MOVIES

Oct. 30-Nov. 5 Movies Calendar

What's showing at area theaters

Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfly star in "Ender's Game."
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FILM RATINGS

4 stars   FORREST GUMP

3 stars   CHARLIE WILSON

2 stars   DET. SCOTT TURNER

1 star   LARRY CROWNE

 

NOW SHOWING

BAD GRANDPA

2 stars

Rated R

Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville), a signature “Jackass” character, and his impressionable grandson, Billy (Jackson Nicoll), go on a wild hidden camera road trip across America, placing real citizens in some unreal and over-the-top situations.

 

BAGGAGE CLAIM

1 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

Attractive flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful career woman, is feeling the pressure: Her little sister’s getting married, and she’s still single. She’s got 30 days to get hitched, so she starts culling through the dregs of past loves. Never a good plan.

 

BATTLE OF THE YEAR

1 STAR

Rated PG-13

The battle referred to is for dancing, as gutsy and talented Americans dance against the best dancers in the world.

 

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

3 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. It’s a helluva story, told with competence by all involved. It’s also the type of drama that gets nominated for writing, directing and acting Oscars.

 

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.

 

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 the drug trafficking world and soon finds that it can be harder to exit 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 also the screenwriting debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormack McCarthy (“The Road”).

 

DON JON

3 stars

Rated R

The much-acclaimed film, written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt offers brutally honest truths that will strike a chord in us all. Jon (Gordon-Levitt) and buddies Bobby (Rob Brown) and Danny (Jeremy Luke) are single young men who play the field – none more successfully than the blasé Jon. Then he meets babe Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), and everything changes. Co-starring a surprisingly adept Tony Danza and Julianne Moore.

 

ENDER’S GAME

3 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Nov. 1

In the not-so-distant future, the International Military is in search of a young soldier to lead troops into a battle against an alien foe. Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) chooses bright young mind Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) to lead the fight that will determine the future of Earth.

 

ESCAPE PLAN

3 stars

Rated R

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. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the action flick co-stars Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent).

 

THE FIFTH ESTATE

3 stars

Rated R

Events surrounding the first three years of WikiLeaks, the modern journalism website founded by Australian internet activist Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and leading up to the site’s 2010 release of the Afghan War Documents are recounted. These documents chronicled the U.S. government’s mistakes, deaths of civilians, Taliban attacks and more over a six-year period. Not surprisingly, the government wasn’t happy. The central question director Bill Condon (“Kinsey”) raises — a question that is as much a sign of modern times as any film this year — is where should the line be drawn between the public’s right to know and an organization’s right to secrecy?

 

FREE BIRDS

2 stars

Rated PG • Opens Nov. 1

Two turkeys from different walks of life, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson), travel back in time to rewrite history and prevent the tradition of eating turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.

 

GRACE UNPLUGGED

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG

The inspirational drama stars AJ Michalka as Gracie, a young singer who hopes her faith is strong enough to take her to the top.

 

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 greenhorn medical engineer, and George Clooney as experienced astronaut Matt Kowalsky. While outside the ship making repairs, debris from an exploding satellite severs the astronauts’ communication with Houston (it's Ed Harris' voice we hear at NASA – who else?), leaving them tethered together and floating 375 miles above a stark blue Earth far below. They must work together to survive in the most unsuitable environment imaginable for human beings.

 

I'M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL

1 star

Rated PG

Ja Rule (aka Jeff Atkins) plays Miles Montego, a wealthy playa who's a <> drug trafficker. He falls for Vanessa (Adrienne Bailon) who's squeaky-clean.

 

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

2 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13

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), and a move to Grandma Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) house doesn’t help.

 

LAST VEGAS

2 stars

Rated PG-13 • Opens Nov. 1

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 is getting married to his much younger girlfriend. The friends attempt to quit acting their age in this geriatric version of the “Hangover.”

 

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

2 stars

Rated PG-13

Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a character based on the White House butler who served U.S. presidents over three decades, witnessing many of the 20th century’s biggest moments.

 

MACHETE KILLS

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

The sequel to “Machete” – well-received by action fans and critics alike – must up the ante on the camp, blood and body count. The antihero Machete (Danny Trejo) tries to take down billionaire arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), who’s planning to launch weapons in space to ignite a war. Machete is recruited by the President of the United States – played by Charlie Sheen – we’re not kidding – for the mission, because it “would be impossible for any mortal man.” Directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-starring Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Vanessa Hudgens, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lady Gaga. (Still not kidding.)

 

METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER

3 stars

Rated R

Not your average behind-the-scenes music doc. Dane DeHaan plays Trip, a roadie for Metallica who’s tasked with a do-or-die assignment during a concert. Easy, right? Wrong. After a dry spell, the metal masters got their shit together; here they bare their souls a bit. And special effects are awesome. With original members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.

 

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

2 stars Rated PG

The sequel opens with Percy (Logan Lerman), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) at Camp Half-Blood, the only place where demigods can live in peace. Or so they think. They’re forced to recover the Golden Fleece, which is located in – you guessed it – the Sea of Monsters (aka the Bermuda Triangle).

 

PRISONERS

3 stars

Rated R

This crime thriller stars Hugh Jackman as a father desperate to find his daughter and her friend, missing under mysterious and potentially terrifying circumstances. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Maria Bello.

 

RIDDICK

2 1/2 stars

Rated R

Escaped convict Riddick (Vin Diesel) is left for dead – you know how that usually goes – and faces an alien race of predators and bounty hunters who want him dead in the franchise that started with 2000’s “Pitch Black.” Co-starring Karl Urban and Jordi Molla. Directed by David Twohy.

 

RUNNER RUNNER

2 stars

Rated R

Richie Furst’s (Justin Timberlake) success at online poker pays for grad school at Princeton – for a while. When he loses, he goes to Costa Rica to meet offshore businessman Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Ivan recruits Richie (not knowing Richie thinks Ivan cheated him) to work for his gambling empire, but the stakes get higher when the feds want Richie to help bust Ivan. Directed by Brad Furman, the drama co-stars Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie.

 

RUSH

3 stars

Rated R

The story of Formula One racing archrivals in 1976, director Ron Howard’s latest film is a fascinating character study of polar opposites with one thing in common: winning. Adrenaline junkie James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) is reckless and self-centered, living the high life on and off the track. Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) is grounded and super-serious; he comes from money, and uses it, along with his vast knowledge of racing, to build the fastest car possible.

 

WADJDA

4 stars

Rated PG

Wadjda, 10, yearns for a bicycle so she can beat a neighborhood boy in a race; her mother won’t allow it because of the notion that a bicycle is hazardous to a girl’s virtue. The determined Wadjda has no choice but to raise the money herself. This, the first feature film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, is also the first feature film to be made by a female Saudi filmmaker.

 

WE’RE THE MILLERS

3 stars

Rated R

Small-time drug dealer David (Jason Sudeikis) uses the “perfect family” façade when he’s offered $100,000 to bring back “a little bit” of weed from Mexico. The family includes stripper Rose (Jennifer Aniston), latchkey teenager Kenny (Will Poulter) and homeless teen Casey (Emma Roberts).

 

OTHER FILMS

SANGUIVOROUS

Accompanied by a live score from Tatsuya Nakatani and Eugene Chadbourne comes the first silent Japanese vampire movie, “Sanguivorous,” screens 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St., Five Points, $12, 359-0047, sunraycinema.com.

 

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY

In support of its newest exhibit, “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” MOSH screens “Deep Impact” on the rooftop, 7:15 p.m. Nov. 9, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, $8, 396-7062, themosh.org.

 

LATITUDE 30 MOVIES

“Elysium” and "Despicable Me 2" screen, 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, World Golf Hall of Fame Village IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, 940-IMAX, worldgolfimax.com. 

 

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