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A& E | Short takeS way too much time on the boring interactions between the one-dimen- sional characters, and when they finally deliver some hardcore tornado action, it's underwhelming. –JB Theaters: AL, BS, CH, COL, ORL, RP, SC, SP, TX Kundo: Age of the Rampant (Not reviewed) Ha Jung-woo, Kang Dong-won. Directed by Yoon Jong-bin. 137 min- utes. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. In 1859 Korea, a militia group turns against an unjust nobility. Theaters: VS Land Ho! aaacc Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, Karrie Crouse. Directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens. 95 minutes. Rated R. A pair of old friends are look- ing to brighten their lives, so they hop a plane to Iceland, where they see some sights, chat with other tourists and bicker lovingly. Nothing much hap- pens in Land Ho!, which is sometimes charming and sometimes frustrating, as is the dynamic between the lead characters. –JB Theaters: VS Let's Be Cops (Not reviewed) Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle. Directed by Luke Greenfield. 104 minutes. Rated R. Two friends dressed as cops for a costume party are mistaken for the real thing. Theaters: AL, BS, CAN, CH, DI, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SC, SF, SHO, SP, SS, TX Lucy aabcc Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik. Directed by Luc Besson. 89 minutes. Rated R. The title character (Johansson) gains superpowers after being exposed to an experimental drug, which gives her access to her entire cerebral capacity. Lucy ends up being more about metaphysical concepts than stylish action, and in overselling his movie's supposed intelligence, Besson just makes it look even stupider. –JB Theaters: AL, BS, COL, ORL, PAL, RR, SC, SF, SP, TX Magic in the Moonlight aabcc Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins. Directed by Woody Allen. 97 minutes. Rated PG-13. The scenery (on the French Riviera) and the 1920s period costumes are lovely, as is Stone as a possibly fraudulent medium, although Firth is less appealing as a stage magi- cian who attempts to debunk her. The movie has occasional sparkles of wit, but most of it is flat and sour. –JB Theaters: SC Maleficent aabcc Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley. Directed by Robert Stromberg. 97 minutes. Rated PG. Maleficent turns the title character (Jolie), the memo- rably menacing antagonist of beloved animated Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, into a tortured hero who has a single moment of weakness. Maleficent is barely ever scary or evil, and Jolie spends most of her performance look- ing vaguely pained. –JB Theaters: ST, TC, VS A Most Wanted Man aaabc Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin. Directed by Anton Corbijn. 121 minutes. Rated R. Hoffman, in his final starring role, plays a German intelligence operative trying to recruit a young Chechen as an asset. The meticulous details aren't always compelling enough to compensate for the movie's slow pace, but they build to a satisfyingly bleak conclusion, aided by Hoffman's committed, internalized performance. –JB Theaters: COL, ST, VS Neighbors aaccc Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne. Directed by Nicholas Stoller. 96 min- utes. Rated R. Suburban couple Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) face off against the college fraternity next door, led by the bro-tastic Teddy (Efron). It's a recipe for tiresome gross-out gags, but the filmmakers try to make it about more than that, periodically grinding the movie to a halt for some uncon- vincing emoting. –JB Theaters: TC The November Man aabcc Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko. Directed by Roger Donaldson. 108 minutes. Rated R. Lured back into the field, semi-retired CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) finds himself caught in the middle of an incompre- hensible power struggle. The plot is so convoluted that it's almost always hard to tell what is at stake and what each side is trying to accomplish. –JB Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, COL, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TX, VS Planes: Fire & Rescue aaccc Voices of Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen. Directed by Bobs Gannaway. 83 minutes. Rated PG. The second Planes movie finds former cropduster Dusty Crophopper (Cook) transitioning from a high-speed racer into a firefighter, for dubious reasons. Like the first Planes, Fire & Rescue is dull, predictable and flat, with decent animation but lifeless char- acters and a perfunctory narrative. –JB Theaters: COL, VS The Purge: Anarchy aabcc Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford. Directed by James DeMonaco. 103 minutes. Rated R. While the first Purge took place in a wealthy sub- urb, Anarchy is set in the center of an unnamed city. The setting offers an opportunity to explore how the annual orgy of violence reflects class differences, but as in the first movie, DeMonaco's efforts at social commen- tary are half-baked at best. –JB Theaters: DI, ST, TX Saints and Soldiers: The Void (Not reviewed) Adam Gregory, Bart Johnson, Matt Meese. Directed by Ryan Little. 95 min- utes. Rated PG-13. During World War II, a U.S. tank crew faces off against a German platoon. Theaters: ST Sin City: A Dame to Kill For aabcc Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. 102 minutes. Rated R. Nine years after the original, this sequel is more of the same. It's in black and white with splotches of color for blond hair and blood red. It starts out feeling hard- boiled, which is most welcome, but eventually veers into a monotonous hum of cartoonish violence. –JMA Theaters: BS, CAN, GVL, PAL, RP, SC, SF, SP Step Up All In (Not reviewed) Alyson Stoner, Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman. Directed by Trish Sie. 112 minutes. Rated PG-13. Characters from throughout the Step Up series converge on Las Vegas for a dance competition. Theaters: ST Tammy aabcc Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass. Directed by Ben Falcone. 96 minutes. Rated R. While there are a few over-the-top moments in Tammy, it's much more low-key than McCarthy's past hits, with a shapeless, character-driven story about the reluc- tant bond between the title character (McCarthy) and her irascible grand- mother (Sarandon). It's hard to see what qualifies this modest, meandering comedy as a passion project. –JB Theaters: TC Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aaccc Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. 101 minutes. Rated PG-13. The fifth official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is pitched at a constant thrum, with jokes, fights, character development and story twists hurled at the camera like a hurricane. The turtles are no longer cartoonish or cute, but this movie will at least make the original works look all that much better. –JMA Theaters: AL, CAN, CH, DI, GVL, ORL, PAL, RP, RR, SF, SHO, SP, SS, ST, TX, VS Transformers: Age of Extinction acccc Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Michael Bay. 165 minutes. Rated PG-13. Encouraged by the huge success of the previous Transformers films, Bay has brought more of the same to Age of Extinction. It's stupid and inept, without any sense of rhythm or space, dialogue or charac- ter, but it does have lots of noise, color and movement that should keep view- ers hypnotized. –JMA Theaters: ST, TC, VS What If aaacc Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver. Directed by Michael Dowse. 102 minutes. Rated PG-13. Radcliffe and Kazan, like Harry and Sally before them, try to find out whether a man and a woman can be platonic friends in a romantic comedy. Spoiler alert: No, they cannot. However, they can be very charming and trade some good banter. –MD Theaters: SC When the Game Stands Tall (Not reviewed) Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis. Directed by Thomas Carter. 115 minutes. Rated PG. The true story of the high school football team with the longest winning streak in sports history. Theaters: AL, CAN, COL, DI, GVL, ORL, PAL, RR, SF, SP, SS, ST, TX, VS X-Men: Days of Future Past aaabc Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by Bryan Singer. 131 minutes. Rated PG-13. Characters from through- out the X-Men superhero series unite in this time-spanning story. Singer faces an uphill battle in bringing the dispa- rate elements of the series together, but he mostly pulls it off, delivering both a satisfying capstone for the series so far and a solid starting point for future installments. –JB Theaters: CAN, TC JMA Jeffrey M. Anderson; JB Josh Bell; MD Mike D'Angelo > rAt sAlAd Shred- der faces Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. September 4–10, 2014 55 theaterS (AL) REGAL ALIANTE 7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, 702-221-2283 (BS) REGAL BoULDER STATIoN 4111 Boulder Highway, 702-221-2283 (PAL) BRENDEN THEATRES AT THE PALMS 4321 W. Flamingo Road, 702-507-4849 (CAN) GALAXy CANNERy 2121 E. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, 702-639-9779 (CH) CINEDoME HENDERSoN 851 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, 702-566-1570 (COL) REGAL CoLoNNADE 8880 S. Eastern Ave., 702-221-2283 (DI) LAS VEGAS DRIVE-IN 4150 W. Carey Ave., North Las Vegas, 702-646-3565 (FH) REGAL FIESTA HENDERSoN 777 W. 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