MOVIES

July 31-Aug. 6 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

The “American Made Movie” tour, demonstrating what Americans can do to support manufacturing in the U.S., arrives Aug. 3 at Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points.
American Made Movie
Smurfette and the Naughties celebrate in “Smurfs 2," directed by Raja Gosnell.
Sony Pictures
DEA agent Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and U.S. Naval officer Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) avoid a costly explosion in “2 Guns,” directed by Baltasar Kormákur.
Universal Pictures
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   RON BURGUNDY

3 stars   MOULIN ROUGE

2 stars  THE SCARLET LETTER

1 star  MAROON 5

 

NOW SHOWING

2 GUNS

Rated R • Opens Aug. 2

Marcus Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) and Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) have been working for the government for more than a year to infiltrate a dangerous drug cartel. Unwillingly, they're forced to team up when their mission goes awry. Both of their government agencies deny their existence, so they strike back at the gangsters who want them dead. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

THE CONJURING

2 stars

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and her husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) have investigated paranormal occurrences a long time, but when they get called to a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, they encounter their most horrifying case. A family desperately needs help before violent ghosts destroy them.

DESPICABLE ME 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is back as that heinous villain who becomes a spy and still keeps us laughing. As Gru steps out of the villain screen to raise his three adopted daughters, he hits the dating scene to find a suitable mom and gets recruited to find the new despicable supervillain El Macho (Benjamin Bratt). Newbie spy Lucy (Kristin Wiig) first recruits Gru, then becomes his partner and then his love interest. But it’s the three Minions (voiced by Pierre Coffin, who co-directed) who once again steal the whole thing.

DIRTY WARS

2 stars

Not Rated • Sun-Ray Cinema

The documentary, featuring journalist Jeremy Scahill, investigates covert war efforts by the United States.

DRIFT

2 1/2 stars

Rated R • Opens Aug. 2

Reviewed in this issue.

FRUITVALE STATION

4 stars

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

It's the true story of Oscar Grant (Oscar-worthy Michael B. Jordan) who was killed in an altercation with police at a BART stop, Fruitvale, in San Francisco's Bay Area on New Year's Eve, 2008. Grant died just as he was making resolutions to turn his life around. Co-starring Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer and Chad Michael Murray.

GROWN UPS 2

1/2 star

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Lenny (Adam Sandler) learns that crazy follows you everywhere, when he moves his family back to his hometown to be with his friends Marcus (David Spade), Kurt (Chris Rock) and Eric (Kevin James). The four adults relive the last day of school through their kids’ experiences.

THE HEAT

1 1/2 stars

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) mix like oil and water. After getting thrown off a case involving a ruthless drug lord, the pair decides to go after him on their own – checking off one of many buddy-cop clichés.

KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN

2 1/2 stars

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal River City Marketplace

The versatile comedian toured last year; this performance was at Madison Square Garden.

THE KINGS OF SUMMER

3 stars

Rated R • Sun-Ray Cinema

Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) recruits his best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and outcast Biaggio (Moises Arias) to help him build a house deep in the woods, so they can live independently from their “oppressive” families.

THE LONE RANGER

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Epic St. Augustine

Tonto (Johnny Depp) and John Reid (Armie Hammer) join forces to fight the never-ending battle against corruption and greed. After John escapes a mass execution of fellow Texas Rangers, fate brings him to Tonto. The two reluctantly team up to avenge the death of John’s brother Dan.

MAN OF STEEL

2 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park

Kal-El, an alien from planet Krypton, is adopted by a Kansas family, the Kents (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane). With extraordinary powers, Clark (Henry Cavill), Kal-El’s human alias, realizes he has a moral duty to do good things for his new home, Earth. When Earth is threatened by a force humans can’t handle, Clark steps up in this new version of a classic comic, directed by Zack Snyder.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

3 stars

Rated G • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd.

Pixar rolls out a fairly nifty prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” showing how lovable monsters Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) met at college. The cliché-ridden script repeats most all geeks vs. cool kids gags ever done – think “Revenge of the Nerds” updated and animated. Co-starring John Ratzenberger, Steve Buscemi, Nathan Fillion and Helen Mirren.

PACIFIC RIM

3 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

With millions of lives lost and resources depleted, the war continues against giant monsters that rose from the seas. Mankind has one last hope before the apocalypse: The success of two unlikely heroes – Raleigh, a washed-up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee. Teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger, a massive robot that was a special weapon in the past, the men try to defend the human race. The action-adventure is directed by Guillermo del Toro.

RED 2

3 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace, San Marco Theatre

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is retired from his busy days as a black-ops CIA operative, but he’s getting the old gang back together one more time. That’s Marvin (John Malkovich) and Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) and they’re all up against hired killers, terrorists and powerful government honchos as they try to keep a purloined nuclear device from falling into the wrong hands. Co-starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.

R.I.P.D.

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Hot shot detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) was killed in the line of duty but he’s now eligible to team up with the Rest in Peace Department. New partner Roy (Jeff Bridges) is a veteran sheriff with a knack for spotting a fugitive soul in disguise. Roy and Nick face a menace threatening to upset the ethereal balance between the physical world and the supernatural realm. Co-starring the busy Mary-Louise Parker and Kevin Bacon.

SMURFS 2

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

At it again, the Smurfs enter the humans' world to help Smurfette (Katy Perry) escape Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Gargamel has created the Naughties to help him harness the Smurf-essence, but when he discovers the only way to get it is through a spell only Smurfette knows, he smurf-naps her all the way to Paris. The Smurfs team up with people friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays) to rescue her and save the Smurf-essence.

SPRINGSTEEN & I

Not Rated • AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown

Baillie Walsh directed this UK import rock doc about The Boss, filling arenas everywhere this summer.

STRANDED

1 star

Not Rated • AMC Regency

Christian Slater was so great in "Heathers," wasn't he? Oh, well … here he stars as Col. Gerard Brauchman, one of four astronauts whose mission is terribly altered after a meteor storm rocks their bio-dome. Clones, alien birth and delusional scientists — fun!

THIS IS THE END

2 1/2 stars

Rated R • Regal Beach Blvd.

James Franco has a wild party with his comedian friends Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson drinking and ingesting substances. As the party is in full swing, the apocalypse hits. Sinkholes, raging fires and vicious demons outside keep the dudes stuck inside the house with limited “supplies.”

THE TO DO LIST

Rated R • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues

Not all high school seniors prepare for college the same way. Nerdy senior Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) realizes how much sexual fun her friends had while she was home studying. Determined to catch up before college begins, Brandy makes a list of nontraditional extracurricular activities and gathers friends who can help her check each activity off the list.

TURBO

2 stars

Rated PG • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Theo, a garden snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) suffers a freak accident that turns fortunate — he could get so fast, he could win the Indy 500. Now being called Turbo, he embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: race against the best IndyCar has to offer. In the Indianapolis 500, though, there’s no way a snail can be in a competition meant for cars. He’s the ultimate underdog who refuses to let limitations dash his dreams. Co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Hader, Snoop Lion and Maya Rudolph.

THE WAY, WAY BACK

3 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic Theatre St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Sun-Ray Cinema

Duncan (Liam James) is a 14-year-old too awkward to fit in anywhere until he meets a group of adults who bring him into adulthood. After his mom drags him away from home to live at her boyfriend’s beach house for the summer, he begins working at a waterpark. Here Duncan meets some folks who help him be less of an outcast during the roughest teenage years and transform him into a man.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN

3 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, Regal Avenues

The action movie stars Channing Tatum as a D.C. cop who yearns for the big-time adrenaline rush of being in the Secret Service. He gets his chance when he’s accidently in the White House as it’s attacked by terrorists. The president (Jamie Foxx) holds his own against the bad guys, too.

THE WOLVERINE

3 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Amelia Island, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Epic St. Augustine, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd., Regal River City Marketplace

Logan (Hugh Jackman) learns that being a warrior without a cause isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. When he gets called to Japan, he begins a journey to face his own mortality. In his most vulnerable state ever, Wolverine fights new enemies while facing his past.

WORLD WAR Z

2 stars

Rated PG-13 • AMC Orange Park, AMC Regency, Carmike Fleming Island, Cinemark Tinseltown, Clay Theatre, Regal Avenues, Regal Beach Blvd.

Aggressive zombies are multiplying fast. Why isn’t explained, which is annoying, but not as much as seeing former U.N. investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), wife Karen (Mireille Enos) and daughters (Sterling Jarins, Abigail Hargrove) get special government attention in the crisis. The visual effects are OK: a plane crash and the way zombies swarm like ants to climb a wall in Jerusalem but, overall, the movie isn’t visually dynamic and the 3D (not recommended) only makes things worse.

 

OTHER FILMS

AMC SUMMER NIGHTS

AMC Theatres continues its Summer Nights series, benefitting the Autism Society, with “Oz The Great and Powerful” July 31, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” Aug. 5-7 and “Oblivion” Aug. 12-14 at AMC Regency and AMC Orange Park, $3, amctheatres.com.

SUN-RAY SUMMER KIDS’ SERIES

“E.T.” runs 10:30 a.m. July 31 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Riverside, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

MOVIES BY THE BAY

Ripley’s St. Augustine and St. Augustine Municipal Marina continue this free summer movie series with “Despicable Me,” 8:30 p.m. July 31, "On Golden Pond" Aug. 2 and "The Great Outdoors" Aug. 7 on the marina green space beside Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez, facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

Cruise the strip with high school grads before they go to college in the classic film “American Graffiti,” 2 and 7 p.m. July 31 at Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., Southside.

RIO THE MOVIE

Migrate with the birds of “Rio” down to Rio de Janeiro at 9:30 a.m. July 31 at Cinemark Tinseltown, $1, 4535 Southside Blvd., Southside.

YOGI BEAR

The animated movie is screened 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at Carmike Amelia Island 7, 1132 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach. “Disney's Chimpanzee” runs Aug. 8. 261-9867, carmike.com.

GRATEFUL DEAD MEET UP WITH SUNSHINE DAYDREAM

The third annual Meet Up at the Movies features “Grateful Dead Meet Up With Sunshine Daydream,“ 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Cinemark Tinseltown, 4535 Southside Blvd., Southside, $11.50-$12.50.

NIGHT OWL CINEMA

The free series continues with “The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” screened 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A S., St. Augustine. Parking is free on movie nights; concessions available. Moviegoers may dress in film-related costumes. 209-0367. staugamphitheatre.com

SMURFERRIFIC SATURDAY

Face painting, a costume contests and a "Discover the Forest" game are featured 1-5 p.m. Aug. 3 at Carmike Fleming Island 12 Theatre, 1820 Town Center Blvd., Orange Park. The event is free in the lobby. fandango.com

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME

Rock out with the ’70s band that seemed destined to hit it big but never did, though it now has a cult following, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Riverside, $10, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

AMERICAN MADE MOVIE BUS TOUR

With the decline of the American 
manufacturing workforce, “American Made Movie” shows what Americans can do to build a brighter future, 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Riverside, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

KEY WEST

Gypsy’s Corner Bar offers dinner and a movie — actually two episodes of the 1993 TV series “Key West” — about the effects of Hurricane Andrew on Florida's Keys, 8 p.m. Aug. 7 (dinner 7 p.m.) at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $8 plus meal price, 808-7370. Proceeds benefit St. Johns Cultural Council, stjohnsculture.com.

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATRE

“Pacific Rim” is screened along with “The Last Reef 3D” and “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theatre, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com. "Elysium: The IMAX Experience" opens Aug. 8. 

LATITUDE CINEGRILLE

“Epic” and “Fast & Furious 6” screen at Latitude 30 CineGrille, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside, 365-5555.

 

NEW ON DVD & BLU-RAY

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

Despite the commanding presence of a charismatic Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, this comic book takeoff is too overwrought. Eternal badass Bruce Willis joins a cast of Joes: Duke (Channing Tatum), Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Jaye (Adrianne Palicki). The survivors of a presidential order for G.I. Joe termination take on Zartan and Storm Shadow. 

OBLIVION

In the future, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a veteran soldier, is sent to the distant planet Earth to salvage some of the last remaining resources. When he meets Beech (Morgan Freeman), the leader of an insurgency, Harper begins to question everything he thought he knew about his mission and the planet.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

Carny motorcycle stuntman Luke (Ryan Gosling) finds out he has a son and vows to provide for the child, but he opts to rob banks as his new profession. This gets the attention of Avery (Bradley Cooper), a good cop trying to survive within a dirty police department. Co-starring Eva Mendes.

MUD

Two 14-year-old Southern boys, Ellis and Neckbone (think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn), discover a boat lodged in a tree and claim it as their own special hideaway on the Mississippi River banks. The boat, though, is home to Mud (a brilliant Matthew McConaughey), a fugitive hiding out until he can again see the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Though Neckbone is suspicious of the worn-down, ragged man, Ellis feels immediate sympathy for Mud and agrees to help him get food and such — with the promise that the boys eventually get the boat. o

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