At the Movies
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES
This is the new horror thriller in the popular “Paranormal Activity” franchise.
Jesse is marked for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed Kristi and Katie.
“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” starts Friday nationally, including the Luxury Cinemas. 84 minutes. It’s rated R for pervasive language, some violence, graphic nudity and some drug use.
SAVING MR. BANKS
Two-time Academy Award winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson star in this fascinating new film from Disney studios, inspired by the extraordinary, untold back story 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 held over. 125 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including some unsettling images.
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.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents this new big-screen comedy adventure for all ages.
Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey.
They hope to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.
“Frozen” is held over through Jan. 9. 108 minutes. It’s rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.
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. 9. 161 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.