Opening Friday 4/12
100 Degrees Below Zero - After freak climate and weather events destroy the world around them, a group of rogue scientists attempt to reverse the deadly new ice age. Not rated. 90 minutes. Crossroads.
42 *** - Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball. Harrison Ford co-stars as the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who takes the heat for the controversial and historical hiring. Rated PG-13.128 minutes. Review on Page 30. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.
From Up on Poppy Hill - This anime charmer that tells the story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Hayao Miyazaki classic. Rated PG. 91minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.
No *** 1/2 - Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a hot young ad exec in 1988 Chile who joins the media campaign to oust military dictator Augusto Pinochet in this fictionalized piece of history. Rated R. 110 minutes. Review on Page 26. Loft.
Like Someone in Love -An intimate drama of thwarted expectations and mistaken identities from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami working in Tokyo with an all-Japanese cast. Not rated. 109 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.
The Place Beyond the Pines ** - When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he's thrust into a conflict with a police officer that has far-reaching consequences. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Rated R. 140 minutes. Review on Page 27. El Con, Foothills.
Scary Movie 5 - A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. Rated PG-13. 85 minutes. Not reviewed. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Oasis, Place, Spectrum, Uptown.
Tattoo Nation - A documentary that follows three pioneers - Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete - who revolutionized the world of tattooing. Not rated. 86 minutes. Oasis.
Trance ** - Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") directs this mind-bending thriller about an art heist that devolves into a series of hallucinatory head games. James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel star. Rated R. 101 minutes. Review on Page 32. El Con, Foothills.
Admission ** 1/2 - Tina Fey is a Princeton University admissions officer who runs into an old classmate (Paul Rudd) with a gifted kid - the same boy she put up for adoption years earlier. Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. El Con, Marketplace, Park Place, Spectrum.
Amour ** 1/2 - Michael Haneke's heart-breaking portrait of an elderly Parisian couple stars French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva. PG-13. 125 minutes. Crossroads.
Argo **** - Director Ben Affleck continues to stretch as a filmmaker with this riveting, fact-based story about an attempt to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. It won the Oscar for best picture. Rated R. 120 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.
The Call ** - Halle Berry is a 911 operator drawn into a dangerous situation when she receives a distress call about a missing girl. Rated R. 95 minutes. Not reviewed. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.
The Croods *** - A gorgeous kids' cartoon with heart and wit, if not exactly a firm grasp of paleontology. Rated PG. 93 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.
Dead Man Down * - Noomi Rapace reunites with her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev playing a woman who plots revenge by seducing the partner (Colin Farrell) of a mob boss who did her wrong. Rated R. 110 minutes. Gateway.
Django Unchained ** - With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Rated R. 165 minutes. Crossroads, Oracle View.
Emperor ** 1/2 - Tommy Lee Jones is Gen. Douglas MacArthur in this World War II drama about Japan's surrender and Emperor Hirohito's fate. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.
Evil Dead *** - This remake of the 1981 horror classic about five teens besieged by evil forces in the woods is not your typical do-over cash-in. The creators of the original film - Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob G. Tapert - served as producers. Rated R. 91 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.
The Gatekeepers *** 1/2 - Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary finds six former heads of Israel's counterterrorism agency speaking with striking cando. If there's a way out of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, these men may have the answer. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Loft, Marketplace.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation ** - This sequel to 2009's execrable "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" sends the super-agents (including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis) on a hunt to uncover the traitor in their ranks. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.
Ginger and Rosa *** 1/2- It's 1962 in London and two longtime friends grow apart as they grow up under the shadow of a possible nuclear war. Rated PG-13. 89 minutes. Loft.
A Good Day to Die Hard * 1/2 - Bruce Willis is the last hope of the 1980s action-movie stars with this fifth installment of the smash franchise. Rated R. 97 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters * 1/2 - This version of the fairy tale recasts brother and sister (Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton) as bounty hunters. PG-13. 86 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.
The Hobbit ** 1/2 - Director Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings") returns to Middle Earth with this first installment in a trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. Rated PG-13. 169 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.
The Host ** 1/2 - Now that the "Twilight" saga is completed, another Stephenie Meyer novel gets a big-screen adaptation. Andrew Niccol directs Saoirse Ronan as a woman who discovers aliens are taking over the bodies of people and erasing all their memories. Rated PG-13. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.
Identity Thief ** - Jason Bateman goes on a road trip to find the woman (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity and wrecked his life in the process. Directed by Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses"). Rated R. 110 minutes. Spectrum.
The Impossible **** - Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as a couple vacationing with their three sons in Thailand when the 2004 tsunami hit. Based on a true story. Rated PG-13. 122 minutes. Crossroads.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ** 1/2 - Two famous Vegas magicians (Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi) are forced to up their act after a street performer (Jim Carrey) makes them look like amateurs. Rated PG-13. Spectrum.
Jack the Giant Slayer ** 1/2 - This riff on the old Jack and the Beanstalk fable stars Nicholas Hoult ("Warm Bodies") as a young man battling hordes of CGI giants. Directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects" "X-Men"). Rated PG-13. 114 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.
Jurassic Park 3D - "See it the way it was meant to be seen!" blare the TV ads for this 3-D upgrade of Steven Spielberg's dinosaur classic. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.
The Last Exorcism Part II - Ashley Bell returns as a young woman who has a knack for attracting demons. Rated R. 88 minutes. Not reviewed. Oracle View.
Les Miserables ** 1/2 - In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted after he breaks parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. Rated PG-13. 158 minutes. Crossroads.
Life of Pi *** 1/2 - Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director for this adaptation of Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel about an Indian boy who finds himself adrift on an ocean alongside a Bengal tiger. Rated PG. 127 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.
Lincoln *** - Steven Spielberg's big-screen portrayal of the 16th president earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including best picture. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Rated PG-13. 150 minutes. Gateway.
Lore *** - A German girl and her four younger siblings are left to face the consequences of their parents' actions after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the Allies at the end of World War II. Not rated. 109 minutes. Loft,
Mama *** - A couple (Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) set out to raise his nieces, who were left alone in the forest for five years. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Oracle View.
Olympus has Fallen **- In the midst of a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., a security agent (Gerard Butler) is the only person capable of saving the life of the president (Aaron Eckhart). Rated R. 113 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.
Oz The Great and Powerful *** - Sam Raimi directs this special effects-intensive fantasy, based on L. Frank Baum's novel, about a magician (James Franco) who becomes a great wizard. Rated PG. 130 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Spectrum.
Parental Guidance ** - Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play grandparents who agree to babysit their grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) leave town. Rated PG. 100 minutes. Oracle View.
Quartet *** - At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Desert Sky, Loft.
Rise of the Guardians * 1/2 - This CG-animated feature sounds like "The Avengers" for the little guys, as Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny and Santa team up. Rated PG. 97 minutes. Oracle View.
Safe Haven *** - Another Valentine's Day, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Julianne Hough stars as a woman who shares a dark secret with a widower (Josh Duhamel). Directed by Lasse Hallstrom ("The Hoax"). Rated PG-13. 115 minutes. Gateway.
Searching for Sugar Man **** - The Oscar for Documentary feature went to this inspiring documentary about Rodriguez, a forgotten singer/songwriter who recorded a pair of great albums in the 1970s. Rated PG-13. 86 minutes. Crossroads.
Silver Linings Playbook *** 1/2 - After losing his wife, house and job and spending time in a mental institution, a former teacher tries to rebuild his life. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star. This film earned eight Oscar nominations, including for best actress, which went to Lawrence. Rated R. 122 minutes. El Con.
Snitch ** 1/2 - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as a father who goes undercover for the DEA to clear the name of his wrongfully accused teenage son. Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt also star. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes. Gateway.
Spring Breakers ** 1/2 - Director Harmony Korine ("Gummo") returns with this raunchy comedy about a sleazebag (James Franco) who bails four wild-and-crazy gals out of prison and leads them on a series of adventures. Rated R. 92 minutes. Loft, Spectrum.
Stand Up Guys ** 1/2 - Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin play aging mobsters planning to pull off one last big heist. Rated R. 95 minutes. Crossroads.
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor - Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams star in the prolific filmmaker's latest comedy-drama, about a married woman who gives in to temptation. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. Not reviewed. El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.
Warm Bodies ** 1/2 - Zombies are played for laughs in this comedy about a flesh-eating teen (Nicholas Hoult) who starts to develop feelings for a girl (Teresa Palmer). Rated PG-13. 92 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.
Wreck-It Ralph *** 1/2 - A villain of a video game sets out to fulfill his dream to be a hero. Rated PG. 108 minutes. Oracle View.
Zero Dark Thirty *** 1/2- An elite team of intelligence and military operatives working in secret across the globe engage in a tireless manhunt to eliminate the terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. With Jessica Chastain. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Rated R. 157 minutes. Crossroads, Oracle View
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