Listings are for Jan. 9-15 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 (3): 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 1:20, 4:05, 6:45 and 9:35. Shiloh 14 at 12:30, 3:25, 6:20 and 9:15.
Big Eyes (2): Tim Burton, of all people, directed this drama about a 1960s artist (Christoph Waltz) who became famous for paintings with enormous eyes that were actually painted, it turned out later, by his wife (Amy Adams). Critics have been generally kind, and audience members say they have enjoyed the film, but it has lagged at the box office. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1:15, 4:10, 7:15 and 9:55.
Big Hero 6 (9): 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. Shiloh 14 at 1 and 4.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (4): 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. Shiloh 14 at 6:30 and 9:50.
The Gambler (2): Mark Wahlberg plays an English professor who goes deeply into debt gambling for high stakes. It’s basically a remake of a 1974 movie of the same name that starred James Caan, but this time also with John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson. That helps make up for a fundamentally defective main character. R. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:50.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (4): 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 2D at 1:05, 4:30 and 7:45. Shiloh 14 in 3D at noon, 1, 3:20, 6:40 and 10 and in 2D at 1:30, 4:20, 5, 7:40 and 8:30.
Horrible Bosses 2 (7): 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 7 and 9:40.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I (7): 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 1, 4, 7 and 10.
Into the Woods (3): 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 12:10 and 3:30. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (3): 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 1:45, 4:15, 6:50 and 9:25. Shiloh 14 at 12:20, 2:55, 5:30 and 8:05. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
The Penguins of Madagascar (6): This animated feature from DreamWorks is about a bunch of penguins involved in global espionage. The voices include John Malkovich. PG. Shiloh 14 at 1:30 and 4.
St. Vincent (11): 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 1:50, 4:25, 7 and 9:35.
Selma (opening): 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 unanimous in their praise for a story that has perhaps not been told often enough. PG13. Shiloh 14 at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
Taken 3 (opening): 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. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4, 7 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 in Big D format at 1, 4, 7 and 10.
Unbroken (3): 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 6:40 and 10. Also at Vue and Brew in Laurel.
Wild (3): 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.
Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2): This horror film sequel is set in World War II, 40 years after the original film, which starred Daniel Radcliffe. Susan Hill, who wrote the short story on which the first film was based, also developed this storyline. Critics are almost equally split on its merits, with some finding it disturbing and stylish while others dismiss it as no scarier than a barrel of puppies. PG13. Wynnsong 10 at 1, 4:05, 7:10 and 9:45. Shiloh 14 at noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10.
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