Film capsules, June 19, 2014

Film capsules, June 19, 2014

Summaries and mini-reviews of movies playing now, from e3 magazine:

  • AMC = AMC Village Mall, Danville.
  • ART = The Art Theater, Champaign
  • CAR = Carmike, Champaign
  • HAR = Harvest Moon Drive-In, Gibson City
  • NOR = The Normal Theater, Normal
  • ONA = The Onarga Theater, Onarga
  • PRI = Princess Theatre, LeRoy
  • SAV = Savy 16, Savoy
  • VIR = Virginia Theatre, Champaign

DCI 2014 TOUR PREMIERE (Monday). Fathom Events and Drum Corps International (DCI) invite you to kick-off Marching Music's Major LeagueTM 2014 season when the DCI 2014 Tour Premiere comes to select theaters nationwide. This exclusive one-night cinema event will showcase seven of DCI's top marching music ensembles. 135 minutes. SAV.

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (Starts Monday). A transcendently goofy boy's own adventure tale, with young Josh Hutcherson and his mom's boyfriend (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) rescuing his grandfather (Michael Caine) from a lost island in the South Pacific.★★1/2 (Roger Ebert). 94 minutes. SAV.

THE MET: LIVE IN HD SUMMER 2014 ENCORE: LA RONDINE (Wednesday). Puccini's achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the "swallow" of the title), who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. Opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray Puccini's star-crossed lovers. SAV.

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (2013). At times harrowing, at others joyous, this Belgian import follows the relationship of Didier (Johan Heldenbergh), a bluegrass musician, and his love, tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens), who meet, fall in love and have a daughter who is eventually diagnosed with cancer.  ★★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski). Not rated. 111 minutes. Subtitles. NOR

CHEF. Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef whose frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. CAR

THE CROODS (2013). The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Rated PG. 98 minutes. CAR.

THE DANCE OF REALITY. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations. 130 minutes. ART

DEAR MR. WATTERSON (2013) Of American newspaper comic strips, few great ones have been so short-lived, and yet so enduring in the public, than "Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson. This film explores the strip, its special artistic qualities and its extraordinary lasting appeal decades after its conclusion. Not rated. 89 minutes. NOR

EDGE OF TOMORROW. Tom Cruise stars as a cowardly military officer who is forced into combat against a deadly alien race. He finds himself caught in a time loop in which he's forced to relive the same day again and again until he attains the skills necessary to defeat the enemy. ★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski). Rated PG-13. 113 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as Hazel and Gus, two teens who meet in a cancer support group, fall in love and are eventually forced to face their own mortality. Director Josh Boone wisely lets the story play out without going out of his way to yank at our heartstrings. ★★★ (Chuck Koplinski). 125 minutes. Rated PG-13. AMC, CAR, SAV

FED UP (Sunday). "Fed Up" is an advocacy documentary that earns its outrage. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar-winning producer of "An Inconvenient Truth") and director Stephanie Soechtig, "Fed Up" will change the way you eat forever. (arttheater.coop). Rated PG. 92 minutes. ART

GODZILLA. Director Gareth Edwards successfully brings everyone's favorite prehistoric hero back to the big screen as the Big G goes toe to toe with two giant flying creatures that are on opposite sides of the world and intent on mating, causing mayhem and destruction in their effort to meet. ★★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski). Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. PRI, SAV

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. This impressive follow-up takes a far more serious approach than its predecessor as it ushers its hero Hiccup (voice by Jay Baruchel) into adulthood when his community is forced to go to war against a despot named Drago (Djimon Hounsou). We witness Hiccup's tumultuous journey toward becoming a man. ★★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski). Rated PG. 102 minutes. AMC, CAR, HAR, SAV

INTERIOR, LEATHER BAR (2013) (Tuesday). In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, "Cruising." Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Not rated. 60 minutes. ART

MALEFICENT. A new take on the "Sleeping Beauty" tale finds an innocent young woman named Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) who's forced to compromise herself in order to protect her homeland from an invading army. ★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski). Rated PG. 97 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST. Albert (Seth MacFarlane), a tenderfoot in the violent Old West, finds his love for a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) threatened when her gun-slinging husband (Liam Neeson) comes to town. ★ (Chuck Koplinski). Rated R. 116 minutes. SAV

MUPPETS MOST WANTED. Flush with their revival's success, Kermit the Frog and his friends are approached by Dominic Badguy to go on a world tour. Unknown to them, this is all part of the sinister plan of Constantine, the world's most evil frog, to become the greatest thief of all time. Rated PG. 107 minutes. VIR

SUCH GOOD PEOPLE (Tuesday). A young couple discovers a secret room filled with cash while house-sitting for rich friends who die while out of the country. Not rated. 97 minutes. ART

22 JUMP STREET. Undercover cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back in action when they're assigned to enroll in a local community college to root out yet another drug dealer. ★★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 112 minutes. AMC, CAR, HAR, SAV,

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. This fifth entry in the series finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) being sent back in time to alter history in order to save humans and mutants alike from a cataclysmic event. Bryan Singer creates one of the most visually engaging and emotionally poignant movies in the series. ★★★1/2 (Chuck Koplinski). Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. AMC, CAR, SAV.

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