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 April 21-26, 2017
Produced by Vicki Vogt and the Bay State Council of the Blind
BORN IN CHINA (RATED G)
FREE FIRE (RATED R)
THE LOST CITY OF Z (RATED PG 13)
PHOENIX FORGOTTEN (RATED PG 13)
THE PROMISE (RATED PG 13)
UNFORGETTABLE (RATED R)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (ALSO IN 3D)
Running time 2 Hours, 9 Min.
The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castles enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beasts hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Cast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad. Genre Fantasy
(NEW) BORN IN CHINA
Running time 1 Hour, 16 Min.
This documentary by Disney follows the adventures of three animal families, the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest on the wings of a red crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.
Cast John Krasinski, Xun Zhou
THE BOSS BABY (ALSO IN 3D)
Running time 1 Hour, 37 Min.
Synopsis A hilariously universal story about how a new babys arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.
Cast Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire. Genre Animation.
Running time 1 Hour, 52 Min.
A harddriving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work, on top. His award winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the ChicagoTribune. But things werent going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslies newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed, or didn't believe, as an avowed atheist. Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face to face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.
Cast Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Robert Forster, Faye Dunaway.
Rated R for crude sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use.
Running time 1 Hour, 41 Min.
Jon Baker and Frank Ponch Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi million dollar heist that may be an inside job, inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Bakers unique bike skills and Ponchs street savvy it might just work, if they don't drive each other crazy first.
Cast Dax Shepard, Michael Peña, Kristen Bell, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
Rated PG 13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language.
Running time 2 Hours, 16 Min.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he cant seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage, and to bring home the man who made them a family.
Cast Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson.
(NEW) FREE FIRE
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and drug use.
Running time 1 Hour, 25 Min.
An arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Justine has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.
Cast Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Michael Smiley, Sharlto Copley.
Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references. Running time 2 Hours, 10 Min.
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet the parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the familys overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughters interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Cast Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones.
THE SHELL (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated PG 13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images .
Running time 1 Hour, 46 Min.
Based on the internationally acclaimed scifi property, "Ghost in the Shell" follows Major, a one of a kind humancyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotics advancements in cyber technology.
Cast Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt. Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Rated PG 13
Running time 1 Hour, 41 Min.
Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece Mary, in a coastal town in Florida. Franks plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven year olds mathematical abilities come to the attention of Franks formidable mother Evelyn whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Marys landlady and best friend. Jenny Slate is Marys teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.
Cast Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Mckenna Grace, Julie Ann Emery. Genre Drama
Rated PG 13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material.
Running time 1 Hour, 36 Min.
Lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, decide to buck retirement and step off the straight and narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Cast Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King
KONG, SKULL ISLAND (ALSO IN 3D)
Rated PG 13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language.
Running time 1 Hour, 58 Min.
This film fully immerses audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Cast Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell, John Goodman. Genre Action/Adventure, Fantasy.
Rated R for language throughout, some sci-fi violence and terror.
Running time 1 Hour, 44 Min.
Life tells the story of the six member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history, the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
Cast Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Arizona Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada.
Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity. Running time 2 Hours, 21 Min.
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logans attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Cast Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
Genre Science Fiction, Action/Adventure
(NEW) THE LOST
CITY OF Z
Rated PG 13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity.
Running time 2 Hours, 20 Min.
The film tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp, returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
Cast Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen
(NEW) PHOENIX FORGOTTEN
Rated PG 13 for terror, peril and some language
Running time 1 Hour, 27 Min.
Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.
Cast Chelsea Lopez, Matt Biedel, Justin Matthews, Luke Roberts, Flo Hartigan.
Rated PG 13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor.
Running time 2 Hours, 4 Min.
The story follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove, and the world, is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real life issues and before its too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Cast Becky G, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery.
Genre Science Fiction/Action/Adventure
(NEW) THE PROMISE
Rated PG 13 for thematic material including war attrocities, violence and disturbing images, and some sexuality.
Running time 2 Hours, 13 Min.
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian, arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photojournalist Chris Myers, has come here only partly to cover geopolitics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana, an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father. When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
Cast Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Jean Reno, James Cromwell.
Rated PG 13 for thematic material including some violence.
Running time 2 Hours, 12 Min.
The film takes us on a fathers uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Cast Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, Ryan Robbins
SMURFS, THE LOST VILLAGE (ALSO IN 3D)
Running time 1 Hour, 29 Min.
Synopsis It seems to Smurfette that everyone else in the Village has a purpose, Papa Smurf (leading), Baker Smurf (baking), even Grouchy Smurf (grouching), except for her. So whats the only girl in the village to do? Go in search of hers, of course! When she accidentally crosses paths with a mysterious creature that takes off into the Enchanted Forest, she follows, and sets off into the uncharted and strictly forbidden woods. Joined by her brothers Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy, and with the evil wizard Gargamel shadowing their every step, Team Smurf undertakes a wild journey full of action, danger and discovery, setting them on a course that leads to the biggest mystery in Smurf history! Cast Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi.
SPARK, A SPACE TAIL
Running time 1 Hour, 30 Min.
SPARK is a wisecracking teen living on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk and Vix. Thirteen years ago the power hungry General Zhong seized control of their planet Beta, wiping out Sparks family and sending him into hiding. But now theyve learned of Zhongs plan to wipe out the entire universe using the deadly space Kraken, and no one but Spark can stop him. An action packed space odyssey filled with humor and heart, SPARK is an epic adventure about becoming the hero you were born to become.
Cast Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank, Jace Norman, Jason Deline.
Rated R for drug use, language throughout, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and some violence. Running time 1 Hour, 57 Min. Synopsis First there was an opportunity, then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home.They are waiting for him, Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie. Other old friends are waiting too, sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Cast Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner. Genre Drama
Running time 1 Hour, 57 Min.
Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, TOMMYS HONOUR is based on the intimate and powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between "Old" Tom Morris and "Young" Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. As their fame grew exponentially, Tom and Tommy, Scotlands Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father's success, Tommys talent and fame grew to outshine his fathers accomplishments as founder of the Open Championship in 1860, his stellar playing record, and his reputation as the local caddie master, greenskeeper and club & ball maker. In contrast to his public persona, Tommys inner turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against the aristocracy who gave him opportunity, led by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews chief Alexander Boothby, and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his girlfriend, then wife, Meg Drinnen.
Cast Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill, Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Max Deacon.
Rated R for sexual content, violence, some language, and brief partial nudity.
Running time 1 Hour, 40 Min.
Tessa Connover is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex husband, David, becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks, not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lilly. Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessas jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julias dream into her ultimate nightmare.
Cast Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Isabella Rice, Simon Kassianides
THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE
Rated PG 13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking. Running time 2 Hours, 4 Min. Synopsis The real life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned, and forced to report to the Reichs newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance, and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and her family at great risk. Cast Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Michael McElhatton, Iddo Goldberg. Genre Drama