New in local theaters 04/18/13

2013-04-17T18:00:00Z New in local theaters 04/18/13
April 17, 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 Thursday

Documentary Mini-Fest

Various running times and ratings

“Wild Horse, Wild Ride” (2012, PG, 106 min.), April 18; “Winnebago Man” (2009, unrated, 85 min.), April 19; “A Place at the Table” (2013, PG, 84 min.), April 20; “Brooklyn Castle” (2013, PG, 101 min.), April 21. (NL, April 18-21)

Opens Friday

Home Run

113 min.; PG-13 (mature thematic material)

A pro ball player in rehab finds hope when he takes on coaching duties for a misfit Little League team. (GX)


124 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (action violence, brief strong language, sensuality/nudity) 

During a massive operation to extract Earth’s vital resources after decades of war, the fate of the planet falls into one man’s hands. (GX, HM, LT, PL, ST) 

The Place Beyond the Pines

140 min.; R (language throughout, violence, teen drug/alcohol abuse, sexual reference) 

A motorcycle stunt rider becomes a bank robber to provide for his lover and their newborn child. (GX, ST) 


98 min.; PG-13 (brief strong language, suggestive humor)

At a home for retired musicians, an annual concert is disrupted by the arrival of a resident’s ex-spouse. (LT)


The Call

95 min.; R (violence, disturbing content, language)

A 911 operator is forced to confront a killer from her own dark past in order to save an abducted teen’s life. (ST)

The Croods

3 stars 91 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (scary action)

The world's first prehistoric family embarks on an odyssey after losing their cave dwelling to a disaster. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Evil Dead

2 1/2 stars 91 min.; R (strong bloody violence and gore, sexual content, language)

Five young people stumble onto a remote cabin, where they unwittingly summon up a horde of demons. (GX, PL, ST; HM and LT, starting Fri.)


3 stars 128 min.; PG-13 (thematic elements, language)

Major league baseball’s color line is broken in 1946 by the signing of Jackie Robinson. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

2 stars 110 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense combat violence/martial arts action throughout, brief sensuality, language) 

The Joes are forced to combat a threat from within the government that jeopardizes their very existence. (GX, PL, ST)

The Host

125 min.; PG-13 (sensuality, violence)

An alien race threatens mankind by taking over bodies and erasing memories. (GX, PL, ST)

Jurassic Park 3-D

127 min.; 3-D; PG-13 (intense sci-fi terror)

Steven Spielberg’s classic about an island theme park run amok with dinosaurs gets a 3-D makeover. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Olympus Has Fallen

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

A disgraced Secret Service man must save the day when the White House is overtaken by terrorists. (GX, PL, ST; PR, starting Fri.)

Oz the Great and Powerful

2 stars 127 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (action, scary images, brief mild language)

A small-time magician and his balloon are blown by a Kansas twister over the rainbow. (GX, ST)

Scary Movie 5

85 min.; PG-13 (crude/sexual content throughout, language, drug material, partial nudity, comic violence/gore) 

Another spoof of recent horror movie trends, from “Mama” to “Sinister” to “The Evil Dead.” (GX, PL, ST)

Tyler Perry’s Temptation

111 min.; PG-13 (violence, sexuality, drug content)

A woman decides to bail out of a relationship on behalf of someone more interesting. (ST)

Coming Soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (April 26) are:

The Big Wedding: The term “all-star cast” is bandied about rather loosely these days. But in this case, the label would seem to apply. Sharing screen space within this nuptials comedy’s confines: Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche, Patricia Rae and Ana Ayora. The premise sounds less promising, however: long-time divorcees De Niro and Keaton are forced to reunite for the wedding weekend of their adopted son, whose ultra-conservative biological mother (Sarandon) decides to show up, too.

Pain & Gain: Oh, goody … the latest barrage of sound and fury and microsecond cutting from the dreaded Michael (“Armageddon”) Bay. This time, Manic Mike follows a group of bodybuilders engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. Pumping iron and/or bullets are Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry.

Film Clips

The shows will go on: As mentioned here last week, the shows are going in for this year’s Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign. The fest, No. 15, and the first sans Ebert in attendance, opened last night and continues, today through Sunday in downtown Champaign’s Virginia Theater. Among the stars in attendance will be Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton with her film “Julia” (2008) at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and actor-comedian Jack Black and director Richard (“Dazed & Confused”) Linklater with their film, “Bernie” (2011), at 9 tonight. For the complete fest schedule and ticket info, go to

Roger this: Along those lines, Urbana’s WILL-TV has produced its own in-house special, "Ebert Remembered," which will air at 8 o’clock tonight. The hour-long program is compiled from excerpts of interviews the station has conducted with the Champaign-Urbana native and U of I alum over the years. The station’s radio counterpart, WILL-AM, will air its own Ebert tribute earlier in the day, at 10 a.m.

The finer things: Direct from the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, "Esmeralda," based on Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” screening at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bloomington’s Palace Cinemas.

The lower things: For every action (see above), there is an equal and opposite reaction … hence, "Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie!," screening as a two-nights-only special attraction via Bloomington’s Galaxy 14, at 7:30 tonight and 11 p.m. Saturday.

Rock the box: Blasting “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” out of the Stadium 14’s D-Box auditorium this weekend is the new big noise in town, "Oblivion."

Moonlighting: Getting early peeks late tonight at the Galaxy 14 are its two new arrivals, "Oblivion" and "Home Run," both sneaking at 10 p.m.

Family-friendly:  The latest offering in the Christian Movie Series at LeRoy’s Princess Theater is "Hidden Rage," screening at 1 p.m. Sunday, and dealing with a bullied high-school struggling to contain his rage.

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