the “Die Hard” action series, “A Good Day to Die Hard.”

20th Century Fox


"56 UP," directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond, 2012. Starting in 1964 with "Seven Up," the "Up" series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn 56, more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. NR. 2:24

Showing at: Portland Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

"A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD" (R) (1:37) Stars Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directed by John Moore. John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, only to discover that he is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist.

Opening at: Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 2, 4:20, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Wed 2, 4:20, 7:15; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:20; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12 (IMAX), 12:30, 2:20 (IMAX), 2:50, 4:45 (IMAX), 5:05, 7:15 (IMAX), 7:30, 9:30 (IMAX), 9:45; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 11:50, 12:10, 2:10, 2:25, 4:30, 4:45, 7:10, 7:30, 9:30, 9:50

"BEAUTIFUL CREATURES" (PG-13) (2:04) Stars Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Alden Ehrenreich. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30; Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:50; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs-Wed 1:20, 4, 7, 9:40; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 1, 4, 7, 9:40; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12, 3:10, 6:50, 9:40

"SAFE HAVEN" (PG-13) (1:55) Stars Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders and David Lyons. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, N.C., where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Opening at: Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15 Mon-Wed 1, 3:50, 6:40; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 1, 3:30, 7, 9:30; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:30, 3:40, 7, 9:45

"ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH" (PG) (1:55) Stars Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and Rob Corddry. Directed by Cal Brunker. Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

Opening at: Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 1:10, 3:40 (3D), 6:30 (3D), 9 Mon-Wed 1:10, 3:40 (3D), 6:30 (3D); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Fri-Wed 11:40, 2, 4:10, 7:10, 9:20 (3D); Cinemagic Saco Fri-Wed 12 (3D), 2:05, 5:10 (3D), 7:15, 9:20 (3D); Cinemagic Westbrook Fri-Wed 11:50, 2 (3D), 4:20 (3D), 6:50 (3D), 9

"AMOUR" (PG-13) (1:55) Stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. Directed by Michael Haneke. Georges and Anne, retired music teachers, are in their 80s. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Opening at: Eveningstar (Brunswick) Fri-Sat 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4, 6:30; Nickelodeon (Portland) Fri-Wed 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10

"METROPOLITAN OPERA: RIGOLETTO" (NR) (1:55) Stars Piotr Beczala and Zeljko Lucic. Directed by Michael Mayer and Michele Mariotti. A new production of Verdi's tragedy set in Las Vegas in 1960. This version was inspired by the antics of the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his tragic sidekick.

Opening at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Sat 12:55


"ARGO" (R) (2:00) Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Directed by Ben Affleck. As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA specialist develops a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

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