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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 19, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

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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 discover 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 end up battling a treacherous organization that uses slaves for gladiatorial contests. (165 minutes)

77 EMPEROR, PG-13 Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones), who suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, assigns an expert in Japanese culture (Matthew Fox) to covertly investigate whether Japanese Emperor Hirohito, worshipped by his people but accused of war crimes, should be punished or saved. (98 minutes)

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

80 42, PG-13 Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) puts himself and his ball club on the firing line as ballplayer Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) breaks the major leagues’ color barrier in 1947. With Jon Bernthal, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie, Jud Tylor; directed by Brian Helgeland. (88 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)

77 THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE, PG-13 A superstar Vegas illusionist duo (Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi), widely accepted as friends even though secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other, face cutthroat competition from a guerrilla street magician (Jim Carrey). (100 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)

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)

81 ON THE ROAD, R A free-spirited, fearless, fast-talking Westerner and his girlfriend shake up the life of a young writer and send him on a personal quest for freedom from conformity and conservatism. With Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge; directed by Walter Salles. (140 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)

83 A PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, R A motorcycle stunt rider starts robbing banks to support his new family, which brings him into confrontation with a rookie police officer and begins a generational feud. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dane De-Haan, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes; directed by Derek Cianfrance. (140 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)

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)

67 SCARY MOVIE 5, PG-13 More horrific send ups and lampoonery of more horror movie films and franchises. With Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Snoop Dogg, Katt Williams, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, Mac Miller, Mike Tyson; directed by Malcolm Lee. (85 minutes)

87 SIDE EFFECTS, R Everything unravels for a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum) when her psychiatrist (Jude Law) prescribes a new drug to treat anxiety that has unexpected side effects. (106 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). (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 33 on 04/19/2013

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