Reel to reel | Week of December 12, 2013


All is Lost

Robert Redford is brilliant in his role as a nameless man who must survive after his sailboat sinks leaving him lost at sea. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square.

The Armstrong Lie

In 2008, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to the world of competitive cycling. An unprecedented scandal, however, would rewrite both the Armstrong legend and Gibney’s film. NR, At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle)

Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a young woman whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. At 15, she is approaching adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls hard for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that is touchingly universal in its depiction. Rated NC-17. At Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett gives a powerhouse performance in writer/ director Woody Allen’s new dramatic comedy. She plays New York socialite Jasmine (a name she chose herself), a beautiful, neurotic, self-centered and vastly self-deluding woman who, having lost all her money, in desperation has come to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in her modest San Francisco apartment. Rated PG-13. At Century and Colony Square. — Landmark Theatres

The Book Thief

This film tells the story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany. Young Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) embarks upon a journey marked by discovery, courage, friendship — and the power to triumph over the most daunting obstacles. Rated PG-13. At Century, Colony Square and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Broken Circle Breakdown

An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.When an unexpected tragedy hits a new family, everything they know and love is tested. At SIE Film Center and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Captain Phillips

This film is director Paul Greengrass’ interpretation of the real-life hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama in 2009 by Somali pirates. Rated PG-13. At Colony Square.

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey stars in Dallas Buyers Club as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Rated R. At Esquire, Colony Square and Century. — Landmark Theatres

Delivery Man

Loser David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is quietly going about his life when he finds out that the sperm he donated 20 years earlier has created 533 kids. He’s in debt to the mob and his pregnant girlfriend finds no humor in his situation. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Ender’s Game

When aliens attack Earth, International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham and Col. Hyrum Graff turn to a young boy, Ender Wiggin, to help them save the planet. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Enough Said

Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a divorced, single parent masseuse who meets Albert (James Gandolfini), a nice guy in the same boat. Love and laughs follow. Rated PG-13. At SIE Film Center.

Free Birds

Two “odd couple” turkeys overcome their many differences to get turkey off of the Thanksgiving menu forever. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks.


When the snow queen traps a tiny kingdom in eternal winter, Anna and Kristoff, accompanied by Sven the reindeer and a comical snowman that has trouble keeping his head, set out to end the spell. Rated PG. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this visually stunning film that strands two astronauts in space. Rated PG-13. At Century, Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

The Great Beauty

Gorgeously photographed in Rome and Tuscany, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is a dazzling, lyrical and at times surreal dramatic comedy, like a modern-day La Dolce Vita. The magnetic Toni Servillo plays dapper journalist Jep Gambardella, slick and soulful, who has been a permanent fixture in Rome’s literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. When his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself taking stock of his life. At SIE Film Center, Boedecker and Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

If you liked all the other films in this series you will no doubt like this one as well. Stunning imagery and great action abound. Rated PG-13. At Century, Twin Peaks and Colony Square.


After losing his wife, an ex-DEA agent moves with his 10-year-old daughter to a small town to offer her a better way of life, but he picked the wrong town. Let the action begin. Rated R. At Twin Peaks and Century.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence dazzles in this adventure sequel. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Kill Your Darlings

A true story of love and murder, this film recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s (Daniel Radcliffe) life forever, bringing him together with William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution. Rated R. At SIE Film Center and Century.

Last Days on Mars

It’s the final 19 hours of the first manned mission to Mars in search of signs of life, one that has lasted months without any major discoveries. The crew is tired and discouraged and bickering among themselves as they wrap up and prepare to go home. But when one crew member delays returning to the ship so he can collect a sample of an amazing discovery he has made — fossilized evidence of bacterial life–it soon leads to disaster, jeopardizing the mission and the lives of all the crew. Rated R. At Chez Artiste — Landmark Theatres

Last Vegas

An aging group of friends heads to Vegas to throw a party for the last of their single crew. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Colony Square.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance. This film tells the story of the White House butler who served eight presidents. Rated PG-13. At Century.

Muscle Shoals

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music, and this documentary gives a glimpse of some of the best. At SIE Film Center.

Ms. 45

A young woman in New York City (played by the late model, actress, musician and screenwriter Zoë Lund), whose beauty draws the aggressive attention of men, is intensely shy and mute — physically unable to speak. One evening while walking home, she is assaulted at gunpoint and brutally raped by two thugs. She fights back. Eventually, she carries her dead assailant’s .45 automatic, initially for protection, but ultimately for unrelenting revenge against all males. Rated R. At Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Nature Double-Feature: Fuzzy Baby Animals & Microworlds

Fuzzy Baby Animals features an assortment of animals in cute, cuddly, infant form. Spectacular visuals are coupled with furry little critters to create a riveting, heart-melting picture the entire family will enjoy. Microworlds examines the patterns, cycles and daily rituals that are repeated on every scale, both in nature and in the lives of all creatures, from the earthworms in our backyards to the alien beauty of a garden snail. (Run time for both combined is one hour). At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater


After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Rated R. At Chez Artiste. — Landmark Theatres

Out of the Furnace

Christian Bale plays Russell, a blue-collar guy who works at the local steel mill and also takes care of his sick father. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) comes home from Iraq and gets involved with local bad guys and disappears, it’s up to Russell to solve the case. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Twin Peaks.


See review on page 54. Rated PG-13. At Century and Esquire. — Landmark Theatres

Rising from Ashes — Bike Art Month

This film is a feature-length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa, to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Singin’ in the Rain

Ebert said, “There is no movie musical more fun… and few that remain as fresh over the years.” Originally it was overshadowed by the multi-Oscar winning An American in Paris from the year before, there is now much more love for this vehicle for Arthur Freed to make something of catalog of unused songs written by him and Nacio Herb Brown for other MGM musicals from the previous decade. Debbie Reynolds said years later that “Singin’ in the Rain and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life.” At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Sleeping Beauty: The Bolshoi Ballet

A treasured tale of fairies, spells and storybook romance: The Sleeping Beauty is the ultimate in classical ballet. Yuri Grigorovich’s adaptation of Marius Petipa’s choreography, called “the best of the Bolshoi” (New York Times), is paired with some of Tchaikovsky’s most memorable melodies. The Sleeping Beauty stars David Hallberg, the first ever American Premier dancer (principal dancer) at the Bolshoi, as Prince Désirè and Svetlana Zakharova as Princess Aurora. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Thor: The Dark World

Thor battles to save Earth from really bad, evil things … again. It is a sequel after all. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks, Colony Square and Century.

Tiger Eyes

This film marks the first major motion picture adaptation from the work of iconic author Judy Blume, whose books have sold more than 82 million copies in 41 countries. Davey is a 17-year-old girl abruptly relocated by her grieving mother to the strange “atom bomb” town of Los Alamos, N.M. With the sudden and violent death of her father, the displaced Davey no longer knows who to be or how to fit in. But when she meets Wolf, a mysterious young Native American, while exploring the surrounding canyons, she feels he is able to see past her pain and into her true self. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Twelve Years a Slave

In the pre-Civil War U.S., Solomon Northup, a free black man, is abducted and sold into slavery. Rated R. At Century, Colony Square and Mayan. — Landmark Theatres

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

Madea pays her daughter a surprise visit in the boondocks for Christmas. but the surprise is on Madea when she sees what is really going on. Rated PG-13. At Twin Peaks and Century.


An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film. Rated PG. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

Additional films showing at SIE Film Center include: National Theatre Live: Macbeth w/ Kenneth Branagh; Best of Sundance Shorts; Go For Sisters; Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?; Silent Night, Deadly Night; Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer; The Polar Express and Hannah the Mountain Dog.