MOVIES: FILM SHOWING 7/20-7/26

Film Previews

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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (PG-13): The winner of the Grand Jury and Cinematography Prizes at Sundance 2012 is Benh Zeitlin’s bayou fable centered around 6-year-old Hushpuppy (newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis), on a mission to find her mom after environmental changes cause her dad to fall ill… and unleash a gaggle of prehistoric creatures. Little, Pittsford

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (PG-13): The what? Never heard of it. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage, Webster

HIPSTERS (2008): Moscow 1955 is the setting for the Dryden’s latest Curator’s Choice, a colorful, crowd-pleasing musical about a group of teens whose obsession with Western popular culture causes them to rail against dismal Soviet conformity. Dryden (Sat, Jul 21, 8 p.m.)

JAWS (1975): Spoiler alert! This was no boat accident. Dryden (Fri, Jul 20, 8 p.m., and Sun, July 22, 2 p.m.)

MIRACLE MILE (1988): Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham star in this Cold War cult comedy about a couple whose romantic plans may or may not be thwarted by an impending nuclear strike. Dryden (Thu, Jul 19, 8 p.m.)

STRAW DOGS (1971): Dustin Hoffman stars for the legendary director Sam Peckinpah in this violent thriller about a young American mathematician in England who fights back after he and his English wife (Susan George) are brutalized by men from her past. Dryden (Tue, Jul 24, 8 p.m.)

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS (NR): This documentary, with interview questions posed by Chuck Klosterman, follows LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of the band’s final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show. Little (Wed, Jul 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m.)

TRACK OF THE CAT (1954): From director William Wellman (1943’s “The Ox-Bow Incident”) comes this 1880s-set Western drama about the troubles of a dysfunctional ranching family led by ruthless middle son Robert Mitchum. Dryden (Wed, Jul 18, 8 p.m.)

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21 JUMP STREET (R): Jonah Hill co-wrote the script for this tacky-looking 80’s redo, in which he and Channing Tatum go undercover at a high school to bust a drug ring. Johnny Depp cameos, and Ice Cube yells. Movies 10

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER (R): Timur Bekmambetov follows up 2008’s “Wanted” with this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel about the Great Emancipator (Benjamin Walker) and his efforts to protect the United States from bloodsucking slave owners. Co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dominic Cooper. Cinema

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG-13): Andrew Garfield shoulders the Peter Parker mantle for this reboot from “(500) Days of Summer” director Marc Webb, in which our hero sets out to learn the truth about his missing parents and takes on The Lizard. With Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Sally Field as Aunt May. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage, Webster

THE AVENGERS (PG-13): Writer-director Joss Whedon marshals Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the rest of Nick Fury’s Avenger Initiative to save the planet from Loki and his minions. With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and everyone else. Henrietta

BATTLESHIP (PG-13): Director Peter Berg had better find a way for someone to say “You sunk my battleship,” otherwise this Hasbro action flick, in which a naval fleet takes on, you know, aliens, will officially be deemed a miss. With Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, and Rihanna. Movies 10

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG-13): Dame Judi Dench leads a stacked cast in this ensemble piece about a gaggle of British seniors who travel to India in search of exotic sights, discount medical care, and inexpensive retirements. Co-starring Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Dame Maggie Smith. Canandaigua, Pittsford

BRAVE (PG): Finally, a Pixar heroine: Kelly Macdonald (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) voices Merida, a willful Scottish princess who must rely on her archery skills to undo a curse brought about by her reckless defiance. With Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, and, of course, John Ratzenberger. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Webster

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (R): Joss Whedon co-wrote the script for the directing debut of “Cloverfield” writer Drew Goddard, a genre-tweaking horror flick in which a group of 20somethings on vacation learn that there is much more to their remote spot than mere evil. With Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford. Movies 10

DARK SHADOWS (PG-13): Tim Burton directs the comedic revamp of the cult TV show, with Johnny Depp hamming it up as Barnabas Collins, an 18th-century vampire who emerges from his tomb in the very different 1970s and must save his wacky descendants. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eva Green. Movies 10, Vintage

THE DICTATOR (R): Sacha Baron Cohen resumes his sly, scenery-chewing ways in this fish-out-of-water comedy as the ruthless leader of an oil-rich African nation who travels to New York City to take on the UN. With Anna Faris and Sir Ben Kingsley. Movies 10

THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13): Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular YA novel set in a dystopian future where teens must fight to the death on live TV. Co-starring Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Cinema

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (PG): The latest installment of this popular animated franchise follows mammoth Manny, saber-toothed Diego, and sloth Sid on another adventure that probably never happened. Featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage, Webster

KATY PERRY: PART OF ME (PG): If you’ve ever gotten a gander at bodacious singer-songwriter Katy Perry, then you understand why this behind-the-scenes documentary is in 3D. Culver, Eastview

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED (PG): The gang finds itself in Monte Carlo on its way back to NYC, where the animals join up with a traveling circus making the rounds of Europe’s capital cities. Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Chris Rock. Canandaigua, Eastview, Henrietta, Tinseltown, Vintage, Webster

MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION (PG-13): Welcome to the debut of my boilerplate blurb for Madea movies! Tyler Perry’s insanely profitable creation shames C-list stars — this time it’s Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, and Tom Arnold — into being better humans. Canandaigua, Culver, Henrietta, Tinseltown

MAGIC MIKE (R): The prolific Steven Soderbergh returns with a rather un-Soderberghy comedy that features Channing Tatum as the title character, an experienced stripper who shows a new guy the ropes while he contemplates his own non-gyrating future. Co-starring Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Tinseltown, Vintage, Webster

MEN IN BLACK III (PG-13): Barry Sonnenfeld reteams with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones for this three-quel, which finds Smith’s Agent J traveling back to the 1960’s to stop an alien from assassinating Agent K (Josh Brolin). With Emma Thompson. Vintage

MOONRISE KINGDOM (PG-13): Wes Anderson’s first live-action film since 2007’s “The Darjeeling Limited” is also his first period piece, romantic 60’s-era whimsy in which two young teens run off together, prompting a town-wide search party. With Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and Edward Norton. Henrietta, Little, Pittsford, Webster

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (PG): Aardman Animation, the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit,” returns with this tale about The Pirate Captain and his efforts to win Pirate of the Year over rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz. Featuring the voices of Hugh Grant, Jeremy Piven, and Salma Hayek. Movies 10

PROMETHEUS (R): Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi territory with this loose prequel to 1979’s “Alien” in which a crew of scientists seek the origins of humanity but instead discover a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race. With Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Michael Fassbender. Canandaigua, Tinseltown

ROCK OF AGES (PG-13): Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Tom Cruise star in this big-screen adaptation of the smash Broadway musical about a small-town girl and a city boy who pursue each other as well as their dreams in 1987 Los Angeles. Movies 10

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (R): Aubrey Plaza (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation) stars in this comedy about a trio of magazine employees who head out on an assignment to interview a man who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. With Jake Johnson, Jeff Garlin, and the ubiquitous Mark Duplass. Little

SAVAGES (R): Oliver Stone is back in violent action territory with this adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel about two California marijuana growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) who take on the Mexican drug cartel that snatched their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively). With Salma Hayek, John Travolta, and Benicio Del Toro. Canandaigua, Culver, Henrietta, Greece, Tinseltown, Webster

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG-13): This alternate version of the fairy tale finds our heroine (Kristen Stewart) trained in warrior ways by the man who was sent to kill her at the behest of the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). Featuring a British Thespian Who’s Who of dwarves: Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost, and Ray Winstone. Culver

TED (R): This profane comedy from “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane envisions what happens when one of those moviemaking clichés — the talking stuffed animal — grows up along with the boy who wished him into existence. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and McFarlane himself as the voice of Ted. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage, Webster

THINK LIKE A MAN (PG-13): This ensemble comedy from director Tim Story (“Fantastic Four”) follows four buddies who turn the tables on their women when they learn that the ladies are devotees of a popular self-help book. With Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, and Gabrielle Union. Movies 10

TO ROME WITH LOVE (R): Writer-director Woody Allen continues his globetrotting ways, this time touching down in The Eternal City for another comedy about the intertwined romantic adventures of various Caucasians. With Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, and Allen himself. Little, Pittsford

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (PG-13): Spoiler alert! One should hopefully expect a baby, along with a star-studded romantic comedy featuring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, and Dennis Quaid. Movies 10

YOUR SISTER’S SISTER (R): Writer-director Lynn Shelton reteams with “Humpday” star Mark Duplass for this bittersweet comedy about a grieving Seattle slacker trying to navigate complicated entanglements with his closest friend (Emily Blunt) and her half-sister (Rosemarie Dewitt). Little

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