The following list of audio described movies now playing in local cinemas is compiled by Vicki Vogt of the Perkins School for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts. It is generally updated on FRIDAYS (but may be delayed occasionally). Please Note: Technically, this is a list of described movies playing in the Boston, MA, area; however, most of them should be playing in YOUR area also.
AUDIO DESCRIBED MOVIES IN MA
FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Produced by Vicki Vogt and the Bay State Council of the Blind
PRESENTS A 2 DAY BEST PICTURE SHOWCASE FESTIVAL 2017
five AMC movie theaters in Massachusetts will show the nominated Best Pictures, 4 on Saturday, February 18 and five on Saturday, February 25 (the day before the Oscars). The cost is about $32.00 a person and the shows start at 10am.
The participating Movie Theaters are
Boston Common 19
Dartmouth Mall 11
Liberty Tree Mall 20
The movies being show on Saturday, Feb. 18 are Manchester by the Sea, Fences, Hell or High Water, and La La Land. The movies being shown on Saturday, Feb. 25 are Moonlight (NOT AUDIODESCRIBED), Lion, Arrival, Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge.
I called Boston Common and they told me that the movies should be audio described if they have been before. All the movies have been but Moonlight. Call your chosen theater to make sure of the starting time and to be sure they aren’t sold out. Have fun. I have been to the one at Boston Common in past years and it’s a blast, especially if you go with someone. There is usually a 15 minute break between movies, this is when the theater puts on things like a trivia contest. Time is also given for lunch and dinner.
Other states are also participating and you would need to go to the AMC website to find out which ones are. There are a few that even have the movies being shown in one 24 hour period but none of the theaters in Massachusetts participate in that.
NEW MOVIES THIS WEEK
A CURE FOR WELLNESS (RATED R)
FIST FIGHT (RATED R)
GREAT WALL (RATED PG 13) (ALSO IN 3D)
TONI ERDMANN (RATED R) (ONLY IN CAMBRIDGE)
A UNITED KINGDOM (RATED PG 13)
XXx, THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated PG 13 for extended sequences of gunplay and violent action, and for sexual material and language.
Running time 1 Hour, 47 Min.
Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage comes out of self imposed exile, and is on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandoras Box. Recruiting an all new group of thrill seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments.
Cast Vin Diesel, Nina Dobrev, Samuel L. Jackson, Ice Cube, Ruby Rose.
(NEW) A CURE FOR WELLNESS
Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language.
Running time 2 Hours, 26 Min.
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his companys CEO from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spas miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.
Cast Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth.
A DOGS PURPOSE
Running time 2 Hours.
"A Dog's Purpose" shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
Cast Britt Robertson, Bradley Cooper, Peggy Lipton, Dennis Quaid, Juliet Rylance
Rated PG 13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.
Running time 2 Hours, 19 Min.
Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.
Cast Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER
Rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language.
Running time 1 Hour, 55 Min.
When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christians past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.
Cast Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Hugh Dancy, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle.
(NEW) FIST FIGHT
Rated R for language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug material.
Running time 1 Hour, 31 Min.
On the last day of the year, mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell is trying his best to keep it together amidst senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland, who challenges Campbell to an old fashioned throw down after school. News of the fight spreads like wildfire and ends up becoming the very thing this school, and Campbell, needed.
Cast Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris.
(NEW) THE GREAT WALL
(ALSO IN 3D)
Rated PG 13 for sequences of fantasy action violence.
Running time 1 Hour, 44 Min.
The story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the worlds most iconic structure.
Cast Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang.
Genre Fantasy, Suspense/Thriller
Running time 2 Hours, 7 Min.
The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, brilliant African American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history, the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nations confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Cast Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons.
JOHN WICK, CHAPTER 2
Rated R for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity.
Running time 2 Hours, 2 Min.
Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the worlds deadliest killers.
Cast Keanu Reeves, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose.
LA LA LAND
Rated PG 13 for some language.
Running time 2 Hours, 8 Min.
The story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. With modern day Los Angeles as the backdrop, this musical about everyday life explores what is more important: a once in a lifetime love or the spotlight.
Cast Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (ALSO IN 3D)
Running time 1 Hour, 44 Min.
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO® Movie" a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Jokers hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Cast Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes.
Rated PG 13 for thematic material and some sensuality.
Running time 2 Hours
Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Based on a true story.
Cast Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content.
Running time 2 Hours, 17 Min.
Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brothers heart has given out suddenly, and hes been named guardian to his 16 year old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past reopens an unspeakable tragedy.
Cast Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, Gretchen Mol, Kara Hayward
Running time 1 Hour, 43 Min.
A sweeping, animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once mighty demigod Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
Cast Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison.
Genre Animation, Action/Adventure, Fantasy
Rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use.
In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard Deslauriers, Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese and nurse Carol Saunders this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of the most sophisticated manhunt in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston that inspired the world.
Cast Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan.
RESIDENT EVIL, THE FINAL CHAPTER (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated R for sequences of violence throughout.
Running time 1 Hour, 45 Min.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil, Retribution. Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanitys final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began, The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Cast Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken.
Rated PG 13 for violence/terror, thematic elements, some sexuality and brief drug material.
Running time 1 Hour, 57 Min.
A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery, there is a movie within the movie that no one has ever seen before.
Cast Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Zach Roerig, Laura Wiggins, Alex Roe.
ROGUE ONE, A STAR WARS STORY
Rated PG 13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Running time 2 Hours, 13 Min.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empires ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Cast Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen.
Rated R for some disturbing violent content
Running time 3 Hours, 15 Min.
SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director's 28 year journey to bring Shusaku Endos 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.
Cast Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano.
Running time 1 Hour, 48 Min.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist, okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel, who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his lifes ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the worlds greatest singing competition.
Cast Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly.
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout.
Running time 1 Hour, 35 Min.
Undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.
Cast Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, David Harbour.
SPACE BETWEEN US
Rated PG 13 for brief sensuality and language.
Running time 2 Hours, 1 Min.
In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot, an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet hes never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, Gardner is eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars. But after his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardners organs cant withstand Earths atmosphere. Gardner joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
Cast Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, BD Wong.
Genre Science Fiction/Romance
Rated PG 13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language.
Running time 1 Hour, 57 Min.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him, as well as everyone around him, as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Cast James McAvoy, Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula.
(NEW) TONI ERDMANN
Rated R for strong sexual conetnt, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.
Running time 2 Hours, 42 Min.
Winfried doesnt see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. Its an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesnt help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. Whats worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy Toni Erdmann, Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines professional life, claiming to be her CEOs life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesnt hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.
Cast Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Pütter.
(NEW) A UNITED KINGDOM
Rated PG 13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality.
Running time 1 Hour, 51 Min.
A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British, either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.
Cast Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Charlotte Hope, Jack Davenport.