Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 24, 2014

Movie Capsules: 01/24/2014


Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Gimme Shelter: A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her dad and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative. Rated PG-13 for violence, mature thematic material, language and some drug content. (HOR)

I, Frankenstein: Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action and fantasy violence. (HOR)

Showing locally

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, BIJ)

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. (GT9)

August - Osage County: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material. (GT9)

Dallas Buyers Club: In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them. Rated R for nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some strong sexual content. (HOR)

Devil’s Due: After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Rated R for language and some bloody images. (HOR)

Dogman2: The Wrath of the Litter: Hank Purvis still enjoys the outdoors and loves to hunt. He and his wife Dorothy continue to live on their family farm in the rural Midwest. The picturesque autumn woodlands are a wonderful place to be. It’s been a year since the Dogman terrorized this community and nearly killed Hank. But now, things seem to have settled down, everyone has gotten back to their routine. But things are not well. Unseen, in the nearby forest is a nest of Dogman pups, coming of age. They now stand upright nearly seven feet tall and begin fulfilling their terrifying destiny. They need to be stopped. One by one. (GAR)

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 some action and mild rude humor. (GT9)

Inside Llewyn Davis: Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. Rated R for language including some sexual references. (HOR, ST)

Jack Ryan - Shadow Recruit: Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language. (HOR)

Lone Survivor: Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wings”. Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language. (HOR)

Nebraska: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Rated R for some language. (BAY)

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 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references. (ER)

Ride Along: Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language. (HOR)

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 including some unsettling images. (GT9, ST)

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 frightening images and fantasy action violence. (GT9)

The Nut Job: Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury’s Nut Store. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor. (GT9)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence. (GT9)

The Thing: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. Rated R. (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 for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor. (GT9)

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).