Film Clips


ADMISSION (PG-13). Tina Fey is Portia, an uptight, emotionally guarded admissions officer at Princeton and Paul Rudd is John, the free-sprited do-gooder founder of an alternative New England high school who has a perfect candidate for Princeton -- an odd but obviously brilliant student whom John believes is the child Portia gave up for adoption back when they were in college. "Admission" tosses out jokes and cultural references that aim higher than the customary low-SAT yucks. As amiable as Fey and Rudd are, their performances don't break any major new ground. Acting honors go to a quartet of winning supporting players -- Lily Tomlin, Michael Sheen, Gloria Reuben, and Wallace Shawn, perfect as the outgoing boss. Top marks all around. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 3/25). 1:47.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE (NR). A new documentary about "food politics" and the forces that let hunger in America make a comeback. Review, D6

EVIL DEAD (R). Five twentysomething friends who have gathered in a cabin in the woods to help a friend in need face her demons and kick her drug addiction unwittingly unleash unspeakable horrors when they read out loud a mysterious incantation from a strange book they find in the cabin that is bound in human skin and wrapped in barbed wire.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (PG-13). COBRA may have been down for the count in the first "Joe" movie, but they have an impostor in the White House and all manner of evil henchmen and ingenious gadgets to wipe out the G.I. Joes. It's up to team members Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) -- with maybe an assist from masked marvel Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and the fetching fury Jinx (Elodie Yung) -- to foil the evil masked COBRA commander and his sidekick, Firefly (Ray Stevenson). There is really no place for acting in this live-action version of an ‘80s cartoon that was designed to sell toys. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service-- 3/28). 1:50.

JURASSIC PARK 3D (PG-13). On its 20th anniversary, director Steven Spielberg has remastered his horror classic about genetically engineered prehistoric creatures who run amok in an island theme park designed for them into a polished new 3D version. With Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough.

NO (R). This Oscar-nominated Chilean drama focuses on the young ad exec (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who crafted the 1988 "no" campaign that ultimately helped topple a general who had seized power in a 1973 coup. Review, this page

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN (R). Gerard Butler, his eyebrows in a consternated V, plays a former presidential bodyguard demoted to a desk job after an accident on his watch scarred the First Family. He leaps back into action when a rogue force of North Koreans launch simultaneous air and ground assaults on the White House, which is hosting the South Korean premier. If they presented this character note, or any of the plot points pilfered from "Die Hard" with a knowing wink, this might have been an enjoyably self-referential romp. Unfortunately, they give every evidence of taking it seriously and expecting us to do the same. H (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 3/26). 1:58.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (PG). Oz isn't a merry old land in Disney's garishly produced barely necessary prequel to one of the most beloved tales of all time. As the future wizard of Oz, a traveling circus charlatan named Oscar Diggs, James Franco shows only traces of charm in a role that requires flamboyance and affable insolence. A fitful fantasy that reminds us that much more amazing things in Oz were yet to come. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/9). 2:10.

SPRING BREAKERS (R). The spring break from hell as three innocent-looking coeds stage some robberies to finance their spring break trip to Florida. Think "Girls Gone Wild" meets "Natural Born Killers" with a chaser of social satire. With Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco, Gucci Mane. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 3/29). 1:34.

THE CALL (R). Halle Berry plays a dedicated 911 operator trying to locate and save a kidnapped teen (Abigail Breslin) who calls 911 from the trunk of a car. Berry brings her usual focus and feist to this business, not to mention her beauty, to this otherwise sordid slice of abduction porn. HH (Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer -- 3/16). 1:35.

THE CROODS (PG). For all the riffs on innovation in this nutty-Neanderthals comedy about a stone-age family trying to adapt to tectonic changes in the world and themselves, the CGI ‘toon ultimately has few original ideas behind its gently sloping forehead. The been-there aftertaste is a shame, because "The Croods" does several things well. The energy is infectious, and if the animation doesn't have great textural feel (the 3-D is largely unnecessary), a couple of moments dazzle. And although "The Croods" has lazy patches throughout, the conclusion is exciting and, lo and behold, surprising. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman. HH (Daly, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/26).1:38.

THE GATEKEEPERS (PG-13). Revealing documentary about Israel's counterterrorism agency, Shin Bet, based on interviews with six former directors. As a clear-eyed examination of a conflict that seems to have no end, "The Gatekeepers" is powerful, provocative stuff. HHHH (Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer -- 3/30). 1:27.

THE HOST (PG-13). Stephenie Meyer's novel is the source of this sci-fi fantasy about an alien inhabiting a young woman's mind, sharing it with her "host," and the two hot young guys competing for her/their affection and loyalty. This not especially scary film is little more than a teenage girl's fantasy checklist for a prom: Which "me" should I be, which guy should I go with, and can we get one of those shiny sports cars to drive? H1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/29). 2:05.

TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION (PG-13). An ambitious married marriage counselor's attraction to a powerfully handsome billionaire has unalterable consequences. Clumsily told tale with a title that's a come-on and a premise that rings false. How "tempting" can a movie about cheating be with a PG-13 rating? With Junee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Robbie Jones. H (Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service -- 4/1). 1:51.


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