Friday May 24, 2013

EPIC (PG). A young human is drawn into the struggle between the forces of life and decay in a forest inhabited by Leaf Men (and women) sprites and reptilian bog dwellers in this animated feature based upon children's author William Joyce's novel "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs."

FAST & FURIOUS 6 (PG-13). With the promise of a full government pardon, Dom, Brian and their team of speed demons are lured out of retirement to help a U.S. agent take down a car-jacking gang in London. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson.
Review, D2

IRON MAN 3 (PG-13). A little too much and a little not enough, "Iron Man 3" nonetheless has everything Disney and Marvel need to keep the "Avengers" superhero constellation shining and regenerating well into the 23rd century. As this sequel begins, the climactic alien melee in last year's all-star reunion "The Avengers" has left Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark nerve-racked and an insomniac workaholic. A new global terrorist, very much in the Bin Laden mold, has oozed onto the scene; fire-breathing mutants are wreaking havoc; and, if all that weren't enough, unfinished business from the past resurfaces. Overall, last year's "Avengers" delivered the bombastic goods more efficiently than this year's Marvel. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall. HH (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 5/3). 2:09.

MUD (PG-13).


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Matthew McConaughey delivers a tour de force turn as a drifter hiding out in an abandoned cabin cruiser jammed high in a tree on a mid-river island in Arkansas, who enlists the help of two boys who have the run of the river and live and breathe boats to help him fix up his boat and "court" a dishy woman he's had his eye on for some time. A down-and-dirty if entirely too long mythic melodrama in the "Tobacco Road" tradition. With Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Ray McKinnon, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 5/3). 2:10.

REALITY (R). A gregarious, generous-hearted fishmonger in a small Italian town becomes obsessed with appearing on Italian television's equivalent of the American reality show, "Big Brother," after auditioning for the program at a local mall. In Italian, with English subtitles. Review, this page

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (PG-13). Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew match wits with a mysterious terrorist who has an odd connection to a Star Fleet admiral. Brawny, funny, ingeniously constructed for appeasl to both devoted fans and reluctant converts. With Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Saldana, Peter Weller. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 5/17). 2:12.

THE GREAT GATSBY (PG-13). Armed with a hip-hop score and 3D, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic Roaring Twenties novel about an enigmatic man living the high life in an enclave in Long Island comes to the big screen for the fifth time in an aggressively bold treatment that takes the excesses and conspicuous consumptions of Fitzgerald's characters to their illogical ends. Yet as a purely sensory experience at the movies you'd be hard pressed to find anything more dazzling than the movie's first 90 minutes. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 5/11). 2:23.

THE HANGOVER PART III (R). The comedy series about (almost) ordinary guys in remarkably screwed-up situations takes a swing into Tijuana before landing back in Vegas. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis.
Review, D2