TAKE TWO WEEKEND FIRST FEB 2012, Comings/Goings Full Update

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Scene from Chronicle
Scene from Chronicle

Stronger than normal January releases and the widening of formerly ‘limited’ releases to capitalize on the stream of award ceremonies (Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice) that led to the Oscar nominations and those achieving multi-nominations and multiple wins are instantly on mainstream ‘must see’ lists.

Shaky screen exorcism coupled with a mild winter escalated “Exorcist” meets “Blair Witch” teaser, “Devil Within” into a strong one-week wonder. The horror market didn’t have a Thanksgiving/Christmas entry, so the hard-shell fanatics of this segment turned out along with a horde of regulars seeking relief from ‘hold overs.’

As “Extremely Loud Incredibly Close,” “Descendants,” “Iron Lady,” and “The Artist” gradually expand, January releases such as “Contraband,”  “Underworld Awakening,” and a tepid “Beauty and the Beast,” “Red Tails,” and “The Grey” have kept popcorn crunching , while “Ghost Protocol,” and “War Horse” still have some legs. Unfortunately, Dolly Parton’s upbeat, fast cracking, musically tappin’ , “Joyful Noise” has not caught the “Sister Act” rhythm finding only a minimal audience.

Scene from "The Artist" favored to win Best Picture of the Year
Scene from "The Artist" favored to win Best Picture of the Year

Both “One for the Money” and “Man on a Ledge” contain greater than anticipated pleasure than most of the dump ‘em in January norm.

“One for the Money” has _Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) facing a depressing double dip --- losing her job and her car repossessed.  Placing the ingénue on the road hunting bail hoppers catches chemistry   when jousting with her ex (played by Joe Morelli) . Their ‘fights’ and ‘revenge’ take on insurgent laughs and rally round the female action heroine plaudits. Add the “wh..” on the street encounter and its entertaining fluff.

Anything but Ga-Ga excess classifies the mini-Impossible/Oceans clone,  “Man on a Ledge,” which doesn’t require an extra hard drive on your head to follow the diamond heist scheme that has a “Sting” twist.

“Red Tails” soars thick in aerial show maneuvers and feel good  21st Century diversity acceptance, yet, in truth,  George Lucas had to gamble a portion of his vast “Star Wars”/Indiana Jones fortune to triumphantly depict the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen.  ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) has taken three P-51 Mustangs, one B-17 Flying Fortress and a C-47 into crowded flying squadrons of B-17’s, P-51’s, P-40’s , Bf 109’s and Me 262’s. If I had not cheated and read an analysis after watching the flick, yes, I thought they were all real. Same for the Black (yes, now African American is politically correct) heroes all cast with an array of nuances so that you KNOW the pilots and feel their the adrenalin and suffer with their losses.

(There I’ve done a mini-hold over round up without adding a must see, compelling essay/plug for Tom Horn, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.)

THIS WEEK… How will Daniel (Harry Potter) Radcliffe fare post-Hogwarts?  Playing a young attorney, he’s headed back to a supernatural venue investigating ghostly poltergeist in a remote town.  James (“Eden Lake”) Watkins directs as THE WOMAN IN BLACK has hit buzz all around.

CHRONICLE: It’s just past January. It starts with a “C.” No, it’s not “Cloverfield” or “The Mist” opting for a sequel . This one  has three teens bequeathed with super powers, and, gee, they don’t know what to do with them, Will they save the world or bash their favorite bully and fly off with a high school sweetheart?  Michael Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell star.

BIG MIRACLE:  You can find your ration of artificial snow and below zero cold during the Winter that Wasn’t by voyaging to the Arctic Circle with Drew Barrymore who is on a mission to save an apparently doomed family of gray whales.

ON DECK: Star Wars Phantom Menace 3D; Safe House; Journey II Mysterious Island; The Vow; This Means War (Tuesday Feb. 14);

LIMITED RELEASES: The Descendants; Iron Lady; The Artist;  Hugo;

 

Movie Comings & Goings

 

HUNTINGTON, WV

MARQUEE PULLMAN 16 (all digital, all stadium seating),  The Artist, 12:00-2:25-4:50-7:25-9:50; Hugo, 1:15-4:10 only; Big Miracle, 1:30-3:50-7:05-9:40; Chronicle, 12:50-3:00-5:10-7:20-9:30; Woman in Black , 12:15-2:45-5:05-7:30-9:55; TIME CHANGES: Haywire, 7:10 only; Underworld Awakening (*3D), 12:45-3:00*-5:15-7:40*-10:00;  Beauty and the Beast (*3D), 12:05*-2:15-4:25 only; Girl Golden Tattoo, 9:20 only; Sherlock, 6:35-9:30; War Horse, 12:00-3:05-6:10 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Iron Lady; Ghost Protocol; We Bought a Zoo; Devil Inside;  For full schedule and on line sales, http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26187

 

CHARLESTON

MARQUEE SOUTHRIDGE (all digital; all stadium), Big Miracle, 1:10-3:50-7:05-9:40; Chronicle , 12:10-2:30-4:50-7:10-9:30; Woman in Black, 12:15-2:40-5:00-7:25-9:50; TIME CHANGES: Red Tails , 3:15-6:50-9:40; Contraband, 7:00-9:45 only; Beauty and Beast (*3D), 12:00*-2:35-4:45; Chipwrecked, 1:00 only; CONTINUING: Descendants, 12:30-3:30-6:30-9:30; The Grey, 1:00-4:007:10-10:00; Man on a Ledge, 11:50-2:20-4:50-7:20-9:50; One for the Money, 11:45-2:10-4:30-6:55-9:25;   ENDS THURSDAY: Ghost Protocol; Sherlock;  For full schedule & online sales, visit: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26192

 

PARK PLACE STADIUM CINEMAS:  Big Miracle, 12:30-2:50-5:10-7:30-9:50; Chronicle, 1:00-3:00-5:00-7:00-9:00; Woman in Black, 12:45-2:55-5:05-7:15-9:25; TIME CHANGES:  Joyful Noise 12:55 only; Extremely Loud Incredible Close, 4:00-7:05-9:45; ENDS THURSDAY:  Contraband; Haywire; For Full times and online sales, visit: http://www.ourshowtimes.com .

 

BECKLEY WV

 

MARQUEE GALLERIA 14: Big Miracle, 12:45-3:45-6:45-9:25;  Chronicle, 12:30-2:40-4:50-7:10-9:20; Woman in Black, 12:00-2:20-4:45-7:15-9:40; TIME CHANGES: Haywire, 9:20 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast (*3D), 12:00*-2:05-4:10;  War Horse, 6:15 only; Chipwrecked, 12:15-2:30-4:45-7:00; Sherlock Game of Shadows, 9:25 only; CONTINUING: Descendants, 1:00-4:00-6:45-9:30;  Grey, 12:45-3:45-6:30-9:15; Man on a Ledge, 12:10-2:30-4:50-7:15-9:45; One for the Money, 12:00-2:30-4:45-7:05-9:30 ; Underworld Awakening, 12:15-2:30-4:45-7:05-9:25; ENDS THURSDAY: Devil Inside; Ghost Protocol; Iron Lady; We Bought a Zoo;   For Full schedule and on line sales, visit: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26190

 

BLUEFIELD, WV

MARQUEE WYTHEVILLE 8: Big Miracle, 3:50-7:05-9:40, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:10; Chronicle, 4:50-7:10-9:30, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:10-2:30; Woman in Black, 5:05-7:30-9:50, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:15-2:45;  TIME CHANGES: Extremely Loud, 3:50-9:30 only; Joyful Noise 6:50, Sat/Sun 12:50; Red Tails, 6:45, Sat/Sun 1:00; Underworld, 4:30-9:35 only; For online sales/full schedule, visit: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26204

 

HURRICANE

TEAYS VALLEY CINEMAS:  Chronicle, 10:50*-1:15-3:15-5:15-7:15-9:45; Woman in Black, 10:40*-1:00-3:55-5:10-7:20-9:50; Big Miracle, 10:40*-1:00-3:05-5:10-7:20-9:50; TIME CHANGES: Underworld Evolution, 10:50*; Man on Ledge, 5:00-7:20-9:50; Beauty and Beast, 10:30*-1:00-3:00; Extremely Loud, 1:00-7:00 only; Joyful Noise, 10:25*-4:00-9:40 only; For full schedule and on line sales, http://www.franktheatres.com

 

LEWISBURG, WV

MARQUEE SENECA SHOWCASE: Joyful Noise, 3:20-6:20-9:20*, Fri/Sat Mat. 12:20, Mon.-Thurs. 4:40-6:20; The Grey, 3:45-6:45-9:30*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:45, Mon-Thurs.,4:45-7:30 ; ENDS THURSDAY: We Bought a Zoo;  For full schedule and online sales, visit: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26222

 

LOGAN WV

FOUNTAIN PLACE: Big Miracle, 4:25-7:05-9:20, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:10-2:15; Woman in Black, 4:40-7:15-9:25, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:30-2:30; Chronicle, 4:50-7:25-9:40, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:45-2:40;  RIME CHANGES: Joyful Noise, 6:55-9:30 only; Beauty and Beast 3D, 4:40, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:35-2:35; ENDS THURSDAY: Contraband; Haywire; Red Tails; For full schedule and online sales, visit: http://www.ourshowtimes.com

 

SUMMERSVILLE, WV

 

MARQUEE NICHOLAS SHOWPLACE:  Chronicle, 5:00-7:25-9:40*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:35-2:50, Mon.-Thurs. 5:10-7:30; Grey, 4:15-7:00-9:45*, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:20 , Mon.-Thurs. 5:00-7:40 only; Man on a Ledge, 4:30-7:05-9:35*, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:30, Mon-Thurs. 5:05-7:35; Underworld Awakening , 4:55-7:10-9:30*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:25-2:40, Mon-Thurs., 5:25-7:45 ; ENDS THURSDAY: War Horse; Haywire; Beauty and Beast;  (*No Late Show Sunday Evening); For schedule and online sales visit: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26220

 

WELCH, WV

 

MARQUEE McDOWELL 3,  Contraband, 4:10-6:50-9:40*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:50, Mon.-Thurs. 5:05-8:10 only; The Grey, 4:00-6:40-9:25*, Sat/Sun Mat. 12:30, Mon-Thurs., 5:00-8:00; Joyful Noise, 4:20-7:00-9:45*, Sat/Sun Mat. 1:15, Mon-Thurs. 5:00-7:45; (*No Late Showing Sundays), ENDS THURSDAY: Haywire;   Full schedule/online sales, visit: http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26221

 

WHEELING, WV

MARQUEE HIGHLANDS 14 (all digital, stadium seating), Big Miracle, 12:550-4:15-6:50-9:25; Chronicle, 1:15-4:00-7:10-9:30; Woman in Black, 1:30-4:30-7:20-9:50;  Descendants, 1:10-4:20-7:10-9:50; CONTINUING:  The Grey, 1:15-4:15-6:45-9:45; Man on a Ledge, 1:00-3:45-6:45-9:10; One for the Money, 1:30-4:30-7:00-9:30; TIME CHANGES: Contraband, 7:00-9:35 only; Iron Lady, 3:50-9:30 only; War Horse, 6:30 only; We Bought a Zoo, 1:00-7:00 only; Chipwrecked, 1:00-4:30 only; ENDS THURSDAY: Ghost Protocol; Golden Tattoo; For Full schedule and online tickets visit:  http://www.marqueecinemas.com/location.asp?location=26189

HOLD OVERS:

THE GREY: Director Joe (“Smokin’ Aces,” “The Narc,”) Carnahan directs this story of an oil team trying to survive in the brutal weather of Alaska following a plane crash. Liam Neeson, Demont Mulroney, Frank Grillo and Dallas Roberts are featured. I sure hope this adventure doesn’t inject a former cinematic taboo that often emerges in isolated ‘you’ or ‘me’ or ‘them’ odysseys.

ONE FOR THE MONEY: Katherine (“New Year’s Eve,” “The Wedding,” “Life as We Know It”)  Heigl stars in the film adaptation of writer Janet Evanovich’s possible franchise. Heigl plays newly divorced Stephanie Plum who after being fired from a department store lingerie department undertakes a job as her cousin’s bail-bonding business, where her first assignment (new weapon in tow) is dragging a former romantic back to justice. If this one earns back its investment, “Two for the Dough” will be next. Film was shot in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

MAN ON A LEDGE: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell appear in this leaping man suicide spectacle. A police shrink tries to save the would be victim, but he’s merely diverting attention from a diamond heist. Think “Inside Man” follow up. But, true historians of the cinema will recall “Fourteen Hours,” where an unhappy man ponders jumping from a high rise. The 1951 Henry Hathaway directed drama featured Paul Douglas, Richard (“Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”) Basehart, and Barbara Bel Geddes. Basehart received a ‘best actor’ award from the National Board of Review, Hathaway a Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival, and the BAFTA nominated it as best film.

COMING ATTRACTIONS (subject to change; not all films in all areas)

 

FEB 10

Journey II: Mysterious Island

Star Wars 3D Phantom Menace

The Vow

Safe House


FEB 17

GHOST RIDER SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE

SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

THIS MEANS WAR (February 14)

Ben Mortimer and Colin Hart attend the UK premiere of This Means War for HeyUGuys in London with Director McG and stars Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.

FEB 24



Act of Valor


MARCH 2

Dr. Seuss The Lorax

Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters

Project X

MARCH 9

John Carter

Playing the Field

The Raven

Think Like a Man

MARCH 16

21 Jump Street

Mirror Mirror

MARCH 23


HUNGER GAMES

A Thousand Words

MARCH 30

Learning to Fly

Pirates Band of Misfits (3D)

Wrath of the Titans

APRIL 6

Cold Light of Day

American Reunion

Titanic 3D

APRIL 13

Bullet to the Head

Cabin in the Woods

Movie 43

Three Stooges

APRIL 20

Chimpanzee

House at the End of the Street

Lockout

Lucky One

Scary Movie V

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

APRIL 27

The Five Year Engagement

Safe

MAY 4

The Avengers

Exotic Marigold Hotel

MAY 11

Wanderlust

Gone

Tyler Perry Good Deeds

 

 

Dark Shadows

The Dictator

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

MAY 18


Battleship

 

MAY 25

Men in Black III in 3D

 

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