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June 20, 2012

A guide to the movies

KABUL, Afghanistan — Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted.

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OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK

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“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” — This alternate-history tale imagines the secret life of the 16th president, who moonlights as a vampire hunter. With Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Simon Kinberg. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. In 3-D. (1:45) R.

“Beyond the Black Rainbow” — In 1983, a young woman held under sedation and in captivity tries to escape a mysterious institute dealing in sensory and pharmacological therapy. With Michael Rogers, Eva Allan and Scott Hylands. Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos. (1:50) R.

“Brave” — Determined to follow her own path in life, a headstrong young princess defies an age-old tradition and unleashes chaos in her kingdom, which will require all her skills and resourcefulness to fix. With the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters. Written by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell, Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi. Directed by Andrews and Chapman. (1:36) PG.

“Bro” — A college student trying to keep pace with an extreme-sports crew gets caught up in gangs, drugs, money and women. With Danny Trejo, Will Chavez and Beau Manley. Written by Kim Mackenzie and Nick Parada. Directed by Parada. (1:30) NR.

“Extraterrestrial” — After a one-night stand, a man and woman wake to contend with an ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor and a flying saucer hovering above their now-deserted city. With Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces and Julian Villagran. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. In Spanish with English subtitles. (1:30) NR.

“Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” — A documentary portrait of Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu, an Israeli soldier killed in action at age 30 while leading a daring hostage rescue mission in Uganda in 1976. Directed by Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Gruber. (1:27) NR.

“The Invisible War” — This documentary investigates sexual assault and cover-ups within the U.S. military. With Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves, Ariana Klay and Trina McDonald. Directed by Kirby Dick. (1:33) NR.

“One Day on Earth” — This user-generated documentary incorporates footage of everyday life shot by amateurs from every nation of the world on the same date: Oct. 10, 2010. Directed by Kyle Ruddick. (1:44) NR.

“Paul Williams: Still Alive” — A documentary about one fan’s efforts to track down and catch up with singer-songwriter-actor Paul Williams. Directed by Stephen Kessler. (1:24) PG-13.

“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” — A deserted husband searches for a long-lost love with the help of his free-spirited neighbor as the end of the world approaches. With Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton and Adam Brody. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. (1:41) R.

“To Rome With Love” — Various residents and visitors in Rome — including an architect, an opera director, a high-class escort and an undertaker — pursue love and success. With Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni and Penelope Cruz. Written and directed by Allen. (1:27) PG-13.

“The Woman in the Fifth” — A struggling American writer who has recently moved to Paris to be closer to his young daughter begins a romance with a mysterious woman, and soon people start dying all around him. With Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joanna Kulig. Written by Pawel Pawlikowski and Douglas Kennedy III. Directed by Pawlikowski. (1:23) R.

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ALSO IN THEATERS

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“The Avengers” — A team of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor unite to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. In Imax 3-D. (2:23) PG-13.

“Battleship” — Naval officers participate in a global effort to fight off invading aliens. With Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard and Rihanna. Written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. Directed by Peter Berg. (2:11) PG-13.

“Bernie” — In a town in rural Texas, a good-natured funeral director strikes up a friendship with a wealthy but cranky widower, and the townspeople are shocked when she is revealed to be dead and he is charged with her murder. With Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Written by Richard Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. Directed by Linklater. (1:44) PG-13.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” — A group of British retirees travel to India to spend their golden years at a newly restored hotel but find the accommodations to be less than palatial. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Tom Wilkinson. Written by Ol Parker. Directed by John Madden. (2:02) PG-13.

“Chernobyl Diaries” — Six young tourists in search of adventure abroad hire an extreme tour guide, who takes them to a ghost town thought to have been deserted in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. With Devin Kelley, Jonathan Sadowski and Ingrid Bolso Berdal. Written by Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke. Directed by Brad Parker. (1:30) R.

“Dark Shadows” — In 1772, after breaking a witch’s heart, an inveterate playboy is turned into a vampire and buried alive for 200 years, at which point he is inadvertently freed and emerges into a very different world. With Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green. Written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Directed by Tim Burton. (1:56) PG-13.

“The Dictator” — A political strongman will stop at nothing to keep democracy out of his oppressed nation. With Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris and John C. Reilly. Written by Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. Directed by Larry Charles. (1:23) R.

“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” — In this animated film, a 12-year-old boy searching for the key to winning over his dream girl must confront a mysterious grumpy creature who is protective of his homeland. With the voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Directed by Chris Renaud. In 3-D. (1:41) PG.

“For Greater Glory” — Against the backdrop of the Cristero War in 1920s Mexico, a retired general is reluctantly drawn into conflict against a ruthless government. With Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O’Toole and Oscar Isaac. Written by Michael Love. Directed by Dean Wright. (2:23) R.

“The Hunger Games” — In the post-apocalyptic ruins of North America, a teenage girl competes in a nationally televised battle to the death against 23 of her peers. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Written by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray. Directed by Ross. (2:22) PG-13.

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” — In this animated film, a group of animals trying to return to their home in a New York zoo get waylaid in Europe, where they join a traveling circus. With the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith. Written by Noah Baumbach. Directed by Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon and Tom McGrath. (1:33) PG.

“Men in Black 3” — With his partner’s life and the fate of the planet at stake, a special agent travels back in time to set things right. With Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Written by Etan Cohen. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. In 3-D. (1:45) PG-13.

“Mirror Mirror” — An exiled princess enlists the help of a group of diminutive bandits to take back her usurped throne from an evil queen in this retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. With Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Sean Bean. Written by Melisa Wallack and Jason Keller. Directed by Tarsem Singh. (1:46) PG.

“Prometheus” — While investigating a clue to the origin of mankind on Earth, a team of space explorers become embroiled in a battle to save the human race. With Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Logan Marshall-Green. Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. Directed by Ridley Scott. In 3-D. (2:07) R.

“Rock of Ages” —A small-town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. With Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti. Written by Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb. Directed by Adam Shankman. (2:03) PG-13.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” — A young woman threatens the reign of a wicked queen with her beauty and bravery in this re-imagining of the Snow White fairy tale. With Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. Written by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini. Directed by Rupert Sanders. (2:06) PG-13.

“That’s My Boy” — Estranged for years from the son he had and raised as a young man, a father shows up uninvited on the eve of the son’s wedding in hopes of reconnecting with him. With Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester and James Caan. Written by David Caspe. Directed by Sean Anders. (1:55) R.

“Think Like a Man” — Four men have their love lives shaken up when the women they are pursuing read a relationship-advice book and take its lessons to heart. With Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good and Regina Hall. Written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman. Directed by Tim Story. (1:59) PG-13.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” — Five couples have their intertwined lives turned upside down by impending parenthood. With Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Chace Crawford. Written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach. Directed by Kirk Jones. (1:50) PG-13.

 

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