In theaters this week...
Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel appear in a scene from "Safe Haven," showing this weekend at Cinemark in Paducah.
When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life.
The buzz: Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, “Safe Haven” also suffers from an absurd plot twist, making it a particularly weak adaptation of another Nicholas Sparks novel.
Length: 115 min.
Times: 11:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 10:10 p.m. at Cinemark.
“Hyde Park on Hudson”
In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the king and queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.
The buzz: Though bolstered by a charming performance by Bill Murray in the central role, “Hyde Park on Hudson” lets down both its audience and its subject. It’s never a bad movie, but can’t quite gel into a great one, either.
Length: 95 min.
Times: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Maiden Alley Cinema