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Jan 29, 2014 3:41pm

You have probably seen the billboards, the blogger posts, the banner ads, the news spots, and maybe even the TV commercials (apparently people still watch TV?). Even a faux demonstration of grammarians protesting the gross...

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Branded (R, 106 mins) A bizarre “corporations are monsters” action/mystery flick in which a man tries to expose the truth and ends up in the warpath of some bizarrely manifested bastions of evil. Opens wide

The Cold Light of Day (PG-13, 93 mins) Boy (Henry Cavill) goes for a swim. Family gets kidnapped. Father (Bruce Willis) is intelligence agent. Betrayals occur. Boy jumps off a roof at least once. Moral: Don’t go swimming. Opens wide

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. Opens wide.

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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.

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) Tropicana

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.

uFFFC 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. (KC: 7.26.12) Village Square, Santa Fe

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)

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) Village Square, Sam’s Town

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)

Celeste and Jesse Forever (R, 92 mins) Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play divorcees. While they’re usually really funny, we’re terrified they will be the new Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn and this will be as sad as “The Break-Up.”

Cosmopolis (R, 108 mins) Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) is a tech-era Manhattan billionaire. There have been threats on his life, but he is more fascinated than fearful in this adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name. The problem is: DeLillo takes great pains to impress the literary fiction cognoscenti, resulting in writing that may not lend well to screen adaptation, as this film proves. (MK: 9.6.12) Village Square, Rave Town 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.

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.

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.

Farewell My Queen (R, 100 mins) Period film alert: Marie Antoinette is about to die and France is about to explode into revolution. Directed by Benoît Jacquot and based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas. Village Square

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. Texas Station, 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

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) Village Square

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

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) Tropicana

Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13, 127 mins) Instead of honest-wage-earning dwarves, it’s hired hitmen, who betray their hirer and help Snow White seek revenge. Tropicana

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.

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) Sams Town, Texas Station

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 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. Sams Town

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

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.

The Guns of Navarone (NR, 155 mins) Based on the Alistair MacLean novel of the same name, Gregory Peck plays a member of Allied soldiers tasked with destroying a Nazi cannon squad. But before long, their troop isn’t as loyal as originally thought. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400.

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

Not-for-Kids Musical Double Feature “Reefer Madness” (R, 109 mins) and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (R, 100 mins), with live cast of Science Fiction Double Feature. Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $10

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R, 98 min) Campy cult musical is accompanied by film, live cast performance group Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. Regency Tropicana Cinemas. 3330 E. Tropicana Ave., 450-3737; 810-5956, www.rhpsvehas.com. First Saturday of every month, 10p. Audience participation prop kits $1, no outside props. $9

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, www.thescificenter.com, free

Silent Horror Double Feature “Faust” (NR, 85 mins) and “Golem” (NR, 85 mins). Saturday, 3p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, www.thescificenter.com. $5

Sleepless in Seattle (PG, 105 mins) What happens when your son calls a talk show to find you a date after your wife passes away: You start dating Meg Ryan. Monday, 8p. The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan. 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 698-7000, free.

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