Theater key: GX = Galaxy 14; LT = Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln; NL = Normal Theater; PL = Palace Cinemas; PR = Princess Theater, LeRoy; ST = Stadium 14

 

Opens Thursday

The Sessions

95 min.; R (strong sexuality, graphic nudity, frank dialogue)

A man in an iron lung enlists a therapist to help him experience sex before he dies. (NL, Jan. 24-27)

 

Opens Friday

Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters

100 min.; 2-D/3-D; R (fantasy horror violence/gore, brief sexuality/nudity, language)

Fifteen years after their encounter with the witch and her oven, siblings Hansel & Gretel mount a revenge campaign. (GX, PL, ST)

Movie 43

97 min.; R (strong pervasive crude/sexual content, including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, violence, drug use)

An all-star cast is featured in a dozen intertwining comedy storylines helmed by 11 directors. (GX, PL, ST)

Parker

118 min.; R (strong violence, language throughout, brief sexual content/nudity)

A professional thief seeks revenge on the crew that double-crossed him in a heist and left him for dead. (GX, PL, ST)

 

Ongoing

Argo

3 1/2 stars 120 min.; R (language, violent images)

A covert operation is staged to rescue six Americans after militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran. (GX)

Broken City

109 min.; R (violence, sexual content, pervasive language)

A former New York cop turned private eye is hired by the mayor to investigate the extra-marital activities of his wife. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Django Unchained

2 stars 165 min.; R (strong graphic violence throughout, vicious fight, language, nudity)

In the pre-Civil War South, a freed slave and a German bounty hunter track a band of outlaw brothers. (GX, ST)

Gangster Squad

2 stars 113 min.; R (strong violence/language)

In 1949 Los Angeles, a secret police crew is formed to combat the long arm of Eastern mob boss Mickey Cohen. (GX, PL, ST)

A Haunted House

95 min.; R (crude/sexual content, language, drug use)

A pair of newlyweds moves into their dream house, only to find it haunted and in need of ghost-busting. (GX, ST)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2 1/2 stars 169 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense fantasy action violence, frightening images)

Bilbo Baggins sets off on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf kingdom of Erebor. (GX, ST)

The Last Stand

107 min.; R (strong bloody violence, language)

A notorious drug czar turns up in a sleepy border town, where the sheriff is an ex-LAPD narcotics cop. (GX, PL, LT, ST)

Les Miserables

2 1/2 stars 157 min.; PG-13 (suggestive/sexual material, violence, thematic elements)

After he breaks parole, ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by ruthless policeman Javert. (GX, PL, ST)

Life of Pi

125 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (emotional thematic content, scary action sequences, peril)

After a ship disaster, a young man ends up on a lifeboat alongside the only other survivor, a Bengal tiger. (GX)

Lincoln

3 1/2 stars 150 min.; PG-13 (intense scene of war violence, images of carnage, brief strong language)

Abraham Lincoln’s final tumultuous months in office are chronicled by Steven Spielberg. (GX, PL)

Mama

3 stars 100 min.; PG-13 (violence, terror, disturbing images, thematic elements)

Two orphaned girls find themselves being haunted by a nocturnal visitor with maternal instincts. (GX, PL, ST)

Parental Guidance

105 min.; PG (rude humor)

Old-school grandparents Artie and Diane meet the 21st century head-on via babysitting their three grandkids. (GX, ST; PR, starting Fri.)

Silver Linings Playbook

122 min.; R (language, sexual content/nudity)

An ex-high school history teacher is released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Zero Dark Thirty

4 stars 157 min.; R (strong violence, brutal disturbing images, strong language)

An elite team of military operatives, working in secret across the globe, sets out to eliminate Osama bin Laden. (GX, PL, ST; LT, starting Fri,)<</p>

 

Coming Soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Feb. 1) are:

Bullet to the Head: Can another “Expendable” make the leap back to solo starring vehicles without tripping? Last weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger hit the comeback trail with a resounding thud, via “The Last Stand,” which barely cracked the Top 10 and clocked in as the worst opening in the ex-governor’s storied film career. Now along comes his old ’80s rival Sly Stallone in an adaptation of the graphic novel about a New Orleans hit man and a Washington, D.C., cop (Sung Kang) who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. The main glimmer of hope: the director is another ’80s stalwart, Walter Hill, of “48 HRS.” renown. Shades of 1986: Christian Slater is in the cast, too.

Standup Guys: Speaking of shades of … shades of 1986’s “Tough Guys,” which re-teamed old movie pros Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas as geriatric perpetrators of one last haul. This time around, it’s Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a “tough but touching” (what else?) action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. Val (Pacino) is released from prison after serving 28 years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Arkin).

Warm Bodies: Sure, it’s being called the first zombie romance, patterned after “Romeo and Juliet,” with one  lover, named R (Nicholas Hoult), one of the undead, and the other lover, dubbed Julie (Teresa Palmer), a human survivor. But we prefer to refer to it as the first zombie movie starring an ISU theater grad. In this case, a biggie: John Malkovich. The premise has our two lovers setting off “an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.”

 

Film Clips

Freebies, pt. 1: A free screening of the award-winning documentary, "Love Free or Die," will be at 6:30 tonight in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Evelyn Chapel. The film profiles a gay man with two defining passions: his controversial love for both God and his partner Mark. A panel discussion will follow, led by visiting assistant professor of religion Jared Calaway, IWU chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger and IWU students Bobby Nash and Aaron Woodstein.

Freebies, pt 2: Suit up for a free showing of Pixar’s super-hit, "The Incredibles," at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Princess Theater in LeRoy.

Moonlight madness: Bloomington’s Galaxy 14 is aptly unveiling "Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters" c0lose to the witching hour tonight — 10 p.m. — along with fellow new arrivals, "Parker" and "Movie 43."

The finer things: Direct from the Royal Opera House in London, "La Boheme," screening Sunday and Tuesday at Bloomington’s Palace Cinemas.

Sons of MST3K: For some unfair reason, the “RiffTrax Live” showings never make it to B-N bijous. But for fans of this heir to the late, lamented “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” they are at least within reach for those willing to stretch a bit. The latest offerings — featuring “MST3K” alums Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett talking back at the screen — are billed as "The Best of RiffTrax Live." Showing at 7:30 tonight is "Manos: The Hands of Fate," followed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 by "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Both screen at Pekin’s Pekin 14 Cinemas and Peoria’s Willow Knolls 14.

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