what’s showing at the movies-march 2014

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Non-Stop An air marshall must prevent a grave threat on an international flight. Liam Neeson stars in this suspenseful thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery, Bar Paly. Rated PG-13

Son of God The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Starring Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Amber Rose Revah, Darwin Shaw. Rated PG-13

Stalingrad Set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counterattack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of Stalingrad on the other side of the Volga, but the operation to cross the river is unsuccessful. A few soldiers who managed to get to the other side take refuge in a house on the bank of Volga. Here they find a girl who didn’t escape when the Germans came. While the whole might of the German army descends onto them, the heroes of Stalingrad experience love, loss, joy, and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die. They defend the house at all costs while the Red Army prepares for another attack. Rated R

March 7
300: Rise Of An Empire Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel “Xerxes,” and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. The film pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – The Wabac – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history. Rated PG

March 14
Need For Speed Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever, with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless. Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic takes on the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. Rated PG-13

Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.  Starring: Nia Long (May), Amy Smart (Hillary), Cocoa Brown (Lytia), Terry Crews (Branson), William Levy (Manny), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Jan), and Tyler Perry (T.K.). Rated PG-13

March 21
Divergent In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson.

Muppets Most Wanted The entire Muppets gang is on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Gervais. Fey is featured as Nadya, a feisty prison guard. Featuring voices of: Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais. Rated PG

March 28
Noah The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins.

March 4 FREEDOM RIDERS Flagler College will present this film as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ African-American film series. The film will be screened at 7 pm in the Virginia Room of the Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Free and open to the public. Call 819-6282 or visit flagler.edu/IdeasAndImages for more information.

Sun-Ray Cinema
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Opening March 7 OMAR Academy Award-nominated film about a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.
March 15 THE GREAT FLOOD Filmmaker Bill Morrison will be in attendance at the screening of his documentary about the most destructive river flood in American history, the Mississippi River Flood of 1927. The river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the Great Migration of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer-guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.
Opening March 28 THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL This film directed by Wes Anderson takes you on the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

March 28 – 30 The WJCT 3X5 Classic Film Festival In keeping with WJCT’s mission, the film festival’s goal is to encourage appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema by presenting the most outstanding films produced from the 1930s through the 1970s. The 3 x 5 Classic Film Festival will kick off with an Opening Night Reception featuring piano jazz performer John Thomas. The reception will be followed by Orson Well’s most famous film CITIZEN KANE. Saturday will be a daylong event with a Tinsel Town trifecta starting with the musical fantasy adventure and family favorite, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Fans of one of the best-known films in American popular culture are encouraged to come early and participate in a festive fan experience filled with food, entertainment and a costume contest for the best Wizard of Oz character. The fun goes into the evening with the showing of the classic comedy-drama MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON followed by legendary Hollywood couple Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in THE BIG SLEEP. The festival wraps up on Sunday, March 30th with the afternoon feature, Hitchcock’s thriller, NOTORIOUS. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. For complete schedule, tickets and more info visit pvconcerthall.com.