Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OPENING THIS WEEK
Justin Timberlake, left, and Ben Affleck in "Runner Runner."
20th Century Fox
“GRAVITY” (PG-13) (1:30) Stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris and Orto Ignatiussen. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Opening at: Brunswick 10 (also in 3D); Nickelodeon (Portland); Nordica (Freeport) (also in 3D); Cinemagic Clark’s Pond (South Portland) (also in 3D); Cinemagic (Saco) (also in IMAX 3D); Cinemagic (Westbrook) (also in 3D); Smitty’s (Biddeford) (also in 3D); Smitty’s (Sanford) (also in 3D); Smitty’s (Windham)
“RUNNER RUNNER” (R) (1:31) Stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie. Directed by Brad Furman. A college student cracks an online poker game that goes bust and arranges a face-to-face meeting with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
Opening at: Brunswick 10; Nordica (Freeport); Cinemagic Clark’s Pond (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook); Smitty’s (Biddeford); Smitty’s (Sanford);Smitty’s (Windham)
“CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (PG-13) (2:14) Stars Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Barkhad Abdirahman. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Based on the The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Opening Saturday only at: Cinemagic (Westbrook)
“BLUE CAPRICE” (R) (1:33) Stars Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond and Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Alexandre Moors. An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks.
Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland)
MET OPERA LIVE: TCHAIKOVSKY’S EUGENE ONEGIN” (NR) (4:05) Stars Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala. Directed by Deborah Warner. The fateful romance of lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin, set in the late 19th century, moves from farmhouse to ballroom with a powerful snowstorm as the backdrop for the finale.
Opening Saturday only at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic Clark’s Pond (South Portland)
“UNSTOPPABLE: A LIVE EVENT WITH KIRK CAMERON” (2:30) Second showing of the Christian faith-based documentary featuring the actor and writer and his personal journey of faith and the investigation of good and evil and facing adversity.
Opening Thursday only at: Brunswick 10; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland)
“ACQUIRE THE FIRE PRESENTS: SURGE” (NR) (1:30) High-energy interactive event for Christian youth that fuses music, comedy and inspirational messages featuring Ron Luce, John Gray and musical performances by award-winning Christian artists Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Lecrae and more.
Opening Wednesday only: Cinemagic Clark’s Pond (South Portland); Cinemagic (Saco); Cinemagic (Westbrook)
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“ENOUGH SAID” (PG-13) (1:33) Stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. A divorced woman decides to pursue the man she’s interested in but learns he’s the ex-husband of her new friend.
“THE FAMILY” (R) (1:51) Stars Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo. Directed by Luc Besson. The notorious Manzoni mafia family is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program but fitting in becomes a challenge as their old habits die hard.
“THE HEAT” (R) (1:57) Stars Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demian Bichir and Michael McDonald. Directed by Paul Feig. FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord, but neither woman has ever had a partner, or a friend.
“INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2” (PG-13) (1:45) Stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Lin Shaye. Directed by James Wan. The haunted Lambert family tries to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
“LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (PG-13) (2:12) Stars Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz and John Cusack. Directed by Lee Daniels. An African-American’s eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler.
“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.
“PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS” (PG) (1:46) Stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Nathan Fillion. Directed by Thor Freudenthal. The son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Based on the novel “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.”
“PLANES” (PG) (1:32) Animated with the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Carlos Alazraqui. Directed by Klay Hall. Dusty, the crop-dusting plane that is afraid of heights, dreams of being a famous aerial star.
“PRISONERS” (R) (2:33) Stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Melissa Leo. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. While police pursue several leads, Keller Dover takes matters into his own hands after his daughter and her friend go missing.
“RIDDICK” (R) (1:59) Stars Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff and Jordi Molla. Directed by David Twohy. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
“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.
“SALINGER” (PG-13) (2:00) Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton and Judd Apatow. Directed by Shane Salemo. Documentary with interviews of friends and colleagues of the very private author of “Catcher in the Rye.”
“THIS IS THE END” (R) (1:47) Stars James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.
“WE’RE THE MILLERS” (R) (1:50) Stars Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Jason Sudeikis. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.
“THE WAY WAY BACK” (PG-13) (1:43) Stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Liam James and Allison Janney. Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Duncan is having a difficult summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and his daughter. But the 14-year-old finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the local water park.
“THE WIZARD OF OZ: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE” (PG) (1:52) Stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr. Directed by Victor Fleming. The classic story of Dorothy Gale and her efforts to return to Kansas after she is swept away to Oz by a tornado.
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