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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 24, 2013 at 2:58 a.m.

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Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) suspect something has gone awry in Iron Man 3.

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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)

71 ERASED, R A dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues when an ex-CIA agent (Aaron Eckhart) discovers that he and his daughter have been marked for termination. With Olga Kurylenko, Liana Liberato, Kate Linder, Garrick Hagon; directed by Philipp Stolzl. (100 minutes)

74 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, PG Lionized astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) and his quiet, nerdy by-the-rules brother (Rob Corddry) find themselves in a fiendishly plotted trap when they rocket off to answer an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet. Animated. (90 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)

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. (143 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)

87 NO, R In the run-up to a 1988 plebiscite on the future of Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime, a brash young advertising executive, against all odds, comes up with an audacious plan to spur the anti-Pinochet forces to victory and set Chile free. With Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers; directed by Pablo Larrain. (118 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. (95 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)

87 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, PG-13 In the wake of a shocking act of terrorism, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), in defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, leads the Enterprise crew on a manhunt to “capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.” With Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller; directed by J.J. Abrams. (132 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)

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 05/24/2013

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