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Playbill - At The Movies

Listings are for Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 and are subject to change. For times at the Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.

American Sniper (3): Clint Eastwood directed this true story about Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), who was America’s most successful sniper but had trouble adjusting to life back home. The Associated Press says it’s Mr. Eastwood’s best movie in years, and most other critics agree. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4:30 and 7:40. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at noon, 3:10, 6:20 and 9:30 and also at 12:30, 4, 7:10 and 10:15. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (3): Michael Keaton won a Golden Globe for his performance in this movie about an actor struggling to put on a Broadway play. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful, Amores Perros) directs this imaginative and emotional film, which also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:25, 4:40 and 7:30. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Black or White (opening): Kevin Costner stars in a drama about two families, one black and one white, who get involved in a custody fight over a little girl. Octavia Spencer is on the black side of the fight, and the movie attempts to comment on race relations in America, with critically mixed results. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

The Boy Next Door (2): Advance information on this thriller is a bit sparse. Jennifer Lopez stars as a teacher, apparently, who gets too close to the student who lives next door. R. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35 and 10.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (7): Director and writer Peter Jackson returns for the third in a trilogy of stories based on Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Yes, it’s true: Evil is afoot, and the fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance. Shiloh 14 at noon, 3:20, 6:40 and 10.

The Imitation Game (4): This movie tells the story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a British mathematician charged with breaking Nazi code during World War II. The urgent and complex task is complicated by Turing’s arrogance and hidden homosexuality. Critics have enthusiastically embraced this film, which also stars Keira Knightley. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:55. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Into the Woods (6): This well regarded Disney film of the Stephen Sondheim musical blends a handful of fairy tale characters into a musical smorgasbord, among them Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), and a witch played by Meryl Streep. Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt also star. PG. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 3:30, 6:40 and 9:45.

The Loft (opening): In this thriller, five guys who move into a penthouse in the city discover a dead woman’s body in the loft and suspect that one of them had something to do with her death. Karl Urban (Star Trek into Darkness) and James Marsden (2 Guns) star. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1:05, 3:45, 7:20 and 10.

Mortdecai (2): Johnny Depp plays an art dealer who is racing to recover a stolen painting that may contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn and Jeff Goldblum also star in this film, which has taken a beating from critics for its lack of wit and for Mr. Depp’s performance. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:50.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (6): The third film in this comic series appears to have worn out its welcome with labored slapstick, contrived situations and not much help from the impressive returning cast or from Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens).  Maybe it’s time to close this museum. PG. Shiloh 14 at noon and 5:30.

Paddington (3): The popular storybook bear finally gets the big-screen treatment in a low-key affair that has been nearly unanimously praised by critics for its charm, wit and old-fashioned nostalgia. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:50, 4:15, 6:50 and 9:15. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:40. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.

Project Almanac (opening): This amiable science-fiction film attempts to cash in on two modern motifs: time travel and found footage. Teenagers messing around with science find a way to go back to the past – to look at lottery numbers for instance – but then learn just how disruptive time travel can be to both the past and present. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 3:40, 7:10 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:45.

Selma (4): Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) team up in Ava DuVernay’s film about the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is the sort of material that directors tend to treat too reverently to be entertaining, but critics are nearly unanimous in their praise for a story that has perhaps not been told often enough. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 2:30 and 8.

Strange Magic (2): This new animated film from Lucasfilm LTD was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Goblins, elves, fairies and nymphs are among the characters in a film that uses popular music from the last six decades. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:20, 4, 6:45 and 9:15. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.

Taken 3 (4): At least this time it’s Liam Neeson who gets taken. He’s on the run from law enforcement after he is framed for the murder of his wife. He has to avoid the FBI, CIA and the cops while tracking down the real killers and protecting his daughter. Can he do it? Can you wait to find out? PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.

Unbroken (6): If you watch TV at all, you’ve seen the trailer for this film directed by Angelina Jolie and based on a book by Lauren Hillenbrand about Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic athlete who survived a plane crash into the open sea, floated for weeks on a raft and then had to deal with a Japanese prison camp. Despite the appeal of the story, and a script that the Coen Brothers helped write, the movie has drawn so-so reviews from critics. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:30, 4:50 and 8:15. Shiloh 14 at noon, 3:20, 6:40 and 10.

The Wedding Ringer (3): In this comedy, Kevin Hart plays the owner of a service that provides best men for the weddings of schmoes without enough friends to fill out a wedding party. The previews looked lame, and it’s always a bad sign when a movie maker can’t scrape together enough quality footage to make a two-minute trailer. R. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:35. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:35, 5:10 and 7:45.

 

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