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CineList, 6.13.13

NEW RELEASES

PICK - Before Midnight (R, 108 mins) See review, this issue.

Man of Steel (PG-13, 143 mins) See review, this issue.

PICK - This is the End (R, 107 mins) See review, this issue.

NOW PLAYING

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)

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

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?

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.

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)

The Internship (PG-13, 119 mins) Two unemployed men (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) try and score a job at Google by first going through a rigorous intern program.

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)

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.

Love Is All You Need (R, 110 mins) Widower Philip (Pierce Brosnan) meets infidelity-cursed (Trine Dyrholm) when their kids prepare to tie the knot in Italy. We suspect they won’t be able to help themselves.

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)

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.

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.

The Purge (R, 85 mins) James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is a family man who refuses to participate in the purge: the one day where all crime is allowed in an otherwise completely utopian year. Despite the action, good pace and bloodshed, the message this exquisitely stupid movie is trying to send is terribly depicted. (CB: 6.6.13)

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)

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.

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (NR) The next misadventures of three wild guys, this time in England. Hindi

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.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling (NR) The sole Buffy episode filmed as a musical. Screening includes live shadowcast from Science Fiction Double Feature. Saturday, 8p, 10p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5

The Met: Live in HD: Carmen (NR, 180 mins) Georges Bizet’s rom-com opera about a soldier seduced by a gypsy is given the live big-screen treatment. Wednesday, 7p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $10.50-$12.50

Nerdlesque: A Night at the Movies 2 (NR) Burlesque dancers dress up as movie characters and perform. Friday, 9p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, www.nerdlesquemovienight.brownpapertickets.com, $10-$12

Night of the Living Dead (NR) Screening of the 1968 George Romero zombie classic, with shadowcast frrom Live Cast 2.0. Warning: Event will include messy, interactive elements. Tuesday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $10

Possessed (NR, 108 mins) A disturbed nurse (Joan Crawford) goes gaga — and then cuckoo — over an engineer (Van Heflin). Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.