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cape Gazette ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 "71 n this, the fifth attempt to Cement Jack Ryan as an ongoing bankable box office hero (following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Af- fleck), Chris Pine attempts to take Tom Clancy's Cold War-era operative into a new century. The writers start from O as as its scratch, citing the World Trade Center attack as a motivation for his impetus into action. From there, he ditches his economics doctoral degree for a stint in Afghanistan, a tour- (and almost life-) ending injury, and a meeting with CIA agent Thomas Harper (played by Kevin Costner). Harper wants tO use Ryan's skills with both stocks and bombs - he wants him to work undercover as a Wall Street broker, gain insights on some sketchy overseas activ- ity, and perhaps be the man who personally investigates matters. It just so happens that a chunk of change is heading to a Russian oligarch by the name of Viktor Cherevir (played by Kenneth Branagh, who also serves as the film's director). He's a man whose achilles heels are made evident early on, but it makes him no less threaten- ing of a boogeyman. When Jack heads over to "investigate" a number of unidentified money transfers, Cherevin's every move is plotted with chess-like precision. "Shadow Recruit" is indeed a "reset" button for the franchise (though judging by opening weekend numbers, it remains to be seen just what legs the series will have), but instead of feeling like a cash-grab by a studio whose character rights are about to expire (why, hello there, "Spider-Man!"), "Shadow Recruit" seems interested in the character, his motivations and providing us with a side we have yet to see. Pine, who had some rather large military-issued loafers to fill, may seem onthe softer side of a beloved hard-heeled character who would eventually go on to be the president of the United States, but I recall hav- ing similar doubts of accepting Matt Damon as an action star as well. Having demonstrated he can lead a franchise already ("Star Trek"), Pine may be just right for the actor at this stage of Ryan's life. He balances the boyish vulnerabilities with the adult physicality when needed. I can only hope they cast Keira Knightley as love interest Dr. Cath Muller because they aimed to give her more to do in future installments, because, honestly, there's not an actress working today who could not have stepped into the rather thankless role. To have some- one with Knightley's strength as an actress seems like the film's biggest missed opportunity. It is good to see Costner back in the saddle again and enjoyfng the ride. He is easily believable as Ryan's guiding force, moral compass and literal voice in ear during operations. It's Branagh who perhaps deserves the most credit here, as the classically trained actor- director added an element of prestige to the .espionage genre as he did with comics in his su- perior adaptation of "Thor" to film, and does so with a much- needed efficiency. There's not a thing new that "Shadow Recruit" brings to (or under) the table, and it does not bring the urgency of the "Bourne" series, but it covers its ground in a manner that is both exciting and believable, and a marked improvement over the last entry, "Sum of All Fears." "Shadow Recruit" is as solid THEATERS, Movie listings include those of the Movies at Midway. Times and listings may change. I, Frankenstein: Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centu- ries old war between two immortal clans. Rated PG-13. Nebraska: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Rated R. Ride Along: Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sisterl Rated PG-13. Devil's Due: After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed cou- ple find themselves dealing with an earlier- than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. Rated R. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. Rated PG-13. The Nut Job: Surly, a curmudgeonly, independent squirrel, is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of the park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store. Rated P6, August: Osage County: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Rated R. Lone Survivor: Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wings." Four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah& Rated R. Her: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased oper- ating system that's designed to meet his every need. Rated R. The Wolf of Wall Street: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Rated R. American Hustle: A con man~ Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power- brokers and mafia.Rated R. Saving Mr. Banks: Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.Rated PG-13. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Delaware Tech posts February trip lineup The Corporate and Communi- ty Programs division of Delaware Tech Owens will offer some exciting adventures in February. On Saturday, Feb. 8, travelers can discover the magic of color at the world's only Crayola Ex- perience in Easton, Pa. There are 18 one-of-a-kind attractions to create an exciting adventure. The cost is $109. A Valentine Progressive Lunch comes Thursday, Feb. 13. Partici- pants don't need a date for this sharing of camaraderie and food. Participants can treat themselves and/or a friend to this special afternoon and share camaraderie and delicious food in three differ- ent, charming restaurants with warm atmospheres overlooking scenic bays and waterways. The cost is $69. A trip to "Stomp" at the DuPont Theater in Wilming- ton comes Saturday, Feb. 22. This inventive, provocative, witty, and unique experience is for all ages, as an eight-member troupe fills the stage with magnificent rhythms. The cost is $99. For more information or to register, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 302- 259-6361 or go to continuing-education/person- al-enrichment/owens-campus/ travel-culture. With the '70s behind him, San Diego's top- rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.Rated PG-13. Frozen: Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encoun- tering Everest-like conditions, and a hilar- ious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal win- ter. Rated PG. DINNER SPECIALS FOR OUR LOCAL FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS served from 4:30pm to close Monday- Fish n' Chips $11 Tuesday- 8 oz. Burger $6 Wednesday- BOMB NITE --- Buy One Bomb, Get the 2nd Bomb Half Off Wed-Thurs -- Comfort Food Nights (includes entr4e & side salad) $9 Thursday -- Oyster Dinner $14 Friday -- I-1/2 IbWhole Maine Lobster $21 Sunday-- 12 oz. Prime Rib (before 6pm) $12 (aker 6pm) $16 Mon-Fri -- I-1/2 lb. Alaskan Snow Crabs $19 Weekday specials cannot be combined with any other offers. HAPPY HOUR AT THE BAR ONLY MON - FRI 4-7PM I/2 PRICE DRINKS & RAW BAR 60 Wings 108 Second St. Historic Lewes 302-645-661 I Every Friday from 6-9pm & Saturday from 7-10pm Private Party Room Available Fr, ; a 24 to J, 28 The Movies at us on FACEBOOK! ,FACeBOOK.CO VmSAT.iOWAY Schedules, Events, Trailers and more! UNDERLINED TIMES PLAY ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY! I, FRANKENSTEIN (1:37) (PG-13) 3D: 2:00 7:15 STANDARD 2D: 4:45 9:30 NEBRASKA (2:06) (R) 1:30 4:05 6:40 GRAVITY (1:36) (PG-13) 3D: 4:15 9:25 RIDE ALONG (1:45) (PG-13) 1:45 4:15 7:10 9:20 DEVIL'S DUE (1:35) (R) 2:05 4:40 7:20 9"45 JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (1:51) (PG-13) 1:05 4:05 6:50 9:15 THE NUT JOB (1:31) (PG) 3D: 3:00 6:50 STANDARD 2D: 1:00 4:55 8:45 AUGUST: OSAGE COUN~ 2:05) (R) 1:25 4:10 6:40 9:10 .ONE SURVIVOR 2:06) (R) 1:40 4:20 7:00 9:30 tER (2:05) (R) 1:35 7:00 THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (3:05) (R) 1:00 4:30 8:00 AMERICAN HUSTLE (2:23) (R) 1:05 4:00 6:45 9:35 SAVING MR. BANKS (2:10) (PG-13) 1:15 3:50 6:35 9:2(3 ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (2:04) (PG,13) 1:50 4:50 7:15 9:40 FROZEN (1:53) (PG) 1:10 3:45 6:30 8:50 I I I I I I Pick up tickets at Kiosk PARTY ROOM Conferences, Birthday Parties, -- Meetings, Whatever the need FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (302) 645-1135 For R-Rated films you must be 17 years Of" age or accompanied by a parent or guardian, Photo identification required.