Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 20, 2013

Movie Capsules: 12/20/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

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American Hustle: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. (HOR)

Anchorman 2-The Legend Continues: With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence. (HOR, GT9, BIJ)

Kill Your Darlings: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Rated R for sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence. (ST)

Saving Mr. Banks: Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements. (HOR, ST)

Walking with Dinosaurs: See and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, in a story where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages. Rated PG. (GT9)

Showing locally

Delivery Man: An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief violence and language. (HOR)

Frozen: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Rated PG for mild rude humor. (GT9, GAR)

Philomena: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Rated PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references. (BAY)

The Book Thief: While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material. (HOR)

The Hobbit-The Desolation of Smaug: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. (HOR, GT9)

The Hunger Games - Catching Fire: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, a suggestive situation and language. (HOR)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on rural town when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. Rated PG-13 for sexual references, crude humor and language. (HOR)

Information is based on data available at press time from Traverse City area Carmike theaters (GT9, HOR), the State Theatre (ST), Bijou by the Bay (BIJ), the Garden Theatre in Frankfort (GAR), the Elk Rapids Cinema (ER) and The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay (BAY).