(102 Fifth St. Next to the railroad depot, 247-8133)
Stand Up Guys. HHH½ Al Pacino clams up and does 28 years for the family and meets up with his old pals (Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin) when he gets out. But someone’s in cahoots with a no-good mob boss – who’s the rat? (See review this page.) Rated PG-13.
The Impossible. HHHH Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as a couple caught in Thailand when the 2004 tsunami struck. Not a good day. Rated PG-13.
Durango Stadium 9
(Next to Durango Mall, 247-9799)
Academy Award-Nominated Animated Shorts. (Wednesday only.) A rare chance to see them all in one place (no MPAA ratings): Head Over Heels: The emotional distance between a long-married husband and wife has resulted in an unusual living arrangement. Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”: Maggie Simpson attends the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she finds a caterpillar and faces off against her nemesis. Paperman: A young man working in an office tries desperately to attract the attention of a girl in the building across the street. Fresh Guacamole: An unseen cook uses a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole. Adam & Doc: A playful dog exploring the newly created world comes upon the first man.
Plus additional award-winning shorts:
Abiogenesis: In this science-fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, with profound implications for an entire galaxy. Dripped: Jack is a strange character. He steals paintings from museums to eat them. He feeds himself with the artistic process of the painter. But one day, the museums are closed and he will have to paint by himself to survive. The Gruffalo’s Child: A little Gruffalo ignores her father’s warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.
Side Effects. HHH½ A woman gets antsy with the pending release of her husband from prison, so she takes some medication. It has side effects. Rated R.
Identity Thief. HH A man (Jason Bateman) fights back when a woman (Melissa McCarthy) usurps his personal information for her own gain. Rated R.
Bullet to the Head. HH Sylvester Stallone stars in a film based on a graphic novel, which seems a perfect fit for a human comic book character. Rated R.
Warm Bodies. HHH½ After a zombie apocalypse of some sort, a progressively thinking zombie falls in love with a non-zombified gal and things start looking brighter. Rated PG-13.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. (No Ebert rating; in standard format and digital 3-D with surcharge.) For those who don’t believe that childhood trauma can affect adult behavior ... Rated PG-13.
Movie 43. Zero stars. Yes, zero stars. Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler put one of those crazy ensembles of stars together, à la “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” in a disjointed deluge of comedic sketches and scenes. Obviously, it’s horrible. Rated R.
Mama. HHH Two girls live on their own for a few years after Dad kills Mom. But someone, or something, has been raising them and isn’t about to accept an empty nest. Rated PG-13.
Silver Linings Playbook. HHH½ Bradley Cooper plays a man down on his luck when he meets a young gal (Jennifer Lawrence) and positive things start happening for both. It’s good, really. Rated R.
Zero Dark Thirty. HHH Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial retelling of the hit on Osama bin Laden. Rated R.
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