Movie News & Reviews

April 17, 2014

New movies this week in Myrtle Beach-area theaters

A Haunted House 2 | Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. R. Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly and Cedric the Entertainer. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

New this week

A Haunted House 2 | Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. R. Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly and Cedric the Entertainer. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

Bears | A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. G. Starring: John C. Reilly. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.

Transcendence | As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. PG-13. Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

Heaven Is for Real | A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. PG. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.

Continuing

Draft Day | On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the No. 1 pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. PG-13. Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

Oculus | Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. R. Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Rory Cochrane. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

Rio 2 | It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they’re hurtled from a magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law. G. Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg and Jamie Foxx. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

Non-Stop | During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account PG-13. Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Nate Parker. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier | After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Capt. America, lives in the nation’s capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a SHIELD colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. PG-13. Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.

Sabotage | Breacher leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. R. Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Terrence Howard. Critic’s rating: 1 star.

Bad Words | Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old misanthrope, makes waves at a regional spelling bee when, due to a loophole in the rules, he is allowed to enter and later wins. Hurling insults at every turn, Guy advances to the national contest in Los Angeles, accompanied by a reporter who wants to discover his hidden motives for entering the bee. R. Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Rohan Chand. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.

The Grand Budapest Hotel | a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. R. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes and Bill Murray. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.

Noah | The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood. PG-13. Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.

Divergent | Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. PG-13. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

God’s Not Dead | After he refuses to disavow his faith, a devout Christian student must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor will fail him. PG. Starring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo and David A.R. White. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

Muppets Most Wanted | The entire gang of Muppets takes a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine, the world’s number one criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit and his dastardly sidekick Dominic. PG. Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ty Burrell. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.

Need to Speed | Tobey Marshall, a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster. PG-13. Starring: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

300: Rise of an Empire | While King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans have their date with destiny at Thermopylae, another battle against the Persians is brewing, this time at sea. R. Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman | Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished canine in the world, and his boy, Sherman, use a time machine called the Wabac to embark on outrageous adventures. PG. Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Stephen Colbert. Critic’s rating: n/a.

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