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CineList, 7.11.13

NEW RELEASES

20 Feet From Stardom (NR, 90 mins) Respected but largely unrenowned backup singers strive to get their moment in the spotlight. Documentary.

The Attack (R, 108) An Israeli-Palestinian surgeon (Ali Suliman) discovers his wife is behind the suicide bombing of a Tel Aviv hospital and, his life forever changed, decides to investigate.

Bhaag Milkha Baang (NR, 188 mins) Documentary about track and field runner Milkha Singh, who faced extreme adversity on his way to the 1960 Olympics. Hindi.

PICK - Fill the Void (PG, 90 mins) See review, this issue.

Grown Ups 2 (PG-13, 102 mins) Thirty years after graduating high school, a passing of their old basketball coach reunites five teammates, including Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler), for a fun July 4th weekend.

Pacific Rim (PG-13, 131 mins) See review, this issue.

NOW PLAYING

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)

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.

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.”

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?

Four Sisters and a Wedding (NR, 120 mins) Old family issues rise to the surface as four sisters try and convince their brother to get out of his engagement. Tagalog

PICK - THE HEAT (R, 117 mins) Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy play a by-the-book FBI agent and a ferocious street cop (guess which one is which) in pursuit of a drug lord. Or, “Miss Congeniality” meets “Bridesmaids” meets “Lethal Weapon.” And it works, hilariously, with David Mamet-level profanity and McCarthy going for broke. (TR: 6.27.13)

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)

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.

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. This dud is excessive, pointless, unfocused, fleetingly fun and depressingly empty. (CB: 7.4.13)

Lootera (NR) Bollywood period flick depicting the romance between a rogue archeologist and a rich girl. Hindi.

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 - 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.

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)

Unfinished Song (PG-13, 93 mins) A grumpy old man (Terence Stamp) finds his daily routines are worth breaking once he meets the leader of a choral group (Gemma Arterton).

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.

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)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

All That Echoes (PG, 100 mins) Josh Groban’s intimate Feb. 4 performance at NYC’s Lincoln Center, in addition to a taped fan Q & A. Tuesday, 7:30p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $13-$15.

Day of the Triffids and Rocky Horror Picture Show (NR, 93 mins) Adapted from the novel by John Wyndham, this film centers on a meteor shower that blinds most of the world’s population. who now must contend with carnivorous plant-monsters. With “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and accompanying live cast performance by Science Fiction Double Feature. Saturday, 8p .The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $10.

Dr. Who Night (NR) Episodes from the BBC television show, chronicling the adventures of the eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends. Friday, call for start time. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 East Sahara Avenue ste 12, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5.

The Godfather (R, 175 mins) One of the greatest films ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s pioneering 1972 gangster masterpiece traces the rise and fall of the Corleone family. Monday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com.

Johnny Guitar (1954) (NR, 110 min) A self-made woman (Joan Crawford) attempts to reconcile with Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden) but is threatened by a dangerous love triangle and her violent rival. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

The Met: Live in HD Summer Encore: La Traviata (NR, 150 mins) Natalie Dessay stars as Verdi’s most beloved heroine, Alfred (Matthew Polenzani) as her lover and Germont (Dimitri Hvorostovsky) as his stern father. Wednesday, 7p. See www.fathomevents.com for ticket and location info. $12.50.

The Time Machine (1960) (G, 103 mins) A Victorian Englishman builds a time machine and travels into the future. Sunday, 3p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $3.

Trans (NR, 104 mins) Features transgender Americans born with bodies that do not match their sense of identity. Saturday, 1p. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Parkway, www.thecenterlv.com, 733-9800.