September 12, 2013

MOVIE TAKES

Kennebec Journal Staff

"Blue Jasmine" A New York woman (Cate Blanchett) must move to San Francisco after a serious life crisis. 98 minutes (PG-13)

"Closed Circuit" Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are two lawyers (and former lovers) whose lives are imperiled after they're hired by a terrorist to defend him in court. 96 minutes (R)

"Elysium" Director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his breakout debut hit "District 9" is another action-heavy sci-fi picture. In the near future, the world's wealthiest 1 percent (led by Jodie Foster) will abandon our ruined planet and move into a mammoth space station orbiting Earth. The people left behind (including Matt Damon) are required to work in factories to keep the satellite running smoothly. 109 minutes (R)

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" The Oscar season starts way early this year with the release of this star-studded drama that focuses on the experience of a White House butler (Forrest Whitaker) and his wife (Oprah Winfrey) over the course of several decades and administrations. Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber are just some of the famous names that round out the cast. 132 minutes (PG-13)

"Monsters University" Pixar's first prequel takes a look at how its "Monsters, Inc. stars, Mike and Sully (the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman), first met, in the ivied halls of a college campus where the multi-hued, multi-limbed, multi-eyeballed students learn how to be "scarers. Cute, funny, but not on the top tier when it comes to originality. 110 minutes (G)

"Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Lily Collins stars in this adaptation of Cassandra Clare's popular young adult novels as a teenage girl who discovers she is destined to become a demon slayer. 140 minutes (PG-13)

"One Direction: This Is Us" Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") directs this documentary recounting the meteoric rise of the British boy band. 92 minutes (PG)

"Planes" A cropduster (voiced by Dane Cook) dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. Yes, it does sound an awful lot like Pixar's "Cars," minus the Pixar. This one is just plain Disney. 92 minutes (PG)

"Red 2" Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich return for this sequel about retired CIA operatives forced back into action. Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones join in the fun. 126 minutes (PG-13)

"Riddick" Vin Diesel reprises his role as the sci-fi antihero Riddick, this time stranded on a planet of ferocious alien predators. 119 minutes (R)

"Second Wind" June Brown, Tamzin Outhwaite, Tamzin Merchant and Harriet Walter play spirited women who embark on new adventures at moments of transition in their lives. Beautifully shot in and around Cape Cod, "Second Wind" focuses on the lives of the Waters family, four generations of strong women, and their friends. Boston-based filmmaker Andrew Silver and screenwriter Marisa Smith will answer your questions after the screening, which they'll introduce. 105 minutes (NR)

"The Smurfs 2" The diminutive magical blue beings known as Smurfs reunite with their human pals to rescue one of their kind from the clutches of the evil wizard Gargamel. With Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria and voices of Katy Perry and Jonathan Winters. 102 minutes (PG)

"The Spectacular Now" An easygoing high school senior with alcohol issues starts to rethink his laid-back approach to life after meeting a bright, introverted dreamer. With Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Directed by James Ponsoldt. 105 minutes (R)

"Star Trek: Into Darkness" After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. 132 minutes (PG-13)

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