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CineList, 6.27.13

Channing Tatum, left, and Jamie Foxx star in Columbia Pictures' "White House Down."
Channing Tatum, left, and Jamie Foxx star in Columbia Pictures' "White House Down."


Despicable Me 2 (PG, 98 mins) The mysterious criminal mastermind returns, using a three orphan girls as pawns to build a reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived, but their love forces him to consider if his upcoming mission of being a parent is more important. Animated. Opens July 3.

Ghanchakkar (NR, 140 mins) Sanjay, a retiring thief (Emraan Hashmi), commits one last heist with two buddies. But when they come to collect their share, Sanjay can’t find the stash because his memory has been compromised in an accident, leaving him in danger. Hindi.

PICK - The Heat (R, 117 mins) See review, this issue.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R, 75 mins) Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, the comedian delivers material from his 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour. Opens July 3.

Kings of Summer (R, 92) Three teenage friends, free from their parent’s rules, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods, living off the land — and learning the value of family.

The Lone Ranger (PG-13, 149 mins) Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice, while the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together against greed and corruption. Opens July 3.

White House Down (PG-13, 131 mins) A Capitol policeman (Channing Tatum) reacts to save his child and protect the president from an invader assault.


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.

PICK - Before Midnight (R, 108 mins) Celine (Julie Delpy, in the performance of a lifetime) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) continue their improvised conversations in Europe, in the third entry of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy. The movie, like the two before it, achieves greatness, loaded with much staircased wit. (TR: 6.13.13)

The Bling Ring (R, 90 mins) In 2008 and 2009, a group of privileged teenagers broke into the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton, stealing personal valuables without them noticing. Though it has style, Sofia Coppola’s film has more sizzle than it does steak. It walks a very thin line between glamorizing the crimes and making fun of the criminals, and the lack of clear perspective is troubling. (CB: 6.20.13)

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

The East (PG-13, 116 mins) Sarah (Brit Marling), an operative for an elite private espionage firm, is tasked with infiltrating a group of eco-terrorists. Strangely enough, the more double-edged details the filmmakers add, the more unbelievable the movie becomes. (KC: 6.20.13)

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

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. 2013 version. (JE: 4.4.13)

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.

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.

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)

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)

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.

Man of Steel (PG-13, 143 mins) Once exiled to Earth, Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) must come to terms with his Krypton heritage and his superpowers, especially if he’s to save his new home from invaders. The central problem is nobody making the movie really seems to care about Superman, whose humanity is on display for all of 15 minutes. (CB: 6.13.13)

Monsters University (G, 100 mins) Monsters Mike and Sulley meet at school, but they don’t exactly hit it off at first, in this Pixar prequel. Animated.

PICK - Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13, 107 mins) A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, about two pairs of lovers with different views on romance. The uniformly excellent cast performs with re-gendered roles and un-Britished accents in present-day dress, all captured by a handheld camera with black-and-white cinematography, ultimately leaving the viewer with the Bard’s language. (TR: 6.20.13)

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)

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.

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.

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)

Raanijhanaa (NR) Bollywood romance between a maturing young man and a capricious woman. Hindi.

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.

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)

PICK - This is the End (R, 107 mins) Seth Rogen and friends encounter a giant, people-swallowing sinkhole and face the End Times. It’s a giant, raunchy, pretty damn funny comedy wrapped in a simple concept of what these guys would do if they only had days to live. (CB: 6.13.13)

World War Z (PG-13, 116 mins) Retired United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is called back into action to stop a zombie pandemic threatening to destroy humanity. This darkly entertaining and extremely intense film makes our eventual zombie apocalypse look most horrifying and unwinnable. A lot is packed into two hours, which explains the movie’s intensity and momentum — which is great because if you had time to think about it, you’d wonder more about the lack of story. (CB: 6.20.13)


Dark Side of the Rainbow (NR, 101 mins) See “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) as it’s played — and eerily synchronized — with Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon.” Mon, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335,

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.

Munch: Munch 150 (NR) Documentary on the assembly of an ambitious exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of “Scream” painter Edvard Munch’s birth. Thursday, 7:30p. See for ticket and location info. $10.50-12.50

Still Life: A Portrait of Black Transmen (NR) Documentary on the lives of six transmen of color, followed by Q&A with director Kortney Ryan Ziegler. Saturday, 1p. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Parkway,, 733-9800.

They Live By Night (NR, 95 mins) Nicholas Ray’s noirish directorial debut merges” Romeo & Juliet” with “Bonnie and Clyde.” Starring Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.