At the Movies: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Nov. 22, 2013 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Jennifer Lawrence returns at Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.' --Lionsgate

Jennifer Lawrence returns at Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ –Lionsgate

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.


‘The Christmas Candle’
As the dawn of the electric age threatens a centuries-old legend in a small English town, a progressive young minister finds himself at odds with a fiery candle maker. With Susan Boyle, Samantha Barks, Hans Matheson and Lesley Manville. (PG, 1:40)

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ **1/2
A drama based on the story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, who battled the medical establishment and the law after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and began smuggling antiviral medications from all over the world. With Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. At Kahala 8 (R, 1:57)

‘Delivery Man’
An affable underachiever has to reckon with his past when he learns that his anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier have resulted in more than 500 children. With Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. (PG-13, 1:43)

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
The young warrior and reluctant revolutionary Katniss Everdeen returns to the arena for another battle to the death in this second film of a series adapting Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” book trilogy. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. (PG-13, 2:26)

‘Kill Your Darlings’ **1/2
A drama portraying the formative years of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and other members of the Beat Generation, including their embroilment in a mysterious murder. With Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Ben Foster. At Kahala 8 (R, 1:40)

‘Sake Bomb’
A sarcastic video blogger takes his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find a lost love. With Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim and Marlane Barnes. Written by Jeff Mizushima. At Pearlridge West 16 (not rated, 1:22)

Kristen Bell, right, and Santino Fontana lend their voices to Disney's 'Frozen.' --Walt Disney Studios

Kristen Bell, right, and Santino Fontana lend their voices to Disney’s ‘Frozen.’ –Walt Disney Studios


An optimistic princess sets off on a journey with a rugged mountain man to find her sister, whose icy powers have trapped their kingdom in an eternal winter. With the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. (PG, 1:48)

A former drug enforcement agent moves into a seemingly quiet town with his daughter to escape his past. Stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth, Winona Ryder and Frank Grillo. (R, 1:40)


‘About Time’ **
A young man discovers that he can travel through time and also meets the love of his life, but he comes to realize his gift doesn’t necessarily make life’s ups and downs any easier to deal with. With Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. Written and directed by Richard Curtis. (R, 2:04)

‘All is Lost’ ***1/2
“All is Lost” begins in darkness. There is a voice, though. And a face. Weathered and worn by time, Robert Redford is our man, stranded on a sinking ship. In this spare and unsparing film, the man’s fate hangs in the balance, and all the existential questions are there in the doubt and the decisions. It was written and directed by J.C. Chandor, who has given Redford the role of a second lifetime. The actor delivers a star performance in return. At Kahala 8 (PG-13, 1:47)

‘The Best Man Holiday’ **1/2
Old rivalries and romances resurface when college friends reunite over the Christmas holidays in this sequel to the 1999 film “The Best Man.” With Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall and Terrence Howard. (R, 2:02)

‘Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adele)’ ****
A 15-year-old French girl enters into a long, passionate relationship with an older female art student. With Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. In French with English subtitles. At Kahala 8 (France/Belgium/Spain, NC-17, 2:59)

‘Captain Phillips’ ***1/2
A dramatic account of the story of Capt. Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. With Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Barkhad Abdirahman. (PG-13, 2:14)

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′ **
Having previously endangered the world and then saved it from a machine that turned water into food, a young inventor learns that his contraption survived and is now creating dangerous food-animal hybrids. With the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Will Forte. (PG, 1:34)

‘Ender’s Game’ ***
Alien invasions of Earth prompt the International Military to prepare the next generation of young soldiers for another attack. Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. With Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Written and directed by Gavin Hood. (PG-13, 1:54)

‘The Face Reader’
A skillful face reader who can identify culprits in murder cases catches the attention of the king, who demands that he identify traitors threatening his reign. After the king unexpectedly dies, the face reader becomes involved in a huge power struggle to determine the king’s successor. At Pearlridge West 16 (South Korea, not rated, 2:19)

‘Free Birds’ *1/2
Two turkeys set out to alter the course of Thanksgiving by traveling back in time and preventing their kind from becoming the holiday’s main course. With the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. Directed by Jimmy Hayward. In 3-D. (PG, 1:31)

‘Gravity’ ****
When their shuttle is destroyed during a routine spacewalk, a veteran astronaut and a brilliant engineer are stranded in space together. With Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. (PG-13, 1:31)

Sandra Bullock is stranded in space in the visually stunning space drama 'Gravity.' --Warner Bros. Pictures

Sandra Bullock is stranded in space in the visually stunning space drama ‘Gravity.’ –Warner Bros. Pictures

‘The Haumana’ **1/2
Jonny Kealoha (Tui Asau) is a lounge performer in Waikiki who is asked by his dying kumu hula (Marlene Sai) to help prepare a group of high school boys for the upcoming Royal Hula Festival. The film is an enjoyable re-creation of the classic underdog story line that finds the protagonists beaten down and dealt setback after setback. How will they react? At Pearlridge West 16 (1:35)

‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ **
An elderly man and his 8-year-old grandson embark on a series of misadventures in this hidden-camera comedy. With Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. (R, 1:31)

‘Last Vegas’ ***
Four aging childhood friends celebrate the engagement of the last single member of their group with a bachelor party in Las Vegas. With Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. Written by Dan Fogelman. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. (PG-13, 1:54)

‘Thor: The Dark World’ **
The hammer-wielding demigod Thor battles to save Earth and his home world of Asgard from an ancient enemy in this sequel to the 2011 movie “Thor.” With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. Written by Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Alan Taylor. (PG-13, 1:52)

’12 Years a Slave’ ***1/2
In the antebellum United States, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery, forcing him to fight for years to survive and maintain his dignity. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano. Written by John Ridley. Directed by Steve McQueen. At Kahala 8 (R, 2:14)

‘Wedding Palace’
After being abandoned at the altar and pressured by his family to find a new bride, a Korean-American man meets his dream girl on a business trip to the old country, but she arrives in the U.S. with a startling revelation. With Brian Tee, Kang Hye-jung, Bobby Lee and Margaret Cho. At Pearlridge West 16 (not rated, 1:38)


University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Wyoming Cowboys football game
9 a.m. Saturday at Koko Marina 8 and Koolau Stadium 10, $12

‘Bolshoi: Spartacus’
Originally performed Oct. 20 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, directed by Yuri Grigorovich. 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kahala 8, $20 (2013, 3:35)

National Theatre Live: ’50 Years on Stage’
A cast of 100 of the best British actors performs in this unique event featuring unforgettable performances broadcast from London to cinemas around the world. 2 p.m. Sunday at Kahala 8, $20

‘Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor’
One-night cinema event celebrates the world’s longest-running sci-fi series with a 50th-anniversary special that includes exclusive bonus footage. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Monday at Dole Cannery 18

Casey Affleck, left, and Rooney Mara are a couple living as criminals in David Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints.' --IFC Films

Casey Affleck, left, and Rooney Mara are a couple living as criminals in David Lowery’s ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.’ –IFC Films


Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., entry on Kinau Street. (532-8768, $10, $8 for members

‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’
1 and 7:30 p.m. today
A young outlaw couple (Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara) on an extended crime spree engage in a shootout with law enforcement that results in an officer being shot and the man taking the blame. Four years later he escapes from prison and sets out to find his girlfriend and their young daughter, who was born during his incarceration. Directed by David Lowery. (2013, 1:36)

‘Ballet in Cinema: Bolshoi Ballet’s Spartacus’
1 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, $20, $18 for members
Originally performed Oct. 20 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. (2013, 3:35)

‘Blue Jasmine’
7:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Woody Allen directs this film about a New York socialite (Cate Blanchett) who moves into her sister’s San Francisco apartment to pull her life together after her marriage to a wealthy businessman (Alec Baldwin) crumbles. Still, she continues on a downward spiral. Also stars Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. and Peter Sarsgaard. (2013, 1:38)


3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771) $5, $4 members

‘We’re the Millers’
Noon, 4 and 8 p.m. today; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday
Comedy about a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who enlists the help of a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), the kid next door (Will Poulter) and a homeless teen (Emma Roberts) to pose as his family while transporting a large pot shipment across the Mexican border for his ruthless boss (Ed Helms). Rated R. (2013, 1:50)

‘Still Mine’
2 and 6 p.m. today; noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday
Uplifting tale of marital devotion about a New Brunswick farmer (James Cromwell) who faces constant roadblocks in his goal to hand-build a more navigable home for his beloved wife (Genevieve Bujold), who is exhibiting early signs of dementia. Rated PG-13. (2012, Canada, 1:42)

‘The World’s End’
Noon, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday
Gary wants to relive his youthful days by re-enacting an epic pub crawl, but it’s been 20 years and his four buddies have matured into responsible adults. But things take a turn after a night on the town in this wild comedy directed by Edgar Wright. Rated R. (2013, U.K., 1:49)

‘Due Partite’ (‘The Ladies Get Their Say’)
2 p.m. Saturday; noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Monday
Adaptation of Cristina Comencini’s play about four women who would gather every Thursday for a game of cards while their daughters played in the next room. Fast-forward 30 years to 1996 as those same daughters gather to discuss their lives (and those of their mothers). For ages 15 and older. Nominated for six awards. In Italian with English subtitles. (2009, Italy, 1:34)

’1 Litre of Tears’ (‘Ichi rittoru no namida’)
1:45, 5:15 and 8:45 p.m. Monday
Touching drama about a 14-year-old girl who develops spinocerebellar ataxia after falling at school. Based on a true story that later inspired a popular television series. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2005, Japan, 1:38)

‘Glasses’ (‘Megane’)
6 and 8 p.m. Thursday
A stressed professor ends up on an isolated Okinawan island for a much-needed break, but her patience is tested as she unexpectedly meets many eccentric individuals living idle lifestyles. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2007, Japan, 1:46)


Cupola Theatre, Honolulu Design Center, second floor, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. (436-4326); $10, $5 students

‘Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar’
7 p.m. Monday
Take a journey of the guitar’s 3,500-year history featuring an all-star cast of guitar legends and a sampling of wildly eclectic forms of guitar music as it evolved throughout the centuries. (2009, 1:50)


‘Na Kupu Mana’olana: Seeds of Hope’
Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, UH-West Oahu, Campus Center Multipurpose Room C-208; panel discussion to follow. Free.
This documentary by Pahoa resident and award-winning film director Danny Miller about Hawaii’s return to local and traditional methods of producing food explores how our state’s unique physical isolation and rising shipping costs are driving Hawaii’s locals to “return to the land.”

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