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Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013

A little terror

The latest ‘Paranormal Activity’ highlights a slow week in movie openings and screenings

By Glenn Heath Jr.
pamarkedonesfeat Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Opening

Open Grave: An amnesiac (Shalto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of his identity or reason for being there. Screens at Reading Gaslamp Cinemas. 

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: A young man (Andrew Jacobs) begins experiencing strange phenomenon before realizing he’s been marked by an evil spirit. It’s the latest entry in the popular found-footage horror series. 

Sleeping with the Fishes: Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown) and Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids) star in this rambunctious romantic comedy directed by Nicole Gomez Fisher about two sisters navigating the dynamics of their crazy immediate family. Screens through Jan. 9 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park. 

One Time Only

So Proudly We Hail: Director Mark Sandrich’s Hollywood WWII-propaganda film stars Claudette Colbert and Veronica Lake as nurses who recall their experiences of combat and love after returning from the battle-plagued Philippines. Screens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. Find details on Page 13. 

Walk on Water: A brutal Mossad agent goes undercover as a tour guide to infiltrate the life of a Nazi war criminal hiding in Germany. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the San Diego Public Library in East Village. 

The Day I Saw Your Heart: Justine (Melanie Laurent), an aspiring artist with commitment issues, goes through boyfriends at a rapid pace. When she finally finds a keeper, her neurotic father’s midlife crisis threatens to ruin her happiness. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the San Diego Public Library in East Village. 

All is Bright: Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd play Canadian thieves trying to go legit by selling Christmas trees in Brooklyn, which turns out to be harder than they imagined. Phil Morrison (Junebug) directs. Screens at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Hervey Branch Library in Point Loma.

Now Playing

47 Ronin: After their master is killed by a ruthless shogun, a band of samurai set out for revenge. Why they asked Keanu Reeves for help is still a mystery.

Grudge Match: Two aged boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) are coaxed back into the ring in order to capitalize on their longtime rivalry. Call us crazy, but we don’t think this film will live up to Rocky or Raging Bull.

Justin Bieber’s Believe: Yep, you read that correctly. Yet another behind-the-scenes documentary about the young pop star who can’t help but find trouble wherever his pompadour lands. 

Khumba: An animated film about a zebra marked as an outcast after he’s born with only half his stripes. His herd blames him for the current drought, forcing Khumba to embark on a journey to find a magical watering hole. Screens through Jan. 2 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

Maidentrip: Laura Decker, a daring 14-year-old girl, embarks on a two-year voyage, hoping to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Screens through Jan. 2 at Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller revamps the 1947 Danny Kaye classic with a bigger budget and a bigger emphasis on the healing power of corporate products.

The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorsese’s sprawling comedic look at the rise and fall of Wall Street huckster Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who became an infamous figure in New York City in the 1990s.

American Hustle: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in David O’Russell’s retelling of the infamous Abscam sting established by the FBI in order to capture corrupt politicians and gangsters in the late 1970s.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues: Infamous San Diego newscaster and lothario Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) brings his motley crew of wacky colleagues to New York City in hopes of making it big on a national television channel.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest odyssey is set in 1961 Greenwich Village, where a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac) comes to grips with his failure as an artist and a human being. 

Saving Mr. Banks: Marry Poppins scribe P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) travels to Los Angeles to discuss a potential film adaptation by Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) in this whimsical biopic about two artists struggling to compromise.

Out of the Furnace: The hills of Appalachia are alive with the sound of violence in this mountain noir starring Christian Bale as a blue-collar worker attempting to find his kidnapped brother (Casey Affleck), who’s being held by a local gangster (Woody Harrelson).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Bilbo (Martin Freeman), please meet Smaug, fire-breathing dragon and protector of all things gold. Have a nice three hours together.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s wildly popular fictional creation, the titular massive and sassy grandma, wreaks havoc on a small rural town during the holiday season. 

The Book Thief: A young girl faced with the horrors of Nazi Germany steals books as an act of defiance and begins sharing them with Jewish refugees. Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel comes to the big screen in this adaptation starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. 

Nebraska: Aged retiree Woody (Bruce Dern) is determined to collect his winnings after receiving a phony sweepstakes letter, eventually dragging his reluctant son (Will Forte) on a road trip that’ll change both of their lives. Alexander Payne’s latest is a melancholic ode to family and the Midwest.

Philomena: Comedian Steve Coogan takes on a more serious role as a cynical journalist who ends up helping an elderly woman (Judi Dench) search for her long lost son. Oscar nominations are a certainty.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself once again fighting to survive the titular death match that has become a necessary evil in the dystopic future.

Dallas Buyers Club: In 1985, a drunken rodeo clown Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughy) learns he has HIV. Seeing an opportunity to stave off his own death and make some money, he begins smuggling unapproved drugs in from Mexico. 

Mysteries of the Unseen World: This amazing documentary uses high-speed and time-lapse photography to focus on things that are either too fast or two slow for the eye to see. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. 

Thor: The Dark World: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) once again brings the hammer down on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in order to save the human race and sustain the fragile balance of his own kingdom.

12 Years a Slave: Abducted and forced to work on a Southern plantation, free man Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejifor) experiences the horrors of slavery in Steve McQueen’s stirring period-piece drama.

Ender’s Game: Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi novel about a young pilot fending off an alien threat finally gets adapted for the big screen, surely angering fans everywhere. Harrison Ford co-stars as a growling general.

Last Vegas: A foursome of aging Oscar-winning actors (Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline and Robert De Niro) play seniors who head to Las Vegas for one final hurrah of debauchery and camaraderie. 

Captain Phillips: Based on actual events, this thriller by director Paul Greengrass tells the story of the container ship Maersk Alabama and its leader, Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks), who was kidnapped by Somali pirates during a voyage in 2009.

Deep Sea: A glorious ocean exploration with Del Mar’s own veteran underwater filmmakers and explorers, Howard and Michele Hall. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Cosmic Collisions: So, that asteroid that might smash into Earth in 20 years is much bigger than previously thought? Awesome. This new IMAX movie at the Reuben H. Fleet looks at what happens when things bash into each other in outer space. On the bright side, if we go the way of the dinosaurs, at least future species will have a new source of fossil fuels. 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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