Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases
Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.
OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK
“Awakened” - Convinced that her jealous, verbally abusive, alcoholic father murdered her mother years earlier, a young woman returns to her hometown to uncover the truth. With Julianne Michelle, Steven Bauer and John Savage. Written by Joycelyn Engle. Directed by Engle and Arno Malarone. (1:51) NR.
“Boys of Abu Ghraib” - An American soldier develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee during the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib prison. With Luke Moran, Sean Astin and Sara Paxton. Written and directed by Moran. (1:42) R.
“Cesar Chavez” - A biopic about the Mexican-American union leader Cesar Chavez, who organized farm workers in California and across the southwestern U.S. With Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. Written by Keir Pearson and Timothy Sexton. Directed by Diego Luna. (1:38) PG-13.
“Finding Vivian Maier” - A documentary about Vivian Maier, a solitary Chicago nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as an accomplished and prolific street photographer. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. (1:23) NR.
“It Felt Like Love” - An awkward, lonely 14-year-old girl spending a summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood strives to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. With Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni and Ronen Rubinstein. Written and directed by Eliza Hittman. (1:20) NR.
“Just a Sigh” - An actress on a train to Paris for an audition has a chance encounter with and is drawn to a mysterious Irishman. With Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne. Written and directed by Jerome Bonnell. In English and French, with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
“Locker 13” - A nighttime janitor in an Old West theme park and his sage supervisor delve into the chilling mysteries surrounding and old locker. With Ricky Schroder, Jon Gries and Rick Hoffman. Multiple writers and directors. (1:30) NR.
“No God, No Master” - In 1919, an agent of the Bureau of Investigation, precursor to the FBI, probes a series of package bombs sent to prominent politicians and businessmen, uncovering an anarchist conspiracy. With David Strathairn, Sam Witwer and Ray Wise. Written and directed by Terry Green. (1:34) PG-13.
“Noah” - A man is chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Directed by Aronofsky. (2:17) PG-13.
“Rob the Mob” - A crazy-in-love Queens couple rob a string of mafia-run clubs and become targets of both the mob and the FBI. With Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda and Andy Garcia. Written by Jonathan Fernandez. Directed by Raymond De Felitta. (1:44) R.
“The Raid 2” - To protect his wife and infant son, a Jakarta police officer must infiltrate the criminal underworld and take on corrupt politicians and crooked cops. With Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra and Tio Pakusadewo. Written and directed by Gareth Evans. In Indonesian with English subtitles. (2:28) R.
“Sabotage” - An elite DEA agent and his task force successfully execute a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house and think their work is done - until the team members start being eliminated one by one. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams and Mirelle Enos. Written by Skip Woods. Directed by David Ayer. (1:50) R.
ALSO IN THEATERS
“American Hustle” - Two con men are compelled to work with a wild federal agent to concoct a sting targeting New Jersey power brokers and the mafia in this drama based on the FBI’s Abscam operation of the 1970s. With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Directed by Russell. (2:17) R.
“Divergent” - In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, a young woman who doesn’t fit into a single group discovers a conspiracy to destroy those like her. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Jai Courtney. Written by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Directed by Neil Burger. (2:20) PG-13.
“Frozen” - An optimistic princess sets off on a journey with a rugged mountain man to find her sister, whose icy powers have trapped their kindgom in an eternal winter. With the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Written by Jennifer Lee. Directed by Lee and Chris Buck. In 3-D. (1:48) PG.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” - At a European hotel between the wars, a concierge and a lobby boy get mixed up in the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Edward Norton and Saoirse Ronan. Written and directed by Wes Anderson. (1:40) R.
“The Lego Movie” - In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. In 3-D. (1:41) PG.
“The Monuments Men” - A fact-based drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going to Germany to save rare antiques, art and architecture from theft and destruction by the Nazis. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Directed by Clooney. (1:58) PG-13.
“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” - In this animated film, a genius dog and his mischievous boy set out to undo the damage caused when the latter takes their time machine for a joy ride to impress a girl. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter and Allison Janney. Written by Craig Wright. Directed by Rob Minkoff. In 3-D. (1:22) PG.
“Muppets Most Wanted” - While performing on an international tour, the Muppets gang find themselves unwittingly embroiled in an international crime caper. With Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Written by James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. Directed by Bobin. (1:52) PG.
“Need for Speed” - After serving two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a blue-collar mechanic seeks revenge against his rival and former partner via a high-stakes underground street race. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Ramon Rodriguez. Written by George Tatins. Directed by Scott Waugh. (2:10) PG-13.
“Non-Stop” - During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150 million ransom, or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. With Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. (1:45) PG-13.
“Ride Along” - In an effort to prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-headed Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in his latest case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. Written by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Directed by Tim Story. (1:40) PG-13.
“Son of God” - A film portraying the life of Jesus, from birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks and Adrian Schiller. Written by Nic Young. Directed by Christopher Spencer. (2:18) PG-13.
“3 Days to Kill” - A spy who is determined to give up his dangerous life and reconnect with his estranged family must complete one last mission - hunting down a ruthless terrorist - while also looking after his teen daughter for the first time in years. With Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Heard. Written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak. Directed by McG. (1:57) PG-13.
“300: Rise of an Empire” - The Athenian general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the invading Persian King Xerxes and his navy. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Directed by Noam Murro. In 3-D and Imax. (1:43) R.
“Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” - Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond and form a support group to help one another overcome their personal challenges. With Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown and Terry Crews. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. (1:51) PG-13.
“Veronica Mars” - On the eve of graduating law school and while interviewing at high-end law firms, the former PI Veronica Mars is drawn back into sleuthing when she learns her ex-boyfriend has been accused of murder. With Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter and Gaby Hoffman. Written by Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas. Directed by Thomas. (1:48) PG-13.