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CineList, July 18

New Releases

The Conjuring (R, 112 mins) Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) are forced to face a terrifying demonic entity in order to save a family in a farmhouse.

Girl Most Likely (PG-13, 103 mins) Feeling like an outcast in New York, Imogene (Kristen Wiig) finds herself back home in Jersey Shores surrounded by people looking to help her find her place in the world.

Red 2 (PG-13, 116 mins) Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reunites with his elite team to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

R.I.P.D. (PG-13, 96 mins) Two dead and barely cooperative badges return to Earth to save both the living and the afterlife from criminal spirits.

Secretly, Greatly (NR, 123 mins) International blockbuster about three northerners on a secret mission in a southern small town to unify Korea, only to have their lives threatened by both sides. Korean.

Turbo (PG-13, 96 mins) An unfortunate accident allows Turbo, a snail, to achieve his dream of living the fast life and race in the Indianapolis 500. Animated.

PICK - The Way, Way Back (PG-13, 103 mins) See review, this issue.

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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.

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)

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.

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.

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?

PICK - Fill the Void (PG, 90 mins) Shira, played by the remarkable Hadas Yaron, is troubled by negotiated marriage and a quest to keep her family together. The quirky movie is accessible and profound because of the economy of the dialogue, the beauty of the cinematography and the acting of a skilled ensemble. (TR: 7.11.13)

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

Pacific Rim (PG-13, 131 mins) Massive robots operated by pilots are created to save dry land from the war with sea monsters. The story is basic — that’s all robots can seemingly handle — and the dialogue is monosyllabic. (CB: 7.11.13)

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)

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

Change: The Life Particle Effect (NR). A fresh perspective on humanity and its positive potential. Tuesday, 6:30p. UNLV: Judy Bayley Theatre. $30-$50.

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 East Sahara Avenue ste 12, 792-4335, $5.

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. free.

Springsteen & I (PG-13, 125 mins). A documentary depicting the impact that the iconic singer’s music has had on fans, some 2,000 of them contributing video love letters they produced themselves. Also contains exclusive archival concert footage and backstage footage with Springsteen himself. Monday, 7:30p. See for ticket and location info. $13-$15.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) (NR, 111 min) Troubled teens — including James Dean, in his signature role — seek out real friendship. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

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, $3.