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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

ding update to Rat Pack-era Vegas in the Met’s compelling new production. l Les Miserables (2:38) All-star adaptation of the Victor Hugo musical extravaganza stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as the lovely Fantine. l Oscar Marathon Bone up for the 85th Academy Awards at an all-day marathon of best picture nominees: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (noon), “Amour” (1:55), “Life of Pi” (4:15), “Les Miserables” (6:35) and “Lincoln” (9:30). $30 admission includes discounted snacks and drinks! l

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. l

Quevenzhane Wallis in ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ one of five Best Picture nominees screening Saturday at the Marin’s all-day Oscar Marathon. l

Amour (2:05) Critically acclaimed

French drama stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as an elderly Parisian couple battling the realities of old age. l Argo (2:00) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the true-life story of the Iran hostage crisis and an unbelievable covert operation to rescue six American prisoners. l La Bayadere (3:00) Petipa’s terpsichorean extravaganza of love and loss in colorful India is brought to dazzling life by the Bolshoi Ballet. l Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. l Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia’s gothic horror romance comes to the big screen with Jeremy Irons as the mysterious overlord of Ravenwood Manor and Alice Englert as his cursed niece Lena. l Django Unchained (2:45) Quentin Tarantino über-Western about a slaveturned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx), his still-enslaved wife (Kerry Washington) and the plantation owner (Leo DiCaprio) who stands in their way. l Escape from Planet Earth (1:29) Cartoon comedy about a dashing extraterrestrial astronaut, his nerdy brother and their dangerous mission to violent, crazy faraway planet Earth. l 56 Up (2:24) Michael Apted’s acclaimed ongoing documentary series, checking in on 14 disparate Britons every seven years, is back, this time examining Apted’s diverse subjects at the age of 56.

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A Good Day to Die Hard (1:38) Rogue

cop John McClane teams up with his CIAagent son to halt a global nuclear showdown, Russian Mafia be damned; Bruce Willis stars, of course. l Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (1:28) Scarred by the near-death gingerbreadhouse experience of their youth, the sibs grow up to be vengeance-seeking bounty hunters in form-fitting leather outfits. l

Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. l Parental Guidance (1:36) Comedy ensues when groovy 20th century couple Bette Midler and Billy Crystal find themselves babysitting their nerdy, entitled 21st century grandkids. l Quartet (1:38) The cozy elegance of a retired musicians’ home is torn asunder when an ex-wife/diva arrives to open old wounds; Dustin Hoffman directs Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon. l Safe Haven (1:55) Lasse Hallström drama about a woman with a haunted past who tries to make a new life for herself in

an idyllic North Carolina village. Side Effects (1:45) Steven Soderbergh thriller follows the unraveling life of a successful Manhattan couple after they partake of a new anti-anxiety wonder drug; Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law star. l Silver Linings Playbook (2:02) David O. Russell comedy about a down-and-outer’s attempts to rebuild his life after losing his wife and his job and moving in with his parents; Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence star. l Stand Up Guys (1:35) Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken and Al Pacino as very old buddies trying to recapture their glory days of sex, drugs and criminal malfeasance. l Valley of Saints (1:22) Lyrical Indian film about a ferryboat pilot’s growing awareness of the dangers of water pollution under the tutelage of a young environmentalist. l Warm Bodies (1:37) Zombie comedy about the unusual romance between an undead slacker and a totally alive knockout. l West of Memphis (2:30) Hard-hitting documentary about the West Memphis Three, teenagers who spent eight years in prison for murder before new forensic evidence established their innocence. l Zero Dark Thirty (2:37) Kathryn Bigelow’s brutal docudrama about an elite team of ops and agents and their decadelong hunt for Osama bin Laden. Y l

Musa Syeed’s lovely ‘Valley of Saints’ screens February 21 at the Rafael with introductory remarks from aquatic health expert Peter Gleick.

k New Movies This Week

Amour (PG-13)

Rafael: Fri 6:15, 9 Sat, Mon 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9 Sun 12:15, 6:15, 9 Tue, Thu 8:45 Wed 6:15, 9

Argo (R)

Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15 Sat-Mon 1:45, 7:15 Tue-Thu 6:30 Northgate: 10:45, 1:35, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05

k La Bayadere (Not Rated)

Rafael: Sun 1 Tues 6:30

Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13)

Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15 Sat-Mon 11:15, 4:30, 10:15 Tue-Thu 9:20

Beautiful Creatures (PG-13)

Fairfax: Fri-Sun 12:30, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:40 Northgate: 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Rowland: 1, 4, 7, 10

Django Unchained (R)

Regency: Fri, Sun-Thu 12:30, 4:10, 7:55

k Escape from Planet Earth (PG)

Northgate: 11; 3D showtimes at 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:35 Rowland: 11:45; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35

k 56 Up (Not Rated)

Rafael: Fri-Mon 3, 8 Tue-Thu 8

A Good Day to Die Hard (R)

Cinema: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Fairfax: Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45 Mon-Thu 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 Northgate: 10:45, 12, 1:20, 2:35, 3:55, 5:10, 6:30, 7:45, 9:05, 10:20 Rowland: 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:55, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10:10

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (R)

Northgate: 12:50

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG)

Northgate: 6:50; 3D showtime at 12:15

Identity Thief (R)

Fairfax: Fri-Sun 1:20, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 1:20, 4:30, 7 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Mon 11:25, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Tue-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Northgate: 11:10, 12:35, 2, 3:25, 4:50, 6:15, 7:40, 9, 10:15 Rowland: 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15

The Impossible (PG-13)

Northgate: 4:05, 10:30

Life of Pi (PG)

Northgate: 10:50, 4:40, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 7:35

Lincoln (PG-13)

Regency: Fri, Sun-Thu 12:10, 3:35, 7 Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4, 7:15, 10:30 Sun 12:45, 4, 7:15 Mon-Wed 4, 7:15 Thu 4

k The Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto (Not Rated)

Marin: Sat 9:55am Regency: Sat 9:55am Sequoia: Sat 9:55am

Les Miserables (PG-13)

Northgate: 3:20, 6:55, 10:25

k Oscar Marathon (PG-13)

Marin: Sat only—Beasts of the Southern Wild (noon), Amour (1:55), Life of Pi (4:15), Les Miserables (6:35), Lincoln (9:30)

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

(Not Rated) Rafael: 6

Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

(Not Rated) Rafael: Sat, Mon 12:30

Parental Guidance (PG)

Northgate: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 9:55

Quartet (PG-13)

Rafael: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Mon 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Tue, Thu 6:30 Wed 8

Safe Haven (PG-13)

Fairfax: Fri-Sun 12:40, 3:40, 6:30, 9:10 Mon-Thu 12:40, 3:40, 6:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Mon 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:30 Marin: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Regency: Fri, Sun 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:20, 10:10 Mon-Thu 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:20 Rowland: 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25

Side Effects (R)

Fairfax: Fri-Sun 1:30, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:40, 7:10 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:30 Sat-Mon 12, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:30 Tue-Thu 7, 9:35 Marin: Fri 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 5, 7:45 Playhouse: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Mon 1:15, 4:15, 7 Tue-Thu 4:15, 7 Regency: Fri, Sun 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30 Rowland: 11:50, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20

Silver Linings Playbook (R)

Fairfax: Fri-Sun 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:35 Mon-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:50 Lark: Fri, Tue-Thu 5:15, 8 Sat-Mon 2:30, 5:15, 8 Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Northgate: 10:55, 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:10 Playhouse: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 SatSun 1, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Mon 1, 4, 6:50 Tue-Thu 4, 6:50 Rowland: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30

Stand Up Guys (R)

Regency: Fri, Sun 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Mon-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40

k Valley of Saints (Not Rated)

Rafael: Thu 7 (introduction by water-health expert Peter Gleick)

Warm Bodies (PG-13)

Northgate: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45

k West of Memphis (R)

Regency: Fri, Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:30, 7:50

Zero Dark Thirty (R)

Northgate: 11:55, 3:30, 7:05, 10:30 Sequoia: Fri-Sat 3:40, 7, 10:25 Sun 12:15, 3:40, 7 Mon-Wed 3:40, 7 Thu 3:40

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

(2:46) Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Balin, Smaug and others return to the big screen; major must-see for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien or facial hair. l Identity Thief (1:51) Denver ad exec Jason Bateman’s savings and self spiral out of control when Miami grifter Melissa McCarthy taps into his virtual-plastic soul. l The Impossible (1:43) A vacationing family learns the true meaning of courage and compassion when they’re caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star. l Life of Pi (2:05) Ang Lee’s adaptation of the Yann Martel novel about an Indian teenager’s challenging odyssey: navigating across the Pacific in a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. l Lincoln (2:29) High-pedigree look at the 16th president’s four tumultuous years in office features a screenplay by Tony Kushner and stars Daniel Day-Lewis under the direction of Steven Spielberg. l The Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto (3:35) Verdi’s tuneful tragedy gets a ring-a-ding-

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules. CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264


Marin Movie Times: 02.15.2013