The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 7, 2012

Movies out in theaters


Los Angeles Times

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG—13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC—17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

“All Together” — Five aging friends hire a graduate student as a live—in caretaker and rediscover the joys and pitfalls of communal living. With Claude Rich, Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin. Written and directed by Stephane Robelin. In French and German, with English subtitles. (1:36) NR.

“Bad 25” — A documentary chronicling the making of Michael Jackson’s landmark album “Bad” and his first world tour as a solo artist. Directed by Spike Lee. (2:11) NR.

“The Bay” — In a small seaside town in Maryland, a reporter emerges with footage revealing the cover—up of a devastating parasitic outbreak. With Will Rogers, Steven Kunken, Kether Donohue and Frank Deal. Written by Michael Wallach. Directed by Barry Levinson. (1:25) R.

“Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes” — Complications ensue when a disgraced TV journalist leads a film crew to Northern California to debunk a man’s claim that he possesses the body of a dead sasquatch. With Drew Rausch, Rich McDonald and Ashley Wood. Written by Brian Kelsey, Bryan O’Cain. Directed by Corey Grant. (1:29) NR.

“The Black Tulip” — After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, a Kabul family opens a restaurant with an open microphone but struggles against opposition from lingering factions of the old guard. With Haji Gul Aser, Sonia Nassery Cole and Walid Amini. Written and directed by Cole. In Dari, Pashto, English, Arabic and Italian, with English subtitles. (1:56) NR.

“Brooklyn Castle” — This documentary tells the story of an inner—city public school in Brooklyn struggling with budget cuts while grooming some of the country’s most promising young chess players. Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore. (1:41) NR.

“Burn” — A documentary chronicling a year in the life of Detroit firefighters at one of the busiest firehouses in the U.S. Directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez. (1:25) NR.

“Democracy at Work” — A clumsy local political campaign fights to contain the fallout of an Internet rumor days before an election. With Michael Scovotti, Sean Spence and Marty Lodge. Written and directed by Wasko Khouri. (1:30) NR.

“The Details” — A family of hungry raccoons threatens a suburban husband’s perfectly manicured yard and his struggling marriage. With Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Ray Liotta. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. (1:41) R.

“The First Time” — Sparks fly as two high—schoolers — a lovelorn senior guy and an attached but unfulfilled junior girl — meet at a party and spend a weekend hanging out. With Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson and Victoria Justice. Written and directed by Jonathan Kasdan. (1:35) PG—13.

“The Flat” — This documentary sparked by a filmmaker cleaning out his deceased grandmother’s apartment in Tel Aviv traces a family’s complicated history and how it was affected by World War II and its aftermath. Directed by Arnon Goldfinger. In Hebrew, English and German, with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.

“For Ellen” — A struggling rock musician takes tentative steps to forge a relationship with the 5—year—old daughter he’s neglected before forfeiting custody in a divorce. With Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Margarita Levieva and Jena Malone. Written and directed by So Yong Kim. (1:33) NR.

“Four Assassins” — Four hitmen rendezvous at a Hong Kong hotel to settle some unfinished business. With Will Yun Lee, Miguel Ferrer, Mercedes Renard and Hiro Hayama. Written and directed by Stanley J. Orzel. (1:28) NR.

“Francine” — After serving prison time, a woman settles in a small town but struggles to reconnect to society and takes unhealthy comfort in caring for animals. With Melissa Leo, Marietta Hanley and Brendan Burke. Written and directed by Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. (1:15) NR.

“Gayby” — Two thirtysomething best friends — a straight woman and a gay man — decide to have a baby together. With Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas and Mike Doyle. Written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki. (1:29) NR.

“High Ground” — This documentary follows 11 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans as they attempt to scale a Himalayan mountain and cope with their traumatic experiences on the battlefield. Directed by Michael Brown. (1:31) NR.

“Jack and Diane” — Two teenage girls — one a tomboy, the other a bubbly young lady — meet and quickly fall for each other, but their newfound feelings are soon tested. With Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour and Jena Malone. Written and directed by Bradley Rust Gray. (1:45) R.

“The Last Fall” — After being cut from his fourth team in three years, an NFL player is torn between starting a new life with his old high school sweetheart and taking one last shot with another pro team. With Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Written and directed by Matthew A. Cherry. (1:37) NR.

“A Late Quartet” — A renowned string quartet’s future hangs in the balance when the group’s beloved cellist receives a life—changing diagnosis. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Imogen Poots. Written by Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman. Directed by Zilberman. (1:45) R.

“A Liar’s Autobiography” — An animated documentary about the late Graham Chapman, one of the members of the British comedy group Monty Python. Directed by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett. In 3—D. (1:22) NR.

“The Loneliest Planet” — A young couple on a camping trip in the Caucasus Mountains during the summer before their wedding have their relationship upended by a chance encounter. With Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg and Bidzina Gujabidze. Written and directed by Julia Loktev. (1:53) NR.

“Lunch” — A documentary about a group of comedy writers and directors — including Sid Caesar, Monty Hall, John Rappaport and Carl Reiner — who have met for lunch every other week for 40 years. Directed by Donna Kanter. (1:18) NR.

“Madrid, 1987” — A well—known political journalist attempts to seduce an ambitious young journalism student who has interviewed him for a class project. WIth Jose Sacristan, Maria Valverde and Ramon Fontsere. Written and directed by David Trueba. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:44) NR.

“Man at War” — A documentary about an international community of World War II aficionados devoted to re—enacting air battles through online flight simulators. (1:10) NR.

“A Man’s Story” — A documentary following the British fashion designer Ozwald Boateng over the course of 12 years. Directed by Varon Bonicos. (1:38) NR.

“The Mystical Laws” — In this animated film set in a future in which Asia has fallen under a military empire with advanced technology, one man represents humanity’s last hope. With the voices of Takehito Koyasu, Daisuke Hirakawa and Daisuke Hirakawa. Written by the Mystical Laws Scenario Project. Directed by Isamu Imakake. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2 hrs.) NR.

“Nobody Walks” — The arrival of a New York artist, a friend of a friend working to finish a film, disrupts the equilibrium of a laid—back Los Angeles household. With John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt and Justin Kirk. Written by Ry Russo—Young and Lena Dunham. Directed by Russo—Young. (1:22) R.

“North Sea Texas” — In a small town on the Belgian coast, an introverted gay teen living with his neglectful mother falls for the dashing older boy next door. With Jelle Florizoone, Eva Van Der Gucht and Nina Marie Kortekaas. Written by Bavo Defurne and Yves Verbraeken. Directed by Defurne. In Dutch with English subtitles. (1:39) NR.

“Orchestra of Exiles” — A documentary about the Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who in the 1930s created the Palestine Symphony Orchestra (later the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and saved close to 1,000 Jews from the Nazis. Directed by Josh Aronson. (1:25) NR.

“The Other Son” — Two 18—year—old men — one Israeli, one Palestinian — learn that they were inadvertently switched at birth, a revelation that turns both their families upside down. With Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe and Jules Sitruk. Written by Natalie Saugeon, Lorraine Levy and Noam Fitoussi. Directed by Levy. In French, Hebrew, Arabic and English, with English subtitles. (1:45) PG—13.

“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings” — In this animated film, a 14—year—old girl signs a contract to gain magical powers and takes up the task of battling witches. With the voices of Aoi Yuki, Chiwa Saito and Kaori Mizuhashi. Written by Gen Urobuchi. Directed by Yukihiro Miyamoto. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2:10) NR.

“Pusher” — After borrowing money for a drug deal gone awry, a low—level hood scrambles to pay back his supplier and save his own skin. With Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb and Agyness Deyn. Written by Matthew Read. Directed by Luis Prieto. (1:27) R.

“The Revisionaries” — A documentary about Don McLeroy, a dentist and outspoken creationist seeking re—election as the chairman of the highly politicized and influential Texas State Board of Education. Directed by Scott Thurman. (1:23) NR.

“Sassy Pants” — A recent home—school graduate struggles to break free from her perky, smothering mother and deadbeat gay father to attend fashion school. With Ashley Rickards, Anna Gunn, Haley Joel Osment and Diedrich Bader. Written and directed by Coley Sohn. (1:27) NR.

“Seeds of Resiliency” — A documentary about 12 people who have survived tragedies, overcome challenges and gone on to help others. Directed by Susan Polis Schutz. (1 hr.) NR.

“The Sessions” — A 38-year-old man confined to an iron lung enlists therapists and a priest to help him lose his virginity. With John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. Written and directed by Ben Lewin. (1:35) R.

“Sexy Baby” — A documentary about coming of age and the prevalence of sex in mainstream culture in the digital era. Directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus. (1:23) NR.

“Simon and the Oaks” — A bookish young man from a working-class family in Sweden befriends a young Jewish man fleeing Nazi persecution in Germany. With Bill Skarsgaard, Helen Sjoholm and Jan Josef Liefers. Written by Marnie Blok. Directed by Lisa Ohlin. In Swedish and German, with English subtitles. (2:02) NR.

“Sister” — In the shadow of a posh Swiss ski resort, a scheming 12—year—old boy lives with his jobless drifter of a sister and steals gear from rich tourists to get by. With Kacey Mottet—Klein, Lea Seydoux and Gillian Anderson. Written and directed by Ursula Meier. In French with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.

“Six Million and One” — This documentary follows four siblings as they trace the footsteps of their late father, a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria. Directed by David Fisher. In Hebrew, German and English, with English subtitles. (1:37) NR.

“Tai Chi Zero” — A young man with great potential who is teased as the town fool travels to a distant village to learn martial arts. With William Feng, Eddie Peng and Angelababy. Written by Kuo—fu Chen. Directed by Stephen Fung. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1:55) PG—13.

“Tales of the Night” — Six exotic fables unfold in enchanted lands in this animated film. With the voices of Julien Beramis, Marine Griset and Michel Elias. Written and directed by Michel Ocelot. In French with English subtitles. In 3—D. (1:24) NR.

“That’s What She Said” — A hopeless romantic, her cynical friend and a loopy stranger undertake a daylong misadventure. With Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat. Written by Kellie Overbey. Directed by Carrie Preston. (1:24) R.

“This Must Be the Place” — An aging former rock star returns from Dublin to New York and continues his recently deceased father’s quest to seek revenge on an old Nazi tormentor. With Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch and Eve Hewson. Written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello. Directed by Sorrentino. (1:58) NR.

“Vamps” — Two ageless vampire party girls struggle with love as one falls for the son of a vampire hunter and the other encounters an old flame. With Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver and Richard Lewis. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling. (1:30) PG—13.

“Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution” — A documentary about the landmark showdown between five French haute couture designers and five American ready—to—wear designers at the Palace of Versailles in 1973. Directed by Deborah Riley Draper. (1:31) NR.

“Wake in Fright” — A newly restored version of the 1971 Australian film about a British schoolteacher’s descent into demoralization in an outback town. With Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond and Sylvia Kay. Written by Evan Jones. Directed by Ted Kotcheff. (1:54) NR.

“We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” — A documentary about the radical online hacker—activist group known as Anonymous. Directed by Brian Knappenberger. (1:40) NR.

“A Whisper to a Roar” — This documentary follows democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. Directed by Ben Moses. (1:34) NR.

“Yogawoman” — A documentary examining the popularity of yoga among modern women, both as students and teachers. Narrated by Annette Bening. Directed by Kate McIntyre Clere and Saraswati Clere. (1:24) NR.

“The Zen of Bennett” — A documentary portrait of the enduring singer Tony Bennett as he reflects on his 60—year career and looks ahead to his latest recording project. Directed by Unjoo Moon. (1:24) NR.