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CineList, 3.21.13

New Releases

Admission (PG-13, 117 mins) A Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) visits the school overseen by an old classmate (Paul Rudd), and risks her career to help his student (Nat Wolff), who is possibly her lost son.

The Croods (PG, 98 mins) The world’s first family (Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone) takes a road trip. Animated.

Inappropriate Comedy (R, 83 mins) Sketch comedy starring, of all people, Lindsay Lohan, enacting revenge on paparazzi stalking her.

Murph: The Protector (PG) A documentary about a Navy SEAL who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007.

New World (NR, 113 mins) A deep-cover operative and mole (Lee Jung-jae) is conflicted between his duty as a copy, and the loyal gang brothers he’s expected to bust. Korean.

Olympus Has Fallen (R, 200 mins) The President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) is kidnapped, and the only person who can save him is Gerard Butler.

Spring Breakers (R, 94 mins) See review, this issue.

PICK - Stoker (R, 98 mins) See review, this issue.

Now Playing

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)

The Call (R, 95 mins) 911 operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) must face a killer from her past when she receives a call from an abducted girl.

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.

Emperor (PG-13, 98 mins) An opportunity to get laid influences U.S. General Fellers (Matthew Fox) as he decides what to do with Emperor Hirohito at the conclusion of WWII. His investigation is overseen by Tommy Lee Jones strutting around as General Douglas MacArthur. At least the actress who plays Fellers’ love interest Aya (Eriko Hatsune) is actually Japanese.

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.”

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.”

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13, 100 mins) Aging Las Vegas magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) attempt to salvage their career after an obnoxious street performer (Jim Carrey) gains popularity. There are no surprises in this formulaic comedy. (MK: 3.13.13)

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.

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?

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)

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)

Oz the Great and Powerful (PG, 130 mins) A circus magician (James Franco) is catapulted into the magical world of Oz. No, the magician doesn’t dabble in any of Oz’s CGI intoxicants. That’s just Franco’s acting.

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)

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.

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.

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.

West of Memphis (R, 147 mins) A look at the capture and trial of the wrongly accused West Memphis Three. This film is far more than an alternative take on a well-trodden cause célèbre. (MK: 3.6.13)

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.

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)

Special Screenings

American Beauty (R, 122 mins) The story of white people with problems during the ’90s, with a depressed husband (Kevin Spacey) and a cheating wife (Annette Bening). Wed, 2p, 7p, see for ticket and location info, $7-$10.

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 #12, 792-4335,, $5.

Hitchcock Double Feature (NR) See a few of the famous director’s bests with screenings of “The Birds” and “Psycho.” Sat, 3p, The Sci-Fi Center 600 E. Sahara #12, 792-4335,, $5.

Smarty (NR, 65 mins) A wife (Joan Blondell) flees her husband (Warren William) after enduring physical abuse. This is a comedy. Tue, 1p, Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.