March 28, 2013

At the Movies


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Dwayne Johnson stars in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

Paramount Pictures

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Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart in a scene from the White House hostage thriller “Olympus Has Fallen.”



"WEST OF MEMPHIS" tells the untold story of an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light and stop the state of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Starting with a searing examination of the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys – Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore – in the small town of West Memphis, the film goes on to uncover new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of the other three victims of this shocking crime – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. All three were teenagers when they became the target of the police investigation, and all three went on to lose 18 years of their lives, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Rated R.

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

"HAVA NAGILA: THE MOVIE" (NR) (1:15) Stars Harry Belafonte, Regina Spektor and Glen Campbell. Directed by Roberta Grossman. An around-the-world journey documenting the history and mystery of the Jewish song "Hava Nagila" from Ukraine to YouTube.

Opening at: Eveningstar (Brunswick) Friday-Wednesday (closed Tuesday)

"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.

Opening at: Nickelodeon (Portland) Friday-Wednesday; Nordica (Freeport) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Friday-Thursday; Cinemagic Westbrook Friday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 Friday-Wednesday

"TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION" (PG-13) (1:51) Stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood and Kim Kardashian. Directed by Tyler Perry. An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and recklessness, which alters the course of her life.

Opening at: Cinemagic Westbrook Friday-Wednesday

"THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: FRANCESCA DA RIMINI" (NR) (4:00) Stars Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani. Directed by Marco Armiliato. Zandonai's opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's "Inferno," returns to the Met. It was last seen in 1986.

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

"THE CALL" (R) (1:35) Stars Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut. Directed by Brad Anderson. A veteran 911 operator receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted and soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past to save the girl's life.

Showing at: Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 Thursday-Wednesday

"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) (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday

"DEAD MAN DOWN" (R) (1:40) Stars Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss' victims, a woman seeking retribution.

Showing at: Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday

"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.

Showing at: Cinemagic Saco Thursday; Cinemagic Westbrook Thursday

"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) Friday-Wednesday; Nordica (Freeport) (also in 3D) Friday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Grand (South Portland) (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Saco (also in 3D and IMAX) Thursday-Wednesday; Cinemagic Westbrook (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday; Brunswick 10 (also in 3D) Thursday-Wednesday

"IDENTITY THIEF" (R) (1:51) 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.

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