MOVIES

Jan. 29-Feb. 4 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

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FILM RATINGS
4 stars GROUNDHOG DAY
3 stars INDEPENDENCE DAY
2 stars VALENTINE’S DAY
1 star NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

OTHER FILMS

BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL  
Local filmmaker Mark Mori’s R-rated documentary, narrated by Page, screens at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 30 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., 5 Points, 359-0049, sunraycinema.com.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Documentaries about human trafficking are screened at FSCJ’s Downtown Campus, 101 W. State St., 633-8100. Sex + Money, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30; Not My Life 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4; Fields of Mudan and Fatal Promises, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6; Not My Life encores 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 
Thor and Grudge Match 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 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, Quvenzhané Wallis.

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 in the Abscam operation. Co-stars Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence.

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 
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 is her soon-to-be-crusty daughter Barbara. Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister and Chris Cooper as her brother-in-law stand out.

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT
Rated R • Opens Jan. 31 
Time to ramp up the relationship? Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller have hit that juncture where you either step up and commit … or not.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
3 1/2 stars
Rated R 
The drama, based on a true story, stars Matthew McConaughey as redneck electrician Ron, and Jared Leto as transvestite Rayon in Dallas, 1985. 
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 Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), strong characters in this Golden Globe-winning version of “The Snow Queen.”

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 film. Co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Kristen Wiig and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice, nearly as hot as the actual Scarlett Johansson.

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 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.

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.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
4 stars
Rated R 
Joel and Ethan Coen’s meditation on the duality of life and chosen paths examines a few days in the life of 1960s folksinger Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), whose career is tanking. Co-stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman.

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
2 1/2 stars
Rated R 
Reviewed in this issue.

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.

JAI HO
Not Rated 
The Indian action-drama co-stars Salman Khan, Tabu, Sana Khan. In Hindi.

LABOR DAY
Rated PG-13 • Opens Jan. 31 
Who in their right mind picks up a hitchhiker these days? Single mom Adele (Kate Winslet), that’s who. The drama co-stars Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, James (Dawson!) Van Der Beek.

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Rated PG-13 
Kellan Lutz plays Greek demigod Hercules, who’s supposed to oust a bad king. The guy wants to marry his true love, who’s betrothed to his brother. Co-stars Gaia Weiss, 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 son David (Will Forte) to drive him to Lincoln, Neb., to claim the prize. Co-stars Stacy Keach, June Squibb.

1-NENOKKADINE
2 stars
Not Rated 
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 
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.

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.

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.

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

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
3 1/2 stars
Rated R 
Hotshot stockbroker Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a mansion, yacht, jet, women, cars, coke – all that money can buy. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey.

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