At the Movies: ‘Paranormal Activity,’ ‘47 Ronin,’ more

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Andrew Jacobs stars in the fourth installment of the 'Paranormal Activity' movies. --Paramount Pictures

Andrew Jacobs stars in the fourth installment of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies. –Paramount Pictures

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.

‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ (Not yet reviewed)
Supernatural forces torment a family in this fourth installment of “Paranormal Activity.” (R, 1:24)


‘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)

‘The Book Thief’ **1/2
A German girl learns to treasure words through her friendship with a Jewish refugee hiding in the basement during World War II. With Sophie Nilisse in the title role, and Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson as the foster parents she comes to love. (R, 2:11)

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′ **
In this animated comedy, television science show host Chester V (voiced by Will Forte) persuades Flint (Bill Hader) to join Chester V’s “Think-quanauts,” scientists who work in an invention factory. With voices of Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris and Terry Crews. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG, 93 minutes)

‘Delivery Man’ ***
Vince Vaughn stars in this more-than-serviceable remake of a French Canadian farce about an anonymous donor to a fertility clinic who discovers decades later that he’s the biological dad to literally hundreds of kids. Many of them now want to know where their DNA comes from. Lawsuit and laughs ensue. (PG-13, 1:43)

‘Ender’s Game’ **1/2
Children are recruited for battle against an alien invasion. Adapted from Orson Scott Card’s 1985 sci-fi novel. Harrison Ford and Viola Davis are the military parental units in charge. Asa Butterfield, thin and nerdy and awesomely earnest, is “the One” chosen to lead the fight, if only he can overcome the bullying from his fellow junior cadets. (PG-13, 1:54)

Keanu Reeves stars as an outcast who helps a group of samurai avenge their master in '47 Ronin.' --Universal Pictures

Keanu Reeves stars as an outcast who helps a group of samurai avenge their master in ’47 Ronin.’ –Universal Pictures

’47 Ronin’ **
A 3-D fantasy-adventure with Keanu Reeves as an outcast who joins 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)

‘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, 1:45)

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

‘Last Vegas’ *1/2
Four aging friends attempt to relive their youth in Las Vegas in celebration of one’s engagement. Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline star. (PG-13, 1:45)

‘Lone Survivor’ *1/2
Four Navy SEALs, whose mission is to take down an al-Qaida operative, end up being ambushed in Afghanistan’s mountains and are faced with long odds and many challenges. (R, 2:01)

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)

Based on “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” this is the story of an Irish woman who asks a journalist to help to track down a son that she was forced by her Catholic family to give away. (R, 1:35)

‘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)

‘Thor: The Dark World’ **1/2
The sequel to 2011′s “Thor” is darker and messier, with much of the action restricted to Asgard and the Nine Realms — where a freaky alignment has allowed the long-banished Dark Elves to re-emerge and make trouble for the God of Thunder. Chris Hemsworth, in red cape and breastplate, and wielding his magic hammer, is back in the title role. (PG-13, 2:00)

’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. (R, 2:14)

‘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 reunites with Leonardo DiCaprio for this adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir surrounding his indulgent ride as a crooked banker in the 1990s. (R, 2:45)

Oscar Isaac, left, and Justin Timberlake star in the Coen Brothers folk film 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' --CBS Films

Oscar Isaac, left, and Justin Timberlake star in the Coen Brothers folk film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ –CBS Films


La Scala Opera Series: ‘La Traviata’
Diana Damrau stars in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, which follows the passions of an 18th-century courtesan in Paris. 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kahala 8, $20


Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768,; ticket prices below

‘Opera in Cinema: Arena di Verona’s Romeo et Juliette’
1 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, $20, $18 members.
Charles Gounod’s masterpiece of an iconic opera is also a love story in Verona, set outdoors at the Arena di Verona. Sung in Italian. (2:57)

Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' stars Jonah Hill, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio as stock market con artists in the 1990s. --Paramount Pictures

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ stars Jonah Hill, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio as stock market con artists in the 1990s. –Paramount Pictures


‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag/Run Milkha Run’
6 p.m. Saturday; reception begins 6 p.m. with electic Bollywood music by DJ Ohtoro, a performance by Indian dance group Aaja Nachle, Indian food, wine, beer and drinks available for purchase. $15, $12 for members.
Milkha Singh, also known as “Flying Sikh,” became a world-champion runner and Olympian — and an inspirational figure — during the 1947 Indian-Pakistani partition. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 3:06)

‘Shuddh Desi Romance’
7:30 p.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Thursday; $12, $10 members
A classic comedy and love triangle among three people living in India. Raghu needs a woman so he ends up looking around. Gayatri is skeptical of what marriage and love offers. Then there’s Tara, who is a closet romantic, knows what’s right for her and not afraid to do a little experimenting with love. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 2:21)

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $12, $10 members
In 1953 archaeologist Varun Shrivastav arrives at West Bengal, in a village called Manikpur. While excavating Zamindar’s temple grounds, Shrivastav impresses Pakhi and the two fall in love. However, Shrivastav’s past creeps up and complications ensue. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 2:16)

‘The Rajini Effect + Daadi’
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, $12, $10 members
A Japanese guy named Taiho dreams of being Bollywood’s leading man, just like his idol Rajinikanth. However, life seems to swallow up his dreams. One day Taiho comes across a contest called “Tomorrow’s Superstar,” in which he needs to make a film about his superstar spark. He races for time but has no money and no cast. (2013, United Kingdom/India, 1:30)

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, $12, $10 members
Daadi is a true story of Laj Bedi, who was a star during Bollywood’s Golden Age. Now Bedi is 87 years old and lives at a senior home in Harlem. (2013, United States, 0:19)

‘Listen … Amaya’
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $12, $10 members
An attractive middle-age widow, Leela, has a coffee shop as well as a 22-year-old daughter, Amaya, who rebels at learning that Leela is in love with 60-year-old friend Jayant. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 1:48)

‘Kai Po Che!’
7:30 p.m. Thursday, $12, $10 members
Kai Po Che and two friends, Ishaan and Govind, plan to start a training academy to produce India’s next superstars. Their lives become a great adventure. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 2:10)

A novelist (Stephen Campbell Moore), left, who is well connected but broke, is trying to get enough money to marry his beautiful socialite fiancee (Emily Mortimer) in Stephen Fry's 'Bright Young Things.' --Thinkfilm

A novelist (Stephen Campbell Moore), left, who is well connected but broke, is trying to get enough money to marry his beautiful socialite fiancee (Emily Mortimer) in Stephen Fry’s ‘Bright Young Things.’ –Thinkfilm


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

‘Fourth Protocol’
Noon, 4:15 and 8:30 p.m. today; 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday
Spy thriller concerns a maverick British intelligence officer who must follow clues left by a Russian operative to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. Nominated for best film at Mystfest. Rated R. (1987, United Kingdom, 1:59)

‘Night Train to Lisbon’
2:15 and 6:30 p.m. today; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday; noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Monday
A philosophy professor stops a woman from jumping off a bridge in Switzerland, but she then runs away, leaving her red coat and a Portuguese book behind. The professor follows her to Lisbon and discovers himself. Adapted from a novel by Pascal Mercier. Rated R. (2013, Germany/Switzerland/Portugal, 1:51)

‘Last Love’
Noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 6 p.m. Monday
Michael Caine stars as Matthew Morgan, a grieving widower who befriends a young woman called Pauline and finds his children end up challenging the relationship. For ages 12 and older. English/French with English subtitles. (2013, Germany/Belgium/United States/France, 1:56)

‘Bright Young Things’
Noon and 8:45 p.m. Sunday
In London in the 1930s, a novelist named Adam has the desire to marry socialite Nina but lacks the money to impress her dad. Nominated for 10 awards. Rated R. (2003, United Kingdom, 1:46)

‘Until the Lights Come Back’ (Daiteiden no yoru ni)
2, 4:15 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Seven heartbroken strangers find themselves together when Tokyo has a massive power outage on Christmas Eve. They end up trying to sort out their love lives during the blackout. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2005, Japan, 2:12)

‘Love Me No More’ (Deux jours a tuer)
Noon, 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday
A husband, employee and father expresses his feelings with explosive results. For ages 15 and older. Nominated for three Cesars. (2008, France, 1:25)


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

‘OLA: Health Is Everything’
7 p.m. Monday
OLA, Hawaiian for “life” or “well-being,” is a documentary exploring social factors that created Hawaii’s health care crisis and following individuals who have overcome the challenges to bring hope to their communities. (2013, United States, 1:12)


In conjunction with the “Bollywood & Beyond: Costume in Indian Film” exhibition at East-West Center Gallery. John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road). 944-7177, Free.

1 and 4 p.m. Sunday
A Hindi action-adventure film of two thieves who end up in a small village and become fond of the people who live there. In Hindi with English subtitles. No rating. (India, 3:10)

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