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Cinelist, July 25-Aug. 1


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. Opens wide.

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!” Opens wide.


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer (R, 105 mins) Relative unknown Benjamin Walker eventually grows the beard and stands beneath the stovepipe hat, but first he must be trained in the fine art of vampire slaying. It’s doubtful we’re see “Calvin Coolidge: Crimefighter” or “Alien vs. Predator vs. George W. Bush” after this misfire. (MK: 6.21.12) Suncoast, Boulder Station

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. Village Square

bernie (PG-13, 104 mins) When it’s reported Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) is dead, the people of Carthage, Texas, try to solve who did it — and why sweet former mortician Bernie (Jack Black) is being charged with murder. Black, MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey may be the stars, but Carthage and its people steal the show. Village Square

Bill W. (NR, 103 mins) Documentary about one of Time magazine’s “100 Persons of the 20th Century,” Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William G. Wilson, creating a chronicle of his near-fatal alcoholism. Village Square

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 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.

Katy Perry: Part of Me (PG, 97 mins) Documentary of singer Katy Perry on tour. Warning: Not at all the Katy Perry film you expected/hoped would come out.

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)

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?

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, Suncoast

People Like Us (PG-13, 115 mins) After his father dies, Sam (Chris Pine) finds out he has a sister (Elizabeth Banks). The PG-13 rating is for brief sexuality, and we hope it has nothing to do with what we just wrote. Suncoast

PICK- Prometheus (R, 124 mins) In Ridley Scott’s prequel to the “Alien” movies, the spaceship Prometheus is heading toward a planet determined as the origin of ancient astronauts that once visited Earth and created humankind. Cocky Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) insists on entering a monolithic structure immediately with a landing party. That’s when the connection to “Alien” manifests. Like it’s ancestor, this is very much a horror film. (MK: 6.7.12)

Rock of Ages (PG-13, 123 mins) A small-town girl hits the Sunset Strip, falls in love with a city dude — and somehow, a cock-rocker Tom Cruise figures in. Pass the cocaine, please.

Savages (R, 130 mins) Friends since high school, Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) turned seeds from Afghanistan into a strain of pot many times more powerful than the vicious Mexican drug gangs can provide. A hostile takeover begins with a proposition that can’t be easily refused or accepted. Gruesome violence is unavoidable. (MK: 7.5.12)

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)

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. Sam’s Town

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 once inspired him. 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) Colonnade, Village Square

PICK- Your Sister’s Sister (R, 90 mins) At his brother’s girlfriend’s suggestion to get out of his head for a while, Jack (Mark Duplass), one year removed from the untimely death of his brother, heads to a family cottage in the San Juan islands. One slight complication: When he arrives he meets Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). Writer-director Lynn Shelton has staged a handful of scenes that last an incredibly long time by contemporary standards, but there is never a dull moment. (CB: 7.12.12). Village Square


Blanding Builds His Dream House (NR, 83 mins) Cary Grant and Myrna Loy get caught in domestic hell when they undertake fixing up a house in the burbs, a far cry from their New York state of mind. Tuesday, 1 p. Clark County Library. 1301 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400, free

Cinemondays (NR) A rotating and seldom-repeating score of classic films from the greats. Mondays, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335,, free

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,, $5

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (PG, 102 mins) The coolest kid in school plays hookey like nobody’s business. His name? Dude, if you don’t know, don’t show. Starring Matthew Broderick. Friday, Sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free

Humans VS. Zombies (NR) “Documentary” about the college-campus game of the same name that goes horribly wrong. Sorta. Friday, 10p, The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5

Messiah of Evil (R, 90 mins) After reading her father’s journal, a young woman discovers the people walking around in the tiny town of Point Dune are a little cold blooded. Literally. Saturday, 10p, The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5

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

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,, free

Spider Baby (NR, 81 mins) When relatives come to take the Merryne family estate, they’re greeted by the family chauffeur — and the inbred family still living there. Saturday, 5p, The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5

Zombie Dawn (R, 83 mins) When scientists and their hired muscle visit a mining facility quarantined 15 years previous, they’re greeted by the zombie’d hordes of the former residents. But that’s just the beginning. Tuesday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $7