MOVIES: FILMS SHOWING 8/3-8/9

Film Previews

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (PG): The third film in the franchise combines the third and fourth books in the series for a look at the hilarity and lesson-learning that ensues when Greg’s plans for the summer go awry. Canandaigua, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

MOONRISE (1948): The Dryden’s “Kid Noir” series begins with this Frank Borzage drama about a troubled young man (Dane Clark) whose hanged father’s notoriety makes him an outcast in his small town. With Lloyd Bridges and Ethel Barrymore. Dryden (Tue, Aug 7, 8 p.m.)

I’LL GET YOU FOR THIS/COLORADO TERRITORY (1951/1949): The first film in this pulpy double feature stars George Raft as a gambler on the lam in Italy, while the second stars Joel McCrea as an outlaw set to do one last job. Dryden (Sun, Aug 5, 7 p.m.)

THE NAKED PREY (1966): Hungarian-born actor-director Cornel Wilde stars for himself in this survivalist adventure about a man who is hunted by a tribe that had been offended by the actions of his safari group. Dryden (Wed, Aug 1, 8 p.m.)

THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981): Director George Miller continues the Mad Max saga, with Mel Gibson returning as the cop-turned-drifter in a post-apocalyptic landscape, this time coming to the aid of honest oil refiners being terrorized by a gang. Dryden (Thu, Aug 2, 8 p.m.)

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953): Ten Academy Award nominations went to William Wyler’s summer romance, with Audrey Hepburn winning her only Oscar in her first starring role as bored royalty who romps through Rome in disguise, with equally incognito reporter Gregory Peck as her escort. Dryden (Sat, Aug 4, 8 p.m.)

STEVE JOBS: THE LOST INTERVIEW (2011): A revealing 1995 talk with the late co-founder of Apple, just before he returned to the then-suffering company and kick-started an unprecedented renaissance. Dryden (Fri, Aug 3, 8 p.m.)

TOTAL RECALL (PG-13): Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale star in Len Wiseman’s loose adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story about a frustrated factory worker whose harmless virtual escapism leads to a revelation that makes him a hunted man. Brockport, Canandaigua, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

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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. Canandaigua, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Tinseltown, Vintage

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. Cinema

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

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, Eastview, Geneseo, Tinseltown

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

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. Movie 10, Vintage

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. Movie 10

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, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

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

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, Greece, Tinseltown

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. Little, Pittsford

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. Movie 10

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. Greece, Tinseltown

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. Movies 10

STEP UP: REVOLUTION (PG-13): The fourth film in the successful “Step Up” series takes place in Miami, where the daughter of a wealthy businessman sparks with a young man from a dance crew, then some bad stuff happens but everything probably turns out OK. Canandaigua, Eastview, Greece

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, Eastview, Geneseo, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

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

THE WATCH (R): Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Renaissance man Richard Ayoade lead the cast of this comedy, co-written by “Superbad” scripters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, about a group of suburban dads whose neighborhood patrol battles aliens hoping to take over the Earth.Brockport, Canandaigua, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

 

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