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Cinemark Denton 2825 Wind River Lane off I-35E. 940-535-2654. www.cinemark.com .

Movie Tavern 916 W. University Drive. 940-566-FILM (3456). www.movietavern.com .

Rave Cinemas 8380 S. I-35E, Hickory Creek. 940-321-2788. www.ravemotionpictures.com .

Silver Cinemas Inside Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. 940-387-1957. www.silvercinemasinc.com .

Opening Friday

Jurassic Park 3D A new 3-D conversion of the 1993 adventure film about an island theme park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Written by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG-13, 127 minutes.

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Admission  --  Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) meets a high school teacher (Paul Rudd) who aims to obtain admission for a certain student — who has an unknown connection to Portia. Paul Weitz directed from Karen Croner’s script from Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel, bringing mature themes to complement the humor. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes. — Boo Allen

The Call A 911 operator who takes a call from an abducted teenager must confront a killer from her own past to save the girl’s life. With Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut. Directed by Brad Anderson. Rated R, 98 minutes. — LAT

The Croods  --  Cavemen — they’re just like us! — or so The Croods seems to be saying. The animated adventure features a strong, star-studded cast and dazzles visually in wondrously colorful, vibrant 3-D, although the script doesn’t pop off the screen quite so effectively. It’s the prehistoric era, and while her family prefers the comforting safety of hiding fearfully inside a cave, teenager Eep (voiced by Emma Stone in her usual charming rasp) longs to see what’s outside those stone walls. The themes aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but the oohs, ahhs and scattered laughs come from the various creatures the Croods discover along their journey. With the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman. Rated PG, 92 minutes. — The Associated Press

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Members of an elite special-ops force face off against an international terrorist organization while dealing with threats from within their own government. With Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Rated PG-13, 110 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Identity Thief  --  Identity Thief strands ordinarily enjoyable comics Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in the middle of nowhere with no help for miles. Bateman’s mild-mannered accounts processor, Sandy Patterson, discovers that a con artist (McCarthy) has stolen his identity and racked up thousands of dollars in charges. Sandy schleps to Florida to track down the perpetrator and drag her back to Denver to face charges. Rated R, 107 minutes. — AP

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone  --  The only incredible thing here is the way this comedy makes Steve Carell so thoroughly and irreparably unlikable. In a film about magic tricks, this is the most difficult feat of all. Carell plays Burt Wonderstone, a selfish and flashy Las Vegas magician who once ruled the Strip alongside his longtime friend and partner (Steve Buscemi), but now finds his act has grown outdated and unpopular. Even within the confines of a comedy sketch, Burt would seem one-dimensional and underdeveloped with his hacky jokes and tacky clothes. Stretched out to feature length, the shtick becomes nearly unbearable. Jim Carrey gives it his all as an up-and-coming gonzo street magician, but Olivia Wilde gets little more to do than serve as Burt’s assistant. Rated PG-13, 101 minutes. — AP

Jack the Giant Slayer -- A big-budget, 3-D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie), but this ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun. It actually ends up being pleasingly old-fashioned. Shot in 3-D — rather than one of those muddled 2-D re-dos — the film looks crisp and clean. Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy star. Rated PG-13, 117 minutes. — AP

Olympus Has Fallen A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Rated R, 119 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Oz the Great and Powerful -- This prequel aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on The Wizard of Oz while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully. Director Sam Raimi also is trying to find balance between creating a big-budget, 3-D blockbuster and placing his stamp of kitschy, darkly humorous horror. The results are inconsistent. At its center is a miscast James Franco as the circus huckster who becomes the reluctant Wizard of Oz. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams play the three witches he meets. Rated PG, 130 minutes. — AP

Spring Breakers  --  Harmony Korine seems to want it both ways, all day, in this super-stylized descent into a sun-baked hell where bikini-clad, gun-toting college babes serve as our guides. As writer and director, Korine wants us to be appalled and aroused, hypnotized and titillated. He wants to satirize the debauchery of girls gone wild while simultaneously reveling in it. And he pulls it off. The corruption of formerly squeaky-clean Disney superstars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens may be Korine’s cleverest trick of all: They get to show some range, we get to gawk. But James Franco steals the whole movie away when he arrives about halfway through as a wanna-be gangster rapper named Alien. Rated R, 92 minutes. — AP

Tyler Perry’s Temptation A marriage counselor throws her own marriage and career into chaos when she falls for her newest client, a handsome young billionaire. With Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Robbie Jones. Written and directed by Tyler Perry. Rated PG-13, 111 minutes. — LAT

 


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