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CineList 11.8.12


PICK - Brooklyn Castle (PG, 101 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square

PICK - Skyfall (PG-13, 143 mins) See review, this issue. 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. 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)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG, 94 mins) Poor Greg (Zachary Gordon) can’t catch a break when his summer plans fall through. 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

Flight (R, 138 mins) Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker, a pilot who saves 100 passengers from certain death — but blows .24 BAL tests while flying. It’s a bit of a slow-grinder, but it’s still more than worth it just to watch Denzel go for broke. (CB: 11.1.12)

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) Colonnade, Cinedome

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

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) Orleans, Colonnade

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.

Middle of Nowhere (R, 101 mins) A woman leaves medical school after her husband is sentenced to eight years in jail — and struggles to be loyal. Suncoast

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.” 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

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.

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

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


Celebration Day (NR) When Led Zeppelin reformed back in 2007, a hi-def, 16-song film from that famous London concert (dubbed “Celebration Day”) was shot. This is that film, showing nationally. Tuesday, 7:30p. Check for locations and prices.

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, $5

Godzilla Day Triple Feature (NR) The first three Godzilla films ever made. Saturday, 2p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5

Korean Horror Double Feature (NR) “The Cut” (111 mins), “The Uninvited” (127 mins). Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5.

METROPOLIS (NR, 126 mins) 1984 restoration of Fritz Lang’s 1926 science fiction pillar about the masses, classes and robots in the Modern City. Friday, 6p. New Orleans Square, 900 Karen Ave, 792-4335,, free.

The Metropolitan Opera: Otello (NR, 210 mins) Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act opera based on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Wednesday, 6:30p. Check for locations and prices.

The Metropolitan Opera: The Tempest (NR, 190 mins) Composer Thomas Adés’ operatic interpretation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” as performed by the Metropolitan Opera. Saturday, 9:55a. Check for locations and ticket prices.

With a Song in my Heart (NR, 117 mins) Jane Froman (Susan Hayward) is an acclaimed singer who ends up badly injured in a plane crash on her way to perform for the troops during World War II. She recovers, but she has to pay a much different price for it. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.