November 6, 2009 in Features

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Capsule reviews with star ratings are written by reviewers for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Opening today:

The Box

With the press of a button, a simple wooden box bestows both riches and death. Running time: 1:53 Rating: PG-13 (disturbing images, violence)

Airway Heights: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:40. NorthTown Mall: 11:35 a.m., 3:40, 6:40, 9:40. River Park Square: 10:35 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:25, 1:55, 4:10, 4:45, 6:50, 7:25, 9:35, 10:10. Riverstone: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10. Spokane Valley Mall: 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 6:45, 9:20. Wandermere: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:40.

Coco Before Chanel

Seamstress Coco Chanel develops a style that takes her to the heights of haute couture. Running time: 1:45 Rating: PG-13 (sexual content) River Park Square: 11:25 a.m., 2, 4:45, 7:20, 10.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Three Christmas spirits take miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) on an eye-opening journey. Running time: 1:35 Rating: PG (scary images and sequences)

Hayden: 1, 3:05, 5:10, 7:15, 9:20. Airway Heights: 10:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:30. NorthTown Mall: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55. Post Falls: 1:40, 3:35, 5:25, 7:25. River Park Square: 10:30 a.m., 1, 3:30, 6:15, 9. Riverstone: 1, 4, 7, 9:30. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55. Wandermere: 11:30 a.m., 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:20.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D

Airway Heights: 10 a.m., noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9. NorthTown Mall: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25. River Park Square: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Riverstone: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10. Spokane Valley Mall: 11:45 a.m., 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25. Wandermere: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 12:45, 2:15, 2:45, 4:30, 5, 6:45, 7:15, 9, 9:30.

The Fourth Kind

A psychologist (Milla Jovovich) in Alaska uncovers evidence of alien abductions. Running time: 1:38 Rating: PG-13 (sexuality, terror, violent and disturbing images)

Airway Heights: 11:40 a.m., 2. 4:20, 6:40, 9:10. NorthTown Mall: 12:50, 3:10, 5:35, 8, 10:30. River Park Square: 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45. Riverstone: 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:20. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10. Wandermere: 11:40 a.m., 2, 4:20, 6:40, 9:10.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

A reporter (Ewan McGregor) in Iraq meets a man (George Clooney) who claims to be from a unit of psychic soldiers. Running time: 1:33 Rating: R (nudity, language, drug content)

Hayden: 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05, 9:15. NorthTown Mall: noon, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 10:15. River Park Square: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6:30, 7:30, 9:05, 9:55. Riverstone: 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:15. Spokane Valley Mall: noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:50, 9:05. Wandermere: 11 a.m., 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:45.

Continuing:

Amazon

Filmmaker Kieth Merrill journeys through rain forests to follow the route of the Amazon River. Running time: :39 Rating: not rated

IMAX (Riverfront Park): 1, 3, 5.

Amelia

••• The role of pioneer aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who broke records, hearts and boundaries, fits Hilary Swank like a jumpsuit. Richard Gere co-stars in the evocative film from Mira Nair. Running time: 1:51 Rating: PG (language, sensuality) River Park Square: 10:55 a.m., 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10. Riverstone: 1:20, 4:10, 6:55, 9:35. Wandermere: 11:15 a.m., 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15.

Astro Boy

•• Slick, stylish CG-animated take on the vintage Japanese TV toon, but as robotic as its boy hero. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell and Freddie Highmore as the kid with rockets in his feet. Running time: 1:34 Rating: PG (language, peril)

Airway Heights: 10:45 a.m., 12:45, 2:45. Post Falls: 1:20, 3:20. River Park Square: 10:40 a.m., 1:10, 3:40. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:05, 2:20, 4:40. Wandermere: 11:10 a.m., 1:10, 3:10, 5:15.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

A sideshow vampire (John C. Reilly) turns a teenager into one of the undead. Running time: 1:49 Rating: PG-13 (disturbing images, violence, language)

Post Falls: 5:35, 7:50. River Park Square: 10:40 a.m., 1:25, 3:55. Wandermere: 11:40 a.m., 4:40, 9:45.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Townspeople become overwhelmed when an overabundance of food falls from the sky. Running time: 1:30. Rating: PG (language)

Airway Heights: 11 a.m., 1, 3.

Couples Retreat

•• A tropical vacation turns out to be a relationship workshop for four couples. Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell and Faizon Love are part of a large cast in a skimpy comedy that is more adult than its rating indicates. Running time: 1:54 Rating: PG-13 (language, sexual content)

Airway Heights: 4:45, 7:15, 9:40. Hayden: 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 8:40. NorthTown Mall: 12:35, 3:50, 6:30, 9:50. Post Falls: 1:15, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55. River Park Square: 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05. Riverstone: 1:10, 3:55, 6:40, 9:20. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:45, 3:15, 7:15, 9:45. Wandermere: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40.

District 9

South Africa assigns a restricted area for extraterrestrial refugees. Running time: 1:51 Rating: R (bloody violence, language)

Garland: 9:45.

Forces of Nature

Natural disasters are the focus of this IMAX film, namely volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes. Never has the power of a volcanic eruption seemed more in-your-face awesome. Running time: :40 Rating: not rated

IMAX (Riverfront Park): noon, 2, 4.

G-Force

•• Disney’s dud about a team of high-tech guinea pig spies is a perpetual motion machine of meaningless action, as a squad of elite rodents tries to thwart a housewares industrialist’s plan of world domination. A mix of CG and live action, with real humans Bill Nighy and Zach Galifianakis, and the voices of Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Sam Rockwell and Tracy Morgan. Running time: 1:28 Rating: PG (rude humor)

Garland: 7:55.

The Informant!

••• Steven Soderbergh’s truth-based film about a compulsive liar wavers uneasily between corporate thriller and screwball comedy, with Matt Damon as an agribusiness exec who blows a whistle and his own horn at the same time. Running time: 1:48 Rating: R (language)

River Park Square: 4:20, 6:55, 9:25.

Law Abiding Citizen

••1/2 Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler go toe-to-toe in this over-the-top, grisly criminal justice revenge thriller. A mash-up of “Death Wish” vigilante vengeance with “Silence of the Lambs” mad-genius-behind-bars puppet-mastery. Running time: 1:48 Rating: R (language, rape, bloody brutal violence, torture)

NorthTown Mall: 12:05, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10. Post Falls: 1:35, 3:45, 5:55, 8:05. River Park Square: 10:40 a.m., 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:25. Riverstone: 1:05, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:35, 3:20, 6:35, 9:30. Wandermere: 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40.

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

••• Documentary on the final days of Jackson’s life, including interviews and rehearsal footage, as he prepared for 50 concerts in London. Running time: 1:51 Rating: PG (scary images, suggestive choreography)

Airway Heights: noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20. Hayden: 1:45, 4:20, 6:45, 9:05. NorthTown Mall: 11:50 a.m., 12:20, 2:20, 4:15, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:35, 10:05. Post Falls: 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8. River Park Square: 10:50 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:30, 2:05, 4:15, 7, 9:45. Riverstone: 1:05, 1:25, 4:05, 4:25, 6:45, 7:25, 9:25, 10:05. Spokane Valley Mall: 11:55 a.m., 12:55, 2:25, 4:50, 6:30, 7:20, 9, 9:50. Wandermere: noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20.

Paranormal Activity

A couple sets up video cameras throughout their home to capture evidence of a haunting. Running time: 1:26 Rating: R (language)

Airway Heights: 11:15, 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15. NorthTown Mall: 12:30, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10. River Park Square: 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 4:25, 6:40, 9:10. Riverstone: 1:55, 4:55, 7:55, 10:25. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:50, 3:05, 5:25, 7:35, 10:05.

Saw VI

Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) emerges as the next heir to Jigsaw’s twisted legacy. Running time: 1:31 Rating: R (language, grisly bloody torture and violence)

Airway Heights: 5, 7:15, 9:25. Hayden: 12:55, 3, 5:05, 7:10, 9:10. NorthTown Mall: 12:45, 10:25. River Park Square: 6:25, 9:10. Riverstone: 4:40, 9:55. Wandermere: 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5, 7:15, 9:25.

A Serious Man

••• Imagine Job as a physics professor in 1967 Minneapolis and you get the flavor of this surrealistic pillow of a movie – more funny-strange than ha-ha – from Joel and Ethan Coen. Running time: 1:45 Rating: R (brief violence, language, some nudity)

River Park Square: 11:05 a.m., 1:40, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40.

The Stepfather

A young man (Penn Badgley) suspects that his mother’s new lover (Dylan Walsh) is up to no good. Running time: 1:45 Rating: PG-13 (sensuality, disturbing images, violence)

Riverstone: 2, 7:35. Wandermere: 2:20, 7:30.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

•• A kooky, head-spinning romantic mess, adapted from the best-selling novel, with Eric Bana as the time-traveling hunk and Rachel McAdams as the starry-eyed miss who has loved him since she was six. Remarkably dull for such a wild, woolly idea. Running time: 1:47 Rating: PG-13 (disturbing images, nudity, sexuality)

Garland: 5:45.

Where the Wild Things Are

••• Spike Jonze dares to adapt Maurice Sendak’s sublime and scary children’s book classic, and conjures up a satisfyingly moody, melancholy, madcap live-action romp. No masterpiece, but it’s a brave undertaking, and an oft-times transcendent one. Running time: 1:41 Rating: PG (language)

Airway Heights: 11:45 a.m., 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45. Hayden: 1:05, 3:15, 6:10, 8:30. NorthTown Mall: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 4:25, 6:45, 9:30. Post Falls: 1:25, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30. River Park Square: 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15, 1:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:30. Riverstone: 1:35, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45. Spokane Valley Mall: 12:30, 4, 6:40, 9:10. Wandermere: 11:30 a.m., 1:45, 4, 6:15, 8:30.

Whip It

••• Drew Barrymore’s delightful rookie feature about a Texas beauty-pageant princess (Ellen Page) who finds herself as a combative, competitive roller-derby queen. Wonderful performances from Page, Marcia Gay Harden and Kristen Wiig. Running time: 1:51 Rating: PG-13 (crude dialogue, drug material, language, sexual content)

River Park Square: 6:45, 9:15.

Zombieland

••• Inspired zom-com road pic, with nervous ninny Jesse Eisenberg and cool cowboy Woody Harrelson teaming up to battle blood-spewing flesh-eaters across a wasteland U.S.A. With Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin and a truly great surprise cameo. Running time: 1:27 Rating: R (language, zombie horror violence/gore)

NorthTown Mall: 3, 5:30, 7:55. River Park Square: 5:15, 7:45, 9:50. Riverstone: 1:40, 4:35, 7:05, 9:50. Spokane Valley Mall: 7:05, 9:35. Wandermere: 7:30, 9:35.


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