May 16--STAND UP GUYS (Lionsgate) Al Pacino as an aging bank robber who, upon his release from prison, is greeted by an old pal who's a hit man, played by Christopher Walken -- who's been ordered to bump off his buddy. Geriatric buddy-mobster comedy, with Alan Arkin. (R; sex, violence, drug use) ??1/2
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (Warner) A hocus-pocusy date night for teenage witches everywhere. Star-crossed teens -- he's human, she's a witch (they call themselves "casters") -- fall in love in a sleepy Southern town, as her 16th birthday, when she has to choose between the light and dark sides of her powers, looms. Movie based on the popular series of young-adult books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is hobbled by the lack of chemistry between young stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, and a simultaneously confusing and derivative plot. With Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson. (PG-13; violence, scary images, some sex) ??
SIDE EFFECTS (Universal) A young woman with depression issues following her husband's imprisonment for insider trading turns to a new psychologist, whose prescription for a new wonder drug may or may not have some dangerous side effects. Director Steven Soderbergh says this medical thriller will be his final feature film. With Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones. (R; sex, nudity, violence, drug use) Not reviewed.
PARKER (Sony) This may sound familiar: A tough, smart criminal, turned on by his confederates, comes back from the nearly dead to get what's due him. Action movie, based on a Donald Westlake novel, with Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez. (R; violence, pervasive language, brief sex, nudity) Not reviewed.
THE LAST STAND (Lionsgate) Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback vehicle has the Terminator turned small-town sheriff who has to stop a fugitive drug lord from getting through his town to the border -- by any violent, comical means necessary. With Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker. (R; pervasive violence, language) Not reviewed.
HATING BREITBART (Freestyle Releasing) Blogger-activist-provocateur Andrew Breitbart's rise as one of the rock stars of the tea party movement is chronicled in this documentary by Andrew Marcus, Fox Point native and son of Marcus Corp. Chairman Steve Marcus. Breitbart's in-their-face style -- taking on the Democratic establishment and the mainstream media through direct confrontation and his own brand of citizen journalism -- made him a lightning rod for liberals and a hero for some conservatives in the two years before his death this March at the age of 43. The film, however, sheds more sparks than light on his battles, but in an election year when video shot at a candidate fundraiser loomed large, it shows he might have been on to something. R (some language) ??
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING (New Video) To launch a literary magazine at his high school -- and boost his chances of getting into the college of his dreams -- a cynical student blackmails the school's most popular kids into writing for it. Black comedy written by and starring Chris Colfer, based on his novel. With Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks. (Not rated; language, sex) Not reviewed.
OPEN ROAD (Universal) A young Brazilian artist on the run finds connections -- and direction -- when she makes friends in a small town. With Camilla Belle, Collin Egglesfield, Andy Garcia, John Savage, Juliette Lewis. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
DARK CIRCLES (Lionsgate) Sleep-deprived parents of a newborn are driven to the brink by hallucinations that may not be hallucinations after all. Horror movie with Pell James, Johnathan Schaech. (R; violence) Not reviewed.
23RD PSALM: REDEMPTION (Entertainment One) After being denied parole, a murderer escapes from prison and sets out to take hostage the family of the man -- a police detective turned minister -- who helped convict him. Faith-based drama with Tatyana Ali, Clifton Powell, Jason Burkey, Leslie Mills. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
NIGHTFALL (Well Go USA) A Hong Kong detective on the trail of a celebrity's murderer stumbles into deception, suspicion and a deep, dark secret. Crime thriller with Simon Yam, Nick Cheung. In Cantonese with English subtitles. (Not rated; violence) Not reviewed.
THE ABCS OF DEATH (Magnolia) A grisly, grim and campy trip through the alphabet, with 26 different ways to kill. (Not rated; violence, gore, nudity, language, extremely disturbing images) Not reviewed.
ADVENTURES OF BAILEY: A NIGHT IN COWTOWN (Entertainment One) A dog sets out to rescue the brother of the dog next door. Third movie in family-friendly series. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
DARK SKIES (Anchor Bay), GENERATION UM... (Phase 4), LORE (Music Box), THE NUMBERS STATION (Image), TOMORROW YOU'RE GONE (Image), DORFMAN IN LOVE (Virgil)
IDENTITY THIEF (Universal), WARM BODIES (Lionsgate/Summit), THE LAST RIDE (Fox), MOSQUITA Y MARI (Wolfe)
CLOUD ATLAS (Warner) One way -- not necessarily the best or only way -- to regard this film is as six short stories set during different time periods, from 1849 to a post-apocalyptic Hawaii, with a common thread. But the sprawling, non-sequential time poem by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, shuffles and folds elements of each of these stories together to create a nonlinear leitmotif of recurring thoughts, ideas, memories, dreams, premonitions, principles, acts of conscience and moral truths, in which different characters in each story are played by the same actors -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving and Hugh Grant among them. Although some will find the nearly three-hour film bloated and pretentious, those who enjoy puzzles and bold thinking may feel differently. (R; language, violence, nudity, sexuality, drug use) ???
TEXAS CHAINSAW (Lionsgate) A young woman inherits an isolated Texas mansion, which comes with unexpected wealth -- and some really gory goings-on in the basement. Re-imagining/sequel of the slasher classic franchise, with Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine "Trey Songz" Neverson. (R; pervasive violence and language) Not reviewed.
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III (Lionsgate) An L.A. player's life unravels when his girlfriend abruptly dumps him. Slapstick-imitates life comedy starring Charlie Sheen, written and directed by Roman Coppola, with Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray. (R; language, some nudity) Not reviewed.
IF I WERE YOU (Kino Lorber) A woman ends up befriending her husband's mistress and, at the young woman's urging, begins looking for an affair (or two) of her own. Relationship comedy with Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watlin, Aidan Quinn. (R; language) Not reviewed.
FRANKIE GO BOOM (Universal) A man, haunted by his family's persistently inappropriate behavior, gets in trouble when his brother secretly turns his one-night stand into online porn. Black comedy with Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Whitney Cummings, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
BACK TO 1942 (Well Go USA) Historical epic about a man and his daughter struggling to survive during the great wartime famine in 1942 China. International drama with Zhang Guoli, Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins. In English and Mandarian, with English subtitles. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
ESCAPE (Entertainment One) In plague-ravaged 14th-century Scandinavia, a young woman escapes from a band of killers who murdered her family. Medieval fantasy in Swedish with English subtitles. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
Compiled by Chris Foran.Star ratings are from reviews by film critic Duane Dudek and other reviewers for the Journal Sentinel. For more, see jsonline.com/movies.
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