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Opening Friday

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 and oversaw the making of the film. It marks the feature debut of Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who certainly loves the gory stuff. Barf bags may be required.Rated R. 91 minutes. Review on Page 10. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place.

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. Related story on Page 14. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.

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. Review on Page 13. El Con, Loft, Marketplace.

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. Review on Page 12. Loft.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake - Jet Li stars as the sorcerer in this fantasy film based on a Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Rated PG -13. 99 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

Continuing Friday

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. What are the chances? No, seriously: What are the chances? Rated PG-13. 107 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.

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 and Matthew Fox is Gen. Bonner Fellers in this World War II drama about Japan's surrender and the fate of Emperor Hirohito. Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. Gateway.

The Gatekeepers *** 1/2 - Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary finds six former heads of Israel's counterterrorism agency speaking with striking candor, and with no little regret, about the decisions that backfired, the iron-fisted policies that brought about more violence, more bloodshed, not less. If there's a way out of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict, these men may have the answer. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Loft.

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.

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.

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 $500 million 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 ("Gattaca") directs Saoirse Ronan as a young woman who discovers aliens are taking over the bodies of people and erasing all their memories. Rated PG-13. Cinemark, Desert Sky, 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. Park Place, Spectrum.

Jack Reacher *** - Christopher McQuarrie directs Tom Cruise as a homicide investigator involving a military-trained sniper. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. 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, Oracle View.

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.

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. Crossroads, Gateway, 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). Then Katherine Heigl shows up and romance blooms, complicating everything. Rated R. 113 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum.

On the Road *** - Walter Salles' warm but strangely staid adaptation of a piece of literature reduces Jack Kerouac's breathless Beat Generation prose-poetry and reduces it to the conventional elements of plot, character and setting. Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart star. Rated R. 124 minutes. Loft.

Oz The Great and Powerful *** - Sam Raimi directs this special effects-intensive fantasy, based on L. Frank Baum's novel, about a small-time magician (James Franco) who is whisked away to a distant land where he has the power to become 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. Crossroads, 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.

Side Effects *** - Steven ("Magic Mike") Soderbergh directs this immensely playful thriller about a woman (Rooney Mara) who falls into a depression after her husband (Channing Tatum) gets out of prison for insider trading. Rated R. 105 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.

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 involving wet T-shirt contests and beer bongs. Rated R. 92 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum.

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 and has an affair, leading to disastrous consequences. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. Not reviewed. El Con, Foothills, Oasis, 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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