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Current Movies With Audio Description

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 JANUARY 13-19, 2017

Produced by Vicki Vogt and the Bay State Council of the Blind

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NEW MOVIES THIS WEEK
HIDDEN FIGURES (RATED PG)
A MONSTER CALLS (RATED PG 13)
SILENCE (RATED R) (CAMBRIDGE ONLY)
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS (RATED R) (ALSO IN 3D)
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MOVIE DESCRIPTIONS

ARRIVAL
Rated PG 13 for brief strong language.
Running time  1 Hour, 56 Min.
Synopsis
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team, lead by expert linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Cast  Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg.
Genre  Science Fiction/Drama

ASSASSINS CREED
Rated PG 13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements and brief strong language.
Running time  2 Hours, 20 Min.
Synopsis
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
Cast  Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Khalid Abdalla.
Genre  Fantasy, Action/Adventure

COLLATERAL BEAUTY
Rated PG 13 for thematic elements and brief strong language.
Running time  1 Hour, 34 Min.
Synopsis
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life.  While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death.  But its not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
Cast  Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris.
Genre  Drama

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Rated PG 13 for some fantasy action violence.
Running time  2 Hours, 13 Min.
Synopsis
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New Yorks secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.  
Cast  Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller.
Genre  Fantasy, Action/Adventure

FENCES
Rated PG 13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references.
Running time  2 Hours, 19 Min.
Synopsis
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.
Genre  Drama

HACKSAW RIDGE
Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.
Running time  2 Hours, 18 Min.
Synopsis
The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot. Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic Doss single handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines, braving enemy fire and putting his own life on the line. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Cast  Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving.
Genre  Drama

 

(NEW) HIDDEN FIGURES
Rated PG
Running time  2 Hours, 7 Min.
Synopsis
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 MonŠe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons.
Genre  Drama

 

 

JACKIE
Rated R for brief strong violence and some language.
Running time  1 Hour, 35 Min
Synopsis
A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husbands assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.
Cast  Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, John Hurt, Billy Crudup.
Genre  Drama

LA LA LAND
Rated PG 13 for some language.
Running time  2 Hours, 8 Min.
Synopsis
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.
Genre  Comedy


LION

Rated PG 13 for thematic material and some sensuality.
Running time  2 Hours
Synopsis
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.
Genre  Drama


MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content.
Running time  2 Hours, 17 Min.
Synopsis
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
Genre  Drama


MOANA

Rated PG
Running time  1 Hour, 43 Min.
Synopsis
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


(NEW) A MONSTER CALLS
Rated PG 13
for thematic content and some scary images.
Running time  2 Hours, 8 Min.
Synopsis
12 year old Conor, dealing with his mothers illness, a less than sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.

Cast  Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver
Genre  Fantasy/Science Fiction




OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug use and graphic nudity.
Running time  1 Hour, 45 Min
Synopsis
When the CEO tries to close her hard partying brothers branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their coworkers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
Cast  Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn.
Genre  Comedy


PASSENGERS (ALSO IN 3D)

Rated PG 13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril.
Running time  1 Hour, 56 Min.
Synopsis
On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction, until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.
Cast  Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia.
Genre  Science Fiction, Action/Adventure

PATRIOTS DAY
Rated R for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout and some drug use.
Running time
Synopsis
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.
Genre  Drama

ROGUE ONE, A STAR WARS STORY (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated PG 13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Running time  2 Hours, 13 Min.
Synopsis
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.
Genre  SciFic/Action/Adventure


(NEW) SILENCE (Cambridge only)
Rated R
for some disturbing violent content
Running time  3 Hours, 15 Min.
Synopsis
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, CiarŠn Hinds, Tadanobu Asano.
Genre  Drama



SING (ALSO IN 3D)

Rated PG
Running time  1 Hour, 48 Min.
Synopsis
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.
Genre  Animation


UNDERWORLD, BLOOD WARS (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated R for strong bloody violence, and some sexuality.
Running time  1 Hour, 31 Min.
Synopsis
Vampire death dealer, Selene fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David and his father Thomas, she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Cast  Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Bradley James.
Genre  Horror, Action/Adventure



WHY HIM?

Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout
Running time  1 Hour, 51 Min.
Synopsis
Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare, her well meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird . The straight laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one sided rivalry, and Ned's panic level, escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
Cast  Bryan Cranston, James Franco
Genre  Comedy

 

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