MOVIES

Jan. 22-28 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

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FILM RATINGS
4 stars I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS
3 stars I HEART HUCKABEES
2 stars I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
1 star I AM NUMBER FOUR

 

OTHER FILMS

HUMAN TRAFFICKING SERIES 
ArtWorks for Freedom, UNF Interfaith Center and OneJax screen “SOLD: Fighting the New Global Slave Trade,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at University of North Florida’s student union, 1 UNF Dr., Southside, unf.edu/interfaith-center.

MOSTLY NAPPING: THE FIMS OF THE COEN BROTHERS 
Thirty years of filmmaking are celebrated, closing with “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, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES
“Thor” and “Free Birds” screen at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. 365-5555.

 

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, Quvenzhané Wallis.

AMERICAN HUSTLE
2 1/2 stars 
Rated R 
For scam artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), 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 and a SAG Award.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13 
The comedy reunites the newsmen – Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, charmingly smarmy) and Champ Kind (David Koechner). Co-stars Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Vince Vaughn.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
3 stars
Rated R 
Director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning story racks up two SAGs and a bunch of lesser-known prizes. The cast nabbed ensemble awards; Meryl Streep, who plays Violet, crusty matriarch of a family falling apart, and Julia Roberts, her soon-to-be-crusty daughter Barbara, are up for Oscars. Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister and Chris Cooper as her brother-in-law stand out.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
3 1/2 stars 
Rated R
The drama, based on a true story, stars Matthew McConaughey, who plays redneck electrician Ron, and Jared Leto, who plays transvestite Rayon in Dallas, 1985. Ron’s shocked when he learns he’s HIV-positive, with only a month to live. He’s even more stunned to find out the drugs that might save his life aren’t for sale in the U.S. Co-stars Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn.

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.

FROZEN
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG
Disney’s animated feature about sisters Anna and Elsa, royalty of Arendelle. Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) are strong characters in this Golden Globe-winning version of “The Snow Queen.”

GRAVITY
4 stars
Rated PG-13
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s survival story stars Sandra Bullock as a medical engineer and George Clooney as a veteran astronaut. While outside the ship making repairs, contact with NASA is lost. They’re tethered together, floating 375 miles above Earth. Yikes.

HER
3 1/2 stars 
Rated R
Reviewed in this issue.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
3 stars
Rated PG-13 
Co-writer/director Peter Jackson has stretched Tolkien’s books into lucrative movies. Co-stars Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen. Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is a villainous fire-breathing dragon.

 

 

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13 
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, Stanley Tucci.

I, FRANKENSTEIN
Rated PG-13 • Opens Jan. 24
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.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
4 stars
Rated R
Joel and Ethan Coen’s darkly comic meditation on the duality of life and chosen paths is the story of a few days in the life of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), a fictional 1960s folksinger struggling to cope with a failing career. Co-stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman.

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 and Kenneth Branagh.

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Rated PG-13
Kellan Lutz plays Hercules, a demigod of ancient Greece who’s supposed to oust a bad king. Unaware of this, 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 by sweaty guys in skimpy body armor. Co-stars Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Johnathan Schaech.

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.

NEBRASKA
3 1/2 stars
Rated R
Cranky Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) gets junk mail saying he’s won $1 million; he convinces his contentious 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, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Jeff Dunham.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES
Rated R
Another in the series of creepy same ol’, same ol’: Attractive young people are dropping like flies. Ho-hum.

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 plays a smart-mouthed security guard engaged to Angela (Tika Sumpter) whose brother James (Ice Cube) is a cop. Co-stars John Leguizamo, Jay Pharoah.

SAVING MR. BANKS
3 stars
Rated PG-13 
P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who wrote “Mary Poppins,” travels to Disney Studios in L.A. to sign off on adapting the book for film. For years, she’s rebuffed Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) efforts, not wanting her beloved characters altered.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG 
Versatile Ben Stiller plays Thurber’s classic dreamer who creates fantasies with femme fatales and villains, where he’s the hero who saves the day. Then he gets a chance to be a real hero on a real adventure. Co-stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
3 1/2 stars 
Rated R 
Hotshot young stockbroker Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a mansion, yacht, jet, women, cars, coke – everything money can buy. But he’s headed for trouble. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey.

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