Movie Guide 5-24-13
Opening this week
“Becoming Traviata” — A documentary following the French stage director Jean-Francois Sivadier and the celebrated soprano Natalie Dessay through a production of the opera “La Traviata.” Directed by Philippe Beziat. In French with English subtitles. (2 hrs.) NR.
“Before Midnight” — Nine years after a fateful rendezvous in Paris and nearly two decades since their first meeting, an American writer and a French environmentalist once again spend an evening discussing life and love. With Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Written by Delpy, Hawke and Richard Linklater. Directed by Linklater. (1:48) R.
“Epic: — In this animated movie, a teenage girl is shrunk and transported to a fantastic realm where she joins a band of warriors to defend the natural world from destruction. With the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Christoph Waltz. Written by James V. Hart, William Joyce, Dan Shere, Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. Directed by Chris Wedge. In 3-D. (1:42) PG.
“Fast & Furious 6” — A federal agent recruits an expert wheelman and his outlaw racing crew to help take down an international gang of mercenary drivers in exchange for full pardons. With Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster. Written by Chris Morgan. Directed by Justin Lin. (2:10) PG-13.
“Fill the Void” — The youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hasidic family in Tel Aviv is torn between her own wishes and her family duty when her older sister dies during childbirth. With Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein and Irit Sheleg. Written and directed by Rama Burshtein. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (1:30) PG.
“A Green Story” — A biopic about Van Vlahakis, a Greek immigrant who arrived in America with $22 to his name and went on to found the multimillion-dollar company Earth Friendly Products. With Ed O’Ross, Shannon Elizabeth and Billy Zane. Written and directed by Nick Agiashvili. (1:37) NR.
“The Hangover Part III” — Having barely survived two previous nights of utter mayhem — first in Las Vegas, then in Thailand — friends reunite for yet another misadventure. With Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong. Written by Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin. Directed by Phillips. (1:40) R.
“The Painting” — In this animated film, the sketched and painted figures from several works by a French artist seek out their creator to find answers about themselves. With the voices of Kamali Minter, Michael Sinterniklaas and Eden Riegel. Written by Stephanie Sheh. Directed by Jean-Francois Laguionie. (1:18) NR.
“3 Geezers” — While researching an upcoming role, an actor meets the residents of a convalescent home and realizes his perceptions of the elderly may be misguided. With J.K. Simmons, Tim Allen and Mike O’Malley. Written by Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan and Anthony Cummings. Directed by Michelle Schumacher. (1:21) NR.
“Vampire” — A seemingly normal young man devoted to his teaching job and ailing mother secretly trawls online chat rooms in search of victims to satisfy his dark compulsion. With Kevin Zegers, Rachael Leigh-Cook and Adelaide Clemens. Written and directed by Shunji Iwai. (1:59) R.
“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” — A documentary about the rise and fall of Julian Assange and his creation of the controversial website WikiLeaks, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Directed by Alex Gibney. (2:10) R.
Also in theaters
“The Big Wedding” — A long-divorced couple are forced to pretend otherwise for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding when his ultra-conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway around the world to attend. With Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams. Written and directed by Justin Zackham. (1:30) R.
“The Company You Keep” — A public-interest lawyer and single father in the suburbs of Albany, N.Y., has his life upended when a brash young reporter exposes his identity as a former 1970s anti-war radical wanted for murder. With Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie. Written by Lem Dobbs. Directed by Redford. (2:05) R.
“The Croods” — In this animated film, a prehistoric family embarks on a journey to find a new home after their cave is destroyed. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders. In 3-D. (1:32) PG.
“Evil Dead” — In this remake of the 1981 horror film, five twentysomething friends holed up in a remote cabin discover a strange book and unwittingly summon dormant demons from the nearby woods. With Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Lou Taylor Pucci. Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues Mendez. Directed by Alvarez. (1:27) R.
“42” — A biopic about the legendary ballplayer Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. With Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie and Christopher Meloni. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland. (2:08) PG-13.
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” — Members of an elite special-ops force face off against an international terrorist organization while dealing with threats from within their own government. With Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Directed by Jon M. Chu. In 3-D. (1:50) PG-13.
“The Great Gatsby” — In the Roaring ‘20s, a Midwestern writer is drawn into the world of New York City’s upper crust, including his socialite cousin; her philandering husband; and an enigmatic, party-throwing playboy. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. Written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Directed by Luhrmann. In 3-D. (2:21) PG-13.
“Identity Thief” — An account representative travels halfway across the country to confront the con artist who has stolen his identity and is emptying his bank account. With Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet. Written by Craig Mazin. Directed by Seth Gordon. (1:51) R.
“Iron Man 3” — The playboy industrialist and armored superhero Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is brought to the brink of destruction by a new enemy known as the Mandarin. With Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle. Written by Drew Pearce and Shane Black. Directed by Black. In 3-D and Imax. PG-13. (2:05)
“Jurassic Park 3D” — A new 3-D conversion of the 1993 adventure film about an island theme park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (2:07) PG-13.
“Mud” — Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River and pledge to help him reunite with his girl and escape. With Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard and Reese Witherspoon. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. (2:10) PG-13.
“Oblivion” — After humans have evacuated a decimated Earth, one of the last drone repairmen on the planet has a startling encounter that causes him to question the past. With Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko. Written by Karl Gajdusek and Michael Debruyn. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. (2:04) PG-13.
“Olympus Has Fallen” — A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. Written by Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. (1:59) R.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” — A small-time circus magician finds himself hurled from Kansas to the fantastical land of Oz, where he tries to transform himself into a great wizard. With James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Sam Raimi. In 3-D. (2:10) PG.
“Pain and Gain” — Fed up with their lot in life, three Miami bodybuilders hatch a plan to kidnap and extort a wealthy businessman. With Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie and Tony Shalhoub. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Michael Bay. (2:09) R.
“Peeples” — A good-natured children’s entertainer crashes his girlfriend’s family weekend in the Hamptons to finally meet her imperious father and win his approval. With Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington and David Alan Grier. Written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism. (1:35) PG-13.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” — When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he’s thrust into a conflict with a police officer that has far-reaching consequences for both their families. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder. Directed by Cianfrance. (2:20) R.
“Scary Movie 5” — Two happily married young parents — a ballet dancer and an ape researcher — have to grapple with a malevolent supernatural presence in this fifth installment of the horror parody series. With Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex and Erica Ash. Written by David Zucker and Pat Proft. Directed by Malcolm Lee. (1:25) PG-13.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” — Capt. James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise embark on a manhunt to capture a terrorist mastermind. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and Zoe Saldana. Written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Directed by J.J. Abrams. (2:12) PG-13.
“Tyler Perry’s Temptation” — A marriage counselor throws her own marriage and career into chaos when she falls for her newest client, a handsome young billionaire. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. (1:51) PG-13.