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April 14, 2013

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NO 3 1/2 stars. Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a hot young ad exec in 1988 Chile who joins the media campaign to oust military dictator Augusto Pinochet in this fictionalized piece of reeling, ricocheting history. 1 hr. 58 R (violence, adult themes)

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN 2 1/2 stars. The White House is under siege, but luckily a lone Secret Service agent — a brooding, burly Gerard Butler — is on the loose, sneaking around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a headset and some handguns. “Die Hard on the Potomac,” enjoyably tacky, cartoonishly violent. 1 hr. 59 R (violence, profanity, adult themes)

ON THE ROAD 3 stars. A handsome and honorable effort to capture the freewheeling spirit of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel, with Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund as Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, respectively (the Kerouac and Neal Cassady alter-egos), and Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst as the women in their life (when there was time, or need, for them). Walter Salles’ adaptation looks beautiful, but doesn’t cut very deep. 2 hrs. 04 R (sex, nudity, profanity, drugs, adult themes)

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 2 stars. James Franco, awake and even kind of animated, is the title character — a carnival magician who gets in over his head when he finds himself in a strange and trippy land populated by Munchkins, Tinkers, Quadlings and a trio of criminally over-dressed and over-madeup witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. 2 hrs. 10 PG (flying, fanged baboons, intense scares)

PARKER 2 1/2 stars. Jason Statham is Donald E. Westlake’s famous “heister” in Taylor Hackford’s hard-knuckle crime thriller, chasing down a gang of doublecrossers with an assist from Jennifer Lopez. 1 hr. 58 R (violence, profanity, nudity, adult themes)

A PLACE AT THE TABLE 3 1/2 stars. A powerful and alarming documentary about hunger in America. Advocacy journalism at its best, lining up its facts, illustrating the widespread problem with a few trenchant, compelling cases, and offering solutions, too. 1 hr. 24 PG (adult themes)

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