Movies Released December 20, 2013

Friday, December 20

Walking with Dinosaurs

Recent discoveries and a breakthrough in technology will introduce new and unique dinosaurs that are more real than ever before and put moviegoers in the middle of a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where an underdog dinosaur triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages.
John Collee, Pierre de Lespinois, Neil Nightingale
Action Family Animation 3D CG
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Saving Mr. Banks

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Tom Hanks, Kelly Marcel, John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman
Drama Biography Family True Story
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Past

Following a four-year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo)'s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim). During his tense, brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad's efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.
Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Asghar Farhadi, Ali Mosaffa
82 mins

Wrong Cops

A group of bad cops look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.
Marilyn Manson, Mark Burnham, Eric Wareheim, Quentin Dupieux, Eric Judor, Steve Little, Grace Zabriskie, Arden Myrin
Comedy Crime
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent
91 mins

The Selfish Giant

The film tells the story of two schoolmates in a struggling working-class community in Bradford, England: the scrappy, hyperactive Arbor (Conner Chapman) and the reserved, more mature Swifty (Shaun Thomas). To pick up some extra cash, Arbor and Swifty begin collecting scrap metal for Kitten (Sean Gilder), a shady local dealer with a penchant for racing horses. Arbor is eager to please, desiring the wealth that appears to come with Kitten's lifestyle. But it soon becomes evident that Swifty is the favored one, because of his talent with horses. As jealousy sets in, the fragile bond that holds Arbor to his closest mate begins to crumble away.
Clio Barnard, Sean Gilder, Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Lorraine Ashbourne, Ian Burfield

Friday, December 20