Movie capsules for Nov. 15

Los Angeles Times


“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. (2:04) R.

“The Best Man Holiday” — 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. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. (2:02) R.

“Blue Is the Warmest Color” — A 15-year-old French girl enters into a long, passionate relationship with an older female art student. With Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos. Written by Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix. Directed by Kechiche. In French with English subtitles. (2:59) NC-17.

“Captain Phillips” — 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. Written by Billy Ray. Directed by Paul Greengrass. (2:14) PG-13.

“Carrie” — A re-imagining of the 1976 horror tale in which a shy girl ostracized by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother is pushed too far and explodes in a telekinetic rage. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer and Gabriella Wilde. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. (1:39) R.

“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. Written by Erica Rivinoja, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. (1:34) PG.

“The Counselor” — A respected lawyer’s dabbling in the drug-trafficking business quickly spirals out of control. With Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. Written by Cormac McCarthy. Directed by Ridley Scott. (1:53) R.

“Dallas Buyers Club” — 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 anti-viral medications from all over the world. With Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. Written by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. (1:57) R.

“Despicable Me 2” — The seemingly reformed supervillain Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help save the world in this sequel to the 2010 animated film. With the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Al Pacino. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. In 3-D. (1:38) PG.

“Ender’s Game” — In a future where a hostile alien race has attacked Earth, the International Military trains a new generation of soldiers, and a shy but brilliant boy could represent the planet’s last, best hope for survival. With Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Written and directed by Gavin Hood. (1:54) PG-13.

“Escape Plan” — An expert on structural security agrees to take on one last job — breaking out of a top-secret high-tech prison — but is then duped and wrongly imprisoned, spurring him to recruit a fellow inmate to help him escape. With Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel. Written by Miles Chapman and Arnell Jesko. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. (1:54) R.

“Free Birds” — In this animated film, two turkeys travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving to try to get their kind off the menu. With the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. Written by Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward. Directed by Hayward. In 3-D. (1:31) PG.

“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. Written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. In 3-D and Imax. (1:31) PG-13.

“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. Written by Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Jeff Tremaine. Directed by Tremaine. (1:31) R.

“Last Vegas” — Four old guys head to Sin City to celebrate when the group’s sworn bachelor finally proposes to his thirtysomething girlfriend. With Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. Written by Dan Fogelman. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. (1:44) PG-13.

“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. In 3-D. (1:52) PG-13.

“12 Years a Slave” — 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. (2:14) R.


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