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CineList, 12.6.12


Chasing Ice (PG-13, 75 minutes) Photographer James Balog ventures to the Arctic and uses time-lapse cameras to document global warming’s effects on the disappearing glaciers. Suncoast

Citadel (R, 84 mins) A father (Aneurin Barnard) paralyzed with fear after a horrifying act of violence teams up with a priest (James Cosmo) to stop the source of his fears. Village Square

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (PG-13, 86 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square.

Khiladi 786 (NR, 141 mins) The son of a matchmaker masquerades as a police officer to solidify a marriage and prove his worth. Hindi. Village Square

Playing for Keeps (PG-13, 106 mins) A fallen sports star (Gerald Butler) struggles in coaching his son’s soccer team, just one attempt to gain control over his life. This rom-com also stars Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid. Opens wide.

A Werewolf Boy (NR, 122 mins) An older woman goes into the hinterlands to raise a wild boy and turn him into a grown man. Korean. Village Square


24/7 In Love (NR) A Filipino romcom involving a 40-year-old virgin, a gigolo and a bunch of girls who fall for a bunch of unhinged guys. It involves the words “antics” and “for love’s sake.” Village Square

Alex Cross (PG-13, 101 mins) When a detective (Tyler Perry) catches word a member of his family has been killed, he vows to track down the culprit. And no, Perry isn’t wearing an old lady costume. Tropicana

Anna Karenina (R, 130 mins) Anna (Keira Knightley) is a Russian aristocrat questions her happiness when she’s fallen for a rich Count. Suncoast, Green Valley Ranch

Argo (R, 120 mins) When 52 Americans were taken hostage inside the U.S. embassy in Iran, six others escaped and found refuge in the house of the Canadian ambassador. Attempting to get them out without Ayahtollah Khomeini noticing, the CIA propped up a phony movie, sent agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) through Turkey to Tehran posing as a film producer, and he walked the six Americans around town for a couple days as his production crew before attempting an escape. This is a great film, Gigli fans. We don’t have Ben Affleck to kick around anymore. (CB: 10.11.12)

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

The Campaign (R, 85 mins) Will Ferrell’s incumbent congressman Cam Brady is a fairly clueless lout barely kept in line by his campaign manager (Jason Sudeikis). His platform of “America, Jesus, Freedom … support our troops!” resonates with his constituents, but his misconduct opens the door for swishy candidate Marty Huggins (Zach Galafianakis). The problem with situation comedies and Will Farrell vehicles is they usually fizzle out after the first 30 minutes. And Ferrell and Galafiankis’ relationship isn’t adequately explored here. (MK: 8.9.12) Tropicana

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 Collection (R, 82 mins) When a girl gets abducted by a vicious killer, it takes a group of mercenaries and the only man to escape The Collector’s freakish maze to try to rescue her.

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.

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. Tropicana

Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 mins) To save his high school’s music program, biology teacher Scott (Kevin James) turns MMA fighter.

Killing Them Softly (R, 97 mins) Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a low-level gangster who is hired to restore order when a card game creates imbalance within the New Orleans mob world. The stylized violence and bold experimentation in this movie are not strong enough to balance out the dialogue-heavy plot. (MK: 11.29.12)

Life of Pi (PG, 127 mins) A Canadian writer had traveled to India to write a story about Portugal and hears a local legend about a boy named Pi, who — as fate would have it — now lives in Montreal. The writer meets adult Pi (Irrfan Khan) who weaves his tale of a boy who shares a lifeboat with a tiger for nine months. Unfortunately, like many sermons, the story is preposterous and shallow. (CB: 11.22.12)

PICK - Lincoln (PG-13, 149 mins) In this Spielberg-treated biopic of our 16th President, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) has to decide whether slaves should be legally freed, deals with the anxieties of wife Mary Todd (Sally Field), and her histrionics fueled in part by the criticism of chief radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones) — all in the four months leading to the President’s assassination. Day-Lewis is phenomenal. (MK: 11.15.12)

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) Suncoast, Tropicana

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. Sams Town, Texas Station

The Other Son (PG-13, 105 mins) Two boys from warring countries with hostile views of the other learn they were switched at birth. 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 Chbosky 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

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.

Red Dawn (PG-13, 93 mins) Shown as an over-sensationalized Marine Corps ad, this remake includes a group of teenagers having to protect their Washington state city from foreign paratroopers. Chris Hemsworth is basically still Thor, but with guns.

Rise of the Guardians (PG, 97 mins) What do Santa, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost have in common? Usually nothing, but for whatever reason, they’re saving children from an evil spirit called Pitch who’s bent on taking over the world by scaring kids.

PICK - The Sessions (R, 95 mins) John Hawkes, as 38-year-old iron lung-confined journalist Mark O’Brien, afflicted with a condition restricting his voluntary body movement to his face and neck, uses only his expressive eyes, mouth and nasal voice to fully inhabit a man whose high intelligence is matched by his bravery and a determination to experience the pleasures of being fully human. Having fallen in love with a caretaker who doesn’t return his affections, he is assigned an article concerning sex and the disabled, and opts to go on a carnal voyage of his own. A humane, funny gem of a drama. (PB: 11.15.12) Village Square, Colonnade

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) Colonnade

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. Tropicana

Silver Linings Playbook (R, 122 mins) After Pat (Bradley Cooper) hits rock bottom, he meets a similarly troubled girl (Jennifer Lawrence) with whom he forms an unlikely connection. By David O. Russell (“I [Heart] Huckabees”). Suncoast, Rave Town Square

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. Texas Station

PICK - Skyfall (PG-13, 143 mins) After the theft of a hard drive containing the identities of undercover British agents, Bond (Daniel Craig) goes from Istanbul to Shanghai and Macau before returning to the U.K. to defend the homeland from Silva (Javier Bardem). “Skyfall” ends on such a perfect note of old-school grace that it leaves us anxious for Bond 24, and should put to rest the series’ soul-searching. (TRW: 11.8.12)

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.

Talaash (NR, 139 mins) Another murder inspector (Aamir Khan) who finds as much about himself as he does the case he’s on. Hindi. Village Square, Rave Town Square

Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 (PG-13, 115 mins) After the Cullens (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) give birth to a child, they have to band the other vampire clans to protect the child from unfounded claims against the family. Also, werewolves.

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.


Doctored (NR, 103 min) Documentary questions the “influencers” of modern medicine that dismiss natural and chiropractic therapies, and generate large profits for health providers. Tuesday, 7p. Regal Cinemas at Red Rock Resort, $20

The Met: Live in HD: Un Ballo in Maschera (NR, 204 mins) Verdi’s famous opera works in both a love triangle and political crisis. Directed by David Alden. Saturday, 9:55a. See for ticket and location info.

Pulp Fiction (R, 154 mins) Quentin Tarantino’s four-storyline haunted house of casual carnage won critics over worldwide, catapulting him to super-stardom. Nothing quite like it came before, and nothing has since (despite voluminous attempts). Includes exclusive interviews and trailers. Thursday, 2p, 7p. See for ticket and location info. $10.50-$12.50.

Whistling in Dixie (NR, 74 mins) Wally Benton (Red Skelton) ditches his honeymoon to play sleuth. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.