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CineList, 2.28.13


21 and Over (R, 93 mins) An overachieving student (Justin Chon) goes wild with a group of friends the night before his medical school interview. Or, “The Hangover” at college. Opens wide.

Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13, 114 mins) Jack (Nicholas Hoult) slaughters giants and scores the hot princess, despite looking mildly like a troll himself. Opens wide.

The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13) A demon shows its penchant for possessing white girls in the rural South when it terrorizes helpless Nell (Ashley Bell) once more. When will this demon get a hobby? Opens wide.

Phantom (R) The epileptic captain (Ed Harris) on a Cold War submarine faces impossible odds when he is forced into a stereotypical covert mission. Hollywood spent $18 million on a movie that also stars David Duchovny. Opens wide.


A Good Day to Die Hard (R, 97 mins) John McClane (Bruce Willis) teams up with his son (Jai Courtney) to blow things up while combating Russian criminals. They couldn’t have made a worse “Die Hard” movie if they tried. (CB: 2.14.13)

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

Beautiful Creatures (PG-13, 124 mins) Secrets are uncovered in a small Southern town when two teens (Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert) fall in love. Despite a show-stealing performance by Emma Thompson as a church fanatic, this film falls flat halfway and treads a well-worn supernatural path. (MK: 2.14.13)

The Berlin File (NR, 120 mins) A North Korean secret agent (Jung-woo Ha) must discover if his wife (Gianna Jun) or country betrayed him, following an illegal weapons trade gone wrong. Korean. Village Square.

Bless Me, Ultima (PG-13, 106 mins) A Mexican-American teen is caught between worlds during the 1940s. This film feels rushed and needs more wonder. (MK: 2.20.13)

Dark Skies (PG-13, 95 mins) Once again, a white family (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton) is terrorized by something that lurks within their suburban home.

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)

Escape From Planet Earth (PG) Astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser), a national hero on the planet Baab, responds to a call for help from Earth. Animated.

Gangster Squad (R, 113 mins) Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) takes on the ruthless mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Pean) 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) Tropicana

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.” Texas Station, 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)

Identity Thief (R, 111 mins) A dude named Sandy (Jason Bateman) has his identity stolen and exploited by a woman played by the big, crass chick from “Bridesmaids.”

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) Sams Town

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) 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) Sams Town

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) Sams Town, Texas Station

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 bend on taking over the world by scaring kids, presumably because he’s a dick.

Safe Haven (PG-13, 115 mins) A widower (Josh Duhamel) uncovers the truth about the mysterious woman (Julianne Hough) he falls for in a North Carolina town. Tropicana

Side Effects (R, 106 mins) A successful New York couple (Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara) encounter hardships when the wife is prescribed problematic drugs by her psychiatrist (Jude Law). Though not perfect, this film shows retiring director Steven Soderbergh’s craftsmanship. (CB: 2.06.13)

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”).

Snitch (PG-13, 95 mins) A father (Dwayne Johnson) goes undercover to infiltrate a drug cartel to save his son.

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

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.

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, Tropicana

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) Sams Town


1984 (R, 113 mins) The film version of George Orwell’s classic about Winston Smith (John Hurt), a man who struggles for his survival after falling in love. Thu, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center 600 E. Sahara Ave., #12, 792-4335, $5.

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

Madam Satan (NR, 115 mins) In this Cecil B. DeMille musical, a neglected wife (Kay Johnson) disguises herself as a devil woman (aka a female who sleeps around) at a masquerade ball to reunite with her cheating husband (Reginald Denny). Tue, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

The Met: Live in HD: Parsifal (NR, 345 mins) This gloomy retelling of Richard Wagner’s classic opera portrays Parsifal, a young man whose innocence compels him to retrieve the spear that pierced Jesus. Sat, 9a. See for ticket and location info. $18-$24.

The Met: Live in HD: Rigoletto (NR, 215 mins) Rigoletto, a deformed court jester, helps his master, the Duke of Mantua, to seduce innocent young women. After mocking the husbands and fathers of his master’s victims, Rigoletto finds his daughter, too, falls for the Duke’s wicked schemes. Cue the blood. Wed, 6:30p. See for ticket and location info. $18-$24.

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.

Tim Burton Double Feature “Nightmare Before Christmas” (PG, 76 mins), “Corpse Bride” (PG, 77 mins). Saturday, 3p. The Sci-Fi Center 600 E. Sahara #12, 792-4335, $5

Troma Double Feature “Bloodsucking Freaks” (X, 91 mins), “Killer Condom” (NR, 107 mins) Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center 600 E. Sahara Ave., #12, 792-4335, $7