In Theaters This Weekend

2014-02-27T08:34:00Z 2014-03-06T21:55:35Z In Theaters This Weekend nwitimes.com
February 27, 2014 8:34 am

Non-Stop 1 hr 22 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 28

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

The film takes place on an international flight from New York to London. Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today's flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes. When the bank account is discovered to be under Marks' name and a bomb is found aboard the plane, Marks is branded as a hijacker. To save the passengers, he must gain their trust and clear his name while tracking down the real culprits killing passengers on the flight.

Repentance 1 hr 30 min | R | Released Feb. 28

Director: Philippe Caland

Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach. What may be simple to grasp for some is the idea that single actions in the past comprise tidal waves of reactions in the present.

The Bag Man 1 hr 50 min | R | Released Feb. 28

Director: David Grovic

THE BAG MAN is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of JACK (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by DRAGNA (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned JACK and a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.

Son of God 2 hr 18 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 28

Director: Khavn de la Cruz, Michael Noer

This major motion picture event—an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S.—brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

3 Days to Kill 1 hr 40 min PG-13 | Released Feb. 21

Director: McG

In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is an elite government hit man, who is determined to give up his high stakes life after receiving news that he has a terminal disease. But when his agency offers him an experimental, potentially life-saving drug in exchange for one last mission, it's an offer he can't refuse — even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

Pompeii 1 hr 45 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 21

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Winter's Tale 1 hr 58 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 14

Director: Akiva Goldsman

One night in early 20th-century New York, master thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) breaks into a Central Park mansion and quickly has his heart stolen by its occupant, Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). Unfortunately, their love is star-crossed; she is dying from consumption, and he is marked for death by his demonic former mentor, Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Peter battles the forces of time and darkness to save Beverly, even as Pearly does everything in his power to defeat Peter.

About Last Night 1 hr 40 min | R | Released Feb. 14

Based on the classic romantic comedy of 1986, which itself was based on the 1974 David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” the 2014 film brings a modern outlook to this timeless story. In this version, starring an all African American cast including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton, the audience follows two new couples who journey from the bar to the bedroom and encounter the real world in between. This version is set in sunny Los Angeles rather than frigid Chicago, and promises to be a fun and lighthearted examination of the motives that drive men and women on the search for a relationship.

Endless Love 1 hr 55 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 14

In this adaptation of the 1979 novel by Scott Spencer and a remake of the 1981 film starring Brooke Shields, passion yields to tragedy when the parents of a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) attempt to thwart her heated romance with a handsome valet (Alex Pettyfer).

Robocop 1 hr 42 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 12

Director: José Padilha

The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology in overseas wars. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life and build a part-man, part-robot police officer.

The Monuments Men 2 hr 10 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 7

Director: George Clooney

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Vampire Academy 1 hr 44 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 7

Director: Mark Waters

VAMPIRE ACADEMY tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian.

The Invisible Woman 1 hr 51 min | R | Released Feb. 7

Director: Ralph Fiennes

Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.

The LEGO Movie 1 hr 41 min | PG | Released Feb. 7

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special—an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant's (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly—and hilariously—unprepared for such a task, but he'll give it his all nonetheless.

That Awkward Moment 1 hr 34 min | R | Released Jan. 31

Director: Tom Gormican

Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) are living a carefree single life in New York City when their best friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) learns his wife wants a divorce. In a show of support, the three longtime buddies promise each other that they will avoid commitment at all costs and stay single together, but their plans are derailed when Mikey starts to surreptitiously date his ex, and Jason and Daniel unexpectedly fall in love.

I, Frankenstein 1 hr 32 min | PG-13 | Released Jan. 24

Director: Stuart Beattie

200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) is caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 1 hr 40 min | PG-13 | Released Jan. 17

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Tom Clancy’s most iconic character, Jack Ryan, returns to the big screen in this taut suspense thriller. To his friends and loved ones, young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) appears to be an ordinary executive; however, he has secretly worked for the CIA for years. Ryan was originally brought in to crunch global data, but when he uncovers a carefully planned scheme to crash the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Yet when everyone who could stop the impending international catastrophe has something to lose or something to hide, who can Ryan possibly trust? Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a fearsome Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where secrets and lies are everywhere, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he’s in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.

The Nut Job 1 hr 25 min | PG | Released Jan. 17

Director: Peter Lepeniotis

In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.

Ride Along 1 hr 40 min | PG-13 | Released Jan. 17

Director: Tim Story

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.

Her 1 hr 59 min | R | Released Jan. 10

Director: Spike Jonze

Her, written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze, explores the story of a sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after a long love affair ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality.

Lone Survivor 2 hr 1 min | R | Released Jan. 10

Director: Peter Berg

LONE SURVIVOR, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana.

The Legend of Hercules | PG-13 | Released Jan. 10

Director: Renny Harlin

Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

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