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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 3, 2013 at 2:59 a.m.


Dodger players Gene Hermanski (Blake Sanders), Ralph Branca (Hamish Linklater) and Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) gird for battle in Brian Helgeland’s 42.

At area theaters

67 THE BIG WEDDING, R Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, long divorced, must play the happy couple for their adopted son’s wedding once they discover that his ultraconservative biological mother is flying halfway across the world to attend. With Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, David Rasche; directed by Justin Zackham. (90 minutes)

87 THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, R Director Robert Redford plays a public interest lawyer and single suburban father whose world is suddenly turned upside down when a brash young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) outs him as a ’70s anti-war radical fugitive wanted for murder. With Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho. (125 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)

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)

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. (109 minutes)

89 MUD, PG-13 Writer/director Jeff Nichols shot most of this movie in Arkansas, a Mark Twain-like adventure involving two boys who find a man hiding on a Mississippi River island with a pocketful of tall tales that turn out to be true. With Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Reese Witherspoon. (130 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. (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)

78 PAIN & GAIN, R Based on the true story of a group of Miami-area bodybuilders involved in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder. With Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Tony Shalhoub; directed by Michael Bay. (129 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 MOVIE5, PG-13 More horrific send ups and lampoonery of more horror movie films and franchises. (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)

81 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, R Bradley Cooper plays a manic-depressive who, after spending eight months in a state institution, moves back in with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro). He wants to reunite with his wife; they want him to get back on his feet — and share their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles — until he meets an intriguing young widow with a similar history (Jennifer Lawrence). (122 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)

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 37 on 05/03/2013

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