August 29, 2013

At the Movies

'One Direction: This is Us' / 'Getaway' / 'Closed Circuit' / 'The Spectacular Now'


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Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in a scene from “Blue Jasmine.”

Sony Pictures Classics

Roadside Attractions

Sarah Polley behind the camera in “Stories We Tell.”


"STORIES WE TELL," documentary, PG-13, 1:48. In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer-director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. "Stories We Tell" explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.

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


SACO DRIVE-IN, 969 Portland Road, Saco; 284-1016. Gates open at 7 p.m. $15/carload.

Thursday: "Grown Ups 2" (PG-13); "2 Guns" (R)

Friday-Sunday: "Red 2" (PG-13); "The Conjuring" (R)

BRIDGTON TWIN DRIVE-IN, 383 Portland Road, Bridgton; 647-8666. Admission prices are for only one screen. $7.50/12 and older; $5/5 to 11 years; free/4

and under. Minimum charge of $15 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. Cash only.

Thursday, Screen 1: "The Wolverine" (PG-13); "The Conjuring" (R)

Friday-Sunday, Screen 1: "Turbo" (PG); "Planes" (PG); "Iron Man 3" (PG-13)

Thursday, Screen 2: "Despicable Me 2" (PG); "Monsters University" (G)

Friday-Sunday, Screen 2: "We're the Millers" (R); "2 Guns" (R); "This is the End" (R)

PRIDES CORNER DRIVE-IN, 651 Bridgton Road, Westbrook; 797-3154. Gates open at 7 p.m. $15/carload (Four max, $5 for each additional person)

Thursday: "Planes" (PG); "2 Guns" (R)

Friday-Wednesday: "Dispicable Me 2" (PG); "Monsters University" (PG)

"ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US" (PG) (1:32) Stars Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan. Directed by Morgan Spurlock. Concert movie and look at the group's rise to fame after competing on " X-Factor."

Opening at: Brunswick 10 (also in 3D) Thursday-Friday; Nordica (Freeport) (also in 3D) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) (also in 3D) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook (also in 3D) Friday-Wednesday; Smitty's (Biddeford) Thursday-Wednesday; Smitty's (Sanford) Thursday-Wednesday; Smitty's (Windham) Thursday-Wednesday

"GETAWAY" (PG-13) (1:34) Stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight and Paul Freeman. Directed by Courtney Solomon. Former race-car driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain. He commandeers a young woman's car and takes her on a high-speed race against time.

Opening at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Friday-Wednesday 

"CLOSED CIRCUIT" (R) (1:36) Stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent and Ciar?Hinds. Directed by John Crowley. Two ex-lovers are unexpectedly working together on a high-profile terrorism case, testing their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.

Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Friday-Wednesday

"THE SPECTACULAR NOW" (R) (1:35) Stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Kyle Chandler. Directed by James Ponsoldt. A different type of "nice girl" changes the philosophy of a hard-partying high school senior.

Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Friday-Wednesday


"2 GUNS" (R) (1:49) Stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton and Bill Paxton. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur. A botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel finds a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer on the run, but neither knew the other was an undercover agent.

Showing at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Smitty's (Windham) Friday-Wednesday

"BLUE JASMINE" (PG-13) (1:38) Stars Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins. Directed by Woody Allen. A life crisis causes a vapid and narcissistic socialite to head to San Francisco, where she tries to reconnect with her sister.

Showing at: Eveningstar (Brunswick) Thursday-Wednesday; Nickelodeon (Portland) Thursday-Wednesday

"THE CONJURING" (R) (1:52) Stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston. Directed by James Wan. Paranormal investigators are forced to confront a powerful entity, and their most terrifying case, when they try to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

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

"DESPICABLE ME 2" (PG) (1:38) Animated with the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove. Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday

"ELYSIUM" (R) (1:49), Stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and Alice Braga. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. In 2154, the very wealthy live on a space station, and the rest of the population lives on a ruined Earth. One man leads a mission to bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Showing at: Brunswick 10 Thursday; Nickelodeon (Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Nordica (Freeport) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco (also in IMAX 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Smitty's (Biddeford) Thursday-Wednesday; Smitty's (Windham) Thursday-Tuesday

"GROWN UPS 2" (PG-13) (1:41) Stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Lenny moves his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, only to discover that sometimes crazy follows you.

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