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A&E | SHORT TAKES SPECIAL SCREENINGS Cinemark Classic Series Sun, 2 pm; Wed, 2 & 7 pm, $7-$10. 11/10, 11/13, Risky Business. Theaters: ST, SF, SP, SC. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 11/9, Puccini's Tosca, 9:55 am, $16-$24. 11/13, Puccini's Tosca, 6:30 pm, $15-$22. Theaters: CAN, COL, ORL, SF, SP, ST, VS. Info: fathomevents.com. Saturday Movie Matinee 11/9, 2 pm, free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400. 11/9, Monsters University, 1 pm, free. Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, 507-6036. Sci Fi Center Mon, Cinemondays, 8 pm, free. 11/7, drive-in featuring They Saved Hitler's Brain, Cat-Women of the Moon, 6 pm, free. 11/8, Jack the Ripper (1976) plus live special-effects makeup demonstration, 8 pm, $5. 11/9, This Is Spinal Tap, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadow cast, 8 pm, $10. 600 E. Sahara Ave. Ste. 12, 792-4335, thescificenter.com. Sunday Movie Matinee 11/10, 2:30 pm, free. Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave., 507-3907. Thor Marvel Marathon 11/7, Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, various times, $25-$30. Theaters: CAN, CH, GVL, ORL, SC, SF, SP, TS. Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou Tue, 1 pm, free. 11/12, This Is the Army. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 507-3400. NEW THIS WEEK About Time AABCC Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy. Directed by Richard Curtis. 123 minutes. Rated R. See review Page 40. Theaters: FH, GVR, RR, SP, ST, TS, VS All Is Lost AAABC Robert Redford. Directed by J.C. Chandor. 106 minutes. Rated PG-13. See review Page 41. Theaters: GVR, SC Diana (Not reviewed) Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. 113 minutes. Rated PG-13. Biopic focused on the last two years in the life of Princess Diana of the United Kingdom. Theaters: COL, VS The Starving Games (Not reviewed) Maiara Walsh, Brant Daugherty, Cody Christian. Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. 83 minutes. Rated PG-13. In this Hunger Games spoof, Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games. Theaters: TS Thor: The Dark World AABCC Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston. Directed by Alan Taylor. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. See review Page 40. Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TS, TX NOW PLAYING 12 Years a Slave AAABC Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, > NOT THE HUNGER GAMES It's the undoubtedly brilliant parody The Starving Games. Lupita Nyong'o. Directed by Steve McQueen. 133 minutes. Rated R. Based on a true story, McQueen's harrowing third feature (following Hunger and Shame) stars Ejiofor as a free black man in 1841 who's kidnapped and sold into slavery. As both drama and cinema, the film is merely solid, impressive. As a cultural object, however, it's essential. –MD Theaters: AL, BS, GVR, ORL, PAL, SC, SP, TS, TX Baggage Claim ABCCC Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott. Directed by David E. Talbert. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. A flight attendant (Patton) decides she has 30 days to land a husband, and revisits her exes in hopes of finding the one. Obviously her Mr. Right (actually named Mr. Wright) is her best friend (Luke), but the movie lumbers through lame comedy, bland dialogue and obvious, prefab plotting to get there. –JB Theaters: DI Captain Phillips AAABC Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed. Directed by Paul Greengrass. 134 minutes. Rated PG-13. Based on the real-life hijacking of an American cargo THEATERS (AL) REGAL ALIANTE 7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, 221-2283 (BS) REGAL BOULDER STATION 4111 Boulder Highway, 221-2283 (PAL) BRENDEN THEATRES AT THE PALMS 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 507-4849 (CAN) GALAXY CANNERY 2121 E. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, 639-9779 (CH) CINEDOME HENDERSON 851 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, 566-1570 ship by Somali pirates in 2009, the polished, suspenseful Captain Phillips works as a straightforward thriller better than it does as an examination of complex political issues, although it does manage to raise a few troubling questions. –JB Theaters: AL, BS, CH, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX Carrie AAABC Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde. Directed by Kimberly Peirce. 99 minutes. Rated R. Given director Peirce's penchant for bullied characters and her overall female perspective, the pairing of her with Stephen King's Carrie makes startling sense. Peirce adds some modern touches and deepens the relationship between Carrie White (Moretz) and her twisted, religious mom (Moore), but the ultimate point is bloody catharsis. –JMA Theaters: CH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS has now created an entire island of food animals, and goofy inventor Flint Lockwood returns to investigate. Although not as funny or clever as the first movie, Cloudy 2 is still full of silly food-related puns and imaginative creatures, and it works well as family entertainment. –JB Theaters: AL, CH, COL, DI, FH, RP, RR, SF, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS The Counselor AACCC Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt. Directed by Ridley Scott. 111 minutes. Rated R. After an hour of disjointed, inscrutable scenes, it becomes clear that the title character (Fassbender) has gotten himself into some sort of shady deal. The movie ends just as frustratingly as it began, with an anticlimactic resolution to a plot that's not nearly as complex as it first appears. –JB Theaters: CH, COL, ORL, PAL, RR, SP, ST, TS, TX, VS crime-fighting force and falls for his new partner (Wiig). Gru's little yellow minions can be amusing, but they aren't enough to carry the movie, which has an underwhelming villain and a weak emotional core. –JB Theaters: DI, SC, TC Elysium AABCC Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. 109 minutes. Rated R. Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 imagines a future in which the 1 percent live blissfully on an orbiting space station called Elysium while most of Earth's population suffers on the home planet. A heavy-handed allegory for America's immigration debate is all this leaden action flick has to offer. –MD Theaters: TC Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 AAACC Voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. 95 minutes. Rated PG. The machine that created food weather Despicable Me 2 AABCC Voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. 98 minutes. Rated PG. Reformed super-villain Gru (Carell) teams up with a top-secret Ender's Game AAABC Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford. Directed by Gavin Hood. 114 minutes. Rated PG-13. The title character (Butterfield) is a preteen charged with training for military command in humanity's war against ant-like aliens known as Formics. Screenwriter and director Hood deserves credit for putting in as much of the source novel's (COL) REGAL COLONNADE 8880 S. Eastern Ave., 221-2283 (ORL) CENTURY ORLEANS 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 889-1220 (SC) CENTURY SUNCOAST 9090 Alta Drive, 869-1880 (DI) LAS VEGAS DRIVE-IN 4150 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas, 646-3565 (RP) AMC RAINBOW PROMENADE 2321 N. Rainbow Blvd., 888-262-4386 (SS) REGAL SUNSET STATION 1301-A W. Sunset Road, Henderson, 221-2283 (FH) REGAL FIESTA HENDERSON 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, 221-2283 (GVR) REGAL GREEN VALLEY RANCH 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson, 221-2283 (GVL) GALAXY GREEN VALLEY LUXURY+ 4500 E. 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