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Cinelist, Oct. 18


Alex Cross (PG-13, 101 mins) When a detective (Tyler Perry) catches word a member of his family has been killed, he vows to track down the culprit. And no, Perry isn’t wearing an old lady costume. Opens wide.

This Guy’s In Love With U Mare! (NR, 105 mins) When Lester (Vice Ganda) finds out his boyfriend (Luis Manzano) proposed to a woman (Toni Gonzaga), he decides to make her fall in love with him instead. Village Square

Paranormal Activity 4 (R, 88 mins) Five years after Katie (Katie Featherston) killed her boyfriend, sister and husband, weird things start to happen to Alice and her mom when new neighbors Katie and Robbie (Brady Allen) move to the neighborhood. Opens wide.


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. Suncoast

Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (PG-13, 112 mins) When the powers that be at Taggart Transcontinental discover a motor that could prevent global collapse, it’s a race to find the machine’s inventor and stop those who want to destroy it and end life on Earth. Based on Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel.

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) Colonnade

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) Tropicana

PICK- Chicken With Plums (PG-13, 91 mins) Nasser-Ali Khan (Mathieu Amalric) is a renowned musician in 1958 Tehran. But when his favorite instrument is damaged and he can no longer make sweet sounds with it, he decides to lay in bed until death comes to take him. Co-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (“Persepolis”) take the audience on a surrealistic journey in their French-language Iranian tale, flashing back and forward through tangents and detours as Nasser’s true motivations for withdrawing from the world are slowly revealed. (MK: 10.4.12) Village Square

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. Tropicana

Dredd 3D (R, 95 mins) An update of the ’90s flop Judge Dredd, it’s the story of cops working their way up the floors of an inner city flophouse to stop a dangerous “drug cartels.” As the emotionless Dredd, Karl Urban (Star Trek) doesn’t have much opportunity to stand out. Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) is a fairly inspired choice for the drug kingpin, however. All in all, it’s good fun. (CB: 09.20.12) Tropicana

End of Watch (R, 109 mins) Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are cops who snag the wrong cartel’s drug mule, and end up with a price on their piggy heads.

Finding Nemo 3D (G, 100 mins) When the clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (Alexander Gould) get separated, it takes everything both of them have to find each other. And now they have to do it in 3D.

Frankenweenie (PG, 87 mins) Kid scientist Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) loves his dog Sparky more than anything. After the pooch is hit by a car, Victor experiments with electricity to bring Sparky back to life. It’s a fairly familiar story, of course, with even more hat tips to a genre that clearly influenced a young Tim Burton. The story has more heart and imagination than the animation, and it was a great idea to employ Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara to voice multiple characters each, but that’s pretty much where the fun stops. (CB: 10.4.12)

Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 mins) To save his high school’s music program, biology teacher Scott (Kevin James) turns MMA fighter.

House at the End of the Street (PG-13, 101 mins) When Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) befriends quiet recluse Ryan (Max Thieriot) in her new town, it doesn’t take long to discover Ryan’s parents were murdered by his sister. And that Elissa might be in over her head. Colonnade, Sams Town

Lawless (R, 115 mins) Rough-and-tumble depression-era gangster flick with Shia LeBouf as part of a family of bootleggers threatened by the fuzz. Tropicana

PICK- Looper (R, 118 mins) Joe (Joseph Gordon-Leveitt) is a Looper, waiting for his targets (in this case, his future self, played by Bruce Willis) to be sent from 30 years in the future when time travel is possible. When Young Joe fails, he becomes a target since he didn’t “close the loop,” while Older Joe tries to find a younger version of a tyrant committing atrocities in the future. Director Rian Johnson (“Brick”) keeps things fairly simple and noir. Gordon-Levitt takes one more step toward qualifying as one of the greatest actors of his generation. (MK: 9.27.12)

The Master (R, 137 mins) “The Master” fictionalizes Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as the character Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), but director Paul Thomas Anderson’s inspiration may have been divided into two characters: Dodd and Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), whose odyssey leads him to stow away on a boat chartered for the wedding party of Lancaster’s daughter — where Lancaster brings him into the world of The Cause. (MK: 09.20.12) Colonnade, Village Square

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.” Suncoast

PICK- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13, 103 mins) The film adaptation of the 1999 young-adult novel by Stephen Chbosky, “Perks” resonated with a generation of readers not only for its coming-of-age themes, but the authenticity and sincerity of Charlie (Logan Lerman) who narrates the book through a series of unaddressed letters, depicting one unpleasant adolescent episode after another. As such, the fate of the movie version rests less with director/writer Chobsky than with Lerman. And once Lerman finds his footing, he carries the film with just the right amounts of nuance, charm and angst. (MP: 10.4.12)

Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 112 mins) When a college freshman gets talked into joining her school’s all-girls singing group, it’s a “Step It Up”-style battle of the sexes aimed at “Glee” Nation.

Resident Evil: Retribution (R, 95 mins) Alice (Milla Jovovich) is back to fight curiously mobile zombies in yet another installation of the series. Boulder Station, Texas Station

Searching For Sugar man (PG-13, 86 mins) In the ’70s, Detroit folk musician Sixto Rodriguez cut an album that went nowhere in America but later, unbeknownst to almost everyone, became huge in, of all places, South America, where it was embraced by opponents of apartheid. “Searching for Sugarman” succeeds in the end because Rodriguez’s tale is a great comeback story, but too often it feels like a 52-minute television doc papped out for the festival circuit. (MK: 10.11.12). Village Square

PICK- Seven Psychopaths (R, 151 mins) Marty (Colin Farrell) is struggling as his girlfriend, Kaya (Abbie Cornish) loses patience with his position on the ladder of success. Marty comes up with a surefire screenplay title but needs some stories about psychopaths, with his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) eager to assist. Seven Psychopaths is refreshingly unorthodox on the level of The Big Lebowski, mixing clever film-about-film elements with dialogue that McDonagh crafted with care. (MK: 10.11.12)

Sinister (R, 109 mins) When a true-crime author (Ethan Hawke) discovers footage showing how a family was murdered in his house, he unleashes a supernatural host bent on terrorizing his family.

Taken 2 (20th Century Fox/Allied) After CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) rescues his daughter in the first “Taken,” the father of last film’s dead kidnapper snatches Mills and his wife.

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) Tropicana

The Trouble With the Curve (PG-13, 111 mins) Gus’ (Clint Eastwood) eyes are going, his job as a baseball scout is on the line because he’s out of touch and he doesn’t trust computers because he’s a fossil. And in each of those scenarios, as well as the ones that could actually propel a movie that pairs Eastwood and Amy Adams (playing his long-suffering daughter), this movie’s just empty. (CB: 09.20.12)

Unconditional (PG-13, 92 mins) When a woman (Lynn Collins) is faced with single parenthood after her husband is violently killed, she looks to an old friend (Michael Ealy) and God for guidance. Suncoast


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (R, 128 mins) Francis Ford Coppola’s take on Bram Stoker’s novel. Monday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, Free

Cannibal! The Musical (R, 95 mins) Directed and written by Trey Parker (“South Park”), this productions centers around a survivor of a mining accident and his appreciation for the taste of flesh. With live shadow cast. Saturday, 9p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $7

Celebration Day (NR) When Led Zeppelin reformed back in 2007, a hi-def, 16-song film from that famous London concert (dubbed “Celebration Day”) was shot. This is that film, showing nationally. Thursday, 7:30p. Check for locations and prices.

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, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5

Frankenstein Double Feature “Frankenstein” (NR, 70 mins) and “Bride of Frankenstein” (NR, 75 mins). Wednesday, 7p. Check for locations and prices.

The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (G, 90 mins) A meek typesetter from a local newspaper (Don Knotts) agreed to spend a night in a haunted house, hopefully to be his big break doing a front page story and impressing his sweetheart. But, as you might expect, he bit off more than he could chew. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

Infestation Weekend (NR) “Prometheus” (R, 124 mins) Friday, 8p. “Alien” (R, 117 mins), Saturday 6p, “Aliens” (R, 137 mins) Sunday, 6p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $10 for all three titles.

The Levi Effect (NR) Documentary on professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer’s grueling race to the top. Tuesday, 7:30p. Check for locations and prices.

Short Film Showcase (NR) Short films from directors all over the country and Canada. Friday, 1p. theatre7, 1406 S. 3rd St., 568-9663. Check for tickets and times.