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A&E | SHORT TAKES SPECIAL SCREENINGS > YOU SHALL NOT PASS Ian McKellen as Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Cinemark Classic Series 12/24, It's a Wonderful Life, 2 & 7 pm, $7-$10. Theaters: ORL, ST, SF, SP, SC. Sci Fi Center Mon, Cinemondays, 8 pm, free. Fri, Doctor Who Night, 8 pm, $5. 12/21, Nerdlesque movie-themed burlesque show, 9 pm, $10. 12/25, Doctor Who viewing party, 11 am. 600 E. Sahara Ave. Ste. 12, 792-4335, thescificenter. com. Sunday Movie Marathom 12/22, noon-5 pm, free. Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave., 507-3907. NEW THIS WEEK American Hustle AAACC Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper. Directed by David O. Russell. 138 minutes. Rated R. See review Page 49. Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, FH, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues AAACC Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd. Directed by Adam McKay. 119 minutes. Rated PG-13. See review Page 48. Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, DI, FH, GVL, GVR, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS Dhoom 3 (Not reviewed) Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. 150 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. A pair of cops hunt down a criminal mastermind. Theaters: ST, VS Saving Mr. Banks AABCC Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell. Directed by John Lee Hancock. 125 minutes. Rated PG-13. See review Page 49. Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX Walking With Dinosaurs AACCC Voices of John Leguizamo, Justin Long, Tiya Sircar. Directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale. 87 minutes. Rated PG. See review Page 48. Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, COL, DI, FH, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TS, TX, VS NOW PLAYING 12 Years a Slave AAABC Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, 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: COL, SC About Time AABCC Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy. Directed by Richard Curtis. 123 minutes. Rated R. Tim (Gleeson) is able to travel back to past events in his own life, which he uses mostly for romancing and marrying perky American Mary (McAdams). About Time is eventually undone both by the flimsiness of its sci-fi conceit and by Curtis' struggle to build fully realized characters other than Tim. –JB Theaters: TC All Is Lost AAABC Robert Redford. Directed by J.C. Chandor. 106 minutes. Rated PG-13. The unnamed protagonist (Redford), a lone yachtsman stranded at sea, almost never speaks, but Redford does a fantastic job of conveying every nuance of emotion with just a look or gesture. Although the movie eventually gets a bit repetitive (and suffers from a cheesy ending), it's mostly a clear-eyed, effective survival story. –JB Theaters: SC The Best Man Holiday AACCC Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. 122 minutes. Rated R. This belated sequel to 1999's The Best Man finds the group of friends who came together for a wedding in the original now getting together over Christmas. While the original featured natural, relaxed chemistry among its characters and an emotionally hon- 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 est storyline, Holiday relies on crass humor, heavy-handed sentiment and overwrought melodrama. –JB Theaters: PAL, SC, TC The Book Thief AABCC Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson. Directed by Brian Percival. 131 minutes. Rated PG-13. Adapted from the best-selling novel, The Book Thief depicts the adventures of a girl living with a foster family during World War II, but the film skims hurriedly over the surface of a sprawling narrative, attempting to make up for the lack of complexity or nuance by serving up grandiose emotional cues. –MD Theaters: COL, ORL, SP, ST, TS, VS 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 ship by Somali pirates in 2009, the polished, suspenseful Captain Phillips works as a straightforward thriller bet- ter than it does as an examination of complex political issues, although it does manage to raise a few troubling questions. –JB Theaters: SC 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: 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 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: TC Dallas Buyers Club AAACC Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner. Directed by JeanMarc Vallée. 117 minutes. Rated R. McConaughey's live-wire energy as an unconventional AIDS activist in the late 1980s gives this otherwise conventional biopic some kick. He lost 50 pounds for the role, but the performance is more than just a stunt—he takes his twangy charisma to an unexpected destination. –MD Theaters: GVR, VS Delivery Man AACCC Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders. Directed by Ken Scott. 103 (COL) REGAL COLONNADE 8880 S. Eastern Ave., 221-2283 (ORL) CENTURY ORLEANS 4500 W. 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