There’s one Oscar nominee in this week’s bunch, and it’s … “Bad Grandpa”! Check it out, for makeup and hairstyling.
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“The Fifth Estate” (R): A friendship turned sour is at the core of this ripped-from-the-headlines saga of WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website founded by Julian Assange. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Assange and Daniel Brühl as a network-security specialist he meets at a hackers conference.
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“Last Vegas” (PG-13): A quartet of grade-school pals (Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline) reunite, 58 years later, in Sin City.
“Bad Grandpa” (R): The title character (Johnny Knoxville) and an 8-year-old (Jackson Nicoll) go off on a bad-grandparenting trek in this semi-scripted “Jackass” outing built around elaborately staged pranks played on the unsuspecting.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG): The animated sequel churns out a villain — and Taco-diles, Shrimpanzees and Fla-mangoes. The voice cast includes Bill Hader, Will Forte, Anna Faris and James Caan.
“Metallica Through the Never” (R): It’s part live concert of the heavy-metal kings and part fantasy, about a roadie sent out on a mysterious assignment.
“Rush” (R): Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth rev up the high-octane action as Formula One race-car rivals Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Ron Howard directed.
TV on DVD
“Downton Abbey — Season 4” (U.K. edition)
“Treme: The Complete Fourth Season”
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