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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 12, 2013 at 2:53 a.m.

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75 ADMISSION, PG-13 Tina Fey plays a strait-laced Princeton University admissions officer who is caught off-guard when a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate (Paul Rudd) turns up what may be the son (Nat Wolff) she secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. (100 minutes)

89 ARGO, R Ben Affleck directs and plays a CIA rescue specialist who concocts (with Alan Arkin and John Goodman) a cockeyed plot to create a fake movie as a way of rescuing six Americans who escaped the 1979 Iranian takeover of the American embassy and subsequent 444-day hostage crisis. (120 minutes)

82 THE CALL, R Halle Berry plays a veteran 911 operator who realizes, after taking a life-altering call from an abducted teenage girl (Abigail Breslin), that she must confront a killer from her past to save the girl’s life. (95 minutes)

79 THE CROODS, PG When the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed,the world’s first prehistoric family discovers an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures. Animated. (98 minutes)

71 DEAD MAN DOWN, R Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace play two strangers -a professional killer and right-hand man to an underground New York crime lord and a crime victim seeking retribution, respectively - drawn together by a desire for revenge that triggers an escalating trail of mayhem. (110 minutes)

85 DJANGO UNCHAINED, R Director Quentin Tarantino’s double take on race relations in pre-Civil War South combined with an homage to spaghetti Westerns, involving a slave who teams up with a German-born bounty hunter to track down a pair of murderous brothers, then ends up battling a treacherous organization that uses slaves for gladiatorial contests. (165 minutes)

74 EVIL DEAD, R In this remake of a 1981 cult horror film, five 20-something friends holed up in a remote cabin discover a Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon up and become possessed by dormant demons from the nearby woods. With Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore; directed by Fede Alvarez. (91 minutes)

90 THE GATEKEEPERS, PG-13 In this documentary, six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions in guarding the nation’s security since the Six Day War in 1967. Directed by Dror Moreh. (101 minutes)

82 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, PG-13 The G.I. Joes fight their mortal enemy Cobra while forced to contend with threats from within their government. With D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson; directed by Jon M. Chu. (110 minutes)

75 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, PG-13 Some 15 years after their celebrated contretemps at the gingerbread house in the forest, the two title siblings are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down cacklers in black hats. (88 minutes)

66 THE HOST, PG-13 Saoirse Ronan plays a young woman who will risk everything for the people she cares about when an unseen enemy starts taking over people’s bodies and erasing their memories. (125 minutes)

68 IDENTITY THIEF, R Jason Bateman plays a regular guy in Denver forced to take extreme measures to clear his name after his identity is stolen by a Miami con artist (Melissa McCarthy). (147 minutes)

83 JURASSIC PARK 3D, PG-13 Now the T-rex and the velociraptors will come clawing right out of the screen at you as Steven Spielberg’s dino drama about a theme park based on DNA extracted from amber-trapped skeeters returns, bigger and badder than ever, to the big screen. (127 minutes)

88 LIFE OF PI, PG A young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor - a Bengal tiger. (127 minutes)

90 LINCOLN, PG-13 Director Steven Spielberg’s take on the tumultuous final months in office of the 16th president (Daniel Day-Lewis). (120 minutes)

68 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, R When a terrorist mastermind captures the White House and kidnaps the president, it’s up to a disgraced former Secret Service agent and his inside knowledge to help his team retake the building and save the chief executive. (120 minutes)

77 OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, PG James Franco plays Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, where he encounters three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) who are not entirely convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. (127 minutes)

62 PARENTAL GUIDANCE, PG Billy Crystal plays a grandfather who finds that his and his wife’s (Bette Midler) old-school ideas of child rearing conflict with 21st-century problems when baby-sitting their three grandchildren. (104 minutes)

87 QUARTET, PG-13 Two lifelong friends and a former colleague living in a home for retired opera singers give an annual Giuseppe Verdi birthday concert; this year, with the arrival of a former grand dame (Maggie Smith), old grudges resurface and threaten the benefit. (97 minutes)

73 RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, PG The immortal Guardians - Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost - do battle to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere from an evil spirit seeking to take over the world. Animated. (97 minutes)

87 SAFE HAVEN, PG-13 A mysterious young woman’s reluctance to join the tight-knit community in a small North Carolina town raises questions about her past, especially when she starts a relationship with a widowed store owner with two children. (115 minutes)

88 SPRING BREAKERS, R Four girlfriends hold up a restaurant to finance a spring break adventure, but find themselves in debt to a local rapper, drug pusher and arms dealer who lures them into a criminal underworld “that’s as lurid as it is liberating.” (94 minutes)

88 STOKER, R After her father dies in an auto accident, a friendless young woman (Mia Wasikowska) becomes increasingly infatuated with the charming uncle (Matthew Goode) with possible ulterior motives who comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). With Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver; directed by Park Chan-wook. (98 minutes)

71 TEMPTATION, PG-13 Tyler Perry is the writer, producer and director but, for a change, does not appear in this woman’s journey into the nature of desire. (111 minutes)

82 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2, PG-13 Bella (Kristen Stewart), beginning her new life as a vampire and mother, must defend her and Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) newborn daughter against the nasties determined to destroy the child. (116 minutes)

87 WARM BODIES, PG-13 After a zombie epidemic, a highly unusual zombie rescues a human survivor from a zombie attack and they form a special relationship. (97 minutes)

85 WRECK-IT RALPH, PG John C.Reilly is the voice of the title video game character, tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), who decides he’s now going to be the “good guy” and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade. Animated. (108 minutes)

Movie-rating point system

Movies are rated on a scale from 50 to 100. Guidelines for moviegoers:

96-100 Transcendent

90-95 Exceptional

80-89 Better than most to remarkable

70-79 Average

60-69 Awful to mediocre

50-59 Irredeemable

MovieStyle, Pages 35 on 04/12/2013

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