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CineList, 7.4.13


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

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

Stuck in Love (R, 95 mins) A father (Greg Kinnear) and his older children suffer disconnect in the wake of their separate romantic issues.

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).


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)

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)

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)

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) See review, this issue.

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 - 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) has his sights set on destroying Starfleet from within. A fun ride, certainly, but 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)

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. 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)


Dracula Double Feature (NR) Includes “Dracula” (1958) and “Dracula:Prince of Darkness” (1966). Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12, 792-4335, $5.

In a Lonely Place (NR, 94 minutes) Humphrey Bogart plays a screenwriter suspected of murder, and despite the efforts of his new girlfriend (Gloria Grahame), his temper isn’t helping matters. By Nicholas Ray. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

The Met: Live in HD: Armida (NR, 185 mins) Met star Renee Fleming takes on the titular, sorceress role of Rossini’s three-act mythological play, driven and torn by love and revenge. Wednesday, 7p. See for ticket and location info. $10.50-$12.50

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 98 min) Campy cult musical is accompanied by film, live cast performance group Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. Regency Tropicana Cinemas. 3330 E. Tropicana Ave., 450-3737; 810-5956, Saturday, 10p. Audience participation prop kits $1, no outside props. $9.

Scarface (R, 170 mins) Wannabe gangster Tony Montana (Al Pacino) storms Miami, leaving a trail of coke wherever he goes. Monday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 600 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 12.