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CineList, 1.3.13


Hyde Park on the Hudson (R, 94 minutes) See review, this issue.

Not Fade Away (R, 112 mins) A group of friends come together to rock out in 1960s New Jersey suburbia while the lead singer (John Magaro) fights for his father (James Gandolfini) to understand his counterculture ways. By “The Sopranos” mastermind David Chase.

PICK - Promised Land (R, 106 mins) See review, this issue.

PICK - The Impossible (PG-13, 107 mins) See review, this issue.

Texas Chainsaw 3D (R, 92 mins) You know the drill: An outsider (Alexandra Daddario) inherits a Texas mansion in proximity to where a chainsaw massacre occurred.


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.

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

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)

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (NR, 91 mins) Two young people search for each other in a cinematic representation of Cirque du Soleil.

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.

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)

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)

The Guilt Trip (PG-13, 95 mins) A son (Seth Rogen) and mother (Barbra Streisand) find common ground during an impromptu road trip across the country.

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

Hitchcock (PG-13, 98 mins)Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) face marital problems during the making of the famous director’s film, “Psycho.” Hopkins veers closely to a caricature as Hitchcock and the film fails to deliver fascinating tidbits about the director’s private life. (MK:12.13.12).

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)

Jack Reacher (PG-13, 130 mins) Tom Cruise plays a homicide investigator who searches for justice after five people are murdered. Based off the novel by Lee Childs.

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)

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)

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)

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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)

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)

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”).

Simon and the Oaks (NR, 122 mins) Two boys support each other with the assistance of books and their families while WW2 destroys Europe. This war melodrama stars Bill Skarsgård and Jan Josef Liefers.

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.

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.

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.

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.


The Met: Live in HD: “Les Troyens” (NR, 345 mins) A Trojan citizen witnesses the fall of his home and becomes involved with a Carthaginian queen after his trek to North Africa. Saturday, 9a. See for ticket and location info. $18-$24.

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. Wednesday, 6:30p. See for ticket and location info. $15-$22.

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.