MOVIES

Feb. 12-18 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

INTERNATIONAL ART THIEVES: A star-studded cast that includes John Goodman (from left), Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bob Balaban and Bill Murray, as well as Cate Blanchett, hasn’t saved The Monuments Men from receiving generally abysmal reviews worldwide.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars TINA FEY & AMY POEHLER

3 stars ALEC BALDWIN & STEVE MARTIN

2 stars BOB HOPE & THELMA RITTER

1 star JAMES FRANCO & ANNE HATHAWAY

 

OTHER FILMS

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL
The fourth annual festival is held Feb. 14-16 at Fernandina Little Theatre, 1014 Beech St.; $10 for one session, $30 for Early Bird, first two screenings on Sat. and Sun.; 277-2202, ameliaflt.org.

OSCAR SHORTS
Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts continue through Feb. 20 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., 5 Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com. 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Not My Life runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, followed by a talk with survivors, in Jacksonville University’s Gooding Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd., 256-8000, ju.edu.

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES
Free Birds and The Hobbit 2 run at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555.

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER
We the People, Great White Shark 3D, Tornado Alley 3D, To The Arctic 3D run at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com. 

 

NOW SHOWING

12 YEARS A SLAVE
4 stars 
Rated R 
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon, a free black man in pre-Civil War New York who’s abducted and sold into slavery. Co-stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Rated R • Opens Feb. 14
One-night stands may be fun, but this bunch takes the practice to the next level. Co-stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant.

AMERICAN HUSTLE
2 1/2 stars 
Rated R 
For con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), working with the Feds is tougher than running cons. He helps the FBI (Bradley Cooper) nab corrupt public officials during Abscam. Co-stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
3 stars 
Rated R  
The cast of director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning story includes Meryl Streep as Violet, crusty matriarch of a family falling apart; Julia Roberts plays daughter Barbara. Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister and Chris Cooper as her brother-in-law stand out.

DEVIL’S DUE
Rated R 
It’s kind of like Rosemary’s Baby, in that a woman is pregnant with, apparently, the spawn of The Adversary himself. Co-stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Robert Belushi.

ENDLESS LOVE
Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 14
Didn’t we just do this? Young, mismatched, lovestruck kids try to stay together when their mean old parents try to split them apart. Co-stars Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood. What, no Brooke Shields cameo?

FROZEN
3 1/2 stars 
Rated PG 
Disney’s animated feature about sisters Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), in this Golden Globe-winner.

GIMME SHELTER
Rated PG-13 
Vanessa Hudgens plays Agnes Bailey, pregnant and on the streets when her parents reject her. Thank God she meets a kind stranger. Co-stars Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones.

GRAVITY
4 stars 
Rated PG-13 
Medical engineer Sandra Bullock and veteran astronaut George Clooney are tethered together, making spaceship repairs, when they lose NASA contact.

HER
3 1/2 stars 
Rated R 
Director Spike Jonze asks what makes love real in this fantasy. Co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Kristen Wiig and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice, nearly as hot as the actual Johansson.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
3 stars
Rated PG-13  
Co-stars Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen. Smaug is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13  
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a warrior hero manipulated by Snow (Donald Sutherland). Co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson.

I, FRANKENSTEIN
Rated PG-13 
The doctor’s creation is in the middle of a violent struggle between two immortal clans. So … not a fight to death, then. Co-stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto.

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
Rated PG-13 
Chris Pine stars as the young Ryan, just starting out on his CIA career. Co-stars Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh.

LABOR DAY
1 1/2 stars 
Rated PG-13  
Kate Winslet is Adele, a depressed single mother, raising her earnest teenage son Henry (newcomer Gattlin Griffith). Adele and Henry are taken hostage by Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin), a wounded escaped killer. The kindly kidnapper does some home repairs, changes Adele’s oil (literally and euphemistically), teaches Henry to play catch – what a nice bad guy.

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Rated PG-13 
Kellan Lutz plays Greek demigod Hercules, who’s supposed to oust a bad king. Co-stars Gaia Weiss, Johnathan Schaech.

THE LEGO MOVIE
3 stars 
Rated PG 
Reviewed in this issue.

LONE SURVIVOR
Rated R 
Mark Wahlberg stars in this action/bio/drama based on actual events of a failed ’05 SEAL team mission. Co-stars Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch.

THE MONUMENTS MEN
Rated PG-13 
George Clooney directs and stars in this fact-based film about a group of un-soldier types – think the opposite of The Dirty Dozen – museum curators, histroians and art experts who go into enemy territory during WWII to save thousands of stolen masterpieces from destruction by the Nazis. Co-stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and the adorable Bob Balaban.

NEBRASKA
3 1/2 stars 
Rated R 
Cranky Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) gets junk mail saying he’s won $1 million; he convinces his son David (Will Forte) to drive him to Lincoln, Neb., to claim the prize. Co-stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb.

THE NUT JOB
Rated PG 
Will Arnett voices Surly, a rebellious squirrel banned from the park to roam the mean city streets. Co-stars the vocal cords of Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl, Jeff Dunham.

PHILOMENA
4 stars 
Rated PG-13 
Journalist Martin (Steve Coogan) needs to boost his career. Philomena (Dame Judi Dench) wants to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

RIDE ALONG
Rated PG-13 
Kevin Hart is a smart-mouthed security guard engaged to Angela (Tika Sumpter) whose brother James (Ice Cube) is a cop. Co-stars John Leguizamo, Jay Pharoah.

ROBOCOP
Rated PG-13
Futuristic tale of a police officer whose line-of-duty injuries call for new parts. Co-stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish. Waitasec … is Keaton doing his Beetlejuice or Mr. Mom impression in this remake?

SAVING MR. BANKS
3 stars 
Rated PG-13  
P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who wrote Mary Poppins, goes to Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) L.A. studios to OK the book’s adaptation to film.

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
Rated R 
Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller have hit that juncture where you either step up and commit … or not.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY
Rated PG-13 
Seriously? Hot girls in school uniforms, sucking blood? Co-stars Gabriel Byrne, who ought to know better, and Joely Richardson, who’s a goddamn Redgrave, plus Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry.

WINTER’S TALE
Rated PG-13 • Opens Feb. 14
A petty thief burgles a mansion and encounters a young girl as she dies. Somehow they become intertwined for life and beyond. Or before. It’s kinda iffy. Co-stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, William Hurt.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
3 1/2 stars 
Rated R  
Hotshot stockbroker Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) has all that money can buy. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey.

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