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CineList, 5.30.13



After Earth (PG-13, 100 mins) Will Smith and his son star as refugees on an abandoned, desolate and unsafe planet Earth.

Ephraim’s Rescue (PG) Ephraim Hanks is moved by faith to save a Mormon handcart company traveling toward the Salt Lake Valley. Based on a true story.

Frances Ha (R, 86 mins) Set in the New York City dance world and starring Greta Gerwig as a delusional woman hell-bent on becoming a professional dancer. Once again, Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) pierces a rarefied subculture.

Kon-Tiki (PG-13, 119 mins) The fictionalization of when a crazy white dude (Pål Sverre Hagen) travelled across the Atlantic on just a wooden raft. Foreign.

Now You See Me (PG-13, 116 mins) Four illusionists play Robin Hood by stealing from corrupt businessmen and passing on the riches to their audiences — with the FBI playing the Sheriff of Nottingham.

What Maisie Knew (R, 86 mins) A view of a dismantling marriage through the lens of a 6-year-old girl. An updated take on the Henry James novel.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (NR, 125 mins) Bollywood romantic comedy where he’s a free spirit, she’s beholden to responsibility and traditional valies — and, of course, they fall in love and sing and dance about it. Hindu.


42 (PG-13, 128 mins) Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) ignores white folk shenanigans to kick ass in baseball. This societal film is more or less just a turnstile of a feel-good sports picture. (CB: 4.10.13)

At Any Price (R, 105 mins) Dad (Dennis Quaid) wants son (Zac Efron) to continue the family’s farming enterprise. Son would rather be a race car driver, but that may be a pipe dream if a scandal does in the business.

The Company You Keep (R, 125 mins) An fugitive activist (Robert Redford) is interrogated by a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) who uncovers his identity. The story is as stiff as Redford’s gait, but Julie Christie, above all, may be worth the price of admission. (TR: 4.24.13)

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

Epic (PG, 103 mins) A good-versus-evil animated fantasy adapted from William Joyce’s kiddie book, “The Leaf Men.”

Fast and Furious 6 (PG-13, 130 mins) Seriously, two hours and 10 minutes? To watch the two most ethnically ambiguous men in Hollywood (Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) trade monosyllabic dialogue lines?

PICK - The Great Gatsby (PG-13, 143 mins) A stockbroker (Tobey Maguire) is drawn into the wild lifestyle of his neighbors when he meets glamorous Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio). This Baz Luhrmann film is a ferocious melodrama with an addictive swagger. (KC: 5.08.13)

The Hangover Part III (R, 100 mins) Things conclude where they began for the Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis), but the road back to Caesars Palace goes through Tijuana first — and an intervention. There’s a pretty simple revenge plot, but laughs are stretched thin. It doesn’t add to the franchise’s legacy, but unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t make you feel stupid for liking the first one. (CB: 5.23.13)

PICK - The Iceman (R, 106 mins) Michael Shannon gives an expertly controlled, absolutely chilling performance as real-life contract killer Michael Kuklinski, simultaneously a loving family man and a human murder machine, his talents tapped by local independent gangster (Ray Liotta). The double-life aspects represent something of a fresh twist on the usual gangland fare. (PB: 5.16.13)

PICK - Iron Man 3 (PG-13, 130 mins) Iron Man must conquer the evil Mandarin with his snark and billions. Every scene is built around how Downey the actor — and less so Tony Stark — will react to it. Under most circumstances, this would fail miserably. (CB: 5.01.13)

PICK - Mud (PG-13, 130 mins) Two teens (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) run into a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) and decide to help him get laid. No film since “Stand By Me” has blended a boys’ tale of high adventure, mystery and a sense of place as deftly. (KC: 4.24.13)

Oblivion (PG-13, 126 mins) A futuristic repairman (Tom Cruise) is forced to face the real reasons behind Earth’s destruction after warfare with aliens. Director Joseph Kosinki’s imagination plays the dual role of hero and villain, to the detriment of the movie. (CB: 4.17.13)

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.

Pain and Gain (129 mins) Bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson) become wrapped up in extortion and kidnapping.

The Place Beyond the Pines (R, 140 mins) Ryan Gosling is Luke, a motorcycle stunt rider with plans to settle down with an old flame in upstate New York, but gets recruited by his new boss to use his talents robbing banks.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (PG-13, 93 mins) An inside look at the legendary Fifth Avenue fashion emporium. The documentary’s cameos include Joan Rivers and the Olsen twins.

Star Trek: Into the Darkness (PG-13, 132 mins) A rogue Starfleet ace named Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch, the best addition to the new franchise) has his sights set on destroying Starfleet from within. A fun ride, certainly, but the general setup has barely been developed, and it doesn’t deliver an ending that’s worthy of the anticipation or director J.J. Abrams’ high standards. (CB: 5.16.13)


Clash of the Titans (PG, 118 mins) The kitschy — and original — movie adaptation of the tale of Perseus and his battles with Kraken and Medusa. Saturday, 5p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, Free.

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.

First: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games (NR) Documentary about 12 first-time Olympians headed to England. Thursday, 7:30p. See for ticket and location info. $12.50.

The Giant Spider (NR, 71 mins) Throwback to the classic big-bug thrillers of the past, with atomic-age radiation morphing a tarantula into an enormous killing machine. A Q&A with director Christopher Mihm follows. Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, $5.

Lucky Bastard (NC-17, 94 mins ) An eager fan gets to hook up with a porn star through an amateur porn site — but the results are hardly scintillating. A Q&A with director Robert Nathan follows. Monday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, Free.

Mildred Pierce (NR, 111 mins) The divorced titular character (Joan Crawford) seeks approval of her fussy daughter, so she seeks to prove her worth as a new restaurant entrepreneur. Tuesday, 1p. 1301 E. Flamingo Road, 503-2400, free.