September 26, 2013

At the Movies

Opening: 'Baggage Claim' / 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' / 'Don Jon' / 'Rush' / 'Clean Guys of Comedy Encore' / 'Metallica: Through the Never'


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Steve the Monkey, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris; Flint Lockwood, voiced by Bill Hader; and Sam Sparks, voiced by Anna Faris, in a scene from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” opening this week.

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"THE MINISTER," directed by Pierre Schoeller, 2011. A career politician walks a tightrope between ethics and ambition in this drama. Bertrand Saint-Jean is the French minister of transportation, a man who entered his career in public service as an idealist intending to use his position to help others and serve the people with honor. Years later, Saint-Jean has come to view politics as a matter of image and gamesmanship, and while he strives to rise above the more corrupt aspects of his profession, he's a man who often looks to how an action will benefit himself rather than the people. As Saint-Jean deals with the day-to-day particulars of his job, he's facing a larger issue -- a campaign to privatize France's train stations is afoot, and while Saint-Jean is convinced it's a bad idea that would have a negative impact on the nation's rail system, he also believes who is perceived as the "winner" is just as important as what's the right thing to do. As Saint-Jean wrestles with the privatization issue, he's also reminded that he's neglecting his family. In French with English subtitles. Rated R. 1:55

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


BRIDGTON TWIN DRIVE-IN, 383 Portland Road, Bridgton; 647-8666. $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.

Friday-Sunday, Screen 1: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (PG); "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" (PG)

Screen 2: Closed for season

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)

Friday-Sunday: "We're the Millers" (R); "The Conjuring" (R)

"BAGGAGE CLAIM" (PG-13) (1:36) Stars Paula Patton, Taye Diggs and Derek Luke. Directed by David E. Talbert. In order to avoid being the only unwed family member, Montana begins a 30-day, 30,000 mile expedition to charm a possible suitor into becoming her fiance.

Opening at: Cinemagic Westbrook

"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.

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

"DON JON" (R) (1:30) Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Tony Danza. Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A man works to find intimacy and happiness with his potential true love after developing unrealistic expectations from watching porn.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic Westbrook

"RUSH" (R) (2:03) Stars Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde and Natalie Dormer. Directed by Ron Howard. The 1970s intense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda is re-created in this sports drama based on actual events.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nickelodeon (Portland); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic Westbrook; Smitty's (Biddeford)

"CLEAN GUYS OF COMEDY ENCORE" (PG-13) (1:05) Stars Dave Coulier, Jamie Kennedy, Heather McDonald and Ralph Louis Harris. Adult but clean comedy performance by several comedians.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland)

"METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER" (R) (1:33) Stars James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Dane DeHaan. Directed by Nimrod Antal. During a concert, a roadie is sent on an urgent mission that turns into a surreal adventure.

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


"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.

"AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS" (R) (1:36) Stars Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. Directed by David Lowery. An escaped outlaw braves the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

"BATTLE OF THE YEAR" (PG-13) (1:49) Stars Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz. Directed by Benson Lee. Competition featuring the best dance teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in 15 years. A team is formed to bring the trophy back to America where it started.

"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.

"CLOSED CIRCUIT" (R) (1:36) Stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent and Ciaran 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.

"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.

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