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March 8, 2013

Also in theaters: Short film reviews

McClatchey-Tribune News Service
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---- — ‘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.

‘Almost in Love’

A love triangle unfolds over two nights set 18 months apart. With Alex Karpovsky, Marjan Neshat, Gary Wilmes and Alan Cumming. Written and directed by Sam Neave. (1:23) NR.

‘Day of the Falcon’

In 1930s Arabia, a young prince finds himself in the center of a conflict caused by the discovery of oil. With Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Tahar Rahim. Written by Menno Meyjes, Jean-Jacques Annaud and Alain Godard. Directed by Annaud. (2:05) R.

‘The End of Love’

When the mother of his 2-year-old son suddenly dies, a struggling actor wrestles with loss and adulthood and kindles a relationship with a young single mother. With Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera and Amanda Seyfried. Written and directed by Webber. (1:28) NR.

‘Genius on Hold’

A documentary about telecommunications innovator Walter L. Shaw, his battle against AT&T, his links to organized crime and his embittered son. Narrated by Frank Langella. Directed by Gregory Marquette. (1:31) PG.

‘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.

‘Koch’

A documentary portrait of former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who presided over the city from 1978 to 1989. Directed by Neil Barsky. (1:35) NR.

‘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.

‘Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary’

A documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and radio journalist convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and who has garnered international support as an activist behind bars. Directed by Stephen Vittoria. (2 hrs.) NR.

‘Phantom’

During the Cold War, the captain of a Soviet submarine is rushed into a classified mission and challenged by a rogue KGB group intent on seizing the shipâs nuclear missile. With Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner. Written and directed by Todd Robinson. (1:37) R.

‘A Place at the Table’

A documentary examining hunger in the U.S. through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Directed by Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobson. (1:24) PG.

‘Stoker’

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.

‘The Sweeney’

Two members of Scotland Yard’s elite flying squad unit will stop at nothing to take down an old enemy who has recently reappeared in London. With Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell. Written and directed by Nick Love. (1:52) R.

‘Bestiaire’

A wordless documentary observing a variety of animals and their human handlers at the Parc Safari animal sanctuary in Quebec. Directed by Denis Cote. (1:12) NR.

‘Bless Me, Ultima’

A boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II befriends a mysterious healer who comes to live with his family and encourages him to question his strict upbringing. With Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon and Dolores Heredia. Written and directed by Carl Franklin. (1:42) PG-13.

‘Caesar Must Die’

In this docudrama, prisoners of Rome’s Rebibbia penitentiary rehearse for a stage production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” With Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano and Giovanni Arcuri. Written and directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. In Italian with English subtitles. (1:16) NR.

‘Dark Skies’

As an escalating series of disturbing events torments a young suburban family, the husband and wife try to stop the mysterious force targeting them. With Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett. Written and directed by Scott Stewart. (1:37) PG-13.

‘Inescapable’

A former Syrian military officer living in Toronto must return to Damascus after a 25-year absence when his daughter disappears there. With Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson. Written and directed by Ruba Nadda. (1:32) NR.

‘Kai Po Che’

Three friends trying to make their mark in India in the early 2000s open a training academy for cricket players. With Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav and Amit Sadh. Written by Pubali Chaudhuri, Suapratik Sen, Abhishek Kapoor and Chetan Bhagat. Directed by Kapoor. In Hindi with English subtitles. (2:15) NR.

‘One Life’

A documentary about the shared journey of all living things from birth to the delivery of the next generation. Narrated by Daniel Craig. Directed by Michael Gunton and Martha Holmes. (1:25) NR.

‘The Power of Few’

Spies, cops, criminals and religious conspiracists cross paths over a mysterious smuggling operation. With Christopher Walken, Christian Slater and Anthony Anderson. Written and directed by Leone Marucci. (1:35) R.

‘Snitch’

When his teenage son is wrongfully accused 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.

‘Stuck’

A documentary about international adoption that follows four children from Ethiopia, Vietnam and Haiti and the three American couples seeking to be their parents. Directed by Thaddaeus Scheel. (1:22) NR.

‘Tristana’

A new digital restoration of the 1970 film about an orphaned young woman who becomes the ward of a nobleman who seduces her; she then leaves the old man for an artist but later returns to hasten his demise. With Catherine Deneuve, Franco Nero and Fernando Rey. Written by Julio Alejandro. Directed by Luis Bunuel. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:38) PG-13.

ALSO IN CINEMAS

‘Beautiful Creatures’

A young man longing to escape his small Southern town is drawn to a mysterious new girl — a witch whose date with destiny is fast approaching. With Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis. Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. (2:04) PG-13.

‘Bullet to the Head’

A New Orleans hit man and a Washington, D.C., police officer form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. With Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Written by Alessandro Camon. Directed by Walter Hill. (1:32) R.

‘Django Unchained’

Two years before the Civil War, a German-born bounty hunter enlists a slave to help track his latest quarry, offering him freedom and a chance to rescue his wife from a ruthless plantation owner in return. With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. (2:45) R.

‘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.

‘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.

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’

Having developed a taste for retribution at a young age and grown up as witch-hunting vigilantes, siblings Hansel and Gretel must reckon with their dark past. With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arteron and Famke Jannson. Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. In 3-D and Imax. (1:28) 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.

‘Les Miserables’

An ex-convict in 19th-century France seeks redemption while being pursued by a dogged police inspector in this adaptation of the long-running stage musical. With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Written by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer. Directed by Tom Hooper. (2:39) 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.

‘Lincoln’

During his tumultuous final months in office, President Abraham Lincoln strives to end the Civil War, unite the nation and abolish slavery. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Written by Tony Kushner. Directed by Steven Spielberg. (2:25) PG-13.

‘Mama’

Five years after their parents’ murder, two girls who had been living alone in the woods are rescued and brought to live with their uncle and his girlfriend — but an evil presence may have accompanied them. With Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Megan Charpentier. Written by Neil Cross, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti. Directed by Andy Muschietti. (1:34) PG-13.

‘Parental Guidance’

Two grandparents with an old-fashioned approach to child-rearing are called on to babysit their 21st-century grandchildren when the kids’ type-A parents go away for work. With Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. Written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse. Directed by Andy Fickman. (1:44) PG.

‘Parker’

After his crew double-crosses him, a professional thief who lives by his own code of ethics takes on an unlikely partner to settle the score. With Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Written by John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Taylor Hackford. (1:58) R.

‘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.

‘Side Effects’

A New York couple find their world unraveling when a new drug prescribed to treat anxiety has unexpected side effects. With Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Written by Scott Z. Burns. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. (1:55) R.

‘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.

‘Top Gun’

A newly remastered Imax 3D version of the 1986 action film about a group of elite fighter pilots competing to be the best in their class. With Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. Directed by Tony Scott. (1:50) PG.

‘Warm Bodies’

In the wake of a zombie epidemic, an unusual undead guy forms a special relationship with a young lady whose life he saves. With Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry and Dave Franco. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine. (1:37) PG-13.

‘Zero Dark Thirty’

An elite team of intelligence and military operatives working in secret across the globe engage in a tireless manhunt to eliminate the terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. With Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton and Mark Strong. Written by Mark Boal. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. (2:36) R.