Movie capsules for Oct. 25

Los Angeles Times


Opening this week

“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. Directed by Ridley Scott. (1:53) R.

“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. Directed by Jeff Tremaine. (1:31) R.

Also in theaters

“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. 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. 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. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. (1:34) PG.

“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. Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. (1:54) R.

“The Fifth Estate” —

A drama based on the rise of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his quest to expose government and corporate secrets. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brehl, Anthony Mackie and David Thewlis. Directed by Bill Condon. (2:03) R.

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

“Insidious: Chapter 2” —

A young married couple seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left their family dangerously connected to the spirit world in this sequel to the 2011 film “Insidious.” With Patrick Wilson, Rose

Byrne and Lin Shaye. Directed by James Wan. (1:45) PG-13.

“Instructions Not Included” —

After a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and disappears, an Acapulco playboy ends up an unlikely single father in Los Angeles — until the girl’s mother shows up out of the blue six years later. With Eugenio Derbez, Jessica Lindsey and Loreto Peralta. (1:55) PG-13.

“Pulling Strings” —

After being denied a visa so he can bring his daughter from Mexico City to the U.S. to visit her grandparents, a professional mariachi seizes upon a chance encounter to help an embassy worker and get in her good graces. With Jaime Camil, Laura Ramsey and Omar Chaparro. Directed by Pitipol Ybarra. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. (1:50) PG.

“Runner Runner” —

A Princeton grad student who believes he’s been swindled travels to Costa Rica to confront an online gambling tycoon and is seduced by the man’s promise of wealth. With Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie and Ben Affleck. Directed by Brad Furman. (1:31) R.

“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. Directed by Steve McQueen. (2:14) R.


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