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September 4, 2014

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54 September 4–10, 2014 Special ScreeningS Cinemark Classic Series Sun, 2 pm; Wed, 2 & 7 pm, $7-$10. 9/7, 9/10, Scarface (1983). Theaters: ORL, ST, SF, SP, SC Jerry Lewis Film Festival Mon-Fri, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, free. Sat, 1 pm, 3 pm, free. 9/4-9/6, 9/8-9/10, Hardly Working. 9/11-9/13, 9/15-9/17, Artists and Models. Barrick Museum, UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, unlv. edu/barrickmuseum. Maximum Midnight Movies First Sat of month, midnight, free. 9/6, The Naked Gun. Theaters: TS. Info: Movies in the Park Sat, 7:30 pm, free. 9/6, The Lego Movie. Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-570-7400. Outdoor Picture Show Sat, 7 pm, free. 9/6, The Lego Movie. The District, 2225 Village Walk Drive, Henderson, 702-564-8595. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 9/6, augmented by live cast and audience participation, 10 pm, $9. Theaters: TC. Info: Sci Fi Center Mon, Cinemondays, 8 pm, free. Sat, Doctor Who viewing party, 6 pm, free. 600 E. Sahara Ave. Ste. 12, 702-792- 4335, Seven Essential Vegas Movies Wed, screening plus Q&A with special guests, cocktail hour, 6 pm, free. 9/10, Casino with Oscar Goodman, David Schwartz. Inspire Theatre, 501 Fremont St., 702-489-9110. Tuesday Afternoon at the Bijou Tue, 1 pm, free. 9/9, A Family Affair. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, 702-507-3400. new thiS week 50 to 1 (Not reviewed) Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane. Directed by Jim Wilson. 110 minutes. Rated PG-13. The true story of racehorse Mine That Bird's underdog victory in the Kentucky Derby. Theaters: VS Forrest Gump (Not reviewed) Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 142 minutes. Rated PG-13. IMAX re-release of the Oscar-winning 1994 dramedy about the life of a mentally challenged man (Hanks). Theaters: AL, PAL, RR, SS The Identical aaccc Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd. Directed by Dustin Marcellino. 107 min- utes. Rated PG. See review Page 44. Theaters: AL, BS, GVR, ORL, PAL, RR, SC, SF, SP, SS, TS, TX Innocence aaccc Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly, Linus Roache. Directed by Hilary Brougher. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. See review Page 45. Theaters: AL, CH, COL, ORL, RP, SC, SF, SHO, SP, TX Mary Kom (Not reviewed) Priyanka Chopra, Sunil Thapa, Darshan Kumaar. Directed by Omung Kumar. 124 minutes. Not rated. In Hindi with English subtitles. Biopic about Indian female boxing champion Mary Kom. Theaters: VS Popovich and the Voice of the Fabled American West aaacc Gregory Popovich, Melody Melendez, Antonio Fargas. Directed by Jerry and Mike Thompson. 90 minutes. Not rated. See review Page 44. Theaters: PAL now playing 22 Jump Street aaccc Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 112 minutes. Rated R. Pointing out the emptiness of a cash-in fran- chise sequel doesn't excuse it, and 22 Jump Street doesn't just joke about rehashing the plot of its predecessor; it does exactly that, sending bumbling cops Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) undercover as college students to root out the supplier of a new drug. –JB Theaters: DI The Admiral: Roaring Currents (Not reviewed) Choi Min-sik, Ryu Seung-ryong, Cho Jin-woong. Directed by Kim Han-min. 126 minutes. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. In 1597, a Korean admiral leads 12 vessels against more than 300 Japanese battleships. Theaters: VS And So It Goes aabcc Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins. Directed by Rob Reiner. 94 minutes. Rated PG-13. Douglas and Keaton star in this golden-age romance, bonding as they join forces to care for a 10-year-old girl. It's formu- laic piffle, but the two stars bulldoze their way through the soggier bits, with Douglas doing his well-honed self-absorbed jerk routine and Keaton getting numerous chances to sing. –MD Theaters: VS As Above/So Below aaccc Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. 93 minutes. Rated R. A sort of cross between Indiana Jones and The Blair Witch Project, As Above is a found- footage horror movie about explorers in the Paris catacombs. The intriguing setting and premise are wasted on incoherent horror gimmickry, with one- dimensional characters engaged in predictable stupidity. –JB Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, DI, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TX Begin Again aaacc Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld. Directed by John Carney. 104 minutes. Rated R. Carney follows up his beloved hit Once with another tale of two people—a struggling musician (Knightley) and a washed-up A&R man (Ruffalo)— bonding over their mutual love of music. The film takes forever to finally get going, getting mired in over-explicit flashbacks, but charms once it finally does. –MD Theaters: SC Boyhood aaaac Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette. Directed by Richard Linklater. 165 minutes. Rated R. Linklater's grand experiment, in which he shot a little bit of footage every summer for 12 years in order to capture a boy (Coltrane) growing up in front of the camera, proves to be, in its beauti- fully aimless and unhurried way, a real film, not merely a cute gimmick. –MD Theaters: ORL, SC Calvary aaacc Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. 100 minutes. Rated R. Gleeson is outstanding in McDonagh's uneven religious parable, a bleak but sometimes darkly funny look at the last days of a small-town Irish priest. While Gleeson's Father James is a complicated but ultimately decent man, the other characters are more one-dimensional, and McDonagh can't quite fit them all into a compelling narrative. –JB Theaters: COL, SC Cantinflas (Not reviewed) Óscar Jaenada, Ilse Salas, Luis Gerardo Méndez. Directed by Sebastián del Amo. 96 minutes. Rated PG-13. In Spanish with English subtitles. The life of legendary Mexican comedy star Cantinflas (Jaenada). Theaters: CAN, ORL, PAL, ST, TX Chef aaccc Jon Favreau, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara. Directed by Jon Favreau. 115 minutes. Rated R. Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) goes from cooking middle- brow fare at a French restaurant to chasing the played-out food truck trend. The shapeless story takes way too long to get to Carl's big moment of change, and the tension in both his professional and personal lives feels forced. –JB Theaters: BS, COL, SC, SF Dawn of the Planet of the Apes aabcc Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell. Directed by Matt Reeves. 130 minutes. Rated PG-13. Ten years after the previ- ous movie, only a small number of humans have survived a deadly plague, while apes have grown more intelligent and dominant. The visual effects are outstanding, and Dawn is admirable for its efforts to tell a new story infused with social commentary, but those efforts amount to very little. –JB Theaters: COL, DI, ST, VS Deliver Us From Evil (Not reviewed) Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn. Directed by Scott Derrickson. 118 min- utes. Rated R. A New York City police detective investigates a series of seem- ingly supernatural crimes. Theaters: TC The Expendables 3 abccc Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes. Directed by Patrick Hughes. 126 minutes. Rated PG-13. The third installment in Stallone's action series is cluttered with unnecessary characters, including an entirely new team of mercenaries. The action scenes are a mess, the dialogue is moronic, and the plot is incoherent. At least Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas have some fun as new addi- tions to the team. –JB Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TX Get on Up aabcc Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Tate Taylor. 138 minutes. Rated PG-13. Tracing the life of funk legend James Brown, Get on Up is full of standard-issue biopic moments, but they're played slightly out of order, with a fractured chronology that's more confusing than illuminating. This is a purely celebratory film, with Boseman radiating exuberance as Brown, and music infusing the entire production. –JB Theaters: ST, TX, VS Ghostbusters (Not reviewed) Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis. Directed by Ivan Reitman. 105 minutes. Rated PG. Re-release of the 1984 sci-fi comedy about a team of ghost-hunters in New York City. Theaters: ORL, RR, SC, SF, SP, ST The Giver aabcc Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep. Directed by Phillip Noyce. 94 minutes. Rated PG-13. This adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 young adult sci-fi novel ends up coming off as just another knock-off of movies like The Hunger Games. Thwaites lacks charisma and expressiveness as a teen who rebels against his conformist future society, and the messages are delivered as bluntly and obviously as possible. –JB Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, COL, DI, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SP, SS, ST, TX, VS Guardians of the Galaxy aaabc Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace. Directed by James Gunn. 121 minutes. Rated PG-13. Sarcastic space outlaw Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself at the center of an intergalactic battle, and enlists a team of reluctant allies. Guardians is a much looser, funnier Marvel superhero movie, although it still falls back on the CGI-cluttered, large-scale destruction of a city for the somewhat disappointing climax. –JB Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, COL, DI, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TX Hercules (Not reviewed) Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell. Directed by Brett Ratner. 98 minutes. Rated PG-13. Mythological hero Hercules is enlisted to defeat a tyrannical warlord. Theaters: BS, PAL, SC How to Train Your Dragon 2 aabcc Voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett. Directed by Dean DeBlois. 102 minutes. Rated PG. This animated sequel has trouble building on the premise of the first movie, featur- ing dragon-befriending warrior Hiccup (Baruchel). Despite inventive design for the dragons and exhilarating flying scenes, the plot is unfocused and jum- bled, borrowing elements from other fantasy movies without bringing them together into a cohesive whole. –JB Theaters: BS, CAN, CH, COL, TC The Hundred-Foot Journey aabcc Manish Dayal, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Om Puri. Directed by Lasse Hallström. 122 minutes. Rated PG. Hallström works his greeting-card magic on the story of an Indian family opening a restaurant in a small French town, just across the street from a fancy French restaurant. The movie has the perfect recipe for inoffensive crowd-pleasing, with tame culture- clash comedy that rarely ventures into any challenging territory. –JB Theaters: AL, COL, RR, SF, SP, SS, ST, VS If I Stay aabcc Chloë Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato. Directed by R.J. Cutler. 106 minutes. Rated PG-13. Moretz's Mia is a cello prodigy whose life is shat- tered by a car accident. With her body in a coma, Mia's spirit wanders the hos- pital and has carefully timed flashbacks to her dull romance with a sensitive rocker (Blackley). If I Stay uses its flimsy supernatural premise as framework for a lackluster romance. –JB Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, DI, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TX, VS Into the Storm aaccc Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Richard Armitage. Directed by Steven Quale. 89 minutes. Rated PG-13. A team of storm chasers head to an Oklahoma suburb, where a deadly superstorm is threatening the extremely uninterest- ing residents. The filmmakers spend A& E | Short takeS > spAcE cAsEs Zoe saldana, Dave Bautista and chris Pratt are Guardians of the Galaxy.

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