Listings are for Dec. 19-25 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.
Annie (opening): A not-very-good comic strip that was made into a not-very-good musical in 1962 now has been remade into yet another not-very-good musical just in time for Christmas. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) gets the title role, with appearances by Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne. Will Gluck (Friends with Benefits), who should know better, directs. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45, 3:35, 6:45 and 9:35. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 1:55, 4:50 and 7:45. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Big Hero 6 (7): This animated feature from Walt Disney is about a robotics expert who uses his companion robot and friends to deal with a sinister plot in San Fransokyo. Critics are ecstatic about the look and humor of the film. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 1:55, 4:35, 7:15 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:40, 5:20 and 8.
Dumb and Dumber To (6): The makers of this dumb franchise did one smart thing: They brought back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to star in this sequel as the titular dumb guys. The Farrelly brothers direct again, and Kathleen Turner and Rob Riggle also star in this over-the-top comedy. One big problem, most critics say: It just isn’t that funny. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 2:40 and 9.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2): Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) brings the second book of the Old Testament to life in epic style, with Christian Bale as Moses leading the children of Israel out of captivity under the cruel reign of Pharaoh (Joel Edgerton). Despite the sensational story and effects, critics have been only mildly impressed. PG13. Wynnsong 10 in 2D at 12:30, 4 and 7:30. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 1:30, 4:50, 8:10 and at 11:30 on Friday and Saturday and in 2D at noon, 3:20, 6:40 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2): 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. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at noon, 3:15, 7, 10:15 and 11:30 and in 2D at 12:30, 4, 7:15, 10:30 and 11:30 on Friday and Saturday. Shiloh 14 in 3D and Big D format at 12:30 and 10:30, in 2D and Big D format at 4 and 7:15, in 3D at 10:30 a.m., 2, 5:20, 8:40 and at midnight on Friday and Saturday and in 2D at 11:30 a.m., 2:50, 6:10 and 9:30. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Horrible Bosses 2 (4): This comedy sequel brings back most of the original cast, but early reviews have been, to borrow a word, horrible. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis star, and this time they aren’t out to kill their bosses. They’re trying to market Shower Buddy, a product of their own. Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey also are back, for some reason. R. Shiloh 14 at 1:30, 4, 6:50 and 9:30.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I (5): The filmmakers broke the third volume of a trilogy in two to make this film, and critics say there’s not quite enough film here to fill up the time it takes to see. But it still wins mostly praise, and Jennifer Lawrence is back and terrific as usual, while Julianne Moore stars as the president of a troubled nation. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:15 and 7:25. Shiloh 14 at noon, 3, 6 and 9 and at midnight on Friday and Saturday only.
Interstellar (7): Christopher Nolan (Inception, the Dark Knight trilogy) wrote and directed this science fiction film about a pilot (Matthew McConaughey) who gets a chance to travel to another galaxy to escape the dust storms enveloping Earth. It’s long (nearly three hours), magnificent in its special effects and nevertheless tells a simple story about family. Critics see shades of Stanley Kubrick but are mostly pleased. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 5:20 and 11:40.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (opening): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 and 10:10. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:35, 2:05, 4:10, 4:40, 6:45, 7:15, 9:20 and 9:50.
The Penguins of Madagascar (4): This animated feature from DreamWorks is about a bunch of penguins involved in global espionage. The voices include John Malkovich. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 4:15 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:40.
St. Vincent (9): Bill Murray plays an old curmudgeon, a gambler and a drinker, who takes a job babysitting for his new neighbor (Melissa McCarthy). Naturally, he takes the child places a child shouldn’t go and, naturally, he turns out not be such a bad guy, but critics say that Murray’s wry performance saves everything. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:45, 4:20, 7 and 9:35.
The Theory of Everything (4): This biopic is based on Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Steven, a memoir by Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) about her relationship with astrophysicist Steven Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), the author of A Brief History of Time who was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 21. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1 and 7.
Top Five (opening): Comedian Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in this film about a comedian who becomes a film star, then has to confront his past in an encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson). Sounds tedious, but many critics are saying it’s Rock’s best work. Lots of laughs, and a few tears. Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler and Cedric the Entertainer also star. R. Wynnsong 10 at noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 and 10:20.
Unbroken (opening on Christmas Day): 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. Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Wild (opening): Reese Witherspoon gives a critically acclaimed performance as Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker who turned her life around by hiking alone for 1,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, then wrote a best-selling book about the experience. Laura Dern plays Cheryl’s mom. R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:50.
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