4 stars GIBSON
3 stars IN AND OUT
2 stars VESPER
1 star DRY
12 YEARS A SLAVE
Chiwetel Ejiofor is a force of nature in this powerful film, based on actual events. He plays Solomon, a free black man living in upstate New York before the Civil War. He's abducted, then sold into slavery for 12 cruel years. When he encounters an abolitionist from Canada, he believes his misery may come to an end. Co-starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Quvenzhané Wallis.
3 1/2 stars
In Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) family, the Lake men reach maturity in a special way: They learn they can time-travel. Tim falls in love with Mary (Rachel McAdams) and after many first impressions, she falls for him, too. Now he’s got to plan the rest of his life. Co-stars Bill Nighy.
ALL IS LOST
3 1/2 stars
When his 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean, a man sailing alone (Robert Redford) is knocked out. Then he wakes up and sees his vessel is taking on water. Unable to make contact with the outside world, he sails on into a violent storm with nothing but his strength and mariner’s intuition. Redford's performance is said to be Oscar-worthy.
Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), a signature “Jackass” character, and his impressionable young grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), go on a wild hidden-camera road trip across America, placing real citizens in some unreal, over-the-top situations.
THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY
Rated R • Opens Nov. 15
This comedy, just in time for the holidays, has the best-looking cast we've ever seen. Really: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrance Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Eddie Cibrian and Atif Lanier.
3 1/2 stars
This real-life drama is based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Captain Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks plays Phillips, a sea captain whose cargo ship is boarded by Somali pirates – Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Bilal (Barkhad Abdirahman), Najee (Faysal Ahmed) and Elmi (Mahat M. Ali) – in April 2009.
2 1/2 stars
Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), pushed to the edge by a prank at her senior prom, unleashes her telekinetic powers in the remake of the 1976 horror classic, based on a Stephen King novel. Also starring Julianne Moore and Judy Greer; directed by Kimberly Peirce.
2 1/2 stars
After seeing his late mother in a vision, Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) goes to Bucharest, Romania. He falls in love with Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), a musician who is already married to Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), an insane and violent crime boss. Fredik Bond directs the romantic comedy action film, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Also starring Rupert Grint, Vincent D’Onofrio and Melissa Leo.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2
2 1/2 stars
This sequel is merely a rehash of the first one: same problems, different version. Kids will love the food creatures, though. Co-starring the voices of Bill Hader, James Caan, Anna Faris, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt and the delightful Neal Patrick Harris.
Hoping to make a one-time deal that would secure his financial future, a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) takes a dip into drug trafficking and learns it can be harder to quit than he imagined. Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt fill out an all-star cast. Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Counselor” is the screenwriting debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy (“The Road”).
In the not-so-distant future, the International Military searches for a young soldier to command troops into battle against an alien foe. Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) chooses bright young mind Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) to lead the fight to determine the future of Earth.
3 1/2 stars
The late James Gandolfini has a marvelous turn as Albert, a sweet, single man approaching the empty-nest stage. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a masseuse in the same boat – her daughter’s going away to college. They meet, begin dating and really click. Eva’s new friend Marianne (Catherine Keener) starts pissing and moaning about her ex-husband’s many faults, making Eva doubt her feelings for Albert.
Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), an expert on high-tech security, is wrongly imprisoned and must recruit Emil Rottmayer (Stallone’s “Expendables” co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger) to make a plan to escape “The Tomb” – the most impenetrable prison ever built.
This animated comedy, with voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler and George Takei, explores time travel – for two determined turkeys who don't want to be the main course for the holidays.
The mind-blowing, out-of-this-world survival story from director Alfonso Cuaron stars Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone, a medical engineer, and George Clooney as experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky. While outside the ship making repairs, the astronauts’’ communication with Houston (it’s Ed Harris’ voice we hear at NASA – who else?) is severed by debris from an exploding satellite. They’re left tethered together, floating 375 miles above a stark blue Earth far below. How will they survive in the most unsuitable environment imaginable?
I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL
Ja Rule (aka Jeff Atkins) plays Miles Montego, a wealthy playa who’s a retired drug trafficker. He falls for Vanessa (Adrienne Bailon) who’s squeaky clean.
INEQUALITY FOR ALL
2 1/2 stars
Rated PG • Starts Nov. 15 at Sun-Ray Cinema
As the 1 percenters get richer and the rest of us don't, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich seeks to raise awareness of the yawning chasm that separates us.
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2
2 1/2 stars
A possessed Josh (Patrick Wilson) has just killed psychic Elise (Lin Shaye) and Josh’s wife Renai (Rose Byrne) is in shock. Demons have followed Josh and Renai’s son Dalton (Ty Simkins) back from the Further (a purgatory-type place where demons latch onto humans and rejoin the living).
Krrish (Hrithik Roshan) is a Bollywood superhero, annihilating bad guys and resurrecting the dead. With Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut. The sci-fi action-adventure is in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
Sixty-something-year-olds Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) get together in Las Vegas to throw a bachelor party for their last remaining single friend, Billy (Michael Douglas), who’s getting married to his much younger girlfriend. The friends attempt to quit acting their age in this geriatric version of the “Hangover.”
THE MOTEL LIFE
Rated R • Sun-Ray Cinema
Two brothers (Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff) live in a motel outside Reno, Nev., with little support in life except each other. A deadly car accident changes their lives. Co-stars Kris Kristofferson and Dakota Fanning.
Rated PG • Sun-Ray Cinema
This legendary music studio Fame in rural Alabama has been the recording mecca of choice for the world’s greatest rock and blues musicians: Aretha, Bono, Mick, Gregg, Etta and hundreds more. Founder Rick Hall’s vision of diversity and excellence influenced timeless genius that continues today.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Reviewed in this issue.
Gypsy Cab’s Corner Bar offers dinner and a movie, featuring this "psychological road trip film," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 (dinner 6:30 p.m.) at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, $8 plus meal price, 823-8700, stjohnsculture.com. Proceeds benefit St. Johns Cultural Council, 808-7330, stjohnsculture.com.
HOLOPAW & ROGER BEEBE PRESENT: THE CONGRESS OF BEAUTY
Gainesville band Holopaw plays a set from their latest LP, "Academy Songs Vol. 1," while Beebe screens found footage and original abstract camera-less experiments, using five 16mm projectors, Nov. 15 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com. Call for time and prices.
FILM 101 with RICHARD HELL
The author/musician presents “2046” at 7 p.m. and “The Lady from Shanghai” at 9:20 p.m., followed by a Q&A, Nov. 16 at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $19 for two films, $10 for one, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.
LATITUDE 30 MOVIES
“We're the Millers” screens at CineGrille, Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside. Call for showtimes. 365-5555.
WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX THEATER
“Gravity: An IMAX 3D Experience,” “Great White Shark 3D,” “Tornado Alley 3D” and “The Last Reef 3D” are screened at World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" starts Nov. 21.
SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME
Flagler College presents the film as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American film series, 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the college’s Gamache-Koger Theater in Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, free, 819-6282, flagler.edu/our-community.