Movie capsules

2014-02-27T00:00:00Z Movie capsulesJayne O'Sullivan Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Opening Friday

Chlorine — Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D’Onofrio are a couple trying to fix their marriage by considering investing in the housing market bubble. Not rated. 93 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything — After researching Victorian serial killers, novelist Simon Pegg must confront his fears. Rated R. 100 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

In Bloom — Teenage best friends, Eka and Natia live in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1992, after the end of the Soviet Union. Not rated. 102 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

Non-stop HH — Liam Neeson returns to kick some more bad-guy butt, this time playing an air marshal fighting terrorists during a trans-Atlantic flight. Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyongío (“12 Years a Slave”) are among the terrified passengers. Rated PG-13. 106 minutes. Review at azstarnet.com/entertainment Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Omar HH 1/2— A young Palestinian man becomes a freedom fighter and must face painful choices about life, love and resistance. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad. In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. Not rated. 98 minutes. Review on Page 13. Loft.

Son of God HH 1/2 — An epic-size look at the life of Jesus Christ, from birth to resurrection, played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. Rated PG-13. 140 minutes. Review on Page 13. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Stalingrad — During World War II, a band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against the German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two women living there. In Russian and German, with English subtitles. Rated R. 135 minutes. Not reviewed. Foothills

The Wind Rises HHH — The new animated film by Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”) steers clear of fantasy and delves into history to recount the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Review on Page 11. Park Place.

Oscars 2014

Where to see the Best Picture nominees

12 Years a Slave HHHH — Based on the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery in the south before the Civil War. Rated R. 134 minutes. Loft, Uptown.

American Hustle HHHH — David O. Russell (“The Silver Linings Playbook”) travels back to the 1970s for this crime caper inspired by the Abscam scandal about a con man (Christian Bale), his loony wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and his British partner in crime (Amy Adams) who are forced to collaborate with a loose-cannon FBI agent (Bradley Cooper). Their target: a New Jersey politician (Jeremy Renner). Rated R. 137 minutes. El Con, Foothills.

Captain Phillips HHH 1/2 — Tom Hanks delivers a career-high performance as the captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) in a suspenseful, you-are-there documentary style. Rated PG-13. 134 minutes. Crossroads, Oracle View.

Dallas Buyers Club HHH 1/2 — A drama based on the story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, who battled the medical establishment and the law after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and began smuggling anti-viral medications. With Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Rated R. 117 minutes. Loft, Uptown.

Gravity HHH 1/2 — Alfonso Cuaron’s astounding sci-fi epic, about two astronauts (George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) stranded in outer space, deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes. Foothills, Loft.

Her HHHH — In near-future Los Angeles, a lonely writer downloads an advanced operating system and begins to fall in love with his virtual companion. With Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. Written and directed by Spike Jonze. Rated R. 126 minutes. El Con.

Nebraska HHH 1/2 — Bruce Dern in a career-defining performance as an ornery coot who believes he’s won $1 million and heads to Nebraska to claim it. His son (Will Forte) reluctantly tags along, in Alexander Payne’s funny, poignant, absurd road movie. Rated R. 115 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Loft.

Philomena HHH — Stephen Frears, Academy Award-nominated director of “The Queen,” helmed this heartwarmer about a jaded journalist (Steve Coogan)who reluctantly takes an assignment to cover a woman (Judi Dench) searching for her son, who was taken from her 50 years earlier. Rated PG-13. 97 minutes. Desert Sky, El Con.

The Wolf of Wall Street HHH — The frequently collaborating duo of director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio brings to life the memoirs of ex-con Jordan Belfort. DiCaprio plays the trader who enjoyed the excesses of the 1990s financial industry a bit too excessively. Rated R. 180 minutes. El Con.

Continuing Friday

3 Days to Kill HH ½ — Kevin Costner stars as a fatally ill Secret Service agent who is offered an experimental drug that could save his life — if he carries out one last assignment. Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

About Last Night — David Mamet’s play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” filmed once before in the 1980s with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, gets another go-around with an African-American cast. Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant are the two couples trying to make their relationships work. Rated R. 100 minutes. Not reviewed. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues HHH — San Diego TV personality Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) expands his horizons by moving to New York to work at a 24-hour news station. His crew (Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner) come along for the ride. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum.

August: Osage County HH —Tracy Letts adapts his Pulitzer-prize winning play to the screen, with Meryl Streep as a domineering mother and Julia Roberts among her dysfunctional children. Rated R. 119 minutes. Desert Sky.

Blue Jasmine HHHH — Cate Blanchett storms her way through the title role of Woody Allen’s pastiche-y melodrama, about a fallen socialite seeking refuge in her sister’s flat. With Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins and Bobby Cannavale. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Crossroads.

The Book Thief HH — Nazi Germany is the setting for this drama about an orphan named Liesel (Sophie Nelisse), whose foster parents (the great Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) secretly harbor a Jewish refugee. Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Delivery Man HH 1/2 — Writer-director Ken Scott remakes his own French-Canadian 2011 comedy “Starbuck.” Vince Vaughn plays the underachiever who discovers his donations at sperm banks over a 20-year period made him the father of 533 children. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. Oracle View.

Endless Love — Scott Spencer’s novel about doomed romance gets a do-over, with Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde taking over from Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields as the young lovers who can’t keep their hands off each other, with disastrous results. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Not reviewed. Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Free Birds H1/2 — Directed by Jimmy Hayward, two turkeys team up to travel back in time to change history — and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, and George Takei lend their voices. Rated PG. 91 minutes. Oracle View.

Frozen HHHH — In Disney’s newest musical adventure, Anna (Kristen Bell) sets off in search of her exiled sister, the Snow Queen (Tony-winning Broadway luminary Idina Menzel), who has a King Midas-like touch — only everything she rests a hand on turns to ice. Rated PG. 108 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Pavilions.

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) — When his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, a roguish Roman journalist finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his hedonistic life. In Italian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 142 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

Grudge Match HH — Sylvester Stallone is an aging former champion lured out of retirement with a publicity stunt that pits him against his nemesis, the Kid (Robert De Niro). Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. Oracle View.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug HHH — Part two of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book pits Bilbo Baggins against a fearsome dragon. Rated PG-13. 161 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Homefront H1/2 — A retired DEA agent (Jason Statham) moves his family to a quiet small town, where he inadvertently makes an enemy of the local meth lord (James Franco). Rated R. 100 minutes.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire HH 1/2 — After winning the 74th Hunger Games competition, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) go on a victory tour that inadvertently sparks a rebellion. Rated PG-13. 146 minutes. Park Place.

I, Frankenstein H— Aaron Eckhart stars as the mad doctor’s creation, caught in an ancient war between gargoyles and demons. Rated PG-13. 93 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

In Secret — Based on the Emile Zola novel, set in 1860s Paris, a young woman in a loveless marriage has an affair which results in tragic consequences. Stars Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Lange. Rated R. 101 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads.

Inside Llewyn Davis HHH½ — Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen continue to top themselves with this melancholy, brutally funny story about a perpetually sad folksinger (Oscar Isaac) trying to eke out a living in 1960s bohemian New York City as a musician. Carey Mulligan is his bitter ex-girlfriend and Justin Timberlake plays a happy-go-lucky pop singer. Rated R. 106 minutes. Crossroads.

The Invisible Woman — Director Ralph Fiennes also portrays Charles Dickens, who takes a younger secret lover. With Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas. Rated R. 111 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Hunter HH — Chris Pine takes over from Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as Tom Clancy’s government-agent hero. The movie, about a financial terrorist plot, is based on an original screenplay by David Koepp and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also co-stars. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. Park Place.

The Legend of Hercules — Renny Harlin (“The Long Kiss Goodnight”) directs this new recounting of the adventures of the musclebound Greek hero (played by Kellan Lutz). Rated PG-13. 99 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads, Gateway.

The LEGO Movie HHH — The directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) return with this animated adventure based on the popular toys. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell provide the voices. Rated PG. 100 minutes. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

Lone Survivor HHH — Four Navy Seals on a covert mission to take down a high-level al Qaeda operative are ambushed in the mountains of Afghanistan and face insurmountable odds. With Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster. Written and directed by Peter Berg. Rated R. 121 minutes. Cinemark, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom HHH — A biopic chronicling the life, struggles and work of South African President Nelson Mandela, based on his autobiography of the same name. With Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Rated PG-13. 135 minutes. Gateway.

The Monuments Men HH 1/2 — George Clooney wrote, directed and stars in this crime caper about a World War II platoon assigned to steal art masterpieces from the Nazis and return them to their true owners. Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett round out the squad. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

The Nut Job HH 1/2 — Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl provide the voices for this animated adventure about a squirrel and a rat plotting a nut store heist. Rated PG. 85 minutes. Cinemark, Spectrum.

The Past HHH — An Iranian returns to Paris for his divorce, but discovers something about his estranged wife’s daughter. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. In French and Persian with subtitles. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Crossroads.

Pompeii HH — “Game of Thrones’” Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow) gets his first leading role in this giant-sized 3D epic about the doomed Roman city that was destroyed by volcano, tsunami and earthquake. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

Ride Along HH 1/2 — In the new comedy by director Tim Story (“Barbershop”) a security guard (Kevin Hart) goes on a 24-hour patrol with a cop (Ice Cube) to prove himself worthy of marrying the policeman’s sister. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Robocop HHH — Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent 1987 classic gets a tamer, less violent remake, starring Joel Kinnaman as the police officer in a crime-ridden Detroit who is half-human, half-machine. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Saving Mr. Banks HHH 1/2 — Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks is Walt Disney in this comic drama about their tumultuous collaboration on the making of 1964’s classic “Mary Poppins.” Rated PG-13. 125 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty HHH — Ben Stiller makes his directorial debut and plays the title character — loosely based on James Thurber’s New Yorker short story — about a milquetoast guy who frequently escapes into an imaginary world. Rated PG. 114 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

That Awkward Moment HH — Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller play three friends questioning whether or not to remain with their respective girlfriends. Rated R. 94 minutes. Park Place, Spectrum.

Thor: The Dark World HH — The hammer-wielding god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth) faces a new foe, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), more powerful than all of Asgard combine. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Walking with Dinosaurs HH 1/2 — Using 3-D computer-generated animation, this science-based adventure promises the most realistic look to date at what life on Earth was like when dinosaurs ruled the planet. Rated PG. 86 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Winter’s Tale — Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay star in this romantic fantasy about a man with the power of reincarnation trying to save his late beloved. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Not reviewed. El Con, Pavilions.

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