Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases

By Los Angeles Times


“Authors Anonymous” — A dysfunctional group of unpublished writers accept a new member into their fold but are unprepared for her overnight success. With Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein and Teri Polo. Written by David Congalton. Directed by Ellie Kanner. (1:34) PG-13.

“Bears” — A nature documentary following a year in the life of a bear family in Alaska with two impressionable young cubs. Narrated by John C. Reilly. Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. (1:17) G.

“Dancing in Jaffa” — A documentary following ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he returns to his hometown in Israel and starts a dance program at five schools of ethnically mixed children. Directed by Hilla Medalia. (1:28) NR.

“Fading Gigolo” — A middle-aged florist becomes an unlikely male escort with the help of his friend, an elderly bookseller. With John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Liev Schreiber. Written and directed by Turturro. (1:38) R.

“Fray” — A young Marine who has recently returned from combat and is still coping with the physical and emotional scars of war faces a new struggle at home. With Bryan Kaplan and Marisa Costa. Written and directed by Geoff Ryan. (1:35) NR.

“The Galapagos Affair” — A documentary about an unsolved 1930s murder mystery that took place in an expatriate community in the Galapagos Islands. With the voices of Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen. Directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller. (2 hrs.) NR.

“Hank and Asha” — An Indian woman studying in Prague and an aspiring New York filmmaker strike up an online friendship and begin trading video messages. With Mahira Kakkar and Andrew Pastides. Written by James E. Duff and Julia Morrison. Directed by Duff. (1:13) NR.

“Hateship Loveship” — A shy housekeeper falls victim to a mean-spirited prank when the teenage girl she is hired to look after initiates a fake correspondence between the woman and the girl’s father, a recovering drug addict. With Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce and Hailee Steinfeld. Written by Alice Munro and Mark Poirier. Directed by Liza Johnson. (1:42) R.

“A Haunted House 2” — After moving on from his demonically possessed ex-girlfriend and starting over with a new love and her two kids, a man is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly and Gabriel Iglesias. Written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez. Directed by Michael Tiddes. (1:27) R.

“Heaven Is for Real” — When their young son awakens after a near-death experience, a small-town couple are stunned by his claims that he visited heaven and encountered biblical figures and deceased relatives. With Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Connor Corum. Written by Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker. Directed by Wallace. (1:40) PG.

“Kid Cannabis” — A teenage dropout in Idaho builds a multimillion-dollar drug ring by trafficking marijuana through the woods across the Canadian border and gets in way over his head. With Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kenny Wormald and Ron Perlman. Written and directed by John Stockwell. (1:45) NR.

“Proxy” — After a vicious attack by a hooded assailant, a woman finds consolation in a support group and strikes up a close friendship with a fellow member, but their bond becomes dangerous. With Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins and Kristina Klebe. Written by Kevin Donner and Zack Parker. Directed by Parker. (2 hrs.) NR.

“Short Peace” — An anthology of four animated shorts by four different Japanese filmmakers. Directed by Shuhei Morita, Katsuhiro Otomo, Hiroaki Ando and Hajime Katoki. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1:08) NR.

“Small Time” — Still pining for the ex-wife who left him years ago, a used-car salesman learns that their son has decided to forego college in favor of selling cars with his old man. With Christopher Meloni, Devon Bostick and Dean Norris. Written and directed by Joel Surnow. (1:35) R.

“Tasting Menu” — A young couple amid a divorce reunite for a once-in-a-lifetime meal they booked a year in advance at a famous restaurant in Catalonia that is set to close. With Jan Cornet, Claudia Bassols and Fionnula Flanagan. Written by Roger Gual and Javier Calvo. Directed by Gual. In Catalan, Spanish and English, with English subtitles. (1:24) PG-13.

“That Demon Within” — A dutiful police officer doubts himself after saving the life of a notorious killer. With Daniel Wu and Nick Chueng. Written by Dante Lam and Jack Ng. Directed by Lam. In Cantonese, with English and Chinese subtitles. (1:52) NR.

“13 Sins” — A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game for a down-on-his-luck salesman who is promised increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. With Mark Webber, Ron Perlman and Rutina Wesley. Written by David Birke and Daniel Stamm. Directed by Stamm. (1:32) R.

“Transcendence” — When a scientist researching artificial intelligence is mortally wounded by anti-technology extremists, his wife and best friend upload his consciousness online, but his thirst for knowledge evolves into a relentless quest for power. With Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara. Written by Jack Paglen. Directed by Wally Pfister. (1:59) PG-13.

“Vanishing Pearls” — A documentary about the devastation wrought by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its aftermath on the small, largely black community of Pointe a la Hache, La. Directed by Nailah Jefferson. (1:20) NR.

“Watermark” — A documentary examining humankind’s relationship with and use of water around the globe. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky. (1:30) PG.




“Bad Words” — A 40-year-old man exploits a loophole to enter and hijack a children’s spelling bee, and along the way he forges an unlikely alliance with a cheerful 10-year-old competitor. With Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Rohan Chand. Written by Andrew Dodge. Directed by Bateman. (1:29) R.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — 4/4 While still adjusting to the modern world, the superhero Captain America returns to action alongside the Black Widow and a new ally, the Falcon, to thwart a conspiracy orchestrated by a formidable new enemy, the Winter Soldier. With Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. (2:16) PG-13.

“Cesar Chavez” — A biopic about the Mexican-American union leader Cesar Chavez, who organized farm workers in California and across the southwestern U.S. With Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich. Written by Keir Pearson and Timothy Sexton. Directed by Diego Luna. (1:38) PG-13.

“Divergent” — In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, a young woman who doesn’t fit into a single group discovers a conspiracy to destroy those like her. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Jai Courtney. Written by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Directed by Neil Burger. (2:20) PG-13.

“Draft Day” — On the day of the NFL draft, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns trades for the No. 1 pick and has the onerous task of saving football in his city. With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman. Directed by Ivan Reitman. (1:49) PG-13.

“Frozen” — An optimistic princess sets off on a journey with a rugged mountain man to find her sister, whose icy powers have trapped their kindgom in an eternal winter. With the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. Written by Jennifer Lee. Directed by Lee and Chris Buck. In 3-D. (1:48) PG.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” — At a European hotel between the wars, a concierge and a lobby boy get mixed up in the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. With Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Edward Norton and Saoirse Ronan. Written and directed by Wes Anderson. (1:40) R.

“Joe” — A hot-tempered ex-con becomes an unlikely role model to a hard-luck 15-year-old boy. With Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan and Ronnie Gene Blevins. Written by Gary Hawkins. Directed by David Gordon Green. (1:57) R.

“The Lego Movie” — In this animated film, an ordinary Lego figure is mistaken for the person meant to save the world and drafted into a quest to stop an evil tyrant. With the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. In 3-D. (1:41) PG.

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — In this animated film, a genius dog and his mischievous boy set out to undo the damage caused when the latter takes their time machine for a joy ride to impress a girl. With the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter and Allison Janney. Written by Craig Wright. Directed by Rob Minkoff. In 3-D. (1:22) PG.

“Muppets Most Wanted” — While performing on an international tour, the Muppets gang find themselves unwittingly embroiled in an international crime caper. With Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Written by James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. Directed by Bobin. (1:52) PG.

“Need for Speed” — After serving two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a blue-collar mechanic seeks revenge against his rival and former partner via a high-stakes underground street race. With Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Ramon Rodriguez. Written by George Tatins. Directed by Scott Waugh. (2:10) PG-13.

“Noah” — A man is chosen by God for a great task before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Directed by Aronofsky. (2:17) PG-13.

“Non-Stop” — During a flight from New York City to London, a U.S. air marshal receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding a $150 million ransom, or a passenger on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes. With Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. Written by John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. (1:45) PG-13.

“Oculus” — A woman tries to exonerate her brother, recently released from a juvenile mental institution, for the murder of their parents by proving that they were killed by an antique mirror. With Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Rory Cochrane. Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Directed by Flanagan. (1:44) R.

“Rio 2” — Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest, a family of birds get acquainted with the wild in this sequel to the 2011 animated film “Rio.” With the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement and Tracy Morgan. Written by Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. (1:41) G.

“Son of God” — A film portraying the life of Jesus, from birth through his preaching, crucifixion and resurrection. With Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks and Adrian Schiller. Written by Nic Young. Directed by Christopher Spencer. (2:18) PG-13.

“300: Rise of an Empire” — The Athenian general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the invading Persian King Xerxes and his navy. With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Directed by Noam Murro. In 3-D and Imax. (1:43) R.

“Sabotage” — An elite DEA agent and his task force successfully execute a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house and think their work is done — until the team members start being eliminated one by one. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams and Mirelle Enos. Written by Skip Woods. Directed by David Ayer. (1:50) R.