At the Movies: ‘Oldboy,’ ‘The Book Thief,’ more

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Josh Brolin stars in 'Oldboy,' the remake of the Korean revenge film of the same name. --Filmdistrict Universal

Josh Brolin stars in ‘Oldboy,’ the remake of the Korean revenge film of the same name. –Filmdistrict Universal

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.

‘Black Nativity’ **1/2
A streetwise Baltimore teen raised by a single mother journeys to New York City to spend Christmas with his estranged relatives in this contemporary adaptation of the Langston Hughes musical. With Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Tyrese Gibson. (PG, 1:35)

‘The Book Thief’ *
A young girl transforms the lives of those around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in Nazi Germany in this adaptation of the novel by Markus Zusak. With Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. (PG-13, 2:07)

‘Nebraska’ ****
Having received a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. With Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb and Stacy Keach. (R, 1:54)

‘Oldboy’ **1/2
A man who has been kidnapped and held hostage for nearly 20 years in solitary confinement — for no apparent reason — is abruptly released without explanation and embarks on a mission to find out who imprisoned him. With Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli. Directed by Spike Lee. (R, 1:58)

‘Philomena’ ***
An Irish woman enlists a journalist to help her track down the out-of-wedlock son she was forced by her Catholic community to give away for adoption in this drama based on Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.” With Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. (PG-13, 1:38)


‘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. (R, 2:04)

‘The Best Man Holiday’ **1/2
Old rivalries and romances resurface when college friends reunite during 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)

‘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)

‘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)

‘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’ **1/2
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)

‘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’ Not reviewed
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. In 3-D. (PG, 1:31)

‘Frozen’ ****
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)

‘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)

‘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)

‘Homefront’ *1/2
A widowed former DEA agent retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter, only to cross paths with a local meth kingpin. With Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. (R, 1:40)

Bruce Dern, right, and Will Forte are a father and son on a road trip to claim a fortune from a sweepstakes in 'Nebraska.' --Paramount Vantage

Bruce Dern, right, and Will Forte are a father and son on a road trip to claim a fortune from a sweepstakes in ‘Nebraska.’ –Paramount Vantage

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ **1/2
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)

‘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. (PG-13, 1:54)

‘Sake Bomb’ Not reviewed
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)

‘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. (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. At Kahala 8 (R, 2:14)

‘Wedding Palace’ Not reviewed
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. Army Black Knights football game
6 p.m. Saturday at Koko Marina 8 and Koolau Stadium 10, $12

‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’
Watch the 1984 holiday cult horror classic about an orphan who, at age 5, witnessed his parents being murdered by a man dressed in a Santa suit. Now that he’s 18, he confronts his greatest fear and sets out on a rampage. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ward Stadium 16, $8-$11.50 (R, 1:20)

‘National Theater Live: The Habit of Art’
The 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play, starring Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to the big screen as part of National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebration. Contains strong sexual references and adult language. 7 p.m. Thursday at Kahala 8, $20 (not rated, 3:00)

‘RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’
Tape-delayed nationwide cinema event features the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and their comedic take on the family holiday classic. 8 p.m. Thursday at Dole Cannery 18, $12.50 (not rated, 2:00)

Charles and Ray Eames pose on a Velocette motorcycle in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's documentary 'Eames: The Architect and the Painter.' --Courtesy photo

Charles and Ray Eames pose on a Velocette motorcycle in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s documentary ‘Eames: The Architect and the Painter.’ –Courtesy photo


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

Opera in Cinema: ‘Carmen from Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’
1 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, $20, $18 for members
Originally performed April 2 in Sydney. Sung in French. (2:40)

7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Director and concerned father Jeremy Siefert searches for answers about the future of our food and how GMOs might affect our children, the health of our planet and freedom of choice. His journey takes him to Haiti, Paris, Norway and the lobby of agri-giant Monsanto. (2013, 1:30)


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

‘Happiness Never Comes Alone’
Noon, 3:45 and 7:30 p.m. today
Romantic comedy about a kid-hating, partying musician whose life changes forever when a woman literally falls at his feet. For ages 12 and older. In French with English subtitles. (2012, France, 1:50)

‘Life Begins Today’ (‘La vida empieza hoy’)
2, 5:45 and 9:30 p.m. today
Comedy about a group of senior citizens who rediscover the zest in their lives after taking a sex class. Winner of four awards. For mature audiences. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2010, Spain, 1:30)

‘The Woodsman and the Rain’ (‘Kitsutsuki to Ame’)
Noon, 4:15 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m. Monday
A lumberjack and a nervous filmmaker who’s shooting a zombie movie have turning points in life when they encounter each other in a quiet mountain forest. In Japanese with English subtitles. For ages 12 and older. (2011, Japan, 2:09)

‘Bakumatsu Taiyoden’ (‘A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era’)
2:15 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; noon, 4, and 8 p.m. Sunday; and noon and 8:45 p.m. Monday
Newly restored classic about a penniless yet quick-witted man who is forced to work off his debt to a high-class brothel. Stars comedian Frankie Sakai. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1957, Japan, 1:50)

‘Glasses’ (‘Megane’)
2 and 6 p.m. Sunday
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)

‘Hawaii Midway Daikaikusen’
Noon and 8 p.m. Thursday
This epic drama revolves around a group of Japanese pilots battling in the Pacific during World War II. Stars Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Yosuke Natsuki. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1960, Japan, 1:58)

‘Love Is All’ (‘Alles is liefde’)
2, 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday
This is the Dutch version of “Love Actually,” which substitutes the Dutch holiday Sinterklaas as the backdrop for humorous love stories. In Dutch with English subtitles. (2007, Netherlands, 1:50)


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

‘Eames: The Architect and the Painter’
7 p.m. Monday
Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s documentary about Charles and Ray Eames, a husband-and-wife team whose work in furniture design, architecture, art and film, among other areas, carries on a legacy and continues to inspire. (2011, 1:29)

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