This week’s flicks

2013-04-05T06:30:00Z This week’s flicks
April 05, 2013 6:30 am

“Evil Dead” ★★1/2 – See review above.

“Jurassic Park 3-D” ★★★ – Twenty years after its release, “Jurassic Park” stomps back into theaters Friday in 3-D. It’s surely the opening salvo in Universal’s publicity campaign for next year’s planned sequel, “Jurassic Park 4,” but it’s also a chance to see whether Steven Spielberg’s big, brainy, science-savvy blockbuster will command respect from modern audiences. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough, Directed by Steven Spielberg. 127 minutes. Rated PG-13 for intense science-fiction terror.

“Stoker” ★★★ – After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother. Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him. With Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Dermot Mulroney. Directed by Park Chan-wook. 98 minutes. Rated R.


“Admission” ★★ – Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with professor Mark. When Clarence, the dean of admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne. With Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben. Directed by Paul Weitz. Rated PG-13. 117 min.

“The Call” ★1/2 – When veteran 9-1-1 operator Jordan takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past to save the girl’s life. With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut, Michael Ecklund. Directed by Brad Anderson. Rated R. 95 min.

“The Croods” ★★★ – When their cave is destroyed, the stone-age Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug didn’t already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad. With Guy’s help, the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other. With Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman. Directed by Chris Sanders. Rated PG. 92 min.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” ★★★ – The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. With Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Rated PG-13. 94 min.

“Happy People: A Year in the Taiga” ★★★★ – A visually stunning documentary about indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There’s no telephone, running water or medical aid. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. Narrated by Werner Herzog. Directed by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov. Unrated. 93 min.

“The Host” ★★ – When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. With Saoirse Ronan, William Hurt, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger. Directed by Andrew Niccol. Rated PG-13. 125 min.

“Identity Thief” ★ – Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson” – and it belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. With Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Genesis Rodriguez, John Cho, Amanda Peet. Directed by Seth Gordon. Rated R. 147 min.

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” ★★ – Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray, whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act. With Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin. Directed by Don Scardino. Rated PG-13. 100 min.

“Jack the Giant Slayer” ★★ – An ancient war is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend. With Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan. Directed by Bryan Singer. Rated PG-13. 114 min.

“Olympus Has Fallen” ★★ – When the White House is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the president is kidnapped, disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the president and avert an even bigger crisis. With Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Rated R. 100 min.

“Oz the Great and Powerful” ★★★ – When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot – fame and fortune are his for the taking – that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. With James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff. Directed by Sam Raimi. Rated PG. 127 min.

“Quartet” ★★★ – Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star. For Reginald Paget, Wilfred Bond and Cecily Robson, this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House’s gala concert? With Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon. Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Rated PG-13. 97 min.

“Spring Breakers” ★★1/2 – College students Brit, Candy, Cotty and Faith rob a bank to finance their spring break trip to Mexico. A serendipitous encounter with rapper Alien (James Franco) promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget. With James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine. Directed by Harmony Korine. Rated R. 92 min.

“Tyler Perry’s Temptations: Confessions” ★1/2 – In a departure from his previous dramas, this explosive film finds Perry exploring the nature of desire – and just how powerful and dangerous a taste of the forbidden can be. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa L. Williams, Brandy Norwood, Kim Kardashian, Robbie Jones. Directed by Tyler Perry. Rated PG-13. 111 min.

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