‘Divergent,’ ‘Muppets’ primed for Friday opening

By From page A7 | March 19, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A mysterious man and Muppets hit the big screen in movies opening nationwide Friday.

Theo James plays the secretive Four in “Divergent,” a PG-13 action movie where humans are divided into factions based on their virtues. One woman, told she won’t fit in any group, discovers a plot to kill those like her. She must lean on Four to find out why the divergents are under fire.

Kate Winslet also stars.

They’ve taken Manhattan by storm and rescued a kidnapped Gonzo from his alien family. On Friday, the Muppets embark on a global tour (on screen) in “Muppets Most Wanted” and run into trouble when a dead ringer for Kermit plans an international crime caper.

Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Ray Liotta star in the PG comedy.

Opening in limited release are:

“50 to 1,” a PG-13 comedy/drama about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys whose crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. A series of mishaps en route to Churchill Downs make them the race underdogs. William Devane and Skeet Ulrich star.

“Blood Ties,” which is set in 1974 New York and focuses on a 50-year-old ex-con’s descent back into a life of crime, the last in a series of betrayals. Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan star. It’s rated R.

“Cheap Thrills,” a dark comedy about a pair of pals who are talked into participating in a game of one-upmanship. It’s not rated.

“God’s Not Dead,” which features Kevin Sorbo as a college philosophy professor who asks a devout Christian student to prove the existence of God or fail the class. It’s rated PG.

“It Felt Like Love,” which centers on a 14-year-old girl who hopes to emulate the sexual exploits of her more-experienced best friend. Instead, she finds herself in a dangerous situation. It’s not rated.

“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” a documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky, the man behind the hallucinatory films “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain.” The filmmaker’s failed attempt at Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is explored in this “what if” story of lost Hollywood cinema. It’s rated PG-13.

“McCanick,” which features the late Cory Monteith as a recently released prisoner who is the subject of an unauthorized brutal manhunt. It’s rated R.

“Nymphomanic: Volumne I,” about a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts the story of her adolescence and young adulthood while recovering from a beating. It’s not rated.

“Rob the Mob,” a thriller about two lovers who heists of Mafia social clubs result in a discovery that could change the face of organized crime in America. Andy Garcia, Ray Romano and Griffin Dunne are featured. It’s rated R.

“Stretch,” which tells the story of a limousine driver who struggles to go straight and pay off his bookie. Then he gets a crazed passenger. Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Ed Helms and Patrick Wilson star. Former Fairfield resident Joe Carnahan directs. It’s rated R.

“A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” which features Ben Kingsley in the story of a teen who leads his friends on a road trip to find a rare duck. It’s rated PG-13.

For showtimes, call the Edwards Theatres at 432-2140, Brenden Theatres at 469-0180 or visit http://www.fandango.com/94533_movietimes.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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