Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 15, 2013

Movie Capsules: 03/15/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

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The Call: When veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, she soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past to save the girl’s life. Rated R. (HOR)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: When a street magician’s stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage their act — and their friendship — by staging their own daring stunt. Rated PG-13. (HOR)

Showing locally

21 and Over: The night before his big medical school exam, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends. Rated R. (HOR)

A Good Day to Die Hard: John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist. Rated R. (HOR)

Amour: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. Rated PG-13. (GAR)

Beautiful Creatures: Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Rated PG-13. (HOR)

Dark Skies: As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. Rated PG-13. (HOR)

Dead Man Down: In New York City, a crime lord’s right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution. Rated R. (HOR)

Escape from Planet Earth: Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet. Rated PG. (GT9)

Hansel and Gretel — Witch Hunters: In this spin on the fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Rated R. (HOR)

Identity Thief: Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy’s identity. Rated R. (GT9)

Jack and the Giant Slayer: A young farmhand gets swept into the realm of legend when he must defend his land from a seemingly unstoppable force of giant warriors. Rated PG-13. (GT9)

Mama: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for five years ... but how alone were they? Rated PG-13. (HOR)

Oz the Great and Powerful: A small-time magician arrives in an enchanted land and is forced to decide if he will be a good man or a great one. Rated PG. (GT9)

Quartet: At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. Rated PG-13. ( ER, SB)

Safe Haven: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. Rated PG-13. (GT9)

Side Effects: Emily and Martin are a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist — intended to treat anxiety — has unexpected side effects. Rated R. (HOR)

Silver Linings Playbook: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Rated R. (HOR)

Snitch: A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal. Rated PG-13. (GT9)

The Last Exorcism Part II: As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan. Rated PG-13. (HOR)

Warm Bodies: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world. Rated PG-13. (HOR)

Zero Dark Thirty: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. Rated R. (ST)

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), and The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY).