Aug. 22--THE GREAT GATSBY (Warner) Baz Luhrmann's flashy but empty adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved novel of love, loss, obsession and the roaring 1920s, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, feels like a missed opportunity. The first hour is hypnotic, from the wide shots of New York skylines to the sensory overload of the parties at Gatsby's mansion. But the hollowness of the characters makes the second half of the movie drag. With Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki. (PG-13; some violent images, sex, smoking, partying, brief language) ??
AT ANY PRICE (Sony) A corner-cutting family farmer and salesman of genetically modified seed battles pressure from a competitor and the apathy of the sons he wants to take over the business. Haunting portrait of the relationship between fathers and sons as being built on a foundation of intersecting interests, from writer-director Ramin Bahrani ("Goodbye Solo"). With Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron. (R; sexual content, language) ???
KON TIKI (Starz/Anchor Bay) Movie re-creating ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage across the Pacific by raft -- in a bid to prove his widely maligned theory about migration in the region -- has a grand, old-fashioned feel. Beautifully photographed, the man-against-nature adventure story feels like it was made in -- not just set in -- the optimistic post-World War II era. Shot in English and Norwegian; the latter was a best foreign-language film Oscar nominee. (PG-13; disturbing violent scene) ???
PAIN & GAIN (Paramount) Not-too-bright Miami bodybuilders, eager to make a big score, kidnap a rich client and get him to sign over all his assets to them. A comedy based improbably on a true story. Directed by action-blockbuster auteur Michael Bay, with Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris. (R; violence, pervasive language, nudity, drug use, sex) Not reviewed.
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST (IFC) A Pakistani native whose rise in corporate America was cut short by post-Sept. 11 prejudice is suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of an American academic in Pakistan. Thriller based on the bestselling novel, with Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri. Directed by Mira Nair ("Monsoon Wedding"). (R; language, some violence, sex) Not reviewed.
SUPER BUDDIES (Disney) Puppies gain superpowers with the gift of some magical rings. (G) Not reviewed.
A COMPANY MAN (Well Go USA) An ace hit man for a big criminal syndicate -- disguised as a metal fabrication firm -- decides to quit the business. Korean crime thriller, with English subtitles. (Not rated; violence) Not reviewed.
SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S (Entertainment One) Fashion-focused documentary celebrating New York City's legendary store, Bergdorf Goodman's. (PG-13; brief language) Not reviewed.
AMONG FRIENDS (Lionsgate) Friends get together for a murder mystery party that turns out to be anything but a party. Horror movie starring and directed by "scream queen" Danielle Harris. (R; violence, language, some sex, drug use) Not reviewed.
33 POSTCARDS (First Look) A Chinese orphan seeks out the Australian man (Guy Pearce) who's been sponsoring her, only to discover he's been giving her a different picture of the world he lives in. (Not rated) Not reviewed.
BILLY THE KID (Lionsgate) After his mother is murdered, the young gunman who'll become Billy the Kid teams up with a bounty hunter to get revenge. Western with Cody McCarver, Jason Harbour. (PG-13; violence) Not reviewed.
1939 BATTLE OF WESTERPLATTE (Entertainment One) In the opening days of the Nazi assault on Poland, Polish commanders take a stand. In English and Polish, with Polish subtitles. (Not rated; violence) Not reviewed.
NYC UNDERGROUND (Lionsgate) Two brothers from Manhattan go to a concert in Brooklyn, where they cross a gangster and run for their lives in the subways. With Clayne Crawford, Sean Faris. (R; language, violence, drug use). Not reviewed.
NOW YOU SEE ME (Summit), FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (Cinedigm), THE ICEMAN (Millennium), STORIES WE TELL (Lionsgate), EVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE (Magnolia), EMPIRE STATE (Lionsgate), BLANCANIEVES (Cohen Media Group), WHAT IF...? (First Run), SOMM (First Run)
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (Paramount), LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED (Sony), PEEPLES (Lionsgate), WISH YOU WERE HERE (eOne), FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY (Dark Sky), HAMMER OF THE GODS (Magnolia)
AMOUR 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 When The Rapture hits, the nonbelievers 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 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.
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