New in local theaters 03/14/13

2013-03-13T18:00:00Z New in local theaters 03/14/13
March 13, 2013 6:00 pm


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

Opens Today

Singin’ in the Rain

103 min.; G

Turmoil hits a Hollywood studio during the rocky transition from silent movies to talkies. (NL, March 14-17) 

Opens Friday

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. (GX, ST)

The Impossible

114 min.; PG-13 (intense realistic disaster sequences, disturbing injury images, brief nudity)

A British family is trapped in the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami that struck the coast of Indonesia. (LT)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

96 min.; PG-13 (sexual content, dangerous stunts, drug-related incident, language)

A new rival in town forces a famous Vegas magic duo to reconnect after years of loathing each other. (GX, LT, PL, 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. (GX)


Dead Man Down

118 min.; R (violence, language throughout, sexuality)

A man’s desire for revenge dovetails with that of a complete stranger — a woman also out for revenge. (GX, PL, ST)

Escape From Planet Earth

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

On the planet Baab, a scrawny, risk-averse lad comes to the rescue of his heroic astronaut brother. (GX, ST)

A Good Day to Die Hard

1 star 97 min.; R (violence, language)

John McClane finds his estranged son caught up in the prison escape of a rogue Russian leader. (ST)

Identity Thief

1 star 111 min.; R (sexual content, language)

A man is forced to take extreme measures to clear his name after his identity is stolen and his credit score plummets. (GX, PL, ST)

Jack the Giant Slayer

2 stars 115 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense fantasy action violence, frightening images, brief language)

A young farmhand opens a gateway between Earth and a fearsome race of giants, out to reclaim the land they once lost. (GX, LT, PL, ST; PR, starting Fri.)

The Last Exorcism Part II

89 min.; PG-13 (horror violence, terror, brief language)

Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her returns for seconds. (ST)

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, LT, PL, ST)

Safe Haven

115 min.; PG-13 (mature themes, threatening behavior, violence, sexuality)

The mysterious new woman in town starts a relationship with a widowed store owner. (GX, PL, ST)

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, ST; PL, starting Fri.)


2 1/2 stars 112 min.; PG-13 (drug content, violence)

After his son is falsely accused of drug crime, a man infiltrates a dangerous drug cartel as an undercover informant. (GX, LT, PL, ST)  

21 and Over

93 min.; R (crude/sexual content, pervasive language, graphic nudity, drugs, drinking)

A straight-A college student is led astray by his two best friends, who show up on his 21st birthday for a night of debauchery. (GX, PL, ST)

Coming Soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (March 22) are:

Admission: A little spring feverish rom-com, with Tina Fey as a straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer who makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, a freewheeler played by Paul Rudd. The story turns on a gifted student at the school (Nat Wolff), whom Rudd assumes is the son Fey secretly gave up for adoption years ago. Watch the straight-laced admissions officer find herself admitting that she may have made a mistake, as romance and maternal needs blossom in tandem, under the direction of Paul (“About a Boy”) Weitz. Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn and Lily Tomlin co-star.

The Croods: The latest from DreamWorks Animation, following the world's first prehistoric family as they embark on an odyssey after they lose their cave dwelling to a disaster. Along the journey, they discover a brave new DreamWorks world, in 3-D, of course. Vocal providers include Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman.


Olympus Has Fallen: The title refers not to the mountaintop abode of the Greek gods, but rather to our own White House, for which “Olympus” is the Secret Service’s code word. The “fallen” part occurs when the executive manse is captured by a terrorist mastermind, all the better to kidnap the President (Aaron Eckhart). It’s up to disgraced former presidential guard (Gerard Butler), also trapped within the building, to help retake the WH, save the Pres and avert “an even bigger disaster.” Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Rick Yune, Robert Forster and Rhada Mitchell co-star.


Film Clips

The finer things: Direct from the La Scala Opera House in Milan, a twin bill of Pietro Mascagni’s "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s "Pagliacci," screening at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bloomington’s Palace Cinemas.

Moon-lighting: Bloomington’s Galaxy 14 offers early peeks, at 10 tonight, of the weekend’s two new arrivals — "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "The Call."

Dress for success: They may have to de-bug the Normal Theater afterward since the March edition of Dress-Up Movies, at 1 p.m. Saturday, is the animated hit "Antz," with patrons urged to come garbed a la the four-legged, often winged cast of characters. Admission is free,

Family-friendly: The latest offering in the Christian movie series at LeRoy’s Princess Theater is "Flowers for Annie" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, about the relationship between an aging widow and her young caregiver.

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