Movie guide: Capsule listing of current releases

By Los Angeles Times


“Almost Human” — A string of grisly murders gives a man reason to believe that his friend who disappeared in a brilliant flash of light two years ago has returned, with something evil inside him. With Graham Skipper, Josh Ethier and Vanessa Leigh. Written and directed by Joe Begos. (1:20) NR.

“Angels in Stardust” — An imaginative teenage girl tries to escape the world she was born into, a dangerous community built on a deserted drive-in movie lot along the Texas-Oklahoma border. With Alicia Silverstone, A.J. Michalka and Billy Burke. Written and directed by William Robert Carey. (1:41) PG-13.

“Barefoot” — The black-sheep son of a wealthy family meets a free-spirited woman who has lived her entire life in isolation and takes her home for his brother’s wedding, where an improbable romance blooms. With Evan Rachel Wood, Scott Speedman and J.K. Simmons. Written by Stephen Zotnowski. Directed by Andrew Fleming. (1:30) PG-13.

“Black Out” — On the day before his wedding, a retired criminal wakes up next to a murdered man with no recollection of what happened the night before. With Raymond Thiry, Kim Van Kooten and Renee Fokker. Written by Melle Runderkamp and Arne Toonen. Directed by Toonen. In Dutch with English subtitles. (1:31) NR.

“Child’s Pose” — A well-to-do Bucharest architect will stop at nothing to keep her thirtysomething deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. With Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache and Florin Zamfirescu. Written by Calin Peter Netzer and Razvan Radulescu. Directed by Netzer. In Romanian with English subtitles. (1:52) NR.

“Holy Ghost People” — A teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains encounters a snake-handling religious cult. With Emma Greenwalt, Cameron Richardson and Joe Egender. Written by Egender, Phil Flores, Kevin Arigue and Mitchell Altieri. Directed by Altieri. (1:22) R.

“In Secret” — In 1860s Paris, a repressed young woman trapped in a loveless marriage embarks on an illicit affair with her husband’s childhood friend. With Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac and Tom Felton. Written and directed by Charlie Stratton. (1:42) R.

“Omar” — A young Palestinian man becomes a freedom fighter and must face painful choices about life, love and resistance. With Adam Bakri, Eyad Hourani and Samer Bisharat. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad. In Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. (1:38) NR.

“Pompeii” — In the year 79 A.D., a slave turned unstoppable gladiator races against time to save his true love from a corrupt Roman senator and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. With Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Carrie-Anne Moss. Written by Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. (1:45) PG-13.

“The Pretty One” — When her stylish, outgoing twin sister is killed in a car accident, a shy young woman decides to step into her sibling’s life rather than continue her own. With Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston. Written and directed by Jenee LaMarque. (1:35) R.

“3 Days to Kill” — A spy who is determined to give up his dangerous life and reconnect with his estranged family must complete one last mission — hunting down a ruthless terrorist — while also looking after his teen daughter for the first time in years. With Kevin Costner, Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Heard. Written by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak. Directed by McG. (1:57) PG-13.

“The Wind Rises” — An animated biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Zero, Japan’s World War II fighter plane. With the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (2:06) PG-13.




“About Last Night” — Two couples navigate the ups and downs of modern love and romance in this remake of the 1986 film of the same name. With Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Written by Leslye Headland. Directed by Steve Pink. (1:40) R.

“American Hustle” — Two con men are compelled to work with a wild federal agent to concoct a sting targeting New Jersey power brokers and the mafia in this drama based on the FBI’s Abscam operation of the 1970s. With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Directed by Russell. (2:17) R.

“August: Osage County” — When a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, three sisters confront the dysfunctional woman who raised them. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper. Written by Tracy Letts. Directed by John Wells. (2:10) R.

“Endless Love” — A privileged young woman and a charismatic young man spark an intense but star-crossed love affair in this remake of the 1981 movie of the same name. With Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde and Robert Patrick. Written by Shana Feste and Joshua Safran. Directed by Feste. (1:45) 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.

“Her” — In near-future Los Angeles, a lonely writer trying to recover from a failed relationship downloads an advanced new operating system and begins to fall in love with his virtual companion. With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Scarlett Johansson. Written and directed by Spike Jonze. (2:06) R.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — 12/13 The reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins continues his quest to face the fearsome dragon Smaug and help 13 dwarves reclaim their lost kingdom in this second installment of a film trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” With Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch. Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Jackson. Directed by Jackson. In 3-D, HFR and Imax. (2:41) PG-13.

“I, Frankenstein” — Two centuries after his creation by Dr. Frankenstein, the creature Adam finds himself in the middle of a supernatural war over the fate of humanity. With Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto. Written and directed by Stuart Beattie. (1:32) PG-13.

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” — A young CIA analyst uncovers an international terrorist plot to collapse the U.S. economy and heads into the field to prevent it from happening. With Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Keira Knightley. Written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp. Directed by Branagh. (1:46) PG-13.

“Labor Day” — On a back-to-school shopping trip, a reclusive single mother and her 13-year-old son encounter and take in a man in need, who turns out to be an escaped convict but also bonds with them both. With Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire. Written and directed by Jason Reitman. (1:51) PG-13.

“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.

“Lone Survivor” — Four Navy Seals on a cover mission to take down a high-level al Qaeda operative are ambushed in the mountains of Afghanistan and face insurmountable odds. With Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster. Written and directed by Peter Berg. (2:01) R.

“The Monuments Men” — A fact-based drama about an unlikely World War II platoon tasked by FDR with going to Germany to save rare antiques, art and architecture from theft and destruction by the Nazis. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Written by Clooney and Grant Heslov. Directed by Clooney. (1:58) PG-13.

“The Nut Job” — In this animated film, a mischievous squirrel sets out to rob the town’s biggest nut shop in order to feed himself and his pals for the winter. With the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl. Written by Lorne Cameron and Peter Lepeniotis. Directed by Lepeniotis. In 3-D. (1:26) PG.

“Philomena” — An Irish woman enlists a journalist to help her track down the out-of-wedlock son she was forced by her Catholic community to give away for adoption in this drama based on Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.” With Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Written by Coogan and Jeff Pope. Directed by Stephen Frears. (1:35) R.

“Ride Along” — In an effort to prove himself worthy, a fast-talking security guard goes for a ride-along with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-headed Atlanta cop, and gets mixed up in his latest case. With Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo and Bruce McGill. Written by Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Directed by Tim Story. (1:40) PG-13.

“RoboCop” — In 2028, a controversial corporation specializing in military drones turns a critically injured Detroit cop into a part-man, part-robot police officer. With Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Abbie Cornish. Written by Joshua Zetumer. Directed by Jose Padilha. In Imax. (1:58) PG-13.

“That Awkward Moment” — Three best friends simultaneously find themselves questioning where their recent relationships are headed. With Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots. Written and directed by Tom Gormican. (1:45) R.

“Winter’s Tale” — A tale spanning a century in a mythical New York City, about a thief who falls for a dying woman and tangles with a ruthless gangster, based on the novel by Mark Helprin. With Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. Written and directed by Akiva Goldsman. (1:58) PG-13.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” — A biopic charting the rise and fall of the hard-living New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who founded the infamous boiler-room brokerage Stratton Oakmont and cheated investors out of as much as $200 million in the early 1990s. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey. Written by Terence Winter. Directed by Martin Scorsese. (2:59) R