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April 14, 2013

In theaters this week


SNITCH 2 1/2 stars. Dwayne Johnson stars as a father who goes undercover to expose a drug cartel — to save his college-bound son from serving a mandatory 10 years behind bars — in what is essentially a B-movie action version of an advocacy doc. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws must go! Just as soon as The Rock runs some bad guys over with his truck. 1 hr. 52 PG-13 (violence, profanity, drugs, adult themes)

SPRING BREAKERS 2 stars. Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens get down and dirty — joined by James Franco as a silver-toothed, dreadlocked Florida gansta — in Harmony Korine’s fascinating (and stupid) indie conflation of “Girls Gone Wild” and Al Pacino’s “Scarface.” Booze, boobs and bongs, oh my. 1 hr. 34 R (sex, nudity, drugs, profanity, adult themes)

STAND UP GUYS 2 stars. Al Pacino hambones up a storm as a veteran crook just released from prison and longing to drink and party and wave his hands around in the air. Christopher Walken is his old friend and partner in crime, and Alan Arkin shows up, too, as another former colleague, now in a retirement home. A joy ride in a stolen car ensues. 1 hr. 34 R (profanity, violence, sex, adult themes)

STOKER 3 stars, Chan-wook Park’s English language debut is a visually beautiful and creepy gothic psychokiller about a teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska), her frosty mom (Nicole Kidman) and the mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) who moves in with them. Desire, menace and madness ensue. 1 hr. 52 R (violence, sexual violence, sex, profanity, adult themes)

WARM BODIES 3 stars. A smart, snappy and appropriately gory rom-com-zom, about a sensitive walking dead dude who saves a flesh-and-blood girl from being eaten, and finds himself falling in love with her. The feelings, surprisingly, are reciprocal. Jonathan (“50/50”) Levine directs, adapting the Isaac Marion novel. 1 hr. 37 PG-13 (violence, gore, profanity, adult themes)

THE WE AND THE I 2 stars. A group of Bronx high schoolers act out and experience relationship changes while riding the bus after the final day of the school year. 1 hr. 43 No MPAA rating (profanity, nudity, sexual situations)

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