4 stars ZEUS
3 stars POSEIDON
2 stars ARES
1 star HERMES
MOSTLY NAPPING: THE FIMS OF THE COEN BROTHERS
The Coen Brothers’ 30 years of filmmaking are celebrated, some with specialty fare, continuing with “A Serious Man” 1 p.m. Jan. 18,
“The Hudsucker Proxy” 1 p.m. Jan. 19, “Fargo” 7 p.m. Jan. 20, “No Country For Old Men”
1 p.m. Jan. 25, “Blood Simple” 1 p.m. Jan. 26 and “Barton Fink” 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St.,
5 Points; general admission for one screening; 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.
LATITUDE 30 MOVIES
“Thor” and “Free Birds” screen at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555.
WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug IMAX 3D Experience,” “Great White Shark 3D,” “Tornado Alley 3D” and “The Last Reef 3D”
are screened at World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com. “We The People” opens Jan. 24.
Keanu Reeves stars in this action-fantasy-adventure as Kai, a half-Brit/half-Japanese man recruited by Oishi, respected leader of the 47 Ronin, a band of super samurai. Nice visuals and music.
2 1/2 stars
Writer-director David O. Russell has built a beautiful, cinematic junk heap. For professional scam artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale, with the best comb-over we’ve seen in years), working with the Feds is tougher than running cons. He helps the FBI (Bradley Cooper) nab public officials on the take in the infamous Abscam operation. Co-starring Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, it won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy.
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
3 1/2 stars
The comedy reunites the quartet of newsmen – Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, who is indeed thick as a brick), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, charmingly smarmy) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) – as they blithely blunder toward the ’80s. Co-stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Vince Vaughn and James Marsden.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
Reviewed in this issue.
Rated R • Opens Jan. 17
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, Steffie Grote
and Robert Belushi (yeah, John’s nephew).
3 1/2 stars
Disney’s animated feature introduces sisters Anna and Elsa, royalty of Arendelle. Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) are strong characters in this version of “The Snow Queen.” It won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.
3 1/2 stars
No, it’s not Rocky Balboa vs. Jake LaMotta; it’s two old – as in former and years – boxers coming out of retirement for one last fight, to settle old scores. Co-stars Sylvester Stallone,
Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart. Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield pop up, too.
The affable Joaquin Phoenix re-emerges a winner in this quirky there-but-for-the-grace-of-Jobs-go-I love story, co-starring Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson as the disembodied voice of Samantha. Spike Jonze won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Co-writer and director Peter Jackson has stretched J.R.R. Tolkien’s books into lucrative movies and made stars of the cast members, including Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans and Ian McKellen. Then there’s the titular Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), a villainous fire-breathing dragon who lays claim to Bilbo’s homeland.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
3 1/2 stars
In Part 2 of the saga, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a celebrity warrior hero manipulated by the Capitol’s leader Snow (Donald Sutherland). Co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Stanley Tucci.
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Joel and Ethan Coen’s darkly comic meditation on the duality of life and chosen paths. It’s the story of a few days in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a fictional 1960s New York City folksinger struggling to cope with his disappointing career. Co-stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, F. Murray Abraham and John Goodman.
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
Chris Pine stars as the young Ryan, just starting his CIA career. Co-stars Kevin Kostner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh.
THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Kellan Lutz plays Hercules, a demigod of ancient Greece who’s supposed to oust a bad king. Unaware of his destiny, the guy just wants to settle down with his true love, who’s betrothed to his brother, who’s really his half-brother … Anyway, lots of fighting and muscles rippling and sweaty guys in skimpy body armor. Co-stars Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Johnathan Schaech and Rade Serbedzija as the powerful centaur Chiron.
Mark Wahlberg stars in this action/bio/drama based on actual events of a failed SEAL team mission in 2005. Co-stars Emile Hirsch and Taylor “Friday Night Lights” Kitsch, an actor we’ve always thought deserved another shot after his failed mission as “John Carter.”
3 1/2 stars
Cantankerous Woody Grant (Bruce Dern, getting long-overdue Oscar buzz) gets a piece of junk mail declaring him the winner of $1 million, so he convinces David (Will Forte) – the son who’s never quite synched with his old man – to drive him to Lincoln, Neb., to claim the prize. Co-stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk.
Bollywood superstar Mahesh Babu plays a man searching for his true lineage. Co-stars Kriti Sanon and Nasser. In Telugu.
THE NUT JOB
Rated PG • Opens Jan. 17
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, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Jeff Dunham and Psy.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES
Another in the series of creepy same ol’, same ol’: Attractive young people are dropping like flies. Ho-hum. Co-stars Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gloria Sandoval and Molly Ephraim.
Journalist Martin (Steve Coogan) needs to boost his career. Philomena (Dame Judi Dench) wants to find the son she gave up for adoption, forced by not-so-holy nuns decades earlier.
Stephen Frears directed.
Rated PG-13 • Opens Jan. 17
Kevin Hart plays a smart-mouthed security guard engaged to Angela (Tika Sumpter) whose brother James (Ice Cube) is a cop. Co-stars John Leguizamo, the multitalented Jay Pharoah
and Bruce McGill.
SAVING MR. BANKS
P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), author of popular “Mary Poppins” series of children’s books, travels to Disney Studios in L.A. to collaborate on adapting the book for film. For 20 years, she’s rebuffed Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) efforts to make this happen, not wanting her beloved characters altered. The Mr. Banks character – the father of the children Mary Poppins nannies – is based on Travers’ own papa, a bank manager and a drunkard who died when she was 7 years old. Hanks doesn’t try to mimic the avuncular businessman, but he seeks to capture the essence of the man. Thompson is great; expect her among the next round of Oscar nominations.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
3 1/2 stars
The versatile Ben Stiller plays James Thurber’s classic dreamer, Walter Mitty, who puts himself in fantasy situations with daring femme fatales and dastardly villains, with him as the hero who saves the day. Then he gets the chance to be a real hero on a real adventure. Co-stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and Shirley MacLaine, with cameos from Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
This animated feature about dinosaurs is not the usual kiddie film of cute-but-doomed characters. The realistic 3D depiction of prehistoric creatures features the voices of Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice, John Leguizamo and Justin Long.
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
3 1/2 stars
Hotshot young stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a mansion, yacht, private jet, six cars, a steady supply of cocaine and everything else money can buy. Debauchery isn’t a habit for him; it’s a way of life. It’s the late ’80s, so anything goes. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey.