MOVIES: MOVIES SHOWING 8/17-8/23

Film Previews

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THE BIG NIGHT (1951): This film noir by blacklisted director Joseph Losey stars John Barrymore, Jr. as a teenager who comes of age as he goes looking for the man who beat up his beloved father. Dryden (Tue, Aug 21, 8 p.m.)

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977): Spielberg’s follow-up to “Jaws” is this sci-fi classic about an Indiana electrical worker (Richard Dreyfus) who goes searching for answers after he crosses paths with a UFO. Co-starring Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and François Truffaut. Dryden (Fri, Aug 17, 8 p.m., and Sun, Aug 19, 2 p.m.)

DARK HORSE (R): The latest from indie provocateur Todd Solondz (1995’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse”) is a black comedy about a miserable 30something man (Jordan Gelber) who tries to ignite a romance with a depressed young woman (Selma Blair). With Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow. Little

ELLES (2011): Juliette Binoche leads the cast of this French-language drama about an investigative journalist who rethinks her own ideas about money, family, and sex while researching an article about student prostitution. Dryden (Sat, Aug 18, 8 p.m., and Sun, Aug 19, 5 p.m.)

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (R): Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. ‘Nuff said. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Tinseltown, Vintage

MIDNIGHT RUN (1988): This odd-couple comedy features Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter charged with rounding up a nerdy accountant (Charles Grodin) who embezzled $15 million from a Chicago mob boss (Dennis Farina). Dryden (Thu, Aug 16, 8 p.m.)

MOROCCO (1930): For her American feature-film debut, Marlene Dietrich stars alongside Gary Cooper and Adolph Menjou in the story of a cabaret singer courted by both a womanizing Legionnaire and a wealthy man. Dryden (Wed, Aug 15, 8 p.m.)

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (PG): This comedy-drama from writer-director Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life”) stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton (“Warrior”) as a childless couple who bury their hopes in a box and are understandably surprised when a 10-year-old knocks on the door claiming to be their son. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown

PARANORMAN (PG): This stop-motion animation from the same artists responsible for “Coraline” tells the story of a young boy whose ability to communicate with the dead comes in handy as he tries to save his New England town from a witch’s curse. Featuring the voices of John Goodman, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, and Elaine Stritch. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

SPARKLE (PG-13): Whitney Houston’s final film role is as the matriarch in this 1960’s-set drama about three sisters who form a girl group and become Motown sensations, only to have fame drive a wedge into the once-close-knit family. Starring Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, and Cee-Lo Green. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown

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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. 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. Cinema

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. Eastview, Henrietta

THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG-13): “Michael Clayton” director Tony Gilroy (he’s written all the 21st century “Bourne” installments) directs Jeremy Renner as he steps into the leading role of this successful franchise to play CIA operative Aaron Cross, helping a new cast of characters clean up Jason Bourne’s mess. With Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, and Albert Finney. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

THE CAMPAIGN (R): Will Ferrell headlines the latest from “Austin Powers” director Jay Roach as a four-term North Carolina congressman whose fall from grace leaves him vulnerable to opposition by a naive challenger (Zach Galifianakis). Featuring Brian Cox, John Lithgow, and Dan Aykroyd. Brockport, Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo,  Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

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

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, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown, Vintage

HOPE SPRINGS (PG-13): Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in this romantic comedy-drama as a long-married couple who attend an intense counseling retreat to work on their relationship. With Steve Carell, Jean Smart, and Elisabeth Shue. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Geneseo, Greece, Little, Henrietta, Pittsford, Tinseltown

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. Canandaigua, Culver, Eastview, Greece, Henrietta, Tinseltown

THE INTOUCHABLES (R): Toothy Dustin Hoffman lookalike François Cluzet (2008’s “Tell No One”) stars in this feel-good French import as a wealthy paraplegic who hires a charismatic Senegalese hustler from the projects as his caretaker. Little

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. Movies 10

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. Movies 10

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. Movies 10

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. Movie 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. Pittsford

RUBY SPARKS (R): Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris follow up 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine” with this romantic fantasy about a novelist (Paul Dano) whose infatuation with a character he created brings her to life. Co-starring Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan as Ruby. Little, Pittsford

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. Movies 10

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. 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, Greece, Henrietta, Tinseltown, Vintage

THAT’S MY BOY (R): Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg play a heavily backstoried father and son in this raunchy comedy about a 40something playboy who tries to reestablish a relationship with his adult kid. With Leighton Meester, James Caan, and the usual parade of cameos. Movies 10

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. Culver, Eastview, Henrietta, Tinseltown, Vintage

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.Culver, Greece, Vintage

 

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