In Theaters This Weekend

2013-11-07T08:34:00Z In Theaters This Weekend nwitimes.com
November 07, 2013 8:34 am

Thor: The Dark World 1 hr 51 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

Director: Alan Taylor

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

About Time 2 hr 4 min | R | Released Nov. 8

Director: Richard Curtis

When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.

The Book Thief 2 hr 7 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

Director: Brian Percival

In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel's new family barely scrapes by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans' life.

Great Expectations 2 hr 8 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

Director: Mike Newell

Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) adapts Charles Dickens with this Number 9 Films production once again chronicling an orphan (Jeremy Irvine) who learns he has an unknown benefactor and sets off to London with "great expectations." Helena Bonham Carter co-stars.

Best Man Down 1 hr 31 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

Director: Ted Koland

How well do we really know our oldest friends? What if you were remembered for one decision, one act, or one moment in your life? When their obnoxious and over-served best man (Lumpy) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, a bride and groom are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But getting Lumpy's body back to Minneapolis is just the start of their adventure, as the well-intended sacrifice surprises at every turn. And when the newlyweds' path leads them to a fifteen year-old girl in a small, northern Minnesota town - all bets are off on who Lumpy really was.

How I Live Now 1 hr 41 min | R | Released Nov. 8

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.

Ender's Game - 1 hr 54 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 1

Director: Gavin Hood

In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant young leader, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

Free Birds - 1 hr 31 min | PG | Released Nov. 1

Director: Jimmy Hayward

In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.

Last Vegas - 1 hr 30 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 1

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Aging pals Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. When Billy finally proposes to his much-younger girlfriend, all four friends go to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of Billy's longtime bachelorhood and relive their glory days. However, the four quickly realize that the intervening decades have changed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they had not imagined.

Man of Tai Chi - 1 hr 45 min | NR | Released Nov. 1

Director: Keanu Reeves

Set in modern Beijing, MAN OF TAI CHI marks Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut. The film, also starring Reeves, follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (played by Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. As the fights intensify, so does his will to survive.

A Perfect Man - 1 hr 33 min | NR | Released Nov. 1

Director: Kees Van Oostrum

On the cusp of their ninth anniversary, James and Nina seem to have the perfect marriage and ideal lives - an affluent life in Amsterdam, lucrative jobs and adoring friends. Yet when Nina discovers James’s infidelity with a mutual friend of theirs after a long line of extramarital affairs, it’s the final straw, shattering whatever illusions they’ve created about their relationship and leaving them separated. Heartbroken about their separation, a stroke of luck leads Nina to impersonate James’s chatty travel agent on the phone, and he’s soon pouring his heart out and unwittingly falling for his wife all over again as they discuss the uncertainty of love and the eternal misunderstanding between men and women.

Dallas Buyers Club - 1 hr 57 min | R | Released Nov. 1

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

In mid-1980s Texas, womanizing electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof steals some AZT, but his attempt to cure himself backfires. Woodroof seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. He joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can't wait for the medical establishment to save them.

The Counselor – 1 hr 51 min | R | Released Oct. 25

Director: Ridley Scott

A respected lawyer(Michael Fassbender)decides to dabble in the drug business without getting sucked in. But this bad idea has consequences for him, his lover (Penelope Cruz) and others (Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, John Leguizamo, Cameron Diaz).

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – 1 hr 32 min | R | Released Oct. 25

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Eighty-six-year-old Irving Zisman goes across America with his eight-year-old Grandson Billy. On the road Irving (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) encounter lots of people including male strippers, unhappy child beauty pageant contestants and their mothers and biker bar patrons.

Escape Plan – 1 hr 56 min | R | Released Oct 18

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), the world's expert on structural security, takes on one last challenge: breaking out of super-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb.” There is a mistake though and he ends up imprisoned and must get fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to him escape.

Carrie – 1 hr 39 min | R | Released Oct 18

Director: Kimberly Peirce

A reimagining of the classic Stephen King horror tale about a shy girl, Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is shunned by her peers and overly-protected by her religious mother (Julianne Moore) until the night of her senior prom.

The Fifth Estate – 2 hr 8 min | R | Released Oct 18

Director: Bill Condon

Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), the film charts the beginning of WikiLeaks. The sucess of the website brought instant fame to its principal architects.

Captain Phillips — 2 hr 13 min | PG-13 | Released Oct. 11

Director: Paul Greengrass

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Romeo & Juliet — 1 hr 58 min | PG-13 | Released Oct. 11

Director: Carlo Carlei

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s epic and searing tale of love, is revitalized on screen by writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and director Carlos Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent). An ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. With an all-star cast including Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard, it affords those unfamiliar with the tale the chance to put faces to the two names they’ve undoubtedly heard innumerable times: Romeo and Juliet.

Gravity – 1 hr 31 min | PG-13 | Released Oct. 4

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes — the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.

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