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CineList, 5.9.13


The Great Gatsby (PG-13, 143 mins) See review.

Peeples (PG-13, 95 mins) The Peeples family have the ultimate say concerning their daughter’s marriage.


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)

The Big Wedding (R, 90 mins) A divorced couple (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton) pretends to be married for a family wedding.

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 Company You Keep (R, 125 mins) A 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.

Disconnect (R, 115) The story about how technology ruins a man’s (Jason Bateman) social life.

Evil Dead (R. 91 mins) Evil Dead (R, 91 mins) Five young people go to a cabin in the woods to help one of them get off heroin, discover unspeakable evil. Grim depressing torture porn, like watching video evidence at a war crimes tribunal. (JE: 4.4.13)

Filly Brown (R, 80 mins) A Los Angeles rapper (Gina Rodriguez) faces slut-shaming from her manager and family when ascending to stardom.

From Up on poppy hill (PG, 91 mins) Friends go head to head with Japanese officials in preparation of the 1964 Olympics. Animated. Foreign.

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.

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.”

Identity Thief (R, 107 mins) A dude named Sandy (Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”) has his identity stolen and exploited by a woman played by the big, crass chick from “Bridesmaids.”

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)

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.

Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13, 127 mins) See the 1993 movie about a couple of dumb scientists and dinosaurs in 3D.

PICK - Lore (NR, 109 mins) A girl (Saskia Rosendahl) raised by Nazi parents leads her siblings across war-torn Germany. If a film about the Holocaust could be described as beautiful, then this is a beautiful film. (TR: 4.17.13)

The Lords of Salem (R, 101 mins) An old record rocks a radio DJ (Sheri Moon Zombie) so hard that she witnesses the horrors from her town’s past. A Rob Zombie creation. Sam’s 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)

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 (R, 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.

Run Home (PG-13) Good things happen when a talented but drug-using ballplayer coaches a dysfunctional Little League team, proving that people with substance abuse problems have feelings, too.

The Sapphires (PG-13, 103 mins) An Aboriginal girl group escapes Australian white people to entertain U.S. troops in Vietnam. Did you know Indigenous Australians were only guaranteed the right to vote in 1962? Village Square.

Scary Movie 5 (PG-13, 85 mins) Another “Scary Movie” ruination, this time riffing on Paranormal Activity, Mama, Sinister, The Evil Dead, Inception and Black Swan. Damn it.

PICK - Starbuck (R, 109 mins) A man (Patrick Huard) faces fatherhood after selling his sperm hundreds of times to a donor clinic, which is being sued by 142 of his children. This film’s quiet moments strengthen the joke and allow the audience to gain a little perspective on things. (CB: 4.24.13)

Stuck in Love (R, 93 mins) A family of writers (Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins) struggles with love after the parents divorce.

PICK - Trance (R, 101 mins) An auctioneer (James McAvoy) hooks up with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to recover a stolen Goya painting. Director Danny Boyle unfurls a narrative that initially underwhelms and exasperates but ultimately ties together its loose ends. Green Valley Ranch. (MP: 4.10.13)

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.