At the Movies
Mark Wahlberg stars in this true story of four American Marines trapped and surrounded by Al Qaeda.
The film tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. They are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.
Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir “Lone Survivor.” The book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits.
Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster star as the other members of the SEAL team.
“Lone Survivor” starts Friday nationally, including at the Luxury 5 Cinemas. 121 minutes. It’s rated R for strong, bloody war violence and pervasive language.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, and Sean Penn star in this new comedy drama.
Stiller directs and stars in this comedy-adventure. The story is based on James Thurber’s classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his hum-drum life by zoning out into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job, along with that of his coworker (Wiig), is threatened, Walter breaks out and takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Stunning photography of some of the world’s most dangerous places helps propel the story of Mitty’s quest to locate the world’s most daring action photographer (played by Sean Penn) and rescue their careers by finding the missing negative of the shot of a lifetime.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” starts Friday and is scheduled for one week through Jan. 16 at the Luxury 5 Cinemas. 115 minutes. It’s rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence.
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” is held over through Jan. 16. 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 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 through Jan. 16. 125 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for thematic elements, including some unsettling images.
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents this 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. 16. 108 minutes. It’s rated PG for some action 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 through Jan. 16. 119 minutes. It’s rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.