Film Clips


A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (R). Father, son, spies, Russian mobsters collide in Moscow amid big-screen explosives in the fifth film in the franchise. Tired and played out. With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney. H (Rodriguez, Miami Herald -- 2/19). 1:37.

AMOUR (PG-13). Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva star as an elderly couple living a comfortable loving life until a stroke shifts the dynamics in their marriage in this Academy Award-nominated drama about love after the romance and life after life has lost its meaning. With Isabelle Huppert. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/15). 2:07.

DARK SKIES (PG-13). Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton are a couple who attract the interest of a mysterious evil force. A passably chilling bit of nonsense that builds on the past, the tropes of the genre, and relies on them for the odd jolt and the occasional ironic laugh. HH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 2/23). 1:35.

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (PG). A nerdy alien has to go to Earth to save his super-heroic space-exploring older brother who has been captured in a fiendish scheme in this computer-animated adventure featuring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, George Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch.

IDENTITY THIEF (R). When Denver accounts representative Sandy Patterson, played by Jason Bateman, discovers his identity has been purloined and his credit cards are maxed out, trashing his good name, his employer declares him a bad risk for their startup company. Sandy is given one week to retrieve the con woman (Melissa McCarthy) responsible for the mess. Debilitatingly witless. H (Phillips, Chicago Tribune -- 2/11). 1:51.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER (PG-13). You know the story but in this version, it's not without its reinventions, embellishments and twists.

LIFE OF PI (PG). Ang Lee combines a lifetime of storytelling finesse with arguably the most artful use of 3-D technology yet seen to bring to life novelist Yann Martel's saga of an Indian youth lost at sea with a ravenous Bengal tiger aboard his small lifeboat. A gorgeous, ruminative film that is soulfully, provocatively entertaining. HHH1/2 (Germain, Associated Press -- 11/21). 2:06.

PROMISED LAND (R). Director Gus van Sant's film casts a relatively even light over the unwinnable choice many farmers face when they have to decide between two evils. The residents of a farming community in western Pennsylvania must decide whether to lease their land to a gas company for deep drilling -- fracking -- because they need the money or reject the offer because of all the environmental issues. As a company sales representative, Matt Damon, who co-wrote the screenplay, effortlessly slips from man of conviction to man of the people and, in the process, makes the role and the film work. With Frances McDormand. John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook. HH1/2 (Bentley, The Fresno Bee -- 1/7). 1:46.

QUARTET (PG-13). The retired musicians at Britain's Beecham House may not have the cash or relatives to ensure they pass their last years at home. But they still have their wit, their love of rehearsal and the fading vestiges of their talent in this dainty, adorable and adorably predictable film of Ronald Harwood's play. With Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay. HHH (Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service -- 2/15). 1:39.

RUST AND BONE (R). Set in France's Cote d'Azur, "Rust and Bone" entangles the wayward lives of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a killer-whale trainer at Marineland, and Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a destitute single father who seeks shelter in the home of his wary grocery-clerk sister.

SAFE HAVEN (PG-13). Set in a picturesque North Carolina coastal town, this formulaic adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel stars Josh Duhamel as a convenience store owner and widowed father of two children, who falls for a new waitress in town (Julianne Hough), who is on the run from a mysterious past in Boston. There's tragedy and heartbreak; a story that involves no heavy lifting, few surprises, and so "safe" that there's nothing that anyone would consider "edgy." HH (Moore, McClatchy Tribune News Service-- 2/18). 1:55.

SIDE EFFECTS (R). Jude Law plays a psychiatrist whose patient (Rooney Mara) commits a violent act while under his care -- the result of the side effects of the drugs he's been giving her. With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (R). Just out from eight months in a Baltimore psych ward, a high school teacher who has lost his job and his wife to another man recuperates in his parents' Philadelphia home and meets, at a dinner, a young widow suffering from bouts of depression and low self-esteem. A head-spinning wonder of a movie about love, pain, reinvention, rehabilitation and the totemic power of a National Football League franchise. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro. HHHH (Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer -- 12/29). 2:00.

SNITCH (PG-13). Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as a father who goes undercover for the DEA to clear the name of his wrongfully accused son. Johnson leaves his preening wrestling persona at the door in this gritty, streetwise and, until the last 20 minutes, fairly credible drama. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 2/22). 1:52.

21 AND OVER (R). On the night before his important medical school exam, a straight-A student is taken out by his two best friends on a 21st birthday celebration that turns into a night of self-indulgence and debauchery.

THE LAST EXORCISM 2 (R). An unstable evangelical minister agrees to have a documentary crew shoot the final exorcism of his career.


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