What’s playing at Midlands theaters

January 9, 2014 


Kellan Lutz in "The Legend of Hercules." (Courtesy of Summit Entertainment/MCT)


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Also opening

The Legend of Hercules 3D: (PG-13) Kellan Lutz stars as the half-man, half-god.

Opening Jan. 17

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: (PG-13) Keira Knightley and Chris Pine fill the leading roles in the Tom Clancy series about an ex-Marine, who race against time to stop a terrorist attack on the U.S. economy.

Now playing

47 Ronin: (R) Keanu Reeves stars in a martial-arts adventure about a band of samurai seeking revenge for the death of their master.

All Is Lost: (PG-13) Deep into the Indian Ocean, a man (Robert Redford) battles for survival after a violent storm destroys his sailboat.

American Hustle: (R) Loosely based on the ABSCAM sting operation in the 1970s, stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: (R) Will Ferrell reprises his role as a clueless newscaster in the comedy sequel.

The Best Man Holiday: (R) College friends and lovers reunite for the holiday in this sequel to “The Best Man.”

The Book Thief: (PG-13) While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.

Black Nativity: (PG) Kasi Lemmons adapts Langston Hughes’ musical drama about a Baltimore teen (Jacob Latimore), who attempts to get home to be with his mother (Jennifer Hudson) after a Christmas with his imposing relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett).

The Delivery Man: (PG-1`3) An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago.

Despicable Me 2: (PG) Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help save the world in this sequel to the 2010 animated film.

Ender’s Game: (PG-13) Film brings Orson Scott Card’s novel to the screen with Asa Butterfield starring as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a precocious child preparing for a future alien invasion at military school.

Frozen: (PG) The kingdom of Arendelle is trapped in an eternal winter under the icy spell of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel).

Grudge Match: (PG-13) Comedy about two aging boxing rivals (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: (PG-13) Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continues his quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: (PG-13) Katniss and Peeta are forced to fight another day in this second installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy.

Insidious 2: (PG-13) Further adventures of a family (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) plagued by a persistent demon.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: (R) Johnny Knoxville dresses as an old man, but he’s up to the same schtick.

LastVegas: (PG-13) Taking a page out of the “Hangover,” Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline head to Sin City for one last hurrah before a wedding.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: (PG-13) Idris Elba plays the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Monsters University: (G) A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University, when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: (R) Reboot takes a different approach to this “found film” horror series.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: (PG) Another adventure for the teen who’s half god and half man.

Philomena: (PG-13) A journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Planes: (G) Disney animated comedy about little planes that enter an around-the-world race.

Saving Mr. Banks. (PG) John Lee Hancock’s film captures the lengths Walt Disney took to convince author P.L. Travers to bring her book “Mary Poppins” to the screen.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: (PG-13) Ben Stiller directs and stars in an adaptation of James Thurber’s short story about an office worker whose vivid imagination sends him on an epic world adventure, as he romances a co-worker played by Kristen Wiig.

Thor: The Dark World: (PG-13) An ancient race threatens to destroy Earth and its nine realms. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must sacrifice everything he has to restore order to the cosmos.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: (PG) The wealthy Mansell family invites Madea’s family over for a chaotic, but lively holiday feast in Tyler Perry’s latest film.

Walking With Dinosaurs: (G) Computer-animated story about the struggles of a small dinosaur.

The Wolf of Wall Street: (R) Dramedy inspired by the real-life exploits of convicted stock swindler Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).

The Wolverine: (PG-13) Hugh Jackman returns as the X-man with issues.

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