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In Theaters for March 28, 2014
Duluth Minnesota 424 W. First St. 55802

Opening today

“Bad Words”

(Comedy, R)

Jason Bateman, in his feature directorial debut, stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of “We’re the Millers”) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of “Homeland”), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life. Summary by Focus

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Duluth 10

“Enemy”

(Mystery, suspense, R)

This is a psychological thriller that considers doppelgangers. Adam Bell (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is a disheveled history professor who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend. While watching a movie, he spots his double, a bit-part actor, in the background. He meets his twin and their lives become strangely entwined. Summary from

official website

Zinema 2

“Noah”

(Biblical epic, PG-13)

One of the most dazzling and unforgettable biblical epics ever put on film. Director Darren Aronofsky has delivered an emotionally involving and sometimes loony

interpretation of the tale of a God-loving man (Russell Crowe, ferocious and razor-sharp) and his ark. Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins round out a stellar cast. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Sabotage”

(Action thriller, R)

After stealing $10 million from a drug cartel, elite DEA agents become targets in a brutal, bloody, dark and at times gruesomely funny thriller. The team is played by a strong cast led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, being typically Arnold, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams and Terrence Howard. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

Special features

“Cutie and the Boxer”

(Documentary, R)

Once a rising star in the 1970s New York art scene, 80-year-old boxing painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through Cutie illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year-marriage. “Cutie and the Boxer” captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. Summary from official website

This screening is part of the Duluth Art Institute’s Saturday Art Movie series at Zinema 2.  

11 a.m. Saturday, Zinema 2

“The Great Muppet Caper”

(Family, G)

The second Muppet film, released in 1981, is a road-trip story featuring Kermit and Fozzie as reporters who have missed a big scoop about a jewelry heist in London that looks like the work of Miss Piggy. A handful of Muppets join forces to solve the mystery.

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s Saturday Family Film Series.

10 a.m. Saturday, Zinema 2

“Fresh Films by Poets & Filmmakers”

(Short films)

This series of films, a project by The Playlist, pairs local poets with local filmmakers for a series of short films.

This screening is part of Zinema 2’s Explorers Club series.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Zinema 2

Also playing

“12 Years a Slave”

(Drama, R)

Chiwetel Sjiofor stars as Solomon Northup, the New York state citizen who was kidnapped and made to work on a plantation in New Orleans in the 1800s. Steve McQueen directs from a script he co-wrote with John Ridley, based in part by Northup’s memoir. Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson and Paul Giamatti co-star. Summary by Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi.

Zinema 2

“300: Rise of an Empire”

(Action fantasy, R)

If you loved the gloriously and gratuitously blood-spattered visual style of Zack Snyder’s epic “300,” you’ll probably enjoy “300: Rise of an Empire,” which manages to be something of a prequel, a sequel and a parallel story all at once. The performances, especially Eva Green as the warrior Artemisia, are uniformly good, but this epic is foremost a triumph of design and CGI. (Richard Roeper) 3.5 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10

“Divergent”

(Sci-fi, PG-13)

“Divergent” is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James), and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. Summary by Summit

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Gloria”

(Art house, international, R)

Gloria is a “woman of a certain age,” but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair — until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Summary from official site

Zinema 2

“The Lego Movie

(Family comedy, PG)

“The LEGO Movie” is the first full-length theatrical LEGO adventure. The original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Summary by Warner Bros

Duluth 10, Lakes 10

“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

(Family animation, PG)

The old TV cartoon about a genius dog, his adopted son and their time-traveling adventures becomes a whip-smart, consistently funny and good-natured film with terrific voice performances led by Ty Burrell as Peabody. Lots of sight gags and goofy puns, with some clever one-liners intended for the parents in the audience. (Richard Roeper) 3 stars

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Muppets Most Wanted”

(Family comedy, PG)

The Muppets return in this Euro-set adventure, once again directed by James Bobin from a script he wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell lead the human cast. Summary by Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Need for Speed”

(Action, PG-13)

In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side, reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter. Summary by Disney

Duluth 10, Lakes 10, Premiere

“Non-Stop”

(Thriller, PG-13)

I can’t pretend the checklist of cliches didn’t tickle me in this genre thriller about a mysterious terrorist threatening midflight murder. As the federal air marshal onboard, Liam Neeson continues his late middle-age run as the baddest action hero on the planet. (Richard Roeper) 3 stars

Duluth 10

“Veronica Mars”

(Crime comedy, PG-13)

This big-screen update of the Kristen Bell TV series, the result of a Kickstarter campaign, looks and feels like a glorified TV movie, with mostly unexceptional performances and ridiculous plot developments no more innovative than you’d see on a dozen network TV detective shows. (Richard Roeper) 2 stars

Zinema 2

“The Wind Rises”

(Animation, art house and international, PG-13)

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Summary from official site

Zinema 2

Superior Cinema

“American Hustle”

(Drama, R)

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”

(Comedy, PG-13)

“August: Osage County”

(Comedy, R)

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

(Fantasy action, PG-13)

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

(Sci-fi/fantasy, PG-13)

“The Nut Job”

(Animation, PG)

“Robocop”

(Sci-fi, PG-13)

“Thor: The Dark World”

(Superhero action, PG-13)

“Walking with Dinosaurs”

(Animation, PG)

“Winter’s Tale”

(Drama, PG-13)

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