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CineList, 3.28.13


PICK - The Gatekeepers (PG-13, 101 mins) See review, this issue. Suncoast.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (PG-13, 110 mins) Big name action stars (Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum) shoot machine guns and strut away from explosions in a sequel to a film based on a toy. Opens wide.

The Host (PG-13, 125 mins) Watch out: Aliens will invade your body and steal your boyfriend. Just ask Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) after she encounters the invaders when searching for her family. From the author of “Twilight.” Opens wide.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation (PG-13, 111 mins) A career woman (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is punished for not accepting her lame hubby (Lance Gross), especially when she begins an affair with a man (Robbie Jones) who has his own private jet. Opens wide.


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 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.

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

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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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.

Spring Breakers (R, 94 mins) Four scantily-clad college girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens) make some dumb decisions during spring break. A meandering plot makes director Harmony Korine’s experiment fall short of success. (MK: 3.21.13)

PICK - Stoker (R, 98 mins) A teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska) endures life with an unstable mother (Nicole Kidman) after the death of her father and best friend. Things seem to look up when a mysterious, charming uncle (Matthew Goode) comes to stay with the family. This is a thriller Hitchcock would love. (MK: 3.21.13) Village Square.

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. 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)


Asian Gorefest Three films that have lots of heavy violence involving Asian women. Sat, 9p. The Sci-Fi Center 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, $7.

Burn (NR, 86 mins) A documentary dealing with the experiences of Detroit firefighters. Village Square, 9400 W. Sahara Ave., 838-0490. Tue, 7:30p. See for tickets. $16.

Casablanca (NR, 102 mins) The epitome of a classic, with Humphrey Bogart as the jaded Rick and Ingrid Bergman as his former lover. Make these white people cry, Sam. Wed, 2p, 7p. See for ticket and location info. $7-$10.

A Deeper Shade of Blue (150 mins) A film about the evolution of surfing, with a panel discussion and musical performances. Thu, 7:30p. See for ticket and location info. $12.

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

hidden inside Demon possession is fun at Sci Fi Center’s screenings of “Quarantine,” “The Rite” and “The Exorcist.” Sat, 3p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, $5.

Idiot’s Delight (NR, 105 mins) A Vaudevillian (Clark Gable) hooks up with his old flame (Norma Shearer) when trapped in the crossfire of pending war. Tue, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

The Met: Live in HD: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (NR, 240 mins) The daughter of an Italian lord must fight when she falls for the brother of the man she’s destined to marry. Wed, 6:30p. See for ticket and location info. $18-$24.