Movie Guide | 6-13-14
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
“22 Jump Street” — Having conducted a successful narcotics operation posing as high school students, two undercover cops try to crack a new case at the local college. With Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Peter Stormare. Written by Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. (1:51) R.
“Accident” — A new restoration of the 1967 film about a married Oxford professor who struggles with his attraction to a young Austrian student. With Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker and Jacqueline Sassard. Written by Harold Pinter. Directed by Joseph Losey. (1:45) NR.
“All Cheerleaders Die” — A rebel teen enlists her fellow cheerleaders to get revenge on the captain of their school’s football team, but a supernatural turn of events changes her plan. With Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Brooke Butler. Written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. (1:29) NR.
“Before You Know It” — A documentary about gay senior citizens and the issues they face. Directed by P.J. Raval. (1:48) NR.
“Dormant Beauty” — A conflicted politician, a retired actress tending to a comatose daughter and a troubled young doctor trying to help a suicidal methadone addict grapple with their beliefs against the backdrop of a controversial right-to-euthanasia case. With Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo and Alba Rohrwacher. Written by Veronica Raimo, Stefano Rulli and Marco Bellocchio. Directed by Bellocchio. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:55) NR.
“Elena” — A documentary about a young Brazilian woman’s journey to New York with the dream of becoming an actress, as chronicled by her sister two decades later. Directed by Petra Costa. In Portuguese with English subtitles. (1:22) NR.
“Heli” — A young father and auto factory worker tries to protect his family from a conflict with brutal drug traffickers and the crooked local paramilitary police. With Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara and Linda Gonzalez. Written by Amat Escalante and Gabriel Reyes. Directed by Escalante. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” — A young Viking and his faithful dragon must protect both their kind from a power-hungry conqueror in this sequel to the 2010 animated film. With the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington and Cate Blanchett. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois. In 3-D. (1:45) PG.
“The Human Race” — Eighty strangers from all walks of life are forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. With Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee and Trista Robinson. Written and directed by Paul Hough. (1:28) NR.
“I Am I” — A woman meets her estranged father for the first time at her mother’s funeral, and when his eroding mental state leads him to think his daughter is his former wife, she goes along with his delusions to get to know him better. With Jocelyn Towne, Kevin Tighe and Jason Ritter. Written and directed by Towne. (1:27) NR.
“Ivory Tower” — A documentary examining the value of a college education as tuition rates rise and student loan debt passes $1 trillion. Directed by Andrew Rossi. (1:37) PG-13.
“Korengal” — A documentary exploring the experience of combat and the psychology of soldiers through interviews with a platoon of U.S. troops deployed in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Directed by Sebastian Junger. (1:30) R.
“Lullaby” — A man estranged from his family discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in 48 hours and seeks to reconcile. With Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins and Amy Adams. Written and directed by Andrew Levitas. (1:57) R.
“Policeman” — The alpha-male leader of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit clashes with a group of young extremists who are also his countrymen. With Yiftach Klein, Yaara Pelzig and Michael Mushonov. Written and directed by Nadav Lapid. In Hebrew and English, with English subtitles. (1:45) NR.
“The Rover” — Ten years after society has collapsed, a hardened loner has his car stolen by a gang of thieves and will go to any lengths to recover it. With Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and David Field. Written and directed by David Michod. (1:42) R.
“The Sacrament” — Two journalists as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister at a small religious-socialist community, and it quickly becomes apparent that things aren’t as idyllic as they seem. With Joe Swanberg, A.J. Bowen and Kentucker Audley. Written and directed by Ti West. (1:40) R.
“The Signal” — Three college students track a mysterious hacker and have a mysterious encounter, after which they wake up isolated and confused in a government facility. With Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. Written by William Eubank, Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. Directed by William Eubank. (1:37) PG-13.
“Test” — In 1985 San Francisco, a young understudy at a modern-dance company strikes up a relationship with a veteran dancer in the same company. With Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch and Kristoffer Cusick. Written and directed by Chris Mason Johnson. (1:29) NR.
“The World Famous Kid Detective” — A youngster who fancies himself a private eye must stop a crime wave across his hometown while keeping himself and his younger sister safe from an evil social worker. With Nick King and Karalena Morehead. Written by Margaret Langendorf. Directed by Timothy Kelly. (1:04) NR.
Also in theaters
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” — The wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man tries to balance his ordinary life as Peter Parker with his extraordinary responsibilities, while confronting powerful new enemies. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan. Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Directed by Marc Webb. In 3-D and Imax. (2:22) PG-13.
“Blended” — After a disastrous blind date, two single parents hope to never see each other again but end up stuck on the same family vacation with their respective children. With Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon and Terry Crews. Written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. Directed by Frank Coraci. (1:57) PG-13.
“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.
“Chef” — Having quit his job at a prominent restaurant over refusing to compromise his creative integrity, a chef teams with his ex-wife and son to start his own food truck. With Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo. Written and directed by Favreau. (1:55) NR.
“Edge of Tomorrow” — During an alien invasion in the near future, an inexperienced soldier is dropped into battle and promptly killed, only to wake up in a time loop and relive the battle over and over again, inching closer to victory each time. With Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Directed by Doug Liman. In 3-D and Imax. (1:53) PG-13.
“The Fault in Our Stars” — Two teenagers meet and fall in love at a cancer support group in this adaptation of the novel by John Green. With Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern and Sam Trammell. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Directed by Josh Boone. (2:05) PG-13.
“Godzilla” — The titanic monster Godzilla rises to restore balance to the natural order as humanity stands defenseless in this reboot of the famous kaiju franchise. With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche. Written by Max Borenstein. Directed by Garteh Edwards. In 3-D and Imax. (2:03) PG-13.
“The Grand Seduction” — To secure a lucrative business contract, the townsfolk of a Newfoundland fishing village band together to woo a big-city doctor there on a trial residence into sticking around. With Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch and Liane Balaban. Written by Michael Dowse and Ken Scott. Directed by Don McKellar. (1:55) PG-13.
“Heaven Is for Real” — When their young son awakens after a near-death experience, a small-town couple are stunned by his claims that he visited heaven and encountered biblical figures and deceased relatives. With Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Connor Corum. Written by Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker. Directed by Wallace. (1:40) PG.
“Maleficent” — A retelling of the classic “Sleeping Beauty” tale from the perspective of the villainess Maleficent, who suffered a betrayal that turned her once-pure heart to stone. With Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning and Sam Riley. Written by Linda Woolverton. Directed by Robert Stromberg. In 3-D and Imax. (1:37) PG.
“A Million Ways to Die in the West” — In the Wild West, a cowardly farmer backs out of a gunfight and loses his fickle girlfriend, only to fall for a beautiful new woman who helps him find his courage but also has some baggage in the form of an outlaw husband. With Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribisi. Written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Directed by MacFarlane. (1:56) R.
“Neighbors” — Having relocated to the suburbs to raise their newborn baby, two young parents begin feuding with the fraternity that moves in next door. With Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Written by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. (1:37) R.
“The Other Woman” — After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman strikes up an unlikely friendship with the man’s wife, and the two plot their revenge — with help from yet another of his mistresses. With Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kate Upton. Written by Melissa Stack. Directed by Nick Cassavetes. (1:50) R.
“Rio 2” — Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest, 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.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” — The mutant superheroes known as the X-Men join forces with their younger selves from the past to change a major historical event in hopes of saving the future. With Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Written by Simon Kinberg. Directed by Bryan Singer. In 3-D. (2:10) PG-13.