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August 15, 2013

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Aug. 15--AMOUR (Sony) Film by Michael Haneke captures just what that phrase "Till death do you part" looks like. A cruelly but profoundly intimate portrait of two lives -- caregiver husband, terminally ill wife -- intertwined, the film measures love through loss, showing in unflinching terms the duty, devotion and sacrifice that true love requires. Oscar winner for best foreign-language film. With Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert. In French with English subtitles. (PG-13; mature theme) ????

SCARY MOVIE V (Anchor Bay) The latest in the horror-movie-spoof series, without frequent stars Anna Faris and Regina Hall, but with cameos by Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Co-written by Shorewood native and "Airplane!" co-conspirator David Zucker. (PG-13; pervasive crude and sexual content, language. some drug use, partial nudity, violence) Not reviewed.

KILLING SEASON (Millennium) Robert De Niro is a reclusive American veteran living in the wild; John Travolta is an oddly facial-haired European "tourist" who has another form of hunting on his mind. (R; violence, torture, language) Not reviewed.

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY (Docudrama) Documentary centers on Arnel Pineda, a Filipino singer who landed the role as frontman for album-rock heroes Journey. First shown locally at the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival. (R; some language) Not reviewed.

FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS (Lionsgate) Documentary recounts the life and impact of African-American activist and scholar Angela Davis, who became a symbol -- on both sides of the divide -- of the political/cultural chasm of the 1960s. (Not rated) Not reviewed.

SHADOW DANCER (Magnolia) A single mother reluctantly turns informant when she's arrested as part of an IRA plot. Thriller with Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen. (R; language, some violence) Not reviewed.

NO ONE LIVES (Anchor Bay) A group of kidnappers pick on some people who are even nastier than they are. With Luke Evans; from the director of "Midnight Meat Train." (R; violence, gore, pervasive language, some sex and nudity) Not reviewed.

HIGHLAND PARK (Cinedigm) The faculty at the high school in a struggling city win the lottery and hope to use their winnings to help turn things around. Comedy-drama with Billy Burke, Danny Glover, Parker Posey. (Not rated; mature themes) Not reviewed.

RAPTURE-PALOOZA (Lionsgate) When The Rapture hits, the non-believers are left on Earth to try to live a normal life. Another apocalyptical comedy, with Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson as the Anti-Christ. (R; pervasive language, drug use) Not reviewed.

ALYCE KILLS (Gaiam Vivendi) How freaky can a world of sex, drugs and violence get? Go ask Alyce. Violent thriller with Jade Dornfeld, Tamara Feldman. (Not rated; violence, gore) Not reviewed.

VAMPIRE (Lionsgate) A respected teacher is also a vampire, but instead of doing the biting thing, he convinces suicidal young women to drain themselves for him. Psychological horror film by Iwai Shunji, with Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Kristin Kreuk, Rachael Leigh Cook. (R; violence, language) Not reviewed.

FLOATING CITY (Well Go USA) While he rises through the ranks at a Hong Kong company, a Chinese executive is determined to get to the truth of his past. Drama by director Yim Ho; in Cantonese with English subtitles. (Not rated) Not reviewed.

WITHER (Artsploitation) Swedish thriller about a group of young people who unwittingly free a deadly creature trapped in the cellar. In Swedish with English subtitles. (Not rated; violence, gore) Not reviewed.

COMING SOON

AUG. 27

THE GREAT GATSBY (Warner), AT ANY PRICE (Sony), KON TIKI (Starz/Anchor Bay), PAIN & GAIN (Paramount), THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST (IFC), SUPER BUDDIES (Disney), A COMPANY MAN (Well Go USA), SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S (Entertainment One), AMONG FRIENDS (Lionsgate), 33 POSTCARDS (First Look), BILLY THE KID (Lionsgate), CALL ME FITZ (Entertainment One), 1939 BATTLE OF WESTERPLATTE (Entertainment One), NYC UNDERGROUND (Lionsgate)

SEPT. 3

NOW YOU SEE ME (Summit), FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Cinedigm), STORIES WE TELL (Lionsgate), EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE (Magnolia), EMPIRE STATE (Lionsgate)

RECENTLY RELEASED

EMPEROR In postwar Japan, an aide to Gen. Douglas MacArthur is assigned the task of determining whether Emperor Hirohito should be tried for war crimes -- while trying to resolve a few dilemmas of his own. With Matthew Fox, and Tommy Lee Jones as MacArthur. (PG-13; violent content, strong language)

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP When a middle-age former radical comes in from the cold, an ambitious reporter unravels the identities and locations of her fellow travelers -- one of whom takes flight to prove his innocence. Flabby and archaic thriller, directed by and starring Robert Redford. With Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci. (R; language)

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN An ex-Secret Service agent, played by Gerard Butler, has to save the president when terrorists take over the White House. Flag-wavingly nonsensical action movie by director Antoine Fuqua, with Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman. (R; violence, pervasive violence) ??

THE BIG WEDDING To appease their adopted Colombian son -- whose birth mother, coming to America for his wedding, is a strict Catholic -- a long-divorced couple agree to pretend they're still married, much to the consternation of the father's longtime lover. Wedding-day farce, based on a French comedy, with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace. (R; nudity, sex, language) Not reviewed.

WHAT MAISIE KNEW Caught between her warring parents, a little girl finds comfort in the kindness of strangers, including her new stepparents. Modern adaptation of Henry James novel. With Onata Aprile, Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsg rd. (R; some language) Not reviewed.

COMPULSION A chef obsessed with culinary perfection finds a new obsession: her neighbor, an actress whom she idolized when they both were younger. Darkly comic thriller with Heather Graham, Carrie Anne-Moss. (R; sex, a sexual assault, language) Not reviewed.

HATCHET III A swamp killer is back for more. With Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Zach Galligan. (R; pervasive violence and horror, language) Not reviewed.

THE HOT FLASHES A middle-aged woman reunites her high school girls' championship basketball team to play the current state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention. With Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim. (R; some sex, drug use) Not reviewed.

3 GEEZERS! An actor researching a role moves into a senior center, only to find things a little wilder than he thought they'd be. Sometimes-coarse geriatric comedy with J.K. Simmons, Basil Hoffman, Lou Beatty Jr. (Not rated) Not reviewed.

THE GUILLOTINES A squad of assassins in the service of the Chinese emperor go after a crime gang's leader, not realizing the emperor may be targeting them, too. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (R; violence) Not reviewed.

CAT. 8 A renegade physicist played by Matthew Modine may be the only person between us and global disaster -- that can't be good. (Not rated) Not reviewed.

CHIHUAHUA TOO! Family adventure about a golden retriever that tries to convince his family that their new home is haunted by the ghost of a famous movie star dog. (Not rated) Not reviewed.

ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY Medical thriller about a scientist, still reeling from the death of his infant son, pushing for a breakthrough in genetics, only to have personal demons get in the way. (Not rated; mature themes) Not reviewed.

Star ratings are from reviews by film critic Duane Dudek and other reviewers for the Journal Sentinel.

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