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May 09, 2013 12:00 am

Opening Friday

In the House *** - The mysterious French film looks at the relationship between a jaded literature teacher and his pupil, a talented writer who insinuates himself into a classmate's home and secretly chronicles the family's day-to-day activities. With Fabrice Luchini, Ernst Umhauer and Kristin Scott Thomas. Rated R. 104 minutes. Review on Page 27. Loft.

The Great Gatsby *** - Baz Lurhman ("Moulin Rouge!") shot this $150 million adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel using 3-D cameras. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the party-loving millionaire living the high life in 1920s New York. Tobey Maguire is the aspiring author from the Midwest who starts hanging out with the rich crowd. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. Review on Page 26. Cinemark, Crossroads, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Peeples - Craig Robinson (TV's "The Office") plays an underachiever trying to impress his girlfriend's posh family during a weekend in Sag Harbor. With Kerry Washington. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Not reviewed. Foothills, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

Reality *** - Matteo Garrone's dark comedy about the nature of fame, about obsession, about madness - and the point where they converge on a popular reality TV show. Rated R. 110 minutes. Review online at azstarnet/entertainment

Simon Killer ** - A heartbroken college graduate traveling in Paris begins a relationship with a prostitute that spirals into blackmail and betrayal. With Brady Corbet, Mati Diop and Michael Abiteboul. Not rated. 105 minutes. Review on Page 31. Loft.

Continuing Friday

21 & Over - Comedy about a young man (Miles Teller) celebrating his 21st birthday with his friends during a wild night of debauchery. Rated R. 93 minutes. Not reviewed. Oracle View.

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 historical hiring. Rated PG-13.128 minutes. El Con, Cinemark, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Parkplace, Pavilions, Spectrum.

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. Crossroads, Gateway.

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.

The Big Wedding ** - Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton play a divorced couple who must pretend they are still married for the sake of their adopted son's marriage. Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams and Amanday Seyfried also star. Rated R. 90 minutes. Desert Sky, El Con, Cinemark, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

The Company You Keep ** 1/2 - A public-interest lawyer and single father in the suburbs of Albany, N.Y., has his life upended when a brash young reporter exposes his identity as a former 1970s anti-war radical wanted for murder. With Robert Redford (who also directs), Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie. Rated R. 124 minutes. El Con, Marketplace.

The Croods *** - A gorgeous kids' cartoon with heart and wit, if not a firm grasp of paleontology. Rated PG. 93 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Oasis, Park Place, Spectrum Pavilions.

Dark Skies - As an escalating series of disturbing events torments a young suburban family, the husband and wife (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) try to stop the mysterious force targeting them. Rated PG-13. 95 minutes. Not reviewed. Oracle View.

Disconnect *** - "Crash" for the Internet age, with of-the-moment issues - cyber sex, cyber bullying, identity theft - seeping into the lives of a disparate group of people, whose paths cross in dark, fateful ways. Rated R. 115 minutes. El Con, Foothills.

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.

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. Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.

From Up on Poppy Hill - This anime charmer tells the story of a girl grappling with first love. Rated PG. 91minutes. Not reviewed. 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, Park Place, Pavilions, 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. Gateway.

The Host ** 1/2 - 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 their memories. Rated PG-13. Crossroads, Gateway.

Hyde Park on Hudson * 1/2 - In 1939, with Britain on the verge of war with Germany, the king and queen of England seek support from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. With Bill Murray, Laura Linney. Rated R. 95 minutes. Crossroads.

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. Rated R. 110 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

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. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Iron Man 3 ** 1/2- The irrepressible Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire superhero Tony Stark, with Ben Kingsley as new villain The Mandarin. Directed and co-written by Shane Black of "Lethal Weapon" fame . Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, 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, Oracle View.

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. El Con, Park Place, Uptown.

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 with a Bengal tiger. Rated PG. 127 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Mud *** - Director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to "Take Shelter" centers on a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out in Arkansas who relies on the help of two boys to reunite with his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Rated R. 130 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Oblivion ** 1/2 - Tom Cruise plays the survivor of a devastating war who discovers he's not alone on Earth. Director Joseph Kosinki ("Tron: Legacy") shot the movie with digital 4K resolution cameras. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Oasis, Spectrum.

On the Road *** - Walter Salles' warm but strangely staid adaptation 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. Crossroads.

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 president (Aaron Eckhart). Rated R. 113 minutes. Marketplace. Crossroads.

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. Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.

Pain and Gain ** - Michael Bay ("Transformers") directs this pitch-black comedy, based on a true story, about Miami bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) who try to a kidnap a wealthy businessman. Then things start going wrong. Rated R. 130 minutes. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

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.

The Place Beyond the Pines ** - When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he's thrust into a conflict that has far-reaching consequences. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Rated R. 140 minutes. El Con.

Room 237 *** - This documentary about Stanley Kubrick's psychological horror film "The Shining" explores five aficionados' attempts to decode and deconstruct the film. Directed by Rodney Ascher. Not rated. 102 minutes. Loft.

Safe Haven *** - 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. Oracle View.

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. Park Place, Spectrum.

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 best actress for Lawrence. Rated R. 122 minutes. Crossroads, Oracle View.

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, Oracle View.

Starbuck *** 1/2- A man who was a habitual sperm donor in his youth discovers that he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal his identity. Rated R. 109 minutes. Loft.

To the Wonder *** - An American man overseas and a local beauty fall in love in France, but complications arise soon after the two move to Oklahoma. With Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. Written and directed by Terrence Malick. Rated R. 112 minutes. Loft.

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. Crossroads.

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor - Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Williams star in a comedy-drama about a married woman who gives in to temptation. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads, El Con, Gateway Park Place.

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. Gateway, Oracle View.

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.

Staff and wire services

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