MOVIES

March 5-11 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

NO SURPRISES: As expected, 12 Years A Slave took home the Academy Award for Best Picture and Lupita Nyong’o (center) won Best Supporting Actress. The film – which also stars Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup – came out on on DVD March 4, but is still showing in theaters.
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars The Wolf of Wall Street

3 stars What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

2 stars Blood Diamond

1 star The Aviator 


OTHER FILMS

FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW
WJCT screens this 2000 documentary that reveals the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars who were expelled from their homeland by Nazis and found new lives in historically black colleges in the American South. A community dialogue follows the screening, 5:30 p.m. March 11 at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Downtown, free, registration required, 353-7770, wjct.org.

TRUE TO THIS
This love note to board-maker – skate, surf and snow – Volcom premieres at 5 p.m. March 16 at Aqua East Surf Shop, 696 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, free, 246-2550. Pro surfers and skaters are on hand to sign autographs.

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Walking with Dinosaurs are currently screened at Latitude 30’s CineGrille Theater, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside, 365-5555, facebook.com/latitude30.

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

 

NOW SHOWING

12 YEARS A SLAVE
4 stars
Rated R 
Chiwetel Ejiofor is great in the powerful Oscar-winning film based on real events. He plays Solomon, a free black man in pre-Civil War New York who’s abducted, then sold into slavery for 12 cruel years. He meets a Canadian abolitionist and hopes his misery is over. Lupita Nyong’o just scored an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Co-stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Quvenzhané Wallis.

3 DAYS TO KILL
Rated PG-13 
Kevin Costner, who’s suddenly everywhere these days, plays a terminally ill Secret Service agent who’s got one last chance to live if he takes a new drug … and goes on a final top-secret mission. Hmmm – life-saving drug vs killing another human being? Toss me that Glock.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE
1 1/2 stars
Rated R • Opens March 7
Reviewed in this issue.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT
Rated R  
One-night stands may be fun, but this bunch of beautiful, young devil-may-care people takes the practice to the next level. Co-stars the quite amusing Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.

AMERICAN HUSTLE
2 1/2 stars
Rated R  
Writer-director David O. Russell has fashioned a cinematic junk heap that’s likeable and engaging despite an overly long running time and sloppy screenplay. For professional scam artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), working with the Feds is tougher than running cons. He’s helping the FBI (Bradley Cooper) nab public officials on the take in the infamous Abscam operation. Co-stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

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

BETHLEHEM
Not Rated • Opens March 7 at Sun-Ray Cinema
An Israeli Secret Service agent cultivates a relationship of sorts with an informant, who happens to be Palestinian.
Co-stars Tsahi Halevi, Shadi Mar’i and Hitham Mari. In Hebrew and Arabic.

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN 
Not Rated
One of five nominees for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the Belgian film features a love-at-first-sight romance. Elise (Veerle Baetens), who owns a tattoo shop, and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a bluegrass banjo player, bond over a shared passion for culture of all things American. Their love is put to the test when their daughter becomes ill.

ENDLESS LOVE
Rated PG-13  
Young, mismatched, lovestruck kids try to stay together when their mean old parents try to split them apart. Co-stars Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer and Bruce Greenwood.

FROZEN
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG  
Disney’s Oscar-winning animated feature about sisters Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) and Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), in this Golden Globe-winner. And hey, parents, check out details for the sing-along at some theaters – “Let It Go” won a Best Original Song Oscar!

HIGHWAY
Not Rated
Looks like a Bollywood version of Patty Hearst’s Stockholm syndrome episode years ago. Co-stars Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda and Durgesh Kumar. In Hindi, Nepali and English.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
3 stars
Rated PG-13  
Co-writer and director Peter Jackson has stretched J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular 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 scary titular Smaug (voiced by the versatile Benedict “Sherlock” Cumberbatch), a villainous fire-breathing dragon who lays claim to Bilbo’s homeland.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
3 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13  
In Part 2 of the trilogy, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a celebrity warrior hero manipulated by the Capitol’s leader Snow (Donald Sutherland). There’s revolution in the air due to her win at the Games. Co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields (Will and Jada’s daughter) and Jack Quaid (Dennis and Meg’s son).

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 LEGO MOVIE
3 stars
Rated PG  
Writers and directors Chris Miller and Phillip Lord’s entertaining, subversive animated feature about colorful toy bricks co-stars the vocal talents of Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Will Arnett, Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell.

LONE SURVIVOR
Rated R  
Mark Wahlberg stars in this action/bio/drama based on actual events of a failed 2005 SEAL team mission. Co-stars Emile Hirsch and 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, historians 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.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
Rated PG
We remember these guys from the Rocky and His Friends (which included Bullwinkle, who always had the wrong hat)TV cartoon series; Sherman was the kinda dopey human boy sidekick to an inventive, scholarly dog, Mr. Peabody. We especially miss the Wayback Machine, which we never knew was actually spelled WABAC. Huh. Co-stars the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Allison Janney and Stephen Colbert.

NON-STOP
Rated PG-13
Liam Neeson may have found his niche as an action hero, despite his astonishing turn as Oskar Schindler – you know, that guy with that list. Here he’s an air marshal being texted by a bad guy on his transatlantic flight, threatening to kill passengers unless he gets $150 million. Co-stars Julianne Moore, Nate Parker and a guy named Scoot McNairy, which isn’t a very distinguished actor-name. Scoot … sounds like his next movie will be Jackass 4.5.

THE NUT JOB
Rated PG  
Will Arnett voices Surly, a rebellious squirrel banned from the park to roam the mean city streets. He plans his revenge: raid the nut store. Co-stars the vocal cords of Brendan Fraser, Katherine Heigl and Jeff Dunham.

OMAR
3 1/2 stars 
Not Rated • Opens March 7 at Sun-Ray Cinema
Reviewed in this issue.

PHILOMENA
4 stars
Rated PG-13  
Writer Martin (Steve Coogan) needs a career boost. Philomena (Dame Judi Dench) wants to find the son she was forced to give up by not-so-holy nuns decades earlier. 

POMPEII
Rated PG-13 
We did a fifth-grade report on Mt. Vesuvius and the terrible volcano that wiped out a whole civilization. Shoulda waited for the movie. Co-stars Dylan Schombing, Rebecca Eady and Kiefer Can’t-wait-to-be-Jack-Bauer-again Sutherland.

REPENTANCE
Rated R 
A spiritual advisor is supposed to help dispirited folks; here the advisor is Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie), who has a nutcase for a client, Angel (Forest Whitaker). Angel kidnaps Tommy and all hell breaks loose. With Sanaa Lathan and Mike Epps.

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 and Jay Pharoah.

ROBOCOP
1 star
Rated PG-13
This dreadful reboot of the 1987 cult classic is 108 minutes of blah action and half-measures. Co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.

SON OF GOD
2 1/2 stars 
Rated PG-13 
Devout Christians may find it powerful, casual church-goers may find it moving but a bit heavy-handed, and some non-Christians, agnostics and atheists may think it’s preachy. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who plays Mary, produced. Co-stars Sebastian Knapp, Adrian Schiller (Caiaphas), Diogo Morgado (Jesus) and Amber Rose Revah (Mary Magdalene). Every time we type the title of this movie, we can’t help but think of National Lampoon’s terrific Son-O’-God Comics, by the great Sean Kelly. Now that was some holy shit.

STALINGRAD
Rated R
Filmed on location in St. Petersburg, Russia, the action war drama is about Russian soldiers who held their own against the German army. In Russian and German.

WINTER’S TALE
Rated PG-13  
A petty yet hot thief burgles a mansion and encounters a young woman who’s sickly yet hot. Somehow they become intertwined for life and beyond. Or before. It’s kinda iffy. Co-stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay, and Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and William Hurt, who must be wondering what the hell their agents are on.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
3 1/2 stars
Rated R  
Hotshot stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a mansion, yacht, jet, cars, cocaine – everything money can buy. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. All right, all right, all right. 

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