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New releases, now playing and special screenings (Aug.2-8)


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. Opens wide.

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!” 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) Colonnade, Fiesta

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

bernie (PG-13, 104 mins) When it’s reported Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine) is dead, the people of Carthage, Texas, try to solve who did it — and why sweet former mortician Bernie (Jack Black) is being charged with murder. Black, MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey may be the stars, but Carthage and its people steal the show. Village Square

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) Colonnade

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. Village Square

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.

Dark Shadows (PG-13, 113 mins) Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is a vampire unearthed in a Maine fishing town, where the town boss Angelique Bouchard (Eve Green) actually is the witch who condemned him to eternal damnation and would like to see him suffer more. Unfortunately, all the best jokes are previewed in the film’s trailer. (MK: 5.10.12) Tropicana

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.

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. Colonnade

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? 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) Colonnade

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

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. Colonnade,

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) Colonnade, Village Square

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

uFFFC Your Sister’s Sister (R, 90 mins) At his brother’s girlfriend’s suggestion to get out of his head for a while, Jack (Mark Duplass), one year removed from the untimely death of his brother, heads to a family cottage in the San Juan islands. One slight complication: When he arrives he meets Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). Writer-director Lynn Shelton has staged a handful of scenes that last an incredibly long time by contemporary standards, but there is never a dull moment. (CB: 7.12.12). Village Square


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

DROP DEAD FRED (PG-13, 103 mins) Elizabeth’s childhood friend was an imaginary sociopath. And now he’s back. Saturday, Sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free

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

LIVE AND LET DIE (PG, 131 mins) Roger Moore debuted as 007 in 1973 with this yarn that pits the super-spy against a drug-pushing, black magic-practising madman and a sexy psychic. Tuesday, 1p. Clark County Library. 1301 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.

MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (R, 105 mins) Julia Roberts plays a total dick who tries to get back her former lover after finding out he’s getting married to an heiress (Cameron Diaz). Monday, 8p. The Boulevard Pool, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, free

RITES OF SPRING (NR, 80 mins) Kidnappers bite off more than they can chew when they discover a terrible toll that must be paid every spring. Saturday, 8p. The Sci-Fi Center, 900 E. Karen Ave., Suite D-202, 792-4335, $7

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

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (R, 137 mins) Ten years after The Terminator’s first attack on mother-of-messiah Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), she and her son battle a far stronger, shape-shifting T-1000 cyborg — with help from a reprogrammed version of the original metal machine murder monster (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Friday, Sundown. Renaissance Hotel, 3400 Paradise Road, 784-5700, free