ANCHORMAN 2: SUPER-SIZED (R). Ron Burgundy and his cohorts join the nation’s first 24-hour news channel in this 1980s-set sequel to the 2004 comedy "Anchorman." This rerelease replaces the original jokes with over 700 new ones. With Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate. 1:59.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (R). A family reunion turns into a convergence of recriminations and spite in this film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play. There’s a pervasive cruelty, a condescension toward common folk like the Weston family that’s frequently off-putting even as we’re laughing. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Nicholson, Sam Shepard. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 1/18). 1:59.
ENDLESS LOVE (PG-13). Two teens from radically different backgrounds fall in love against the sharp disapproval of their parents. A box of Valentine’s Day sweets that’s rather too sugary, milder than the angst-filled 1981 Brooke Shields version and far gooier than Scott Spencer’s edgy novel of teenage obsession, arson and clandestine love. With Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood, Robert Patrick. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 2/19). 1:43.
FROZEN (PG). There’s wit and whimsy in this 53rd Disney animated feature -- a distant cousin of Hans Christian Anderson’s "The Snow Queen" -- 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 is about starting over, about how 60 is the new 40 and about how a woman of a certain age keeps her optimism and her sense of self-worth when society has traditionally put such women out to pasture.
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. It’s a small cinematic miracle that in a film in which so may things can go wrong, nothing does. A next-generation love story that moves in surprising ways. With Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 1/11). 2:05.
IN NO GREAT HURRY: 13 LESSONS ON LIFE WITH SAUL LEITER (NR). Documentary about the life and work of Saul Leiter, now considered among the very best of the New York School street photographers, and a leading exponent in the artistic use of color film. While much of his most powerful work was made in the 1950s, it wasn’t truly rediscovered until nearly a half-century later. Review, this page
NON-STOP (PG-13). During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150 million ransom, or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. With Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore.
POMPEII (PG-13). A gladiator movie and love story with a volcano in the middle of it. Half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure. HH (Rodriguez, Miami Herald -- 2/14). 1:45.
RIDE ALONG (R). Kevin Hart plays a pesky aspiring police officer seeking the approval of his girlfriend’s brother -- a no-nonsense veteran cop played by Ice Cube. A dull buddy cop movie engineered as a vehicle for the mini-motor mouth Hart and the perma-sneering Ice Cube. H1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 1/22). 1:40.
ROBOCOP (PG-13). Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action film gets a remake, this time starring Joel Kinnaman, a Swedish actor with American swagger, as the techno-Frankenstein created to tame Detroit’s rampant crime. This "RoboCop" has updated the original’s dystopia with some clever ideas and better acting, while at the same time sanitizing any satire with video-game polish and sequel baiting. With Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Ehle, Abbie Cornish. HH1/2 (Coyle, Associated Press -- 2/13). 1:48.
SON OF GOD (PG-13). A film portraying the life of Jesus, from birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller.
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, makes it integral, in a late development so uncharacteristic for an animated film that it’s a wonder unto itself. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett. HHH (Pesrall, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/10). 1:30.
THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG-13). A fact-based drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going to Germany to save rare antiques, art and architecture from theft and destruction by the Nazis. A genial disappointment about the preciousness of art amid the destructive horrors of war. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett. HH (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 2/8). 1:59.
THE NUT JOB (PG). A surprisingly simple, funny and often cute animated slapstick comedy about a squirrel planning a nut heist so that he’ll have enough food to last through winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 1/21). 1:25.
3 DAYS TO KILL (PG-13). Kevin Costner plays C.I.A. contract killer Ethan Renner, a "cleaner," who learns he’s dying of cancer. His new control agent (Amber Heard) bribes him with a serum that might prolong his life, providing he carry out one last series of hits, in Paris, where his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and the teen daughter he barely knows (Hailee Steinfeld) live. Daft and sloppy as it is, it rarely fails as entertainment. HH1/2 (Moore, McClatchy-Trubune News Service -- 2/24). 1:53.
WINTER’S TALE (PG-13). A master thief marked for death by a demonic former mentor battles the forces of time to save the lovely occupant of a Central Park mansion who is dying of consumption. Mark Helprin’s 30-year-old fantasy novel saunters onto the screen as a lovely but slow and emotionally austere experience, a romantic weeper that shortchanges the romance and the tears. Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/19). 1:56.
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