December 12, 2013

At the Movies

Opening: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ / ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ / ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’

OPENING

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Will Farrell, left, as Ron Burgundy and Steve Carell as Brick Tamland in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," opening Wednesday.

“THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” (PG-13) (2:41) Stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ken Stott. Directed by Peter Jackson. The long-standing quest to reclaim their homeland, Erebor, has the dwarves, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey continuing their adventure, and Bilbo is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

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

“ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES” (PG 13) (1:59) Stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. Directed by Adam McKay. Ron Burgundy returns to the news desk with his co-anchor and wife Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind, ready to take the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm, but not so classy.

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

“TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS” (PG 13) (1:45) Stars Tyler Perry, Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter and Larry the Cable Guy. Directed by Tyler Perry. Madea helps a friend undertake a surprise Christmas visit to the friend’s daughter, who lives in the country.

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

SPECIAL SHOWINGS

“THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” (PG 13)

Opening Thursday only at: Brunswick 10 (Hobbit Marathon in HFR 3D); Nordica (Freeport) (in 3D)

“PUTTING IT TOGETHER: A MUSICAL REVIEW” (NR) (1:36) Stars Carol Burnett, George Hearn.

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

“THE POLAR EXPRESS“ (G)

Showing Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday only at: Smitty’s (Biddeford), Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)

“THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: FALSTAFF” (NR) (3:20) Stars Ambrogio Maestri, Stephanie Blythe, Lisett Oropesa, Angela Meade and Jennifer Johnson Cano. Directed by Robert Carsen. Giuseppe Verdi’s final comic opera presented live in HD. The blustery Sir John Falstaff intends to seduce two wealthy women in order to stabilize his finances. The women learn of the plan and arrange a plot of revenge to teach a lesson. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Opening Saturday with encore on Wednesday at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland)

THE LESSER BLESSED (R) (1:26) Stars Joel Evans, Kiowa Gordon and Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Anita Doron. A First Nations teenager tries to find his place in the modern world.

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

“ROYAL BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER” (NR) (2:10) Stars Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae. Produced by Peter Wright. Tchaikov-sky’s classic holiday story of mystery and magic unfolds when young Clara receives a nutcracker doll, setting off a series of adventures.

Opening Tuesday only at: Brunswick 10, Cinemagic Grand (South Portland)

NOW SHOWING

“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.

“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 BOOK THIEF” (PG 13) (2:11) Stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nelisse. 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 parents.

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