At the Movies: ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Grudge Match,’ more

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Hiroyuki Sanada, right, seeks help from an outcast, Keanu Reeves, to avenge his master in '47 Ronin.' --Universal Pictures

Hiroyuki Sanada, right, seeks help from an outcast, Keanu Reeves, to avenge his master in ’47 Ronin.’ –Universal Pictures

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times; Some Regal Theatres listings were not available at press time.

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‘American Hustle’ ****
Two con men are compelled to work with a wild federal agent to concoct a sting targeting New Jersey power brokers and the Mafia in this drama based on the FBI’s Abscam operation of the 1970s. With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. (R, 2:09)

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ **1/2
With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. With Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig. (PG-13, 1:59)

‘Blue Jasmine’ ***
A fashionable New York housewife suffers an acute life crisis. With Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alden Ehrenreich and Peter Sarsgaard. Written and directed by Woody Allen. At Kahala 8 (PG-13, 98 minutes)

’47 Ronin’ **
A 3-D fantasy-adventure with Keanu Reeves as an outcast who joins with 47 samurai to seek vengeance on the overlord who killed their master. (PG-13, 2:07)

‘Frozen’ ****
An optimistic princess sets off on a journey with a rugged mountain man to find her sister. With the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. (PG, 1:48)

‘Grudge Match’ **
Two retired boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) settle a long-standing beef by heading back into the ring. (PG-13, 1:54)

Amy Adams and Christian Bale star in the FBI crime drama 'American Hustle.' --Columbia Pictures

Amy Adams and Christian Bale star in the FBI crime drama ‘American Hustle.’ –Columbia Pictures

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ ***
Reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins continues his quest to face the fearsome dragon Smaug and help 13 dwarves reclaim their lost kingdom in this second installment of a trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” With Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch. (PG-13, 2:40)

‘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)

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ ****
Amid the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961 New York, an aspiring musician navigates a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, some of which are of his own making. With Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund. (R, 1:44)

‘Justin Bieber’s Believe’ (Not reviewed)
A documentary on the 19-year-old pop star that promises behind-the-scenes access, new interviews and concert footage. (PG, 1:31)

‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ ***
A biopic chronicling the life, struggles and work of South African President Nelson Mandela, based on his autobiography of the same name. With Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge and Riaad Moosa. (PG-13, 2:32)

‘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)

‘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)

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ ***
A biographical drama about Walt Disney’s attempts to acquire the screen rights to “Mary Poppins” from reluctant novelist P.L. Travers. With Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman. (PG-13, 2:05)

‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ **1/2
Ben Stiller directs and stars in this adapation of James Thurber’s classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a fantasy world filled with heroism, romance and action. (PG, 1:54)

‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’ (Not reviewed)
Coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise holiday visit, the stern, sassy matriarch Madea shakes up a small rural town preparing for its annual Christmas Jubilee. With Tyler Perry, Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray and Anna Maria Horsford. (PG-13, 1:45)

‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ *
A young pachyrhinosaurus comes of age and tries to protect his herd on a great migration in this animated film. With the voices of John Leguizamo, Justin Long and Tiya Sircar. (PG, 1:27)

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ ***
Martin Scorsese again teams with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir surrounding his indulgent ride as a crooked stock manipulator in the 1990s. (R, 2:45)

Two retired boxers, Robert De Niro, left, and Sylvester Stallone, jump back in the ring in 'Grudge Match.' --Warner Bros. Pictures

Two retired boxers, Robert De Niro, left, and Sylvester Stallone, jump back in the ring in ‘Grudge Match.’ –Warner Bros. Pictures


ARTHOUSE

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768, honolulumuseum.org); $8-$10

‘Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion’
1 and 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday, $16, $15 for members
Limited U.S. theatrical release of the third and final film in the “Madoka Magica” trilogy. A magical girl refuses to let her memories of Madoka die, and dreams of seeing that smiling face once again. For ages 6 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2013, Japan)

Idris Elba stars in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' about South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5. --The Weinstein Co.

Idris Elba stars in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ about South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5. –The Weinstein Co.


MOVIE MUSEUM

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

‘Three Wives’ (‘Tre mogli’)
12:30, 4:15 and 8 p.m. today; and 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday
Three Roman wives set out to Argentina to find their missing husbands who left them on New Year’s Eve. Coincidentally, the three men are co-workers at a bank that turns out to be missing a large sum of cash. For ages 15 and older. In Italian with English subtitles. (2001, Italy/Spain/Argentina, 1:45)

‘Home from Home’
‘Endstation der Sehnsuchte’

2:30 and 6:15 p.m. today
Documentary about three Korean women with German husbands who return to their birth land after living in Europe for 30 years and find their only source of comfort in a German expat village in Korea. For ages 10 and older. In German and Korean with subtitles. (2009, Germany/South Korea, 1:36)

‘Nothing Special’
Noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday
An up-and-coming insurance executive who has big dreams learns to accept her life as is. For ages 15 and older. (2010, 1:40).

‘L’ Uomo Perfetto’
1:45, 5:15 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday
In this romantic comedy, Lucia has been secretly in love with her best friend’s boyfriend for a long time, so when they announce their engagement, Lucia hires a cute male actor to lure them apart. In Italian with English subtitles. For ages 15 and older. (2005, Italy/U.K., 1:32)

‘A Ghost of a Chance’ (‘Sutekina kanashibari’)
Noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday
In this supernatural comedy, a lawyer persuades the ghost of a samurai to appear in court as the sole witness to a crime, but only a select few can see or hear him. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2011, Japan, 2:23)

‘Pelican Man’ (‘Pelikaanimies’)
2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Young Emil finds out that a new visitor in town is actually a pelican in disguise. “Mr. Berd” tries to learn the ways of humans, especially since he’s fallen in love with Helena, a “birdlike” ballerina. For all ages. In Finnish with English subtitles. (2004, Finland, 1:24)

‘Until the Lights Come Back’ (‘Daiteiden no yoru ni’)
Noon, 4:15 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Drama about seven heartbroken strangers who end up sorting out their love lives while interacting together after being left in the darkness stemming from a massive power failure in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2005, Japan, 2:12)

‘Bright Young Things’
2:15 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s “Vile Bodies” by British comic Stephen Fry. An aspiring novelist hopes to marry a “flighty socialite” but he lacks the money to impress her “dotty dad.” Rated R. (2003, U.K., 1:46)

'The Wolf of Wall Street' sees the reunion of Leonardo DiCaprio, center, and director Martin Scorsese in an adaptation about a stock market con artist. --Paramount Pictures

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ sees the reunion of Leonardo DiCaprio, center, and director Martin Scorsese in an adaptation about a stock market con artist. –Paramount Pictures


MONDAY MOVIE CAFE

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

‘Under African Skies’
7 p.m. Monday
On a return visit to South Africa, Paul Simon explores the journey of his “Graceland” album, which caused him to receive political backlash for breaking the United Nations’ cultural boycott designed to end the apartheid regime. With appearances by Maya Angelou, Peter Gabriel, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney and others. (2012, 1:48)

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