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CineList, 1.31.13


Bullet to the Head (R, 91 mins) A New Orleans hitman (Sylvester Stallone) forms an alliance with a detective (Sung Kang) to get the people who killed their respective partners.

Sisterakas (NR, 110 mins) Two unknown siblings go head-to-head when the brother hires the sister as replacement to his 75th business assistant. Filipino. Village Square

Stand Up Guys (R, 94 mins) See review, this issue.

Warm Bodies (PG-13, 97 mins) After the undead take over the world, a hot zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) saves a girl (Teresa Palmer) and subsequently falls for her. Like “Twilight” with zombies.


Any Day Now (R, 97 mins) A couple fights for custody of a boy with disabilities within a legal system that discriminates against their same-sex love. Strong performances save this cliche-ridden, though resonating story of a relevant issue. (MP: 1.24.13) Village Square

PICK - 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)

PICK - Beasts Of The Southern Wild (PG-13, 91 mins) A man wears a helmet light, holds a bottle of liquor and blasts impotently at a raging storm with a shotgun. The man is named Wink, and he is watching his home disappear due to an unholy combination of climate change, industrial rot and the tug of officialdom. Wink and daughter Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) refuse to play by civilization’s rules. You could write a term paper exploring the nuances of Wallis’ performance. (KC: 7.19.12) Village Square

Broken City (R, 109 mins) An ex-cop (Mark Wahlberg) discovers a scandal when he follows the wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of the New York City mayor (Russell Crowe).

Django Unchained (R, 170 mins) Quentin Tarantino directs this story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) and his rescue of his abused wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo Dicaprio). Even with show-stealing performances, this ultra-violent film is not Tarantino’s best. (MK: 12.20.12)

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) Colonnade, Tropicana

Gangster Squad (R, 113 mins) Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) takes on the ruthless mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) with help from a team of undercover Los Angeles cops that includes a fresh faced but determined sergeant (Ryan Gosling). Excessive gunfire fails at masking the lack of originality within this film’s boring plot line. (MK: 1.10.13)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (PG-13, 100 mins) Bounty Hunters Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) track and kill evil magical creatures throughout the world.

A Haunted House (R, 86 mins) A couple (Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins) face demons and possession when they move into their dream home. A parody of modern horror films like “Paranormal Activity.”

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

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (PG-13, 169 mins) Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a hobbit from the world of “The Lord of the Rings,” leaves the Shire to retrieve stolen treasure and face his destiny. Peter Jackson’s overly long creation is not fun or clever. (CB: 12.13.12)

Hotel Transylvania (PG, 91 mins) When a boy discovers a luxury resort patronized by all the classic horror figures, Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) gets put in charge of damage control in a plot that sounds an awful lot like “Monsters, Inc.” Tropicana

Hyde Park on the Hudson (R, 94 minutes) President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray) hosts the King and Queen of England at his Hyde Park estate, showing audiences and royalty alike that a man with polio can enjoy himself (in more ways than one). For history buffs only. (MK: 1.03.13) Village Square

PICK - The Impossible (PG-13, 107 mins) A mother (Naomi Watts) searches for her children and husband (Ewan McGregor) after enduring the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunamis. This compelling film, based off a real-life account, skirts cliches with disaster effects that are realistic and impressive. (MK: 1.03.13)

The Last Stand (R, 107 mins) Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) with assistance from his inexperience staff must stop a dangerous drug dealer (Rodrigo Santoro) before he crosses the Mexican border.

Les Miserables (PG-13, 157 mins) A former prisoner (Hugh Jackman) establishes himself in French society on the eve of the revolution while being hunted by an obsessive inspector (Russell Crowe) and becoming a surrogate father to the daughter of a factory worker (Anne Hathaway). Despite impressive musical performances, this films tries too hard at winning Oscar gold. (PB: 12.20.12)

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) Sams Town, Village Square

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)

Mama (PG-13, 100 mins) A couple (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) must raise two girls who lived ferally in a forest and are now followed by a sinister being. Despite containing great genre atmosphere, the excessive plot and familiar scares demonstrate the weakening Guillermo del Toro brand. (CB: 1.17.13)

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 character’s: 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) Village Square

Matru ki bijlee ka Mandola (NR, 150 mins) Indian rom-com surriounding a rich drunk industrialist, his daughter, his right-hand man and her husband to be. Wacky. Village Square

Monsters Inc 3D (G, 92 mins) A child disrupts the world of monsters when she becomes attached to the top scarer, Scully (John Goodman). A re-release of the 2001 animated film. Texas Station

Movie 43 (R, 97 mins) Stars (including Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman) pack this comedy about a group of kids who search the Internet for the most banned movie in history.

Parental Guidance (PG, 104 mins) Old-fashioned grandparents (Bette Midler and Billy Crystal) struggle to take care of their spoiled grandkids.

Parker (R, 118 mins) Jason Statham plays a thief who, with help from an inside woman (Jennifer Lopez), seeks revenge for being double-crossed by his fellow criminals.

PICK - Quartet (PG-13, 98 mins) The arrival of a singing diva (Maggie Smith) disrupts an annual concert at a home for retired musicians when she disagrees with production and her ex-husband (Tom Courtenay). The sensitive portrayal of the characters provides inspiration for how to handle life’s third act. (MK: 1.24.13) Suncoast

Race 2 (NR, 150 mins) After the death of his lover and partner, a man (Saif Ali Khan) searches for her murderers throughout Turkey gangland. Hindi. Village Square

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. Aliante Station

PICK - Rust and Bone (R, 120 mins) A street fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) relocates to south France with his son (Armand Verdure) and becomes close with a whale trainer (Marion Cotillard) after her life-altering accident. Realism and good judgment concerning the portrayal of a character’s disability make this film a success. (MK: 1.17.13) Subtitles. Suncoast

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”).

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. Texas

PICK - This is 40 (R, 134 mins) An independent record executive (Paul Rudd) and his wife (Leslie Mann) struggle with turning 40. The autobiographical elements of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy makes the film more relatable — and funnier. (CB: 12.20.12)

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. Texas Station

Wreck-It Ralph (PG, 101 mins) When Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) 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. Sams Town, Village Square

PICK - Zero Dark Thirty (R, 157 mins) A CIA operative’s (Jessica Chastain) unyielding pursuit of the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden leads to his assassination in May 2011 by a Navy SEAL team. This honest portrayal of torture and war transcends debates to create a thrilling action film. (MK: 1.10.13)


Dr. Who Night (NR) Episodes from the BBC television show, chronicling the adventures of the eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends. Fri, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., #12, 792-4335, $5.

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (NR, 80 mins) A mystery writer (Jean Arthur) begs her ex-husband (William Powell) to help her solve a murder. Tue, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes The singer will answer fans’ tweets in a Q&A session and discuss his recordings. Mon, 7:30p. See for ticket and location info.

The Met: Live in HD: Maria Stuarda (NR, 200 mins) An opera centered on Mary, Queen of Scots, and the other royalty she encounters. Wed, 6:30p. See for ticket and location info. $18-$24.

Night of the Living Dead (NR, 96 mins) People attempt to survive a zombie attack in a farmhouse, with the live cast of Science Fiction Double Feature. Sat, 10p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., #12, 792-4335, $10.

Plan 9 From Outer Space (NR, 120 mins) Watch what’s often considered the worst film ever made, along with the high-quality heckling from the front-row, silhouetted “Mystery Science Theater 3000” crew in this rebroadcast. Thu, 7:30p. Visit for locations and prices.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 98 min) Campy cult musical is accompanied by film, live cast performance group Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. Regency Tropicana Cinemas. 3330 E. Tropicana Ave., 450-3737; 810-5956, First Saturday of every month. Audience participation prop kits $1, no outside props. 10p, $9.

Saturday Night Fever (R, 119 mins) A dancing youth (John Travolta) fills a void in his Brooklyn life by sporting a white suit and shaking to disco hits. Wed, 2p and 7p. See for location and tickets.