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Cinelist, Sept. 27

NEW RELEASE

Hotel Transylvania (PG, 91 mins) When a boy discovers a luxury resort patronized by all the classic horror figures, Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) gets put in charge of damage control in a plot that sounds an awful lot like “Monsters, Inc.” Opens wide

PICK- Looper (R, 118 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide

Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 112 mins) When a college freshman gets talked into joining her school’s all-girls singing group, it’s a battle of the sexes that only “Glee” Nation could find interesting. Opens wide.

Saints & Soldiers: Airborne Creed (PG-13, 94 mins) A year before the end of WWII, the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team landed in France, intending to protect the Allied troops. Three isolated troopers ran into a team of French resistants who asked for their help — and in order to lend it, they risk everything. Sams Town, Suncoast

Won’t Back Down (PG, 121 mins) Two mothers (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis) take on the bureaucratic inner city school system to help save the future of their children. So, no: This is not a “Never Back Down” sequel. Opens wide

NOW PLAYING

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.

PICK- The Avengers (PG-13, 142 mins) All of Marvel Comics’ summer-kickoff maneuvering over the past decade had been leading up to this: “The Avengers” is the first film to combine established superheroes so boldly. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) assemble to do battle with Loki (Tom Hiddleston, giving the film’s best performance), who is set to unleash some sort of interplanetary wave of destruction on New York City. Marvel should have had the formula down pat by now, but co-writer/director Josh Whedon gives it some unexpected life that the studio can hopefully build on next year. And the year after that. (CB: 5.3.12) Tropicana

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 frst 30 minutes. And Ferrell and Galafiankis’ relationship isn’t adequately explored here. (MK: 8.9.12) Green Valley Ranch, Drive In

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. Orleans, Colonnade

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 cartel. 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)

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.

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.

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.

For a Good Time, Call… (R, 85 mins) Lauren (co-writer Lauren Anne Miller) moves in with Katie (writer Ani Graynor). When she finds out Katie runs a sex line, brainy Lauren quickly comes up with a better way to do business. The plot doesn’t really thicken from there. (MK: 09.13.2012) 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).

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.

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

PICK- 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. Colonnade

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

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)

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. Sams Town

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

ROBOT & 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 are common and libraries are nearly obsolete. (MK: 9.6.12) Suncoast

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

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. Texas Station, 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)

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 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)

Wild Horse Wild Ride (PG, 106 mins) Documentary about taming wild horses to use in the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge — a competition that eventually leads the wild horses to be adopted — and how the relationship between the animal and the trainer develops. Village Square

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. Colonnade, Suncoast

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

’70s Sci-Fi Horror Double Feature (NR) “Invasion of the Bee Girls” (R, 85 mins) and “Food of the Gods” (PG, 88 mins). Saturday, 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.

E.T. (PG, 120 mins) When lonely Elliott (Henry Thomas) finds an alien stranded on Earth, he needs to find a way to get it back home, without tipping off his mother. Or the government. Wednesday, 7p. Check www.fathomevents.com for locations and ticket prices.

FemVamp.com Marathon (NR) A soft-core vampire series, screening in episode order. Tuesday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. Free.

The Ghost Breakers (NR, 85 mins) Radio broadcaster and “ghost breaker” Larry Lawrence (Bob Hope) goes to Cuba to investigate reports of a haunted castle inherited by heiress Mary Carter (Paulette Goddard). Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

PollyGrind’s Ghastly Ghost Double Dose (NR) “Johnny Ghost” (NR, 76 mins) and “I Am a Ghost” (NR, 74 mins). Friday, 7p. Theatre7, 1406 S. 3rd St., 568-9663. Free with RSVP at www.pollygrind.com.

THE SANDLOT (PG, mins) Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town. He wants to fit in and make friends with the boys in the neighborhood, but, in order to do that, he must learn to play baseball. What follows is a series of adventures for Scotty and his ball-playing pals. Monday, 8p. The Boulevard Pool @ The Cosmopolitan. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 698-7000. Free.

Willard (PG, 95 mins) When Willard (Bruce Davidson) loses one of his best friends (a rat), he goes on a rampage at his office, assaulting the grown bullies of his deceased father’s company. The 1971 original. Saturday, 6p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $10 (suggested donation).