OPENING THIS WEEK
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
The traveling festival returns with its slate of short f ilms about exotic locations and cultures, and the conservation efforts and outdoors adventures that happen there. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8, only, with different programs each day. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
THE BOY AND THE BEAST
This animated fable from Mamoru Hosoda centers on an orphan boy who finds a father figure in an unlikely place. He enters a fantastic beast world and meets a warrior who takes him as an apprentice. Dubbed in English for matinee screenings; in Japanese with subtitles for evening screenings. Rated PG-13.
119 minutes. Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT
Not rated. 115 minutes. Center for Contemporary Arts. See Screen Gems, Page 46.
FOR THE LOVE OF MEAT
Foodies can thumb their noses at barbecued meats all they want. For several establishments in Central Texas, barbecue is as much a passion as cooking is for any chef. For the Love of Meat focuses on the people who take their bbq seriously. Some even see it as a calling. Known as pit masters, folks like Tootsie Tomanetz, owner of Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue in Austin detail the effort it takes to create melt-inyour- mouth brisket, sausage, and other cuts of meat. From the various types of wood used in smoking meats to rubs and sauces, this documentary will leave you salivating. It’s a must for the down-to- earth epicurean. Screens at 7 p. m. Wednesday, March 9, only, as part of the CineBrew film series that pairs screenings with selected craft beers. Not rated.
54 minutes. Violet Crown. (Michael Abatemarco)
LONDON HAS FALLEN
This sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen takes the action from the White House to the United Kingdom. Gerard Butler is once more Secret Service agent Mike Banning, in London for the funeral of the prime minister. When Banning discovers a shadowy plot to kill all of the world leaders at the funeral, it’s up to him to save the day. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Aaron Eckhart are among the returning cast members. Rated R. 99 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
Not rated. 115 minutes. In Danish with subtitles. The Screen. See review, Page 48.
“We have registered 300 unstable mountainsides in Norway today. It’s only a matter of time before the next big rockslide.” Thus begins the Norwegian flick The
Wave. This story is a nail-biting, edge- of-your-seat thriller that boasts amazing special effects and beautiful scenic photography. It’s set in the town of Geiranger, nestled among Norway’s mountains and fjords. Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is a geologist monitoring unstable areas in the region for impending rock slides. The town was devastated by one such event in 1905, which resulted in a massive tsunami, and it wouldn’t be a disaster movie if such a thing didn’t happen again. The Wave grabs you from the opening scenes and doesn’t let up. It’s a simple story, and while it doesn’t escape genre cliches, it’s effectively told with some fine acting by the cast and a realistic look and feel that puts most Hollywood disaster films to shame. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun. Rated R. 105 minutes. In Norwegian with subtitles. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Michael Abatemarco)
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
Tina Fey stars as Kim Barker, a war correspondent in Afghanistan, in this comedy based on Barker’s memoir. As an urbane and somewhat goofy woman, Barker is a fish out of water in the military hot zone, but befriends a fellow journalist from Scotland (Martin Freeman). Billy Bob Thornton plays a gruff general that she must work with. Filmed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Jemez Pueblo, and Laguna Pueblo. Rated R. 112 minutes. Regal Stadium 14; Regal DeVargas. (Not reviewed)
This powerful, devastating commentary on identity and deception has been adapted by screenwriter/director Dana Rotberg from a novel by the great Maori writer Witi Ihimaera. It deals with the prices to be paid in denying one’s heritage. The story is set in the early 20th century in a brutally racist rural New Zealand. Paraiti (the Maori singer/ songwriter Whirimako Black), a village elder and medicine woman, is summoned to the aid of a haughty young white gentlewoman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble) and her Maori servant Maraea (Rachel House), to help conceal a dark secret that could potentially ruin the young woman’s marriage and her place in her world. Essentially a three-hander, beautifully played by all three women, and exquisitely shot by New Zealand’s Alun Bollinger, it was that country’s entry in the 2013 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Rated R. 96 minutes. In English and Maori with subtitles. Jean Cocteau Cinema. (Jonathan Richards)
Disney’s latest animated comedy takes place in a town full of talking animals. A rabbit police officer (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), on her first day on the job, learns that certain animals are disappearing. She teams up with a fox (Jason Bateman), a small-time crook, to blow the lid off the conspiracy. Idris Elba and J.K. Simmons also lend their voices to various critters. Rated PG. 108 minutes. Screens in 3-D and 2-D at Regal Stadium 14; Violet Crown; DreamCatcher. (Not reviewed)
A member of the lamestream media: Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, at Regal Stadium 14 and Regal DeVargas