Chasing Mavericks (PG, 116 mins) Gerard Butler plays gritty surfer guru to Jonny Weston’s teen surfing prodigy, who attempts to ride the Mavericks surf break, “one of the biggest waves on Earth.” Opens wide
Cloud Atlas (R, 172 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide
Fun Size (PG-13, 90 mins) The classic tale of a popularity-obsessed teen having to find her kid brother at the expense of missing the biggest party of her teenage career. And then figuring out that popularity doesn’t matter in a heartwarming manner. Opens wide
The Paperboy (R, 107 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square
Silent Hill 2: Revelations (R, 95 mins) The next installment in a series based on a horror survival video game, a father and daughter are perpetually running from the dark forces that have plagued them from the beginning, pulling them deeper into a hellish world they don’t understand. Opens wide
Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (PG-13, 112 mins) When the powers that be at Taggart Transcontinental discover a motor that could prevent global collapse, it’s a race to find the machine’s inventor and stop those who want to destroy it and end life on Earth. Based on Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel.
Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 135 mins) The story’s pretty convoluted at first, involving the security agencies shutting down all their pre-programmed spy operations at once. The mission of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), who, like Jason Bourne, must live long enough to expose the dirty dealings of the intelligence community, and is on the run. The results are uneven, but it’s a good enough starting point for (perhaps) another Bourne trilogy. (CB: 8.9.12) Colonnade
Brave (PG, 100 mins) In the Scottish Highlands, Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) defies the wishes of her mother (Emma Thompson) to marry one of three ill-matched suitors. Always her own person, Merida flees the family castle and cuts a deal with a witch in the woods. Outside of merely establishing a positive role model for girls and some nice but not exceptional visual touches, “Brave” doesn’t have much to offer. (CB: 6.21.12) Tropicana
PICK-Chicken With Plums (PG-13, 91 mins) Nasser-Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is a renowned musician in 1958 Tehran. But when his favorite instrument is damaged and he can no longer make sweet sounds with it, he decides to lay in bed until death comes to take him. Co-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (“Persepolis”) take the audience on a surrealistic journey in their French-language Iranian tale, flashing back and forward through tangents and detours as Nasser’s true motivations for withdrawing from the world are slowly revealed. (MK: 10.4.12)
The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13, 164 mins) Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse in the eight years since the tragic ending of “The Dark Knight,” and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is there to steal, but she warns of a coming storm that will soon pit the haves against the have-nots of Gotham City. That storm comes in the form of Bane. There’s less darkness this time around, but no less trepidation as director Christopher Nolan explores some very real topics rather than psychological themes. Tropicana
End of Watch (R, 109 mins) Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are cops who snag the wrong cartel’s drug mule, and end up with a price on their piggy heads.
Frankenweenie (PG, 87 mins) Kid scientist Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) loves his dog Sparky more than anything. After the pooch is hit by a car, Victor experiments with electricity to bring Sparky back to life. It’s a fairly familiar story, of course, with even more hat tips to a genre that clearly influenced a young Tim Burton. The story has more heart and imagination than the animation, and it was a great idea to employ Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara to voice multiple characters each, but that’s pretty much where the fun stops. (CB: 10.4.12)
Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 mins) To save his high school’s music program, biology teacher Scott (Kevin James) turns MMA fighter.
House at the End of the Street (PG-13, 101 mins) When Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) befriends quiet recluse Ryan (Max Thieriot) in her new town, it doesn’t take long to discover Ryan’s parents were murdered by his sister. And that Elissa might be in over her head. Colonnade, Sams Town
PICK-Looper (R, 118 mins) Joe (Joseph Gordon-Leveitt) is a Looper, waiting for his targets (in this case, his future self, played by Bruce Willis) to be sent from 30 years in the future when time travel is possible. When Young Joe fails, he becomes a target since he didn’t “close the loop,” while Older Joe tries to find a younger version of a tyrant committing atrocities in the future. Director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) keeps things fairly simple and noir. Gordon-Levitt takes one more step toward qualifying as one of the greatest actors of his generation. (MK: 9.27.12)
The Master (R, 137 mins) “The Master” fictionalizes Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as the character Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), but director Paul Thomas Anderson’s inspiration may have been divided into two characters: Dodd and Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), whose odyssey leads him to stow away on a boat chartered for the wedding party of Lancaster’s daughter — where Lancaster brings him into the world of The Cause. (MK: 09.20.12) Colonnade, Village Square
ParaNorman (PG, 92 mins) Outkast kid Norman can talk to zombies, which is perfect for the zombie invasion — and the invasion of ghosts, witches, and other spooky villains — happening in his town. From the creators of “Coraline.” Suncoast, Tropicana
PICK-The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13, 103 mins) The film adaptation of the 1999 young-adult novel by Stephen Chbosky, “Perks” resonated with a generation of readers not only for its coming-of-age themes, but the authenticity and sincerity of Charlie (Logan Lerman) who narrates the book through a series of unaddressed letters, depicting one unpleasant adolescent episode after another. As such, the fate of the movie version rests less with director/writer Chobsky than with Lerman. And once Lerman finds his footing, he carries the film with just the right amounts of nuance, charm and angst. (MP: 10.4.12) Colonnade, Sams Town
Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 112 mins) When a college freshman gets talked into joining her school’s all-girls singing group, it’s a “Step It Up”-style battle of the sexes aimed at “Glee” Nation.
Premium Rush (PG-13, 91 mins) Trying to make the bike messenger lifestyle more interesting, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is given a package to deliver that will totally fuck with his whole day.
PICK-Seven Psychopaths (R, 151 mins) Marty (Colin Farrell) is struggling as his girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish) loses patience with his position on the ladder of success. Marty comes up with a surefire screenplay title but needs some stories about psychopaths, with his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) eager to assist. Seven Psychopaths is refreshingly unorthodox on the level of The Big Lebowski, mixing clever film-about-film elements with dialogue that McDonagh crafted with care. (MK: 10.11.12)
Sinister (R, 109 mins) When a true-crime author (Ethan Hawke) discovers footage showing how a family was murdered in his house, he unleashes a supernatural host bent on terrorizing his family.
Taken 2 (20th Century Fox/Allied) After CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) rescues his daughter in the first “Taken,” the father of last film’s dead kidnapper snatches Mills and his wife.
Ted (R, 106 mins) Seth MacFarlane voices Ted, a magical teddy bear brought to life by a little boy’s wish for a best friend. That was 27 years ago and now John (Mark Wahlberg) and the bear are grown up, if not the least bit mature. John’s girl (Mila Kunis) wants him to finally become a man, but can he leave Ted behind for good? It’s hard to believe MacFarlane ran out of insulting things to say about everybody in less than two hours. (CB: 6.28.12) Tropicana
The Trouble With the Curve (PG-13, 111 mins) Gus’ (Clint Eastwood) eyes are going, his job as a baseball scout is on the line because he’s out of touch and he doesn’t trust computers because he’s a fossil. And in each of those scenarios, as well as the ones that could actually propel a movie that pairs Eastwood and Amy Adams (playing his long-suffering daughter), this movie’s just empty. (CB: 09.20.12) Colonnade, Sams Town
Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer (NR, 80 mins) Indie horror comedy about Atom, a zombie slayer, his hot girlfriend, his awesome bowling team … and killing a bunch of zombies. Saturday, 11:45p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $7
Black October Indie Horror Weekend (NR) “Carnal Morgue,” Thursday, 8p, free. “Crows Nest” (84 mins), Friday, 8p, $7. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com.
Blackbeard’s Ghost (NR, 106 mins) A family comedy with Peter Ustinov as Blackbeard’s ghost, who returns to present (1968) time, until he can do a good deed — for the first time in his life. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.
Jesus Christ SuperStar UK Rock Spectacular (NR) The reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1972 rock opera. Monday, 7:30p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and prices.
The Metropolitan Opera: Otello (NR, 210 mins) Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act opera based on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Saturday, 9:55a. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and prices.
Rifftrax Live: Birdemic (NR, 90 mins) The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” team riffs on a terrible movie about eagles and vultures attacking a small town. Thursday, 8p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and prices.
View ‘n’ Brew Halloween Double Feature (R) “Zombieland” (87 mins), “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (95 mins). Tuesday, 9p. House of Blues, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., 632-7600, two drink minimum.