December 19, 2013

At the Movies

‘47 Ronin,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Grudge Match,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ and the ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ open this week.


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Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers in “Saving Mr. Banks.”


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“47 RONIN” (PG 13) (1:59) Stars Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ko Shibasaki. Directed by Carl Rinsch. A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Opening at: Brunswick 10 (also in 3D); Smitty’s (Windham)

“AMERICAN HUSTLE” (R) (2:18) Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by David Russell. A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

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

“GRUDGE MATCH” (PG-13) (1:54) Stars Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone and Kim Basinger. Directed by Peter Segal. A pair of aging boxing rivals come out of retirement to fight one final bout, 30 years after their last match.

Opening at: Brunswick 10 

“SAVING MR. BANKS” (PG 13) (2:05) Stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley and Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, "Mary Poppins."

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

“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY” (PG) (1:55) Stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott, Directed by Ben Stiller. A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies. When his job is threatened, he takes action in the real world, embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have imagined.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Smitty’s (Biddeford), Smitty’s (Sanford); Smitty’s (Windham)

“WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D” (PG) (1:27) Stars Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice and John Leguizamo. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale. An underdog dinosaur becomes a hero back when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

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

“THE WOLF OF WALL STREET” (R) ( 3:00) Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne and Jon Favreau. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Opening at: Brunswick 10; Smitty’s (Windham)


“FANGORIA PRESENTS: SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT” (R) Charles E Sallier Jr.’s 1984 holiday cult horror classic. Showing Friday and Saturday only at: Nickelodeon (Portland)

“JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE” (PG) (1:31) Stars Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun and Ryan Good. Directed by Jon Chu. Documentary of Bieber’s rise to fame. Showing Wednesday only at: Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook)

“LIVE FROM RED SQUARE: Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky” with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ”Evgeny Svetlanov.” Soprano Netrebko and baritone Hvorostovsky perform selections from Tosca, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, Rigoletto and more during a June outdoor concert in Moscow that was filmed before an audience of 7,500. Showing Thursday only at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook)


“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.

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