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Nov. 20-26 Movies Calendar

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Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, right) wows Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and might just spark a revolution in Panem in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars     ELLEN RIPLEY

3 stars     LISBETH SALANDER

2 stars     KATNISS EVERDEEN

1 star     LARA CROFT

 

NOW SHOWING

12 YEARS A SLAVE

4 stars

Rated R

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.

 

ABOUT TIME

3 1/2 stars

Rated R

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

Rated PG-13

When his 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container in the Indian Ocean, a man sailing alone (Robert Redford, in an Oscar-worthy performance) 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.

 

BAD GRANDPA

2 stars

Rated R

Signature “Jackass” character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) 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

2 stars

Rated R

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.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

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.

 

CARRIE

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

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.

 

CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

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 married to Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), an insane, violent crime boss. Fredrik Bond directs the rom-com-action film, which premiered at 2013's Sundance Film Festival. Co-starring Rupert Grint, Vincent D’Onofrio and Melissa Leo.

 

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

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.

 

THE COUNSELOR

3 stars

Rated R

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”).

 

DELIVERY MAN

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Nov. 22

Reviewed in this issue.

 

DIANA

*G@@

Rated PG-13

This film attempts to answer questions about Princess Diana's final two years, but succeeds to only muddy the facts. With Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews and Douglas Hodge.

 

ENDER’S GAME

3 stars

Rated PG-13

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.

 

ENOUGH SAID

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

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.

 

ESCAPE PLAN

3 stars

Rated R

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), an expert on high-tech security, is wrongly imprisoned. He recruits Emil Rottmayer (Sly’s “Expendables” co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger) to escape “The Tomb” – the most impenetrable prison ever built.

 

FREE BIRDS

2 stars

Rated PG

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 want to not be the main course for the holidays.

 

GRAVITY

4 stars

Rated PG-13

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?

 

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Nov. 22

In Part 2 of the popular trilogy, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is a celebrity warrior hero being manipulated by the Capitol's leader Snow (Donald Sutherland). There's revolution in the air due to her win at the Games. Co-starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields and Jack Quaid.

 

I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL

*@@@

Rated PG

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.

 

KRRISH 3

3 stars

Not Rated

Krrish (Hrithik Roshan) is a Bollywood superhero, annihilating bad guys and resurrecting the dead. The sci-fi action-adventure is in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil and co-stars Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut.

 

LAST VEGAS

2 stars

Rated PG-13

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.”

 

MASALA FICUS

Not Rated

The new Indian film co-stars Venkatesh, Jaya Prakash Reddy and Anjali. In Telegu.

 

RAM-LEELA

3 stars

Not Rated

The new romantic drama co-stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. In Hindi.

 

SUNLIGHT JR.

2 stars

Not Rated • Sun-Ray Cinema

Richie (Matt Dillon) and Melissa (Naomi Watts) are expecting a baby — usually happy news but in their case, not so much. She's a minimum-wage worker who's just been canned and he's a paraplegic. They get tossed out of their motel home and now face real hardship.

 

THANKS FOR SHARING

2 1/2 stars

Rated R • Sun-Ray Cinema

Sex addiction is no laughing matter, but this rom-com tries anyway, observing the ups and downs of 12-step programs. The excellent Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins co-star with the vapid Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as Pink and Carol Kane.

 

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

3 stars

Rated PG-13

The sequel, with more action and special effects, stars Chris Hemsworth as the golden-tressed Thor and Natalie Portman as his Earth-time girlfriend Jane. Co-starring Christopher Eccleston, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard.

 

 

 

OTHER FILMS

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME

Flagler College presents the film, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American series, 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, free, 819-6282, flagler.edu/our-community.

 

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

“The Hunger Games" screens before the premiere of the new film, 5 p.m. Nov. 21. “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. 

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