AGE OF PANIC. In this 2013 French comedy-drama, a cable news reporter is trying to cover the presidential elections while her ex-husband insists on seeing his two daughters -- all on a Sunday in Paris when the whole city seems to be in disarray.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (R). Matthew McConaughey’s portrayal of a 1980s Texas electrician, amateur rodeo rider and Dallas ladies man battling both terminal AIDS and the federal government got him a well-deserved best actor Oscar. With Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto. HH1/2 (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 11/23). 1:57.
DIVERGENT (PG-13). In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, a young woman who doesn’t fit into a single group discovers a conspiracy to destroy those like her. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney.
FROZEN (PG). There’s wit and whimsy in this Academy Award-winning Disney animated feature about a young girl cursed with an X-Men-like ability to freeze things and her baby sister’s determined effort to lift the curse. With the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/27). 1:42.
GLORIA (R). Sebastian Lelio’s film about about a divorcee who finds herself reliving her past in the over-50 dating scene of modern-day Chile has a palpable loneliness about it. Gloria, played by Paulina Garcia with a sort of fierce victimhood, keeps her optimism and her sense of self-worth when society has traditionally put such women out to pasture. Not a lot happens in this closely-observed character study, but few recent movies have dared to show this stage of life -- the creeping solitude that memories of your disco past cannot fend off. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 3/1). 1:50.
HER (R). A melancholy romance about a man who falls in love with a sentient, learning and loving operating system. Director Spike Jonze’s handling of his jump-off premise defies anything movies train viewers to expect from such ripe-for-folly conceits. With Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 1/11). 2:05.
MR.PEABODY & SHERMAN (PG). The story of the ultra-smart, time-traveling dog and his pet boy was introduced as a segment of Ward’s brilliant "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" in the 1960s. What a relief to see that while "Mr. Peabody’s" visuals are enhanced to sleek 21st century standards, the essential charm of the series survives more or less intact. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Trubune -- 3/8). 1:32.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG). In this Disney caper, the Muppets fall into the clutches of the world’s No. 1 criminal, Constantine, who, with the exception of a facial mole and a vaguely Eastern European accent, bears a striking resemblance to Kermit.
NEED FOR SPEED (PG-13). After serving two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a blue-collar mechanic seeks revenge against his rival and former partner via a high-stakes underground street race. Dumb? They’ve almost out-dumbed the dumbest "Fast and Furious" movie. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez. HH (Moore, McCiatchy-Tribune News Service -- 3/17). 2:10.
NON-STOP (PG-13). During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150 million ransom, or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. Tension is in short supply as we lurch toward a lulu of a finale. But Neeson, at 61, is proving to be a more reliable action hero than any of his peers. With Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Linus Roache, Lupito Nyong’o, Corey Stoll. HH (Moore, McCklatcxhy-trubune News Service -- 3/1). 1:45.
SON OF GOD (PG-13). A reverent procession of Jesus’ greatest hits from first miracle to Last Supper and beyond. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/3). 2:10.
THE LEGO MOVIE (PG). In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. "The Lego Movie" doesn’t simply put imagination into practice but celebrates it. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett. HHH (Pesrall, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/10). 1:30.
THE WIND RISES (PG-13). A young Japanese boy in the early 20th century who dreams of flying with the birds and meeting Italian plane designer Giovanni Caproni. Poor eyesight means the boy can’t become a pilot, but he becomes an aeronautical engineer who designs the fighter planes that the Japanese would use during World War II. A lyrical animated fantasy in which filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has set aside childish themes and delivered a gorgeous morally difficult adult fable. HHH1/2 (Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune -- 3/17). 2:08.
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE (R). "Empire" details the sea war between Persian warrior Artemisia -- who rules the ancient world through a combination of cunning, cruelty and the ability to look great while waging war on the high seas -- and Greek leader Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton). It’s Artemesia, played with a mixure of cool and camp by Eva Green who gives this CGI-saturated sequel a jolt of energy. With Sullivan Stapleton, Lena Headey. HH1/2 (Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- 3/10). 1:42.
TIM’S VERMEER (PG-13). A documentary about 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, his distinctive use of light and shadow, which gives his paintings an almost photographic quality and a new age digital visionary and inventor, Tim Jenison, who decided to test one particular theory of how Vermeer achieved the effect. A fascinating film about art, obsession, ideas and answers. (Sharkey, Los Angeles Times -- 3/15). 1:20.
12 YEARS A SLAVE (R). Unsparing Academy Award-winning drama based on the true story of a black American living in upstate New York with his wife and children who had never been a slave and was kidnapped, smuggled south and sold into slavery in 1841. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o. HHHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 11/9). 2:14.
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