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At the movies Short takes [Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)]

July 4, 2013

YellowBrix

OpenED WEDNESDAY

Despicable Me 2

98 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG (rude humor, mild action)-

Ex-villain Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help contain a powerful new criminal. (GX, HM, LT, PL, ST)

The Lone Ranger

149 min.; PG-13 (intense action/violence, suggestive material)

The saga of the Wild Wests resident masked man is recounted from the perspective of his sidekick, Tonto. (GX, HM, LT, PL, ST)

OpenS TODAY

The Rep

99 min.; unrated

The devotion and love required to keep a tiny art house cinema in Toronto going are chronicled in this documentary. (NL, July 4-7)

ONGOING

The Bling Ring

90 min.; R (teen drug/alcohol use, language, sexual references)-

A group of fame-obsessed teens uses the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (ST)

Man of Steel

2 Stars 148 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense sci-fi violence/action/ destruction, language)-

The story of Krypton's favorite son is retold, from his arrival on Earth to his adoption of alter-ego Clark Kent. (GX, HM, PL, ST; PR, starting Fri.)

Monsters University

3 Stars 102 min.; 2-D/3-D; G-

In this prequel to "Monsters, Inc.," the collegiate meeting of Mike Wazowski and James P. "Sully" Sullivan is chronicled. (GX, HM, PL, PR, ST)

Now You See Me

116 min.; PG-13 (language, action, sexual content)

A team of the world's greatest illusionists pulls off a series of daring heists during performances. (GX, PL, ST)

This Is the End

106 min.; R (crude/sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use, violence)-

Six movie industry friends are trapped in a house as the world seemingly comes to an end around them. (PL, ST)

White House Down

137 min.; PG-13 (prolonged action/violence, intense gunfire/ explosions, language, sexual image)-

A cop turned down for the Secret Service is taking the White House tour when a paramilitary group invades it. (GX, PL, ST)

World War Z

116 min.; 2-D/3-D; PG-13 (intense frightening zombie sequences, violence, disturbing images)-

A United Nations employee traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic threatening to wipe out humanity. (GX, LT, PL, ST)

Coming soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (July 12) are:

- Grown Ups 2: For better or worse, the cast from 2010's "Grown Ups" returns mostly intact ... "with some exciting new additions," notes the official studio line. This time around, Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. Now it's the grown-ups who are the ones learning lessons from their kids on the last day of school. Re- joining Sandler are fellow "Grown Ups" alums Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Colin Quinn, Steve Buscemi and recent GO! cover story subject Tim Meadows. New to the mix: Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz and Shaquille O'Neal.

- Pacific Rim: With the most talented man making horror/fantasy movies today at the helm - Guillermo ("Pan's Labyrinth") Del Toro - what sounds like just another noisy, CGI-infested, 3-D, D-Box summer mind-number could turn out to be something special. Fingers crossed. The premise: When an army of monstrous creatures starts rising from the sea, a years-long war begins that consumes humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the beasts, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes: a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Clifton Collins Jr. co-star.

Film clips

- Rock the Boxw Tornado touchdown: As promised in the GO! cover story that appeared back in May, this weekend's Tornado Belly Rock Festival at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington - 3 p.m. Sunday - is destined to become concert footage in the made-in-B-N movie "We Had This Band." The concert - which is part of the film's narrative - features the fictional film's group, Burn Daylight, fronted by Twin Cities native Andy Steadman, also the film's writer-director. The rest of the concert bill is comprised of an array of real-life rock bands and performers, including San Francisco's Jonah Matranga and native Illinoisans WitchFeet and Steven. Proceeds from the $10 admission and a raffle of movie props/memorabilia will go to Hammitt School at The Baby Fold and the Pratt Music Foundation.

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