Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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)
"Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" Bill Hader returns as the voice of the hapless inventor who came up with a machine that made food rain down from the sky. Now he must figure out how to deal with the voracious animals that mutated as a result of 24/7 chow. (PG)
"Don Jon" Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a promiscuous online-porn addict who falls for an innocent woman (Scarlett Johansson) weaned on happily-ever-after Hollywood romances and fairy tales. (R)
"Enough Said" A divorced single mother who works as a masseuse finds her personal and professional lives uncomfortably intersecting when a new client turns out to be her new beau's ex-wife. With Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. 102 minutes (PG-13)
"The Family" Retired mobsters Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer are living incognito in France with their kids after ratting out their former partners in crime. Tommy Lee Jones is the CIA agent trying to keep them safe under the witness protection program. Good luck with that. 98 minutes (R)
"Gravity" Alfonso Cuaron's astounding sci-fi epic, about two astronauts (George Clooney and Sandra Bullock) stranded in outer space, deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible. 90 minutes (PG-13)
"Haut Cuisine" A renowned French chef is surprised when the president appoints her as his personal cook, and she must navigate the unfamiliar corridors of power. With Catherine Frot, Jean d'Ormesson and Hippolyte Girardot. Written by Christian Vincent and Etienne Comar. Directed by Vincent. In French with English subtitles. 105 minutes (PG-13)
"Insidious Chapter 2" A young married couple seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left their family dangerously connected to the spirit world in this sequel to the 2011 film "Insidious." With Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Lin Shaye. Written by Leigh Whannell. Directed by James Wan. 105 minutes PG-13.
"Parkland" The JFK assassination is revisited from the points of view of the medical staff who tried to save him, the government agents who tried to protect him and the man who captured his death on a Super 8 camera. The large ensemble cast includes Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver and James Badge Dale. 93 minutes (PG-13)
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" A young demigod and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey to recover the magical Golden Fleece from the Bermuda Triangle. With Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. Written by Marc Guggenheim. Directed by Thor Freudenthal. In 3-D. 105 minutes (PG).
"Populaire" In 1958 Normandy, a young French secretary with a knack for typing is taken under the wing of a slick insurance salesman and trains for speed-typing competition. With Romain Duris, Deborah Francois and Berenice Bejo. Written by Romain Compingt, Daniel Presley and Regis Roinsard. Directed by Roinsard. In French with English subtitles. 111 minutes (R)
"Prisoners" Denis ("Incendies") Villeneuve directs this epic-length thriller about the increasingly desperate father (Hugh Jackman) of an abducted girl and the detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) scrambling to find her. (R)
"Runner Runner" Justin Timberlake stars as a college student on the trail of the online gambling impresario (Ben Affleck) who cheated him out of his money.
"Rush" Ron Howard directs this no-nonsense, R-rated look at the rivalry between Grand Prix drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) during the 1970s, on and off the race track. 91 minutes (R)
"We're the Millers" In order to smuggle a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico to the United States, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two kids to pose as his family. 110 minutes (R)