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 Bishop’s Wife

107 min.; unrated

A Christmas angel comes to Earth to lend a hand to a distracted bishop and the wife who feels overlooked. (NL, Nov. 22-23)

Opens Friday

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, PL, ST)

Red Dawn

93 min.; PG-13 (intense war violence/action, language)

A group of young patriots fights back after the United States is successfully invaded by North Korea. (GX, PL, ST)

Rise of the Guardians

97 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (thematic elements, mildly scary action)

Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other legends rally to battle an evil spirit threatening Earth. (GX, LT, PL, ST)


Opens Saturday

Meet Me In St. Louis

113 min.; unrated

A turn-of-the-century St. Louis family’s existence is disrupted by the news they have to move away. (NL, Nov. 24-25)



3 stars 135 min.; R (drug/alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity, intense action sequence)

A pilot pulls off a heroic feat, then regrets the ensuing close scrutiny of his troubled personal life. (GX, PL, ST)


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, LT, PL, ST)

Pitch Perfect

112 min.; PG-13 (sexual material, language, drug references)

The new girl on campus takes the women’s acoustic choir into the cutthroat world of college a cappella. (ST)


3 stars 142 min.; PG-13 (intense violent sequences throughout, sexuality, language, smoking)

James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her and others in MI6 (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

118 min.; PG-13 ( sequences of violence, disturbing images, sensuality, partial nudity)

The Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect their child from a false allegation. (GX, LT, PL, ST)


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

A video game character, tired of being upstaged,rebels by going on an arcade-hopping odyssey. (GX, PL, PR, ST)

Coming Soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Nov. 30) is just one major new arrival:

Killing Them Softly: Adapted from George V. Higgins' novel and set in New Orleans, this high-stakes drama casts Brad Pitt as a professional enforcer investigating a heist that occurs during a mob-protected poker game. Among the players, and otherwise, is an unusually strong supporting cast, including Illinois Wesleyan University’s most prolific theater alum, Richard Jenkins, along with Sam Shepard (also with recent local ties, you may recall), James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, Vincent Curatola, Ben Mendelsohn and Linara Washington. 

Film Clips

Christmas, etc., at the Normal: As always, the Normal Theater is coming through for fans of classic holiday film fare with the next five weeks fully committed to everything from white Christmases to wonderful lives. Actually, the seasonal love-fest began with last weekend’s oddball pairing of “Rare Exports” and “The Shop Around the Corner.” Keeping the momentum going this weekend are "The Bishop’s Wife," the 1947 charmer with Cary Grant as a Christmas angel and David Niven and Loretta Young as the couple whose lives are impacted, 7 p.m. today and Friday; and one of Hollywood’s greatest musical for this time of the year, or any, Vincente Minnelli’s seasonally charged "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Then: "Holiday Inn" (1942), with Bing and Fred, 7 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 2, followed by its direct heir, "White Christmas" (1954), with Bing and Danny, 7 p.m. Dec. 6-9 (see today’s GO! cover for an account of the eternal battle for favoritism between the two Irving Berlin musicals); "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation" (1989), 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14; "A Christmas Story" (1983), 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16; and, of course, the annual stand of "It’s a Wonderful Life" (1946), 7 p.m. Dec. 20-24 (yes, there’s a special Monday showing for Christmas Eve). Still TBA are the titles for Dec. 27-30.

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