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CineList, 11.1.12

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Flight (R, 138 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide

The Man with Iron Fists (R, 96 mins) A 19th-century blacksmith (RZA) must create powerful weapons — and become one himself — to protect his village from villains. Opens wide

Wreck-It Ralph (PG, 101 mins) When Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reiley) gets fed up with being the bad guy of his arcade game and always having to lose in the end, he escapes his game, jumping from game to game trying to prove his heroism — but in doing so, he unleashes a terrible evil. Opens wide

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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. Colonnade, Village Square

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

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.”

Cloud Atlas (R, 172 mins) A 19th-century notary sick at sea; a 1930s bisexual composer’s assistant; a 1970s journalist uncovering a nuclear energy scandal; a publisher tricked into living in a nursing home; a fugitive clone in futuristic Korea and pidgin-speaking survivors of a catastrophe in what used to be Hawaii. “Cloud Atlas” may indeed have been best left in novel form. (MK: 10.25.12)

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. Suncoast, Texas Station

The Expendables 2 (R, 103 mins) Old mercenaries get mission. Old mercenaries return, minus one. Old mercenaries seek revenge. Starring every aging action star still alive. Tropicana

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.

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. Sams Town

The House I Live In (NR, 108 mins) A documentary following the lives of those affected by America’s war on drugs. Village Square

ice age: continental drift (PG, 94 mins) Pirates, continental cataclysm and the constant pursuit of the unattainable acorn — yep, someone is still making these cartoons. Tropicana

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 Paperboy (R, 107 mins) Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) is facing the electric chair for killing the sheriff of Moat County, Fla. While Miami journalist Ward (Matthew McConaughey) investigates, his younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) tags along. Making his writing debut, director Lee Daniels simply has no grasp of how to manage the eccentricities of the characters, the pacing of the plot or a consistent point of view. (CB: 10.25.12) 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.

The Possession (PG-13, 92 mins) Why you shouldn’t buy antique boxes at garage sales: They actually host ancient evil spirits and they will mess your daughter up. Tropicana

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. Tropicana

Resident Evil: Retribution (R, 95 mins) Alice (Milla Jovovich) is back to fight curiously mobile zombies in yet another “Resident Evil” flick. Tropicana

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)

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.

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

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, Suncoast

Won’t Back Down (PG, 121 mins) Two mothers (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis) take on the bureaucratic inner city school system to help save the future of their children. So, no: This is not a “Never Back Down” sequel. Suncoast

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Dr. Who Night (NR) Episodes from the BBC television show, chronicling the adventures of the eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends. Friday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5

FemVamp (NR) Watch the soft porn/vampire horror webseries in entirety. Saturday, 12a. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. Free

L’Elisir D’Amore (The Elixir of Love) (NR, 185 mins) The operatic comedy of fickle Adina, the infatuated Nemorino, and the elixir-slipping Dulcamara. Wednesday, 6:30p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and ticket prices.

Patient Zero (NR, 70 mins) Two fledgling scientists find themselves caught up in a government plot regarding a biological disaster at a genetic research facility. Saturday, 10p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $7

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (PG, 104 mins) Susan Hayward plays the alcoholic wife of a famous singer, assumed to be based, in part, on the life of Bing Crosby’s first wife, Dixie Lee. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.