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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 26, 2013 at 2:44 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)

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 20-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. (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)

78 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, R Bruce Willis is back as bad-guy-butt-kicker John McClane, this time thrust onto an international stage when his estranged son is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader. (97 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)

80 HOME RUN, PG-13 A big-league baseball star, haunted by memories of the past and dealing with a driving-under-the-influence charge and a team suspension, goes back to the small town where he grew up, where during eight weeks of rehab he’s forced to coach the local youth baseball team - and, of course, rediscovers from his young players the joy of the game. With Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown, Vivica A. Fox, Charles Henry Wyson, James Devoti; directed by David Boyd. (113 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 cut-throat competition from a guerrilla street magician (Jim Carrey). (100 minutes)

87 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, PG-13 A young man who inadvertently opens a door between our world and the home of fearsome giants re-ignites an ancient war. With Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor; directed by Bryan Singer. (115 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)

78 LORDS OF SALEM, R A radio station DJ in Salem, Mass., hears bizarre sounds from the grooves of a wooden box that trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. With Maria Conchita Alonso, Clint Howard, Michael Berryman, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace; directed by Rob Zombie. (101 minutes)

86 LORE, not rated A 14-year-old German girl, left to fend for herself when her parents are interned as Nazis by the Allies at the end of World War II, leads her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country. With Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, Andre Frid, Mika Seidel, Kai-Peter Malina; directed by Cate Shortland. (109 minutes)

85 OBLIVION, PG-13 Tom Cruise plays one of the last remaining drone repairmen on a war-torn future Earth whose life is turned upside down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. With Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo; directed by Joseph Kosinski. (126 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)

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. (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. (85 minutes)

77 SNITCH, PG-13 Supposedly “inspired by true events.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a father who, determined to save his wrongly accused teenage son from a long prison sentence for drug distribution, makes a deal to infiltrate a drug cartel as an undercover informant. (112 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)

72 21 AND OVER, R A straight-A college student who has always done what’s expected of him does the unexpected for a change when his two best friends surprise him with a 21st birthday visit - even though his critical medical school interview is early the following morning. (93 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 04/26/2013

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