At the Movies: ‘I, Frankenstein,’ ‘American Hustle,’ more

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Aaron Eckhart, left, Yvonne Strahovski star in the supernatural action flick 'I, Frankenstein.' --Lakeshore Entertainment

Aaron Eckhart, left, Yvonne Strahovski star in the supernatural action flick ‘I, Frankenstein.’ –Lakeshore Entertainment

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.


‘I, Frankenstein’ (Not reviewed)
Two centuries after his creation by Dr. Frankenstein, the creature Adam finds himself in a supernatural war over the fate of humanity. With Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto. Written and directed by Stuart Beattie. (PG-13, 1:32)


‘American Hustle’ ****
Two con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams) are compelled to work with a wild federal agent (Bradley Cooper) 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 Jennifer Lawrence. (R, 2:09)

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

‘August: Osage County’ *
When a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, three sisters (Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis) confront the dysfunctional woman (Meryl Streep) who raised them. With Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper. (R, 2:10)

‘Devil’s Due’ (Not reviewed)
After a mysterious lost night on their honeymoon, a couple find themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy that begins to betray sinister origins. With Allison Miller and Zach Gilford. (R, 1:28)

’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)

Steve Carell returns as Brick Tamland in the comedic sequel 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.' --Paramount pictures

Steve Carell returns as Brick Tamland in the comedic sequel ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ –Paramount pictures

‘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)

‘Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy’ (Not reviewed)
Vice Ganda plays quadruplets of both sexes and different sexual orientations in this Filipino comedy directed by Wenn V. Deramas. At Pearlridge West 16 (Not rated, 1:45)

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

‘The Great Beauty’ ***1/2
Fellini looms large in Paolo Sorrentino’s portrait of Rome in decadent decay. Sorrentino is an exquisite stylist (the opening minutes of his “Il Divo” are pure, blistering cinema), and “The Great Beauty” is manic and overstuffed. But it’s bursting with life. (Literally. It’s got a giraffe.) (Not rated, 2:22)

‘Her’ ****
In near-future Los Angeles, a lonely writer trying to recover from a failed relationship downloads an advanced new operating system and begins to fall in love with his virtual companion. With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Scarlett Johansson. (R, 2:06)

‘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. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. (PG-13, 2:26)

Allison Miller becomes the host of something sinister in 'Devil's Due.' --20th Century Fox

Allison Miller becomes the host of something sinister in ‘Devil’s Due.’ –20th Century Fox

‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ **
A young CIA analyst uncovers an international terrorist plot to collapse the U.S. economy and heads into the field to prevent it from happening. With Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Keira Knightley. (PG-13, 1:46)

‘The Legend of Hercules’ (Not reviewed)
Betrayed by his stepfather, the mythical Greek hero Hercules is sold into slavery because of a forbidden love and must fight for his life and his kingdom. With Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins and Liam McIntyre. (PG-13, 1:39)

‘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. With Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster. (R, 2:01)

‘Nebraska’ ****
Having received 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. With June Squibb and Stacy Keach. (R, 1:54)

‘The Nut Job’ **
In this animated film, a mischievous squirrel sets out to rob the town’s biggest nut shop to feed himself and his pals for the winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. (PG, 1:26)

‘Philomena’ ***
The story of an Irish woman who asks a journalist to help her track down a son she was forced by her Catholic family to give away, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Directed by Stephen Frears. At Kahala 8 (R, 1:35)

Sandra Bullock is a stranded astronaut in the Oscar-nominated film 'Gravity.' --Warner Bros. Pictures

Sandra Bullock is a stranded astronaut in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Gravity.’ –Warner Bros. Pictures

‘Ride Along’ **1/2
In an effort to prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a hotheaded Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in his latest case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. (PG-13, 1:40)

‘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 Suspect’ **1/2
After being abandoned during a mission, a top secret agent in North Korea sets out to find his missing wife and daughter, uncover the truth and exact his revenge. With Gong Yoo, Park Hee-soon and Cho Seong-ha. In Korean with English subtitles. (Not rated, 2:17)

’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 to survive. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano. (R, 2:14)

‘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)

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.' --Warner Bros. Pictures

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ –Warner Bros. Pictures


The Royal Ballet Series 2014 Cinema Season: ‘Giselle’
Moscow choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka put their spin on Petipa’s original choreography, inspired by Lord Byron’s poem. Stars prima ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Andrel Merkuriev and Nina Kaptsova. 2 p.m. Monday at Regal Dole Cannery 18 and Regal Makalapua Stadium 10 ($15)

Spotlight Asia! ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day’
Based on the anime series about five childhood friends who drifted apart after the death of their friend, Meiko “Menma” Honma. The friends reunite after Honma appears before one of them saying she must be granted one last wish to pass on to the afterlife. 2 p.m. Saturday at Ward Stadium 16, $15

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the Oscar-nominated '12 Years a Slave.' --Fox Searchlight

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in the Oscar-nominated ’12 Years a Slave.’ –Fox Searchlight


Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768,; $12, $10 members


‘Krrish 3′
7:30 p.m. today
Bollywood’s favorite superhero returns after eight years. In this sci-fi epic, Krrish must find the power within to defeat an unbeatable foe who is misusing his powers to spread fear, death and destruction. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 2:32)

7:30 p.m. Sunday
Ram and Leela come from two squabbling families — sworn enemies dating back 500 years — but that doesn’t stop them from falling in love with each other. They must fight to save their love, but at what cost? In Hindi with English subtitles. (2013, India, 2:35)

‘Opera in Cinema: Arena di Verona’s Turandot’
1 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, $20, $18 members
Internationally acclaimed director Franco Zefirelli’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s love-story fairy tale about a Chinese princess who will only marry a prince capable of solving her riddles. Performed live on July 24 and Aug. 13, with Russian soprano Maria Guleghina and Salvatore Licitra. Sung in Italian. (2010, 2:08)

‘Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo’
1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Awakening to a devastated world, young Eva pilot Shinji Ikari tries to prevent the destruction of all mankind in this third entry in the “Evangelion” anime series. With the voices of Spike Spencer, Tiffany Grant and Brina Palenci. Los Angeles Times (Japan, not rated, 1:46)

Tom Hanks is a cargo ship captain who struggles against Somalian pirates in 'Captain Phillips.' --Columbia Pictures

Tom Hanks is a cargo ship captain who struggles against Somalian pirates in ‘Captain Phillips.’ –Columbia Pictures


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

‘Shining Boy & Little Randy’
12:30 and 5 p.m. today, 3:30 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday
A teen heads out on a Thai adventure to learn how to train elephants after his mother adds them to the family’s exotic-animal ranch. For ages 10 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2005, Japan, 1:53)

‘The Officer’s Ward’ (‘La chambre des officiers’)
2:30 and 7 p.m. today, noon and 7:45 p.m. Thursday
A young lieutenant badly wounded by shrapnel during World War II spends five years in a Paris hospital with others bearing similar injuries. Winner of two awards. For ages 15 and older. In French with English subtitles. (2001, France, 2:15)

‘Captain Phillips’
12:30, 3 and 7:15 p.m. Saturday
Tom Hanks stars as Captain Richard Phillips, a Massachusetts family man who must transport cargo to Kenya aboard the Maersk Alabama. After it is attacked and boarded by Somalian pirates, a desperate struggle for survival ensues. Based on a true story. Winner of six awards and nominated for four Golden Globes. Rated PG-13. (2013, 2:14)

‘Shaman’ (‘Chamane’)
5:30 p.m. Saturday
As a violinist and shaman escape from a Soviet labor camp on horseback, the shaman is shot and killed, leaving his spirit to protect the musician on a dangerous journey home. For ages 15 and older. In Russian with English subtitles. (1996, France/Russia, 1:40)

‘The Spectacular Now’
Noon, 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday
A popular but hard-drinking teenage boy falls for a nice, sci-fi-reading girl, and together they must navigate the tricky waters during their senior year in high school. Winner of six awards. Rated R. (2013, 1:35)

Noon, 3:30, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Monday
Powerful drama about a Sicilian family spanning three generations and their reactions to the arrival of African refugees to their island of Lampedusa. Winner of 12 awards. Rated R. In Italian/Amharic with English subtitles. (2011, Italy/France, 1:28)

‘Bright Young Things’
1:30 and 5 p.m. Monday
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)

‘In a World’
2:30, 4:15 and 6 p.m. Thursday
Carol is a vocal coach who decides to enter the male-dominated field of video voice-overs, which leads to her having to compete with her father, a legendary voice-over artist, along with his arrogant protege. Winner of four awards. Rated R. (2013, 1:33)


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

‘Breath of The Gods: A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga’
7 p.m. Monday
Director Jan Schmidt-Garre examines the history of modern yoga, which originated in the early 20th century. Created by Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), modern yoga and its roots are traced back through his legendary students and relatives at the palace of the maharaja of Mysore. (2013, 1:45)

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