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Jan 29, 2014 3:41pm

You have probably seen the billboards, the blogger posts, the banner ads, the news spots, and maybe even the TV commercials (apparently people still watch TV?). Even a faux demonstration of grammarians protesting the gross...

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2016: Obama’s America (PG, 89 mins) With a synopsis that reads like, “But where’s the REAL birth certificate?” directors Gerald R. Molen and Dinesh D’Souza try to uncover something about President Obama, and imagine what America will look like after another four years under his direction. So, there’s that. Opens wide

The Apparition (PG-13, 82 mins) A college experiment creates a figure that haunts the bejeezus out of pretty college types. Opens wide

Hermano (NR, 97 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square, Rave Town Square

Hit & Run (R, 95 mins) Lots of sex, lots of pretty people, lots of direction from the folks who did “Wedding Crashers.” Opens wide

Killer Joe (NC-17, 102 mins) See review, this issue. Village Square

Premium Rush (PG-13, 91 mins) A bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is given a package to deliver that will totally fuck with his whole day. Opens wide

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PICK- Ai Weiwei (R, 91 mins) Ai Weiwei came to international attention as one of the artistic geniuses behind the Bird’s Nest, the unmistakable stadium unveiled for the Beijing Olympics. But he had spent much of his career before Beijing and almost all of it since openly criticizing the Communist rule of China. Spoiler alert: That stuff can get you imprisoned or killed. Like many documentaries, the story far outstrips the filmmaking. (CB: 8.16.12) Suncoast

The Amazing Spider-man 3D (PG-13, 136 mins) Still just a guy swinging on webs between buildings. It’s a lot like the others and never really its own film in any way. It was probably smart to reboot the series so safely, because they’re not going to stop with one, and there’s room for improvement. (CB: 7.5.12)

PICK- Beasts Of The Southern Wild (PG-13, 91 mins) A man wears a helmet light, holds a bottle of liquor and blasts impotently at a raging storm with a shotgun. The man is named Wink, and he is watching his home disappear due to an unholy combination of climate change, industrial rot and the tug of officialdom. Wink and daughter Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) refuse to play by civilization’s rules. You could write a term paper exploring the nuances of Wallis’ performance. (KC: 7.26.12) Village Square, Colonnade

Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 135 mins) The story’s pretty convoluted at first, involving the security agencies shutting down all their pre-programmed spy operations at once. The mission of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), who, like Jason Bourne, must live long enough to expose the dirty dealings of the intelligence community, and is on the run. The results are uneven, but it’s a good enough starting point for (perhaps) another Bourne trilogy. (CB: 8.9.12)

Brave (PG, 100 mins) In the Scottish Highlands, Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) defies the wishes of her mother (Emma Thompson) to marry one of three ill-matched suitors. Always her own person, Merida flees the family castle and cuts a deal with a witch in the woods. Outside of merely establishing a positive role model for girls and some nice but not exceptional visual touches, “Brave” doesn’t have much to offer. (CB: 6.21.12)

The Campaign (R, 85 mins) Will Ferrell’s incumbent congressman Cam Brady is a fairly clueless lout barely kept in line by his campaign manager (Jason Sudeikis). His platform of “America, Jesus, Freedom … support our troops!” resonates with his constituents, but his misconduct opens the door for swishy candidate Marty Huggins (Zach Galafianakis). The problem with situation comedies and Will Farrell vehicles is they usually fizzle out after the first 30 minutes. And Ferrell and Galafiankis’ relationship isn’t adequately explored here. (MK: 8.9.12)

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13, 164 mins) Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse in the eight years since the tragic ending of “The Dark Knight,” and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) is there to steal, but she warns of a coming storm that will soon pit the haves against the have-nots of Gotham City. That storm comes in the form of Bane. There’s less darkness this time around, but no less trepidation as director Christopher Nolan explores some very real topics rather than psychological themes.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG, 94 mins) Poor Greg (Zachary Gordon) can’t catch a break when his summer plans fall through.

Ek Tha Tiger (NR, 133 mins) Upon investigating allegations of a professor’s wrongdoing, a secret agent falls in love with the scholar’s caretaker — which means trouble for both of them. Hindu. Village Square

The Expendables 2 (R, 103 mins) Old mercenaries get mission. Old mercenaries return, minus one. Old mercenaries seek revenge. Starring every aging action star still alive.

Farewell My Queen (R, 100 mins) Period film alert: Marie Antoinette is about to die and France is about to explode into revolution. Directed by Benoît Jacquot and based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas. Village Square

Hope Springs (PG-13, 100 mins) A couple (Merly Streep, Tommy Lee Jones) undergoes marriage therapy after 30 years together, led by a zealous counselor (Steve Carell).

PICK- the Hunger Games (PG-13, 142 mins) Although there are a couple missteps in this film adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult trilogy, Gary Ross’ film is a very accomplished one, with a terrific despairing quality. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers in place of her younger sister to perform in the yearly games in which 24 teens fight to the death. A strong performance by Lawrence carries the so-so acting of others, helped out by reliable actors like Woody Harrelson. (CB: 3.22.12) Tropicana

Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG, 94 mins) Pirates, continental cataclysm and the constant pursuit of the unattainable acorn — yep, someone is still making these cartoons.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG, 85 mins) The third installation of a bunch of celebrities voicing New York Zoo escapees. No one had the heart to tell Dreamworks where Madagascar is. Tropicana

Magic Mike (R, 110 mins) Channing Tatum’s ass, Channing Tatum stripping, Matthew McConaughey’s ass … a lingering penis-pump shot. As if Steven Soderbergh needed to create a distraction from how uninteresting his examination of the lives of Tampa Bay-area male strippers had become by that point. (MK: 6.28.12) Village Square

Men in Black III (PG-13, 103 mins) Agent J (Will Smith) has to go back in time to prevent Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from getting killed by an alien. What? Tropicana

PICK- Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13, 94 mins) Suzy and Sam are problem children. Suzy has a violent temper and viciously lashes out at her peers. Sam is a flawed little fella with no friends and family besides Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton). It’s when these two would-be lovers light out into the wilds of their New England island that the film lights up. (KC: 6.14.12) Colonnade, South Point

Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D (PG-13, 88 mins) Imagine “Jackass” without the gay or gross-out gags, and you’re close to this stunt crew.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG, 104 mins) Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) suddenly find a child (CJ Adams) on their doorstep, who is not quite the offspring they’d envisioned for themselves.

ParaNorman (PG, 92 mins) Outkast kid Norman can talk to zombies, which is perfect for the zombie invasion — and the invasion of ghosts, witches, and other spooky villains — happening in his town. From the creators of “Coraline.”

Queen of Versailles (PG, 100 mins) Documentary of a timeshare mogul and his wife getting hit by a market crash — in the middle of building a home larger than the White House. Village Square

PICK- Ruby Sparks (R, 104 mins) Novelist Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), suffering from writers’ block, literally writes the title character and his muse (Zoe Kazan, who is also the film’s screenwriter) into life, and a relationship develops. But while she’s his creation, Calvin can’t control Ruby once he’s away from his typewriter. The bittersweet comedic touch that co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris applied to “Little Miss Sunshine” works even better with Kazan’s screenplay, which barely misses a beat in taking on a tremendously tricky premise. One of the cleverest romantic comedies in ages. (MK: 8.6.12) Suncoast

Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13, 127 mins) Instead of honest-wage-earning dwarves, it’s hired hitmen, who betray their hirer and help Snow White seek revenge. Tropicana

Sparkle (PG-13, 116 mins) R&B diva Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) and her sisters try to make it big in Motown-era Detroit. Featuring Whitney Houston’s last acting role, as Sparkle’s single mother.

Step Up: Revolution (PG-13, 99 mins) “Hey, my father’s development company wants to ruin your neighborhood. What should we do?” “Let’s dance about it! Historically speaking, that always works!” Boulder Station, Texas Station

That’s My Boy (R, 116 mins) After years of absence, Donny (Adam Sandler) visits his soon-to-be-married son (Andy Samberg) and makes his life a living hell — kind of like Sandler movies do to anyone over the age of 14. Tropicana

Ted (R, 106 mins) Seth MacFarlane voices Ted, a magical teddy bear brought to life by a little boy’s wish for a best friend. That was 27 years ago and now John (Mark Wahlberg) and the bear are grown up, if not the least bit mature. John’s girl (Mila Kunis) wants him to finally become a man, but can he leave Ted behind for good? It’s hard to believe MacFarlane ran out of insulting things to say about everybody in less than two hours. (CB: 6.28.12)

To Rome with Love (R, 111 mins) Following up on the magical realism of “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen’s latest has Alec Baldwin as John, an architect returning to the place that inspired him at the dawn of his career. Inconsistencies in time and space elements, and a plot that echoes an episode of “The Flinstones,” makes it tantamount to sitting through an undercooked four-course dinner. (MK: 7.5.12) Village Square, South Point

Total Recall (PG-13, 109 mins) The Colin Farrell-starring remake of the ’90s Schwarzenegger flick, a factory worker begins to suspect his memories might not be his.

The Watch (R, 102 mins) The Americanized frat-pack version of Simon Pegg’s “Attack the Block,” a neighborhood watch group stumbles upon an alien invasion. Sams Town, Village

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13, 111 mins) A former CIA assassin who suffers from amnesia and a serious case of the uh-ohs operates in a consistently murky world governed by the same narrative laws. This time around, Bourne is looking for the final answers that will piece together the full story of his life, even as he further sheds his disregard for the lives of others. (KC: 08.02.07) Saturday, sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free

Don’t Go in the House (R, 82 mins) A victim of domestic burning takes out his rage on women … with a flamethrower. Friday, 8p, The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5.

Dr. Who Night (NR) Episodes from the BBC television show, chronicling the adventures of the eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends. Thursday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5.

Iron Man (PG-13, 126 mins) Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark, ex-head of a weapons manufacturing conglomerate who, after a change of heart, becomes just the supercharged hero to destroy all agents of destruction his business has forged. (PB: 5.01.08). Friday, Sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free

Jorge Ameer Double Feature (NR) “D’Agostino” (117 mins) Directed by Jorge Ameer, a newly rich but totally bored Allan Dawson discovers a clone left for dead on the coast, and embarks on a macabre mission to mold a new friend. Wed, 6p, 10:30p. “The Dark Side of Love” (87 mins) Jorge Ameer’s story of two brothers torn apart who reunite to bury their mother — and figure out how to do the same to their own anger and prejudice. Wed, 4p, 8:30p. 953 East Sahara Avenue #16, 732-7225. $10-$12 per movie, or $15-$20 for both.

Monday Movies (NR) Comedy features presented on a big screen. Monday, 9p. Freakin’ Frog, 4700 S. Maryland Parkway. 597-9702.

Moonraker (PG, 126 mins) Roger Moore’s back as 007, this time in space, to fight a maniac tycoon bent on chaos. Also, his archenemy Jaws is back. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

Saturday Morning Cartoons (NR, 120 mins) Rotating childhood favorite cartoons from the ’60s to the ’90s. Saturday, 10a. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. Free

Sixteen Candles (PG, 93 mins) Director John Hughes knows how to direct white-bread suburban comedies with a message. Here’s one of his “classics,” about a lonely teenage girl who just wants to be loved — plus a host of other characters. Monday, 8p. The Boulevard Pool, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, free

Troma Double Feature (NR) Featuring “Chopper Chick of Zombie Town” and “Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator.” Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $7.

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