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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 17, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.

At area theaters

75 ADMISSION, PG-13 Tina Fey plays a straight-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)

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. (90 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)

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. (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)

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)

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)

77 THE GREAT GATSBY, PG-13 The latest film version based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, the story of a would-be writer who moves from the Midwest to New York City in 1922 and finds himself enmeshed in the world of the super rich. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan; directed by Baz Luhrmann. (143 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)

83 IRON MAN 3, PG-13 Brash-but brilliant industrialist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) embarks on a harrowing quest to hunt down the enemy who has destroyed his personal world, forced to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. (130 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)

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. (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)

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. (129 minutes)

80 PEEPLES, PG-13 Sparks fly in the Hamptons when a regular guy (Craig Robinson) crashes the reunion of the preppy Peeples family to ask for their precious daughter’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. With David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll; directed by Tina Gordon Chism. (95 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 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)

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 05/17/2013

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