Movie Guide | 4-11-14
Editor’s note: 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
“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq” — A documentary portrait of ballerina Tanaquil le Clercq and her relationship with choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Directed by Nancy Buirski. (1:31) NR.
“Bad Country” — A Baton Rouge police detective busts a contract killer and turns him into an informant, but when a crime ring orders them both dead, they have to team to survive. With Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe and Neal McDonough. Written by Jonathan Hirschbein. Directed by Chris Brinker. (1:35) R.
“Cuban Fury” — Shamed into leaving the world of professional dance, a former prodigy resigned to an ordinary existence has his passion reignited by his new boss, who harbors a secret love for salsa dancing. With Nick Frost, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd. Written by Jon Brown. Directed by Chris Griffiths. (1:38) R.
“Detonator” — A once-prominent Philadelphia punk musician tries to adapt to his new life after moving outside the city with his girlfriend and their 5-year-old son, but a volatile figure from his past reappears. With Lawrence Michael Levine, Benjamin Ellis Fine and Robert Longstreet. Written and directed by Damon Maulucci and Keir Politz. (1:44) NR.
“Draft Day” — On the day of the NFL draft, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns trades for the No. 1 pick and has the onerous task of saving football in his city. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Directed by Ivan Reitman. (1:49) PG-13.
“Go With Le Flo” — A half-German, half-French delicatessen owner in Berlin falls for the daughter of a famous filmmaker, while his own best friend secretly pines for him. With Denis Aubert, Marina Senckel and Leslie Dubreuil. Written by Michael Glover and Mea Machrowiak. Directed by Glover. In German and French, with English subtitles. (1:22) NR.
“Ilo Ilo” — A 10-year-old Singaporean boy forges a bond with his Filipino caretaker while his parents try to stay afloat during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. With Koh Jia Ler, Yeo Yann Yann and Chen Tian. Written by and directed by Anthony Chen. In English, Chinese and Tagalog, with English subtitles. (1:39) NR.
“Jesus People” — A mockumentary chronicling the rise and fall of a Christian pop band called Cross My Heart. With Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mindy Sterling and Jennifer Elise Cox. Written by Dan Steadman and Rajeev Sigamoney. Directed by Jason Naumann. (1:28) NR.
“Joe” — A hot-tempered ex-con becomes an unlikely role model to a hard-luck 15-year-old boy. With Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan and Ronnie Gene Blevins. Written by Gary Hawkins. Directed by David Gordon Green. (1:57) R.
“Oculus” — A woman tries to exonerate her brother, recently released from a juvenile mental institution, for the murder of their parents by proving that they were killed by an antique mirror. With Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Rory Cochrane. Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Directed by Flanagan. (1:44) R.
“Only Lovers Left Alive” — Two world-weary, centuries-old vampire lovers come together again in Detroit, but their reunion is soon disrupted by the appearance of an uncontrollable younger sister. With Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. (2:03) NR.
“Perfect Sisters” — When their drug-addict mother plans to move her daughters in with her lecherous lover, the girls recruit their classmates to plot her murder. With Abigail Breslin, Mira Sorvino and Georgie Henley. Written by Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till. Directed by Stanly M. Brooks. (1:38) NR.
“Peter Brook: The Tightrope” — A documentary portrait of the contemporary theater director Peter Brook and his acting exercise known as “the tightrope.” Directed by Simon Brook. (1:26) NR.
“The Railway Man” — Decades after he was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during WWII, a former British army officer discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. With Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine and Nicole Kidman. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. (1:48) R.
“Rio 2” — Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rain forest, a family of birds get acquainted with the wild in this sequel to the 2011 animated film “Rio.” With the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement and Tracy Morgan. Written by Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. (1:41) G.
Also in theaters
“Bad Words” — A 40-year-old man exploits a loophole to enter and hijack a children’s spelling bee, and along the way he forges an unlikely alliance with a cheerful 10-year-old competitor. With Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Rohan Chand. Written by Andrew Dodge. Directed by Bateman. (1:29) R.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — While still adjusting to the modern world, the superhero Captain America returns to action alongside the Black Widow and a new ally, the Falcon, to thwart a conspiracy orchestrated by a formidable new enemy, the Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. (2:16) PG-13.
“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.
“Frankie and Alice” — A black go-go dancer works with a psychotherapist and struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two alter egos: a 7-year-old child and a Southern white racist woman. With Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgard and Phylicia Rashad. Written by Cheryl Edwards, Marko King, Mary King, Jonathan Watters, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Directed by Geoffrey Sax. (1:41) R.
“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.
“Le Week-End” — A long-married middle-class British couple attempt to re-invigorate their marriage by returning to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon. With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Hanif Kureishi. Directed by Roger Michell. (1:33) NR.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.