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, who sparkles as Portia's mother; Michael Sheen, blisteringly funny as Portia's tweedy boyfriend; Gloria Reuben, exquisitely disingenuous as Portia's predatory rival for a promotion; and Wallace Shawn, perfect as the outgoing boss. Top marks all around. HHH (Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune -- 3/25). 1:47.

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).

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.

ON THE ROAD (R). Jack Kerouac's signature 1957 novel about the reckless travels of two guys, one of them Kerouac's alter ego, crisscrossing the United States. Review, D2

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 go on a robbery spree to finance their spring break trip to Florida. With Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, James Franco, Gucci Mane. Review, D3

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.

THE HOST (PG-13). Stephenie Meyers' 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. Review, D4

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (PG-13). A once hugely popular Las Vegas magic act duo faces a stiff challenge from a cocky Internet illusionist wonder. Now you laugh at it, now you don't. With Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi. Jim Carrey. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 3/15). 1:40.

TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR (PG-13). An ambitious married marriage counselor's attraction to a powerfully handsome billionaire has unalterable consequences for her. With Junee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, Kim Kardashian.


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