Sunday, March 9, 2014
Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman in “42.”
"KOCH," directed by Neil Barsky, 2012. Former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February at the age of 88, ruled New York from 1978 to 1989 -- a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan and the town he helped to transform. The tumult of his three terms included the burgeoning AIDS epidemic; landmark housing renewal initiatives and an irreparable municipal corruption scandal. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, "Koch" chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world's most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention. Not rated. 1:40
Showing at: Portland Museum of Art, 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
"OBLIVION" (PG-13) (2:06) Stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Friday-Thursday; Nordica (Freeport) Friday-Thursday; Wells Five Star Friday-Thursday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco (also in IMAX) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Friday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 Friday-Thursday
"GIRL RISING" (PG-13) (1:41) Stars Cate Blanchett and Priyanka Chopra. Directed by Richard Robbins. Nine girls from different parts of the world face arranged marriages, child slavery and other injustices. Despite these obstacles, the girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.
Opening at: Brunswick 10 Friday-Thursday
"HOME RUN" (PG-13) (1:53) Stars Brian Brightly and Candace Lee. Directed by David Boyd. A pro ball player with a substance abuse problem is forced into rehab in his hometown, finding new hope when he gets honest about his checkered past, and takes on coaching duties for a misfit Little League team.
Opening at: Cinemagic Westbrook Friday-Thursday
"42" (PG-13) (2:08) Stars Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford and Nicole Beharie. Directed by Brian Helgeland. The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Nordica (Freeport) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 Thursday-Wednesday
"ADMISSION" (PG-13) (1:57) Stars Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff and Gloria Reuben. Directed by Paul Weitz. A Princeton admissions officer takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative-school kid who might be the son she gave up in a secret adoption.
Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Nordica (Freeport) Thursday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Wells Five Star Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 Thursday
"THE CROODS" (PG) (1:38) Stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. Directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders. The world's very first prehistoric family travels to an uncharted and fantastical world.
Showing at: Nordica (Freeport) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Wells Five Star Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 Thursday-Wednesday
"EMPEROR" (PG-13) (1:45) Stars Matthew Fox, Colin Moy, Tommy Lee Jones. Directed by Peter Webber. As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal while he also tries to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Showing at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday
"EVIL DEAD" (R) (1:31) Stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci. Directed by Fede Alvarez. Five friends head to a remote cabin where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.
Showing at: Nordica (Freeport) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Wells Five Star Thursday; Brunswick 10 Thursday-Wednesday
"G.I. JOE: RETALIATION" (PG-13) (1:39) Stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park and Bruce Willis. Directed by Jon M. Chu. The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are contending with threats from within the government.
Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thursday; Nordica (Freeport) (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Wells Five Star Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday
"THE HOST" (PG-13) (2:05) Stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel and Diane Kruger. Directed by Andrew Niccol. Melanie risks everything to protect the people she cares most about when an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories.
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