New in local theaters 090513

2013-09-04T18:00:00Z New in local theaters 090513
September 04, 2013 6:00 pm


Theater key: GX = Galaxy 14; HM = Harvest Moon Drive-In, Gibson City; LT = Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln; NL = Normal Theater; PL = Palace Cinemas; PR = Princess Theater, LeRoy; ST = Stadium 14

Opens Today


102 min.; PG-13 (disturbing/sexual images)

The world is explored via locations filmed in 25 countries on five continents. (NL, Sept. 5-8).

Opens Friday

Billy Madison

89 min.; PG-13 (language, crude humor) 

To inherit dad’s business, a spoiled rich kid has to repeat grade school. (HM)

Fruitvale Station

85 min.; R (violence, language throughout, drug use) 

The true-life story of Oscar Grant, the young unarmed black man gunned down by a policeman in 2009, is dramatized. (ST)

The Grandmaster

130 min.; PG-13 (violence, smoking, drug use, language) 

The life of Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man, who taught Bruce Lee all his martial arts moves, is chronicled. (ST)

The Heat

1 1/2 stars 117 min.; R (pervasive language, strong crude content, violence) 

A straight-laced FBI agent is teamed with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to bring down a ruthless drug lord. (HM)

Liar Liar

87 min.; PG-13 (sex-related humor, language) 

A devious lawyer is magically forced to tell the truth for 24 hours, thanks to his son’s wish. (HM)


119 min.; R (strong violence, language, sexual content/nudity)

This time, the dangerous escaped convicted is left for dead on a sun-scorched, alien-infested planet. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

This Is the End

106 min.; R (crude/sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use, violence) 

Six movie industry friends are trapped in a house as the world seemingly comes to an end around them. (PL, ST)


Blue Jasmine

98 min.; PG-13 (mature thematic material, language, sexual content)

A crisis causes a self-centered socialite to head to San Francisco, where she tries to reconnect with her sister. (GX)

Despicable Me 2

98 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (rude humor, mild action) 

Ex-villain Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help contain a powerful new criminal. (ST)


120 min.; R (strong bloody violence and language throughout) 

In post-apocalypse 2154, the wealthy live on a pristine man-made space station while everybody else lives on a ruined Earth. (GX, ST)


90 min.; PG-13 (intense action, violence, mayhem throughout, rude gestures/language)

A former race car driver uses his speed skills while trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife. (GX, ST)


122 min.; PG-13 (drug content, brief strong language)

The story of Steve Jobs, the groundbreaking entrepreneur who changed the way we live forever. (GX, PL)

Kick-Ass 2

103 min.; R (strong violence, pervasive language, crude/sexual content, nudity) 

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist are back for another foray into extreme teen vigilante justice. (GX, ST)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

2 1/2 stars 126 min. PG-13 (violence, disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements, smoking) 

A venerable White House butler serves eight presidents over three decades. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Monsters University

3 stars 102 min.; 2-D/3-D; G 

In this prequel to “Monsters, Inc.,” the collegiate meeting of Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sully” Sullivan is chronicled. (GX, ST)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

130 min.; PG-13 (intense fantasy violence/action, suggestive content) 

In contemporary New York, a teen discovers she’s the descendant of a line of ancient “half-angel warriors” who battle demons. (GX, PL, ST)

One Direction: This Is US

2 stars 95 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (mild language)

Hit vocal group One Direction is profiled in a documentary by director Morgan (“Super Size Me”) Spurlock. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

2 stars 118 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (fantasy action violence, scary images, mild language) 

Percy and his friends must locate the fabled Golden Fleece, a task that sends them into uncharted waters. (GX, PL, ST)


92 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (mild action, rude humor ) 

A young plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer also has an unfortunate fear of heights. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

The Smurfs 2

105 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (rude humor, action) 

In his bid for power, evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called Naughties. (ST)

Star Trek Into Darkness

2 1/2 stars 130 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense sci-fi action/violence)

An act of terror from within sends the Enterprise crew back home to Earth to bring those responsible to justice. (GX)

2 Guns

2 stars 109 min.; R (violence throughout, language, nudity) 

After a drug cartel sting goes bust, two undercover agents who despise each other are forced to join forces to survive. (GX, ST)

The Way Way Back

103 min.; PG-13 (thematic elements, language, sexual content, brief drug material) 

During summer vacation, a shy 14-year-old boy finds an ally in the gregarious manager of a water park. (PL)

We’re the Millers

110 min.; R (crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, brief graphic nudity) 

A smalltime pot dealer tries to help out some local teens and winds up in major debt to his supplier, forcing serious damage control. (GX, LT, PL, ST; HM, starting Fri.)

The Wolverine

2 stars 129 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense sci-fi action/violence, sexuality, language) 

X-Men’s resident hairy stud heads to Japan for his second solo vehicle, facing a host of unexpected opponents. (GX; PR, starting Fri.)

World War Z

116 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense frightening zombie sequences, violence, disturbing images) 

A United Nations employee traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic threatening to wipe out humanity. (GX)

The World’s End

3 stars 108 min.; R (pervasive language, sexual references)

Three childhood pals reunite at age 40 to recreate an epic pub crawl they undertook 20 years ago. (GX, ST)

You’re Next

96 min.; R (strong bloody violence, language, sexuality/nudity) 

A gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon a family reunion, where they meet their match in a would-be victim. (GX, PL, ST)

Short Takes

Coming soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Sept. 13) are:

The Family: Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer star as the heads of a family — make that a Family, as in Mafia — who are relocated to a sleepy French burg under the witness protection program. Relocating usually suggests snitching, which is indeed the case. Tommy Lee Jones is the agent trying to keep them on the straight and narrow in their new life. But old family habits die hard, and they eventually blow their cover by taking care of business in the “family way” of yore. Old Euro-action hand Luc (“Taken”) Besson directs; John D’Leo and Dianna Agron play the kids involved.

Insidious Chapter 2: Is a Chapter 2 different from a Part 2, or merely a Roman II? Find out as original “Insidious” director James Wan reunites the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins to see what happens as the haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

Film Clips

Rock the Box: Old D-Box auditorium friend Vin (“Fast & Furious 6”) Diesel is back to rock your world this way and that as "Riddick" assumes ownership of the Stadium 14’s special seating for the foreseeable future. The takeover begins with tonight’s special evening screenings at 8 and 10:15 p.m.

Dress for success: The September edition of Dress Up Movies is the 2011 Kevin James family hit, "Zookeeper," offering plenty of opportunities for patrons to garb themselves in various four-legged configurations. The movie begins at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the Connie Link Amphitheater, with free admission.

School ties: Both ISU and IWU are welcoming back students with screenings of recent box office hits, At 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, "Iron Man 3" will be screened free in the Hansen Student Center. At ISU, Braden Auditorium will be the site of the semester’s first Double Feature Friday event, a true heavy metal event pairing "Iron Man 3" with "Man of Steel," starting at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively, Friday. Forklifts, anyone?

The grass is bluer: As part of the America’s Music series kicking off this weekend, the Normal Theater is screening "High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music" at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The documentary presents the history of the form through the story of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. Admission is free.

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