Traverse City Record-Eagle

Arts & Entertainment

August 31, 2012

Movie Capsules: 08/31/2012

New this week

Lawless: Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. (HOR)

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure: The Oogieloves — Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie — set out to find five magical balloons that will make their good friend Schluufy's surprise birthday party extra-special. Rated G. (GT9)

The Possesion: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences. (HOR)

Showing locally

The Avengers: Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. (HOR, CB)

Brave: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Rated PG for some scary action and rude humor. (GT9, CB)

The Bourne Legacy: An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. Rated PG-13 for violence and action sequences. (HOR)

The Campaign: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center. Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity. (GT9, GAR)

The Dark Knight Rises: Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. (GT9, HOR)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days: School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Rated PG for some rude humor. (GT9)

The Expendables 2: Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout. (HOR)

Hit and Run: Former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charlie's former gang chase them on the road. Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content. (HOR)

Hope Springs: After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality. (BAY, GT9)

Ice Age Continental Drift: Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. Rated PG for mild rude humor and action/peril. (ER)

2016 Obama's America: A journey into the heart of the world's most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man's past will redefine America over the next four years. Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language and smoking images. (HOR)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. (GT9)

ParaNorman: A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language. (GT9)

Premium Rush: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language. (HOR)

Sparkle: Set in the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking. (GT9)

Information is based on data available at press time from Traverse City area Carmike theaters (GT9, HOR), the State Theatre (ST), the Garden Theatre in Frankfort, (GAR) the Elk Rapids Cinema (ER), Cherry Bowl Drive-In (CB) and The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY)

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