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
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)
Rated PG 13 for brief strong language.
Running time 1 Hour, 56 Min.
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
Rated PG 13 for intense sequences of violence and action, thematic elements and brief strong language.
Running time 2 Hours, 20 Min.
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
Rated PG 13 for thematic elements and brief strong language.
Running time 1 Hour, 34 Min.
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.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Rated PG 13 for some fantasy action violence.
Running time 2 Hours, 13 Min.
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
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.
Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly bloody images.
Running time 2 Hours, 18 Min.
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.
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 MonŠe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons.
Rated R for brief strong violence and some language.
Running time 1 Hour, 35 Min
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.
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.
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
(NEW) A MONSTER CALLS
Rated PG 13 for thematic content and some scary images.
Running time 2 Hours, 8 Min.
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.
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
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.
PASSENGERS (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated PG 13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril.
Running time 1 Hour, 56 Min.
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
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.
ROGUE ONE, A STAR WARS STORY (ALSO IN
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.
(NEW) SILENCE (Cambridge only)
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, CiarŠn Hinds, Tadanobu Asano.
SING (ALSO IN 3D)
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.
UNDERWORLD, BLOOD WARS (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated R for strong bloody violence, and some sexuality.
Running time 1 Hour, 31 Min.
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
Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout
Running time 1 Hour, 51 Min.
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