Listings are for March 7-13 and are subject to change. Figures in parentheses show the number of weeks the movie has played in Billings. All times are p.m., unless otherwise noted.
About Last Night (4): This film is essentially a remake of a 1986 film adapted from Sexual Perversity in Chicago, a stage play by David Mamet (Wag the Dog, The Verdict) .Performances by Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant make this one of the better date movies this season, critics say. R. Wynnsong 10 at 7:20 and 9:50.
American Hustle (10): This sprawling film by David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) is loosely based on the 1970s Abscam scandal, which resulted in the arrest of several congressmen. The movie mixes in a wide range of characters with an often confusing but intricate plot, comic and satirical touches and a cast that includes Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams. R. Wynnsong 10 at 5:30 and 8:45.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (8): This sequel returns in an R-rated format and supposedly with 763 new, or at least different, jokes. Lots of familiar faces are still here: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate, along with Harrison Ford and Kristen Wiig. And the jokes make up in quantity what they lack in quality. R. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45 and 4.
Frozen (15): Disney’s animation division makes a comeback with this film about a princess (Kristen Bell) who has the power to emit ice. Enthusiastic critics say the movie conveys a positive message about feminism and acceptance without forgetting to entertain the audience with music and comedy. Shiloh 14 at 11 a.m., 1:40 and 4:20.
The Lego Movie (5): This funny animated film about a Lego character trying to save the world has been a huge winner both at the box office and in critical acclaim (96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell are among those providing voices. PG. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 1:20 and 6:45 and in 2D at 4 and 9:20. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 11 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45 and 9:20 and in 2D at 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:25, 7 and 9:35.
Lone Survivor (9): Based on a true story about a Navy SEAL team ambushed in Afghanistan, this war movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. Critics praise the grueling action scenes but are divided on the movie’s message: Is it a tribute to the courage of fighting men or a jingoistic exercise in flag waving? R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman (opening): Two popular characters from TV’s old The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show get an animated film of their own in which Sherman (Max Charles) rips a hole in the universe, and Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) has to act fast to avoid obliterating world history, all while passing along some jokes and science information. Voices include Stephen Colbert’s. PG. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 1:30 and 6:45 and in 2D at 4:10 and 9:15. Shiloh 14 in 3D at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 9:20 and 10:05 and in 2D at 2:20, 6:45 and 7:30. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com.
The Monuments Men (5): George Clooney (who also wrote the screenplay and directed), Matt Damon and Bill Murray star in a fact-based adventure about the men who attempted to recover art Nazis looted from Europe. It’s a great premise for a movie, but quite a few critics say Clooney doesn’t quite pull it off. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 11:30 a.m., 4:55 and 10:20. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com.
Non-Stop (2): Liam Neeson scores yet another action film. This time he plays an air marshal on board an airplane threatened by a man who says he will kill a passenger every 20 minutes until he received $150 million. It’s fast moving and exciting, but with too many plot holes to satisfy most critics. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:10, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:55. Shiloh 14 at 11:10, 12:10, 1:50, 2:50, 4:30, 5:30, 7:10, 8:10 and 9:50.
The Nut Job (8): This harmless but forgettable animated comedy is about a squirrel who, desperate for food in the coming winter, plans to break into a nut store that the film’s villains already are digging a tunnel underneath. Voices are provided by, among others, Liam Neeson and Maya Rudolph. PG. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45 and 3:10.
Pompeii (3): A slave turned gladiator (Kit Harington) tries to save the woman he loves (Emily Browning) from a corrupt Roman senator. But he’s in Pompeii, and it’s 79 A.D., the year in which Pompeii suffered the one disaster for which it is still best known. Love affairs are the least of his problems. PG13. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 7:10 and 9:45 and in 2D at 12:50 and 4:25. Shiloh 14 in 2D at 2:20 and 7:45.
Ride Along (8): Ice Cube stars in this action comedy as a detective who takes the man (Kevin Hart) who wants to marry his sister out on patrol for a ride-along. Naturally, the night turns out to be much wilder than anyone imagined. PG13. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.
Son of God (2): This retelling of the Gospels stars Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as Jesus and Greg Hicks as Pilate. The trick with retelling this oft-told story is to make a watchable film that nevertheless shows proper reverence to its subject matter. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45, 4:05 and 7:25. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 3:40, 6:50 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel, call 633-4438 or go to www.vueandbrew.com.
Three Days to Kill (3): Kevin Costner plays an international spy who is prepared to give up his high-risk career for the sake of his estranged wife and the daughter he has tried to shield from his work. How do you suppose that works out for him? Right. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:25, 4:15, 7:05 and 9:50. Shiloh 14 at 7 and 9:45.
300: Rise of an Empire (opening): Any resemblance to 2007’s 300 about the Battle of Thermopylae is strictly deliberate. This CGI-enhance film also is based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller, but this time the action moves seaward as Greeks led by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) battle the Persian navy led by Artemisia (a critically acclaimed Eva Green). R. Wynnsong 10 in 3D at 1:10, 7 and 11:15 and in 2D at 4 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 in 3D and Big D format at 12:15, 3, 6, 8:45 and 11:15, in 3D at 1:15, 4, 7 and 9:45 and in 2D at 2:15, 5, 8 and 10:45.
12 Years a Slave (9): This Oscar-winning film by Steve McQueen, based on a memoir by a former slave, takes an unflinching look at America’s “peculiar institution.” Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was kidnapped into slavery and sold by a trader (Paul Giamatti) to a cruel owner (Michael Fassbender) who is obsessed with one of his slaves (Lupita Nyong’o). R. Wynnsong 10 at 12:45, 4:30 and 8.
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