November 15, 2012

At the Movies

Opening: 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2' / 'Lincoln' / 'The Sessions'

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Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”


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Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in “The Sessions,” about a man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity.

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In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) has created a deeply moving documentary illustrating that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable – "Somewhere Between." Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989 – a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy – the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann, and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years, yet typical American teens, reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race, and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.

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

"FLIGHT" (R) (2:15) Stars Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood and Tamara Tunie. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs-Wed 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:25; Windham 5 Star Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:45 Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45 Sun 12:50, 3:50, 6:50 Mon-Wed 3:50, 6:50; Nordica (Freeport) Thurs 1, 3:50, 6:50 Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:45 Sun-Tues 1, 3:50, 6:50; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 3, 6:45, 9:45 Fri-Tues 11:40, 3, 6:45, 9:45; Cinemagic Saco Thurs 12:30, 3:30, 6:45, 9:35 Fri-Tues 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:35; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 12, 12:20, 3:10, 3:30, 6:30, 6:50, 9:30, 9:50 Fri-Tues 12, 3:10, 6:30, 9:30

"FUN SIZE" (PG-13) (1:30) Stars Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler and Ana Gasteyer. Directed by Josh Schwartz. When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

Showing at: Windham 5 Star Thurs 4:25

"HERE COMES THE BOOM" (PG) (1:45) Stars Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler. Directed by Frank Coraci. A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

Showing at: Windham 5 Star Thurs 4:15, 7:10 Fri-Sat 4:15, 9:50 Sun-Wed 4:15; Cinemagic Saco Thurs 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Fri-Tues 7:10, 9:30

"HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA" (PG) (1:58) Stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. Dracula operates a high-end resort far away from the human world. He goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for his daughter.

Showing at: Windham 5 Star Thurs 4:30, 6:55 Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:05 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:05, Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:10; Nordica (Freeport) Thurs 1:20 (3D), 4, 7:15 (3D) Fri-Sat 1:20 (3D), 4, 7:15 (3D), 9:15 Sun-Tues 1:20 (3D), 4, 7:15 (3D); Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 11:50 (3D), 2:10 (3D), 4:20, 6:50

"THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS" (R) (1:36) Stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Cung Le. Directed by RZA. On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins and a rogue British soldier descend on a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thurs 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 12, 2:15, 4:30, 7:20, 9:45

"PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4" (PG-13) (1:28) Stars Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively and Brady Allen. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witnesses strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Showing at: Windham 5 Star Thurs 4:20, 7:25; Nordica (Freeport) Thurs 2:15, 4:45, 7:20; Cinemagic Saco Thurs 12:10, 2:20, 4:25, 7, 9:15; Cinemagic Westbrook Thurs 12:10, 2:20, 4:30, 7, 9:20

"THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER" (PG-13) (1:43) Stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. Directed by Stephen Chbosky. An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Showing at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Thurs 2, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thurs 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Fri 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10 Sun-Tues 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40; Cinemagic Saco Thurs-Tues 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25

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