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Cinelist, Sept. 13


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. Opens wide

For a Good Time, Call… (R, 85 mins) See review, this week. Village Square, Rave Town Square

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

Samsara (NR, 99 mins) Meaning “the ever turning wheel of life” in Sanskrit, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson (“Baraka,” “Chronos”) string together five years of film shot internationally in an attempt to find what links all life together. Village Square


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.

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)

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

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. Rave Town Square

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)

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. Village, Colonnade

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.

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

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).

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. Colonnade

uFFFC The Imposter (R, 99 mins) The Imposter unravels what happened in the wake of the disappearance of Texas teen Nicholas Barclay, when a 23-year-old French-Algerian man managed to pass himself off as the missing boy and fool his family. It’s the questions that come up that push the film forward. What did actually happen to Nicholas? What would happen if he showed up? How could the family not suspect? (MK: 9.6.12) Village Square

The Intouchables (R, 112 mins) During an impromptu job interview, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) asks Driss (Omar Sy) if he knows Vivaldi. That the younger man is not familiar with the composer is no surprise, but Vivaldi is a just comparison for “Intouchables,” an exuberant, life-affirming French film that shies away from a complex structure in favor of a lyrical, unforgettable melody. (CB: 6.7.12) Village, Colonnade

uFFFC Killer Joe (NC-17, 102 mins) Set in Dallas, “Killer Joe” centers on a motley crew of cornpone crazies who consipire to off one of their own for the insurance money. Director William Friedkin and his screenwriter Tracy Letts set fire to all that is good and holy here, including a fried chicken drumstick, which is blasphemed in a way you’ll never forget. Good lawd, it’s a good movie. (KC: 8.23.2012) Village Square

Last Ounce of Courage (PG, 101 mins) Fourteen years after the son of a war hero is tragically killed in the field, his only child grows up to be at odds with his family, all struggling with a battle of their own: the loss of a loved one.

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.

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) Tropicana

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

uFFFC 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) Suncoast

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.”

The Possession (PG-13, 92 mins) Why you shouldn’t buy antique boxes at garage sales: They actually host ancient evil spirits and they will mess your daughter up.

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.

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. Suncoast

uFFFC Robot and Frank (PG-13, 90 mins) When Hunter (James Marsden) brings his retired cat-burglar father Frank (Frank Langella) a computerized servant (voiced by Peter Saarsgard), Frank comes up with a reason to resume his criminal career. It’s a buddy movie with a fresh twist, set in the near future when videophones are common and libraries are nearly obsolete. (MK: 9.6.12) Suncoast, Village Square

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.

THE WORDS (PG-13, 96 mins) Bradley Cooper is a writer who isn’t getting any better, who steals a dead man’s writing after discovering it in mysterious briefcase. Before long he discovers the consequences of plagiarizing work. But we could’ve told you that on our second day of J-school.


1984 - BBC Edition (NR) The British adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel of the same name. Saturday, 6p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5.

The Birds (NR, 119 mins) Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror surrounding a little Californian town and the sudden attack of murderous birds. Includes an interview with star Tippi Hedren. Wednesday, 7p. Check for locations and ticket prices.

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

Father of the Bride (PG, 105 mins) Steve Martin’s about to become a step father, and it’s all crazy hijinks as he nervously prepares for his daughter’s big day. Monday, 8p. The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan. 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 698-7000, free.

French Horror Double Feature (NR) “The Rape of the Vampire” (NR, 100 mins), “The Living Dead Girl” (NR, 86 mins). Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5.

German Expression Double Feature (NR) “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (NR, 78 mins) and “The Hands of Orlac” (NR, 92 mins). Saturday, 1p. 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.

Requiem for a Heavyweight (NR, 95 mins) Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is a boxer past his prime, trapped in a situation that could leave a backstabbing friend in the ground if he doesn’t abandon his pride. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.