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March 31, 2013

In theaters

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 'Blancanieves'

The daughter of a famous matador in 1920s Seville escapes the tyranny of her evil stepmother and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves in this silent film re-imagining the “Snow White” fairy tale. With Maribel Verdu, Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Angela Molina. Written and directed by Pablo Berger. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:44) NR.


On his way to a business meeting, a smooth-talking ad man is struck by a mudslide and must find a way out to survive. With Neil Hopkins, Brea Grant and John Forest. Written and directed by William Dickerson. (1:26) NR.


A teenage girl who is abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers ingratiates herself with her captors to survive. With Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges and Matt O’Leary. Written by Richard B. Phillips and Megan Griffiths. Directed by Griffiths. (1:38) R.

'Family Weekend'

Fed up with her mother and father’s lack of support and guidance, a 16-year-old overachiever enlists the help of her siblings to take their parents hostage. With Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin. Written by Matt K. Turner. Directed by Benjamin Epps. (1:36) R.

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

Members of an elite special-ops force face off against an international terrorist organization while dealing with threats from within their own government. With Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Directed by Jon M. Chu. In 3-D. (1:50) PG-13.

'Gimme the Loot'

When a rival gang buffs their latest graffiti work, two teens from the Bronx scheme to get revenge by tagging a New York City landmark. With Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson and Meeko. Written and directed by Adam Leon. (1:21) NR.

'The Host'

On a future Earth occupied by alien parasites that take over human bodies, one of humanity’s last survivors fights to protect her loved ones. With Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel and Chandler Canterbury. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. (2:05) PG-13.


When the mother of five teenage girls is committed to a mental institution, her desperate husband picks up an eccentric hitchhiker and hires her as their nanny. With Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber and Anthony Lapaglia. Written and directed by P.J. Hogan. (1:56) NR.

'Molly’s Theory of Relativity'

Having unexpectedly lost her job, a 28-year-old astronomer ponders making the first reckless decision in her life and receives counsel from her family members and neighbors. With Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine and Reed Birney. Written and directed by Jeff Lipsky. (1:42) NR.

'The Place Beyond the Pines'

When a motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son, he’s thrust into a conflict with a police officer that has far-reaching consequences for both their families. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Rose Byrne. Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder. Directed by Cianfrance. (2:20) R.


In the Cote d’Azur in 1915, the arrival of a spirited young woman inspires both the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in his twilight years, and his son Jean, an injured soldier who will become a great filmmaker. With Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers and Christa Theret. Written by Jerome Tonnerre, Gilles Bourdos and Michel Spinosa. Directed by Bourdos. In French with English subtitles. (1:51) R.

'Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust'

A documentary about five American brothers from the Midwest who leveraged their political friendships in prewar Manila to rescue 1,300 Jewish refugees. Directed by Russ Hodge and Cyndi Scott. (1 hr.) NR.

'Tyler Perry’s Temptation'

A marriage counselor throws her own marriage and career into chaos when she falls for her newest client, a handsome young billionaire. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. (1:51) PG-13.

'Welcome to the Punch'

A London detective has a second chance to apprehend a master criminal who eluded him three years ago and discovers the case is part of a vast conspiracy. With James McAvoy, Mark Strong and Andrea Riseborough. Written and directed by Eran Creevy. (1:39) NR.


When his beloved dog goes missing, a suburban man embarks on a journey to find him and crosses paths with a series of bizarre individuals. With Jack Plotnik, Alexis Dziena and William Fichtner. Written and directed by Quentin Dupieux. (1:34) NR.



A strait-laced Princeton admissions officer visiting an alternative high school run by a former college classmate is caught off guard when she meets a gifted young man who might be the son she gave up for adoption years ago. With Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Michael Sheen. Written by Karen Croner. Directed by Paul Weitz. (1:50) PG-13.

'The Call'

A 911 operator who takes a call from an abducted teenager must confront a killer from her own past to save the girl’s life. With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut. Written by Richard D’Ovidio. Directed by Brad Anderson. (1:38) R.

'The Croods'

In this animated film, a prehistoric family embarks on a journey to find a new home after their cave is destroyed. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders. In 3-D. (1:32) PG.

'Dead Man Down'

A professional killer seeking to avenge the murder of his wife and daughter is seduced and blackmailed by a woman also seeking retribution. With Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terence Howard. Written by J.H.Wyman. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. (1:58) R.

'Escape From Planet Earth'

In this animated film, a nerdy blue alien endeavors to rescue his brother, a famous astronaut, from the notoriously dangerous planet Earth. With the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba and George Lopez. Written by Cal Brunker and Bob Barlen. Directed by Brunker. In 3-D. (1:29) PG.

'A Good Day to Die Hard'

The wisecracking New York cop John McClane travels to Moscow to bail out his wayward son, only to learn the young man is actually a CIA operative trying to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Sebastian Koch. Written by Skip Woods. Directed by John Moore. In Imax. (1:38) R.

'Identity Thief'

An account representative travels halfway across the country to confront the con artist who has stolen his identity and is emptying his bank account. With Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet. Written by Craig Mazin. Directed by Seth Gordon. (1:51) R.

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

Two superstar magicians who have long ruled the Las Vegas Strip together face cracks in their friendship and stiff competition from an edgy street magician. With Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey. Written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. Directed by Don Scardino. (1:41) PG-13.

'Jack the Giant Slayer'

A young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway to a world inhabited by fearsome giants and reignites an ancient war. With Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson and Stanley Tucci. Written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney. Directed by Bryan Singer. In 3-D and Imax. (1:57) PG-13.

'The Last Exorcism: Part II'

A young woman tries to start a new life after a harrowing ordeal, only to once again encounter a demonic presence. With Ashley Bell, Julia Garner and Spencer Treat Clark. Written by Ed Gass-Donnelly and Damien Chazelle. Directed by Gass-Donnelly. (1:28) PG-13.

'Life of Pi'

After a disastrous shipwreck, a young man is marooned on a lifeboat with a fearsome Bengal tiger in this adaptation of the 2001 Yann Martel novel. With Suraj Sharma, Gerard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire. Written by David Magee. Directed by Ang Lee. In 3-D. (2:06) PG.

'Olympus Has Fallen'

A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. Written by Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. (1:59) R.

'Oz the Great and Powerful'

A small-time circus magician finds himself hurled from Kansas to the fantastical land of Oz, where he tries to transform himself into a great wizard. With James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Sam Raimi. In 3-D. (2:10) PG.

'Safe Haven'

Newly arrived in a small town in North Carolina, a guarded young woman begins opening up to a widowed store owner and father of two, but soon her dark past begins to catch up with her. With Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and David Lyons. Written by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. (1:55) PG-13.

'Silver Linings Playbook'

After losing his wife, house and job and spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves in with his parents, tries to rebuild his life and bonds with an equally eccentric young woman. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver. Written and directed by David O. Russell. (2:02) R.


When his teenage son is wrongfully acused of a drug-distribution crime, a desperate father cuts a deal with the U.S. attorney to infiltrate a drug cartel on a risky mission. With Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon and Benjamin Bratt. Written by Justin Haythe and Ric Roman Waugh. Directed by Waugh. (1:52) PG-13.

'Spring Breakers'

Four bored college girls set off for a spring fling in Florida that erupts into a bacchanal of booze, drugs and violence. With James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Written and directed by Harmony Korine. (1:32) R.


When a young woman’s father dies in a car accident, an uncle she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother, and she finds herself increasingly infatuated with him. With Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman. Written by Wentworth Miller. Directed by Park Chan-wook. (1:40) R.

'21 and Over'

When his two best friends pay him a surprise visit for his 21st birthday, a straight-A college student throws caution to the wind for a wild night, despite having an important medical school interview the next morning. With Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. (1:33) R.