February 14, 2013

At the Movies

Opening: 'A Good Day to Die Hard' / 'Beautiful Creatures' / 'Safe Haven' / 'Escape from Planet Earth' / 'Amour' / 'Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto'

OPENING THIS WEEK

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Bruce Willis, left, and Jai Courtney are father and son John and Jack McClane in the latest in the “Die Hard” action series, “A Good Day to Die Hard.”

20th Century Fox

MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM

"56 UP," directed by Michael Apted and Paul Almond, 2012. Starting in 1964 with "Seven Up," the "Up" series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives. From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn 56, more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. NR. 2:24

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

"A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD" (R) (1:37) Stars Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Directed by John Moore. John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, only to discover that he is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist.

Opening at: Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 2, 4:20, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Wed 2, 4:20, 7:15; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:20; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12 (IMAX), 12:30, 2:20 (IMAX), 2:50, 4:45 (IMAX), 5:05, 7:15 (IMAX), 7:30, 9:30 (IMAX), 9:45; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 11:50, 12:10, 2:10, 2:25, 4:30, 4:45, 7:10, 7:30, 9:30, 9:50

"BEAUTIFUL CREATURES" (PG-13) (2:04) Stars Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Alden Ehrenreich. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Fri-Wed 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30; Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Mon-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:50; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs-Wed 1:20, 4, 7, 9:40; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 1, 4, 7, 9:40; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12, 3:10, 6:50, 9:40

"SAFE HAVEN" (PG-13) (1:55) Stars Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders and David Lyons. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, N.C., where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Opening at: Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15 Mon-Wed 1, 3:50, 6:40; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 1, 3:30, 7, 9:30; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:30, 3:40, 7, 9:45

"ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH" (PG) (1:55) Stars Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and Rob Corddry. Directed by Cal Brunker. Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

Opening at: Nordica (Freeport) Fri-Sun 1:10, 3:40 (3D), 6:30 (3D), 9 Mon-Wed 1:10, 3:40 (3D), 6:30 (3D); Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Fri-Wed 11:40, 2, 4:10, 7:10, 9:20 (3D); Cinemagic Saco Fri-Wed 12 (3D), 2:05, 5:10 (3D), 7:15, 9:20 (3D); Cinemagic Westbrook Fri-Wed 11:50, 2 (3D), 4:20 (3D), 6:50 (3D), 9

"AMOUR" (PG-13) (1:55) Stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. Directed by Michael Haneke. Georges and Anne, retired music teachers, are in their 80s. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Opening at: Eveningstar (Brunswick) Fri-Sat 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4, 6:30; Nickelodeon (Portland) Fri-Wed 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10

"METROPOLITAN OPERA: RIGOLETTO" (NR) (1:55) Stars Piotr Beczala and Zeljko Lucic. Directed by Michael Mayer and Michele Mariotti. A new production of Verdi's tragedy set in Las Vegas in 1960. This version was inspired by the antics of the womanizing Duke of Mantua and his tragic sidekick.

Opening at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Sat 12:55

NOW SHOWING

"ARGO" (R) (2:00) Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Directed by Ben Affleck. As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA specialist develops a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Showing at: Eveningstar (Brunswick) Thurs 1:30, 4, 6:30; Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 3:45, 9 Fri-Wed 2:45; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 4:10, 6:50; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:10, 7:15

"BROKEN CITY" (R) (1:49) Stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Directed by Allen Hughes. In a city full of injustices, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed, and then framed, by its mayor.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 12:30, 9:50

"BULLET TO THE HEAD" (R) (1:31) Stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater and Sung Kang. Directed by Walter Hill. After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C., detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 2:45, 5, 9:50; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 3:30, 9:50

"DJANGO UNCHAINED" (R) (2:45) Stars Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:10, 3:40, 7:20

"HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS" (R) (1:28) Stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare and Famke Janssen. Directed by Tommy Wirkola. In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

Showing at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 9:30; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:20, 2:35; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12, 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:20

"THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY" (PG-13) (2:56) Stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis. Directed by Peter Jackson. A curious hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12, 9

"HYDE PARK ON HUDSON" (R) (1:34) Stars Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams. Directed by Roger Michell. The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the king and queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 12:30, 5, 7:15 Fri-Wed 12:30, 5:15

"IDENTITY THIEF" (R) Stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho and Amanda Peet. Directed by Seth Gordon. Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.

Showing at: Nordica (Freeport) Thurs 1:20, 4, 7 Fri-Sun 1:20, 4, 7, 9:40 Mon-Wed 1:20, 4, 7; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs-Wed 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:20, 3, 7:05, 9:40; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:20, 3:10, 6:50, 9:20

"THE IMPOSSIBLE" (PG-13) (1:44) Stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Based on a true story account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of the natural disaster a tsunami caused in Southeast Asia.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 12:20, 3:20, 6:45, 9:20

"LES MISERABLES" (PG-13) (2:37) Stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Tom Hooper. In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thurs 12, 3:30; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 3:40, 7:30 Fri-Wed 7:30

"LIFE OF PI" (PG) (2:03) Stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain and Tabu. Directed by Ang Lee. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor -- a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 1, 6:20; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 1:20; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:05, 3, 6:45, 9:35

"LINCOLN" (PG-13) (2:29) Stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by Steven Spielberg. As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:30, 6:50; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:10, 6:45

"MAMA" (PG-13) (1:40) Stars Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier. Directed by Andres Muschietti. Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years. But questions arise about whether they were as alone as once believed.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 3:35, 9:55; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30

"PARENTAL GUIDANCE" (PG) (1:44) Stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. Directed by Andy Fickman. Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behaviors collide with Artie and Diane's old-school methods.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 3:30, 6:40

"PARKER" (R) (1:58) Stars Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis and Nick Nolte. Directed by Taylor Hackford. A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thurs 6:50, 9:30; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 7, 9:40

"QUARTET" (PG-13) (1:37) Stars Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. Directed by Dustin Hoffman. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs-Wed 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:20

"RISE OF THE GUARDIANS" (PG) (1:37) Stars Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher and Chris Pine. Directed by Peter Ramsey. When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 12 Fri-Wed 12, 2:20, 4:40

"SIDE EFFECTS" (R) Stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Emily and Martin are a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist -- intended to treat anxiety -- has unexpected side effects.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 12:45, 4:15, 6:50, 9:40 Fri-Wed 12:45, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40; Nordica (Freeport) Thurs 1:45, 4:30, 7:30 Fri-Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50 Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:30, 7:30; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Fri-Wed 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:50; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:30, 3:20, 7:20, 9:50

"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" (R) (2:02) Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. Directed by David O. Russell. After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15 Fri 1:10, 3:50, 6:40 Sat-Wed 1:10, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs-Fri 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12:15, 2:50, 6:50, 9:25; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:30, 3:20, 6:50, 9:35

"SKYFALL" (PG-13) (2:23) Stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris and Judi Dench. Directed by Sam Mendes. Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 3:10, 6:45

"STAND UP GUYS" (R) Stars Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken and Julianna Margulies. Directed by Fisher Stevens. A pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment -- to kill his comrade.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 2:45, 9:30

"WARM BODIES" (PG-13) (1:37) Stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich and Analeigh Tipton. Directed by Jonathan Levine. After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Showing at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 Fri-Wed 11:40, 2, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40

"ZERO DARK THIRTY" (R) (1:43) Stars Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt and Mark Strong. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 12:10, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10 Fri-Wed 7:30; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Wed 4:45, 8; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs-Wed 12:10, 3:30, 7:20

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