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Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 135 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide.

The Campaign (R, 85 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide.

The Healing (NR) A faith healer does the opposite and causes suicides and murders. Not exactly the usual Filipino fluff. 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). Opens wide.

Neil Young Journeys (PG, 87 mins) See review, this issue. Suncoast

Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D (PG-13, 88 mins) Imagine “Jackass” without the gay or gross-out gags, and you’re close to this stunt crew. Opens wide.

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. Village Square

Ruby Sparks (R, 104 mins) See review, this issue. Opens wide.


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)

uFFFC 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)

Battleship (PG-13, 131 mins) A film adaptation of the same-named board game, but with hostile aliens and a really expensive cast (Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Liam Neeson). Who paid for this shit? Tropicana

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, Colonnade

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13, 124 mins) Mostly middle-class retirees check into a run-down resort in Jodhpur and experience some sort of self-actualization. None of the subplots feel contrived, and for most of the film it’s entertaining just to watch the cast interrelate. (MK: 5.24.12) Suncoast

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.

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.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG, 94 mins) While a boy goes in search of the one thing that will get the affections of the girl of his dreams, he learns about the Lorax, a grumpy creature trying to save his world. Tropicana

uFFFC the Hunger Games (PG-13, 142 mins) Although there are a couple missteps in this film adaptation of author Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult trilogy, Gary Ross’ film is a very accomplished one, with a terrific despairing quality. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers in place of her younger sister to perform in the yearly games in which 24 teens fight to the death. A strong performance by Lawrence carries the so-so acting of others, helped out by reliable actors like Woody Harrelson. (CB: 3.22.12) Village Square, Tropicana

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.

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) Suncoast

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. Green Valley Ranch

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. Texas Station, Colonnade

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? Boulder Station, 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, Colonnade

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

uFFFC 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) Tropicana

Red Lights (R, 113 mins) Twenty years ago, a supernatural thriller pitting Sigourney Weaver against Robert DeNiro would have sounded awesome. Now, it just sounds like two paychecks. Village Square

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)

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

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!”

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. 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)

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 inspired him at the dawn of his career. 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) Village Square

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.

Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Witness Protection (PG-13, 114 mins) You’re kidding. Which one of you keeps watching these? Sam’s Town

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.


’70s Horror Double Feature “Satanic Rights of Dracula” (R, 87 mins) Count Dracula conceives a plot to release a virus unto the world, and Scotland Yard has to stop him. “The Thing With Two Heads” (PG, 93 mins) A rich bigot gets his head transplanted onto a black guy on death row. Hijinks ensue. Fri, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $5

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.

Classic Campy Double Feature “The Princess Bride” (PG, 98 mins) “As you wish.” Need way say more about this classic (fairy) tale of unrequited love, adventure and giant rats? “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (R, 90 mins) Tim Curry’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter remains forever young and transsexual in this 1975 rock ’n’ roll/horror/musical freakshow. With live cast. Sat, 10p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $10

DCI 2012: Big, Loud & Live 9 (NR) Drum Corp International’s World Championship preliminaries and 40th anniversary performance. Thu, 3:30p. Visit for locations and tickets.

Dr. Who Night (NR) Episodes from the BBC television show, chronicling the adventures of the eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends. Thu, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335,, $5

The Lion King (G, 89 mins) After being tricked into thinking he’s killed his own father, Simba the lion cub and future king gets the hell outta Dodge … until payback time. It’s G-rated, but edginess abounds in one of Disney’s most solid animated features of the modern era. Fri, Sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free

The Man with the Golden Gun (PG, 125 mins) Roger Moore is back as James Bond opposite Christopher Lee as the immaculate assassin Scaramanga, who stands between him and a high-tech solar energy gadget. Tue, 1p. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400, free

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

Rifftrax Live: Manos, the Hands of Fate (NR) The Mystery Science Theater 3000 team gets its hands on one of the worst movies ever. Thu, 6p. Visit for locations and tickets.

Rudy (PG, 113 mins) The tear-jerking story of Rudy (Sean Astin) doing everything he can to leave his life working in a steel mill to play football for Notre Dame. Mon, 8p. The Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, free.

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

Toy Story (G, 81 mins) Pixar’s 1995 CGI masterpiece blew minds with the story of lost animated toy Woody the Cowboy (voiced by Tom Hanks) and his lanky, long-legged quest to find his little boy owner. Sat, Sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free.