First Posted: 4/9/2013
ADMISSION — A Princeton admissions officer (Tina Fey) visiting an alternative high school run by a former college classmate is caught off guard when she meets a gifted young man who might be the son she gave up for adoption years ago. PG-13 for language and some sexual material. 110 mins. 2 stars
THE CALL — The 911 dispatcher finally gets a starring role. Halle Berry takes her second kidnapping call when a rookie dispatcher can’t handle the frightening pleas from a taken teenager (Abigail Breslin) trapped in a car’s trunk. R for violence, content and language. 95 mins. 2 stars
THE CROODS — In this animated film, a prehistoric family embarks on a journey to find a new home after their cave is destroyed. In 3-D. PG. 92 mins. Three stars
EVIL DEAD — This remake of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” — they dropped the “The” in the title — presents, for your edification and enjoyment, some of the most graphic horror violence ever seen on screen. But Fede Alvarez’s homage to the original “Cabin in the Woods” tale lacks the offhanded goofiness and brittle jokes of young people facing death at the hands of something supernatural. R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language. 92 mins. Two and a half stars.
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION — A better-than-average, gravity-defying ninja duel leads to an epic chase through the Himalayas in this big set-piece sequence. PG-13 for intense combat violence and martial-arts action, brief sensuality and language. 110 mins. Two stars
THE HOST — The film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s book comes with a workable script about an alien invasion. The bodies of humans have been taken over by space travelers who look like neon caterpillars. When an alien known as The Wanderer ends up in the body of the spunky Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), another problem arises. PG for violence, sensuality. 125 mins. Three stars.
IDENTITY THIEF — Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman are opposites stuck on a cross-country road trip together. R for sexuality and language. 107 mins. Star and a half.
JURASSIC PARK 3D — Forget blowing the images up to IMAX size and converting the lunging velociraptors and T. Rexes into 3-D. The best reason to revive “Jurassic Park” for its 20th anniversary is Jeff Goldblum. As “chaos theory” expert Dr. Ian Malcolm, he is the skeptic in a cluster of greedy entrepreneurs and spellbound paleontologists. PG-13 for intense science-fiction terror. 127 mins. Three stars
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN — A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. R for strong violence and language throughout. 119 mins. Three and a half stars.
OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL — Director Sam Raimi was the right guy to make this emerald-tinted world pop off the 3-D screen, but the cast, plainly packed with second or third choices, lets it down. PG for action, scary images and brief mild language. 130 mins. Three stars.
TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR —An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and recklessness and forever alters the course of her life. PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content. 111 mins. Star and half