Movie Guide | 4-4-14


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

“Alan Partridge” — After his radio station is taken over by a media conglomerate, a middle-aged DJ gets caught between his disgruntled, gun-toting former colleague and the police. With Steve Coogan, Felicity Montagu and Simon Greenall. Written by Coogan, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Armando Iannucci. Directed by Declan Lowney. (1:30) R.

“Alien Abduction” — A found-footage thriller about a family encountering an alien threat while on vacation in North Carolina. With Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid and Jillian Clare. Written by Robert Lewis. Directed by Matty Beckerman. (1:26) NR.

“Breathe In” — The arrival of a foreign exchange student in a small town in upstate New York upends the dynamics of her host family’s relationships. With Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan. Written and directed by Drake Doremus. (1:38) 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.

“Dom Hemingway” — After 12 years in prison, a cocky safecracker looks to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss, while also trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. With Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke. Written and directed by Richard Shepard. (1:33) R.

“A Farewell to Fools” — When a German soldier is found dead near a village in World War II-era Romania, the local madman is pressured by town leaders to take responsibility and save everyone else’s skin. With Gerard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel. Written by Anusavan Salamanian. Directed by Bogdan Dreyer. (1:30) 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.

“Goodbye World” — College friends reunite at a remote cabin in Northern California when a cyber attack cripples civilization. With Kerry Bishe, Caroline Dhavernas and Adrian Grenier. Written by Denis Henry Hennelly and Sarah Adina Smith. Directed by Hennelly. (1:39) NR.

“Hot Guys With Guns” — An actor preparing for a role as a TV detective and his ex-boyfriend investigate a series of robberies at private gay sex parties. With Leon Acord, John Ainsworth and Dalila Ali Rajah. Written and directed by Doug Spearman. (1:45) NR

“In the Blood” — When her new husband vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, a woman with a dark past finds herself embroiled in an underworld conspiracy. With Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet and Luis Guzman. Written by James Robert Johnston and Bennett Yellin. Directed by John Stockwell. (1:48) R.

“Jinn” — A newlywed man receives a cryptic message from his past that forces him to confront an ancient evil that has haunted his family for generations. With Ray Park, Faran Tahir and William Atherton. Written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad. (1:37) PG-13.

“Mistaken for Strangers” — A documentary chronicling the rock band the National on tour, as captured by the lead singer’s slacker brother. Directed by Tom Berninger. (1:15) NR.

“Nymphomaniac: Volume II” — Taken in by an older bachelor after being beaten and left in an alley, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac continues recounting her life story. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf. Written and directed by Lars von Trier. (2:10) NR.

“Refuge” — A young woman raising her two needy younger siblings tries to balance her personal life with her responsibilities. With Krysten Ritter, Brian Geraghty and Logan Huffman. Written and directed by Jessica Goldberg. (1:24) NR.

“10 Rules to Sleeping Around” — A couple on the verge of marriage are surprised to that hear their best friends’ secret to matrimony is having an open relationship. With Jesse Bradford, Tammin Sursok and Chris Marquette. Written and directed by Leslie Greif. (1:34) NR.

“Under the Skin” — A voluptuous woman of unknown origin seeks out isolated and forsaken men, lures them into her otherworldly lair, and strips them of their humanity. With Scarlett Johansson. Written by Jonathan Glazer and Walter Campbell. Directed by Glazer. (1:48) R.

“The Unknown Known” — A documentary profile of former Secretary of Defense and Iraq war architect Donald Rumsfeld, who discusses his career in Washington from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Directed by Errol Morris. (1:36) PG-13.

Also in theaters

“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.

“Divergent” — In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, a young woman who doesn’t fit into a single group discovers a conspiracy to destroy those like her. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Jai Courtney. Written by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Directed by Neil Burger. (2:20) PG-13.

“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.

“The Lego Movie” — In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. In 3-D. (1:41) PG.

“The Monuments Men” — A fact-based drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going to Germany to save rare antiques, art and architecture from theft and destruction by the Nazis. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Directed by Clooney. (1:58) PG-13.

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — In this animated film, a genius dog and his mischievous boy set out to undo the damage caused when the latter takes their time machine for a joy ride to impress a girl. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter and Allison Janney. Written by Craig Wright. Directed by Rob Minkoff. In 3-D. (1:22) PG.

“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.

“Ride Along” — In an effort to prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-headed Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in his latest case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. Written by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Directed by Tim Story. (1:40) 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.

“300: Rise of an Empire” — The Athenian general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the invading Persian King Xerxes and his navy. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Directed by Noam Murro. In 3-D and Imax. (1:43) R.

“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.

“Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” — Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond and form a support group to help one another overcome their personal challenges. With Nia Long, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown and Terry Crews. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. (1:51) PG-13.