At the Movies
SAVING MR. BANKS
It is inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise — one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
“Saving Mr. Banks” is now showing. 125 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including some unsettling images.
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams star in this new action drama.
This fictional film is set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning real life scandals to rock our nation.
A brilliant con man played by Christian Bale, along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner played by Amy Adams is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Cooper).
DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
“American Hustle” is held over. 129 minutes. It’s rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief language.
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
Justin Long stars as the voice of an underdog dinosaur boy in this new family adventure.
Modern animation techniques let this movie become the ultimate immersive, big screen prehistoric adventure for families. The story centers on a young dinosaur boy named Patchi, although he is the son of the leader of the herd, his small size makes him an underdog. He must learn to triumph against all odds to become a hero for the ages. This new adventure comedy was written by John Collee, the writer of the “Happy Feet” movies.
“Walking with Dinosaurs” is held over. 87 minutes. It’s rated PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor.
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate star in this new comedy.
With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Carell), man-on-the-street reporter Brian Fontana(Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) — all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is held over. 119 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Peter Jackson’s new fantasy action hit stars Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom.
This is the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece, “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien. This new film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is held over through Jan. 2. 161 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.