May 23 2012 01:17 PM

Our weekly rundown of all the flicks screening locally

Men in Black 3
Opening May 25

Chernobyl Diaries: Oren Peli, who wrote and directed Paranormal Activity here in San Diego, wrote this found-footage thriller about six tourists who hire a guide to take them to that glowing vacation spot, Chernobyl.

Hysteria: Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this Victorian comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Yeah, you read that right.

Men in Black 3: Will Smith has to go back in time to prevent Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement from murdering Tommy Lee Jones, who's represented in the past by Josh Brolin.

The Moth Diaries: A new student at an all-girls school just might be a vampire. This one is rated R, so hopefully it's got some bite.

Otter 501: A young otter is separated from its mother, and a young woman learns valuable lessons about the environment by helping the critter survive.

Polisse: In this French film, a journalist starts dating one of the cops she's supposed to be journalizing.

One Time Only

Pixar Fest: AMC Mission Valley will present Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Up, and WALL-E throughout the week.

O Brother, Where Art Thou: The Coen brothers proved that George Clooney could do comedy and reminded Americans that our musical roots are pretty cool with this 2000 adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at The Propagandist, Downtown.

True Romance: Sure, Tony Scott directed it, but it's a Tarantino movie all the way. Christian Slater marries hooker Patricia Arquette, steals a ton of coke from her pimp and heads to Hollywood to unload it. Along the way, they run into Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.

Tears from Gaza: This documentary follows three children who live in Gaza and chronicles their experiences in a war-torn area. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park.

A Paradigm Shift: Surf movie screens at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

CineCucina: Over several days, the San Diego Italian Film Festival celebrates food in film. It kicks off with a screening of Italians on the Move and a look at a documentary-in-progress Italians in the Golden State at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Get details at

Rushmore: Still Wes Anderson's best film. Jason Schwartzman is Max, a high-school student who competes against Bill Murray for the affections of an attractive young teacher. Screens at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.

The Princess Bride: Conceivably the best date movie ever. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, through Sunday, May 27, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

The Limits of Control: Jim Jarmusch's latest film puts the "art" in art-house. It has a narrative structure, but the interpretation of what it's all about is left up to the viewer. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

Rocky: Boxing used to be cool, right? Screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and Tuesday, May 29, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Top Gun: Best homoerotic Navy flyboy movie ever. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.

FilmOut: The 14th annual LGBT film festival runs Wednesday, May 30, through Sunday, June 3, at the Birch North Park Theatre.

Another Earth: When a parallel Earth appears, Rhoda (Brit Marling) is given a second chance to fix the mistakes she's made in her young life. Somewhere between an indie drama and a sci-fi trip, Another Earth does makes you think. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.

Mi Primera Boda (My First Wedding): The San Diego Jewish and Latino film festivals are teaming up again with this comedy about a secular Jew and a somewhat secular Catholic who are on the verge of tying the knot. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Cinepolis Del Mar.

Sex and the City: Well, at least it was better than Sex and the City 2. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.

Now Playing

Battleship: Peter Berg's adaptation of the Hasbro board game, pitting the American Navy against invading aliens, is seriously loud and explodey.

Bernie: Jack Black plays the real-life Bernie Tiede, a popular Texas funeral director who was convicted of murdering an 81-year-old widow.

The Dictator: Sacha Baron Cohen—aka Borat, Bruno and Ali G—is back as a despot willing to do anything to prevent the spread of democracy.

First Position: Documentary about six young ballet dancers participating in one of the most grueling competitions in the world.

Murder Capitol of the World: Charlie Minn keeps turning out intense documentaries about very intense subjects. This one looks at the enormous number of killings that have taken place in Ciudad Juarez in recent years.

We Have a Pope: The new Pope is so taken aback to be selected that he starts seeing a therapist. Like The Sopranos with funny hats. Ends May 24 at the Ken Cinema.

What to Expect When You're Expecting: No, this probably wasn't begging to be adapted into a feature film, but that didn't stop Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison and Jennifer Lopez from getting involved.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: There's a charm to this movie about British retirees who outsource their retirement to India, mostly because the cast is made up of folks like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp just can't remake enough stuff. This time, it's the campy gothic soap from the '70s which, apparently, was dying for the big screen.

Girl in Progress: Eva Mendes stars and makes her directorial debut, playing a single mom juggling the needs of her daughter and the attention of hunky doctor Matthew Modine.

Perfect Family: Kathleen Turner gets all wiggy after she's nominated for a huge award by the Catholic Church. Ends May 24 at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

The Avengers: It set box-office records for the biggest opening weekend ever, and for good reason. Joss Whedon's take on the Marvel franchise is well-written, superbly edited, funny and enormously entertaining.

Headhunters: A corporate headhunter who steals art on the side finds himself up to his neck in trouble.

Hubble: Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this IMAX documentary about the big telescope at 6 p.m. Fridays at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Ring of Fire: Not a Johnny Cash documentary. This IMAX movie about volcanoes screens at 8 p.m. Fridays in May, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

The Raven: John Cusack seems to be channeling Nicolas Cage, rather than Edgar Allan Poe, in James McTeigue's serial killer film.

The Five-Year Engagement: Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are engaged. For a long time.

Marley: Documentary about Bob. Irie. Screening at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Hugh Grant voices a doofy Pirate Captain in his first animated film. The stop-action animation is nice, and the film is charming enough, if not particularly deep.

Safe: Jason Statham is the only thing standing between a young girl who knows a secret and a whole lot of soon-to-be-dead bad guys.

Chimpanzee: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 1. A fully grown adult chimp takes a younger one under his wing after he gets separated from his troupe.

The Lucky One: Marine Zac Efron goes to North Carolina in search of a woman he thinks was his good-luck charm during his three tours of Iraq. If this sounds like it's based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, that's because it is.

Monsieur Lazhar: An Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a Montreal teacher who committed suicide in her own classroom. That's a tough act to follow.

To the Arctic 3-D: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 2. Meryl Streep narrates this new IMAX movie about a mama polar bear and her two cubs.

Think Like a Man: Four guys decide to get even when they learn that their girlfriends have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them. Not surprisingly, it's based on Steve Harvey's book.

Bully: It's very hard to watch the bullied children, and the families of bullied kids who took their own lives, in Lee Hirsch's film, though you might wish he'd examined the bullies, too. Ends May 24 at UA Horton Plaza.

The Cabin in the Woods: This satirical deconstruction of the horror movie, from Joss Whedon and Lost veteran Drew Goddard, is one hell of a lot of fun.

Lockout: In the future, Guy Pearce is wrongly convicted of espionage, but he's given a chance to clear his name if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer-space prison totally controlled by the inmates. Or something like that.

The Three Stooges: The Movie: Yeah. This is happening.

American Reunion: There was a time when everyone who starred in American Pie was a star. Nowadays, they need the work.

Mirror Mirror: Julia Roberts is an evil queen, while Lily Collins is the plucky princess trying to get her kingdom back.

The Hunger Games: The most anticipated movie of the year to date is about a dystopian future where teens like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are forced to kill one another to stay alive.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi: This fine little documentary profiles Jiro Ono, widely considered to be one of the finest sushi chefs on the planet.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Ewan McGregor is a fisheries expert hired to help a sheik populate a river in Yemen with salmon. Along the way, he falls for Emily Blunt.

21 Jump Street: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in a comedy do-over of the undercover-cops-in-high-school TV show that launched Johnny Depp's career.

Casa de Mi Padre: Will Ferrell's latest comedy is in Spanish. That's not a joke.

Project X: Todd Phillips, the guy behind Old School and The Hangover, produces this R-rated teen comedy about a monster party that totally turns into every parent's worst nightmare.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: Let's hope the voice talents of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift don't overshadow the good Doctor's environmental message.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Two kids build a rocket in their garage and end up in outer space in this IMAX film screening Saturday mornings in March at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Journey 2: Mysterious Island: Sort of a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, in that it's an adaptation of a Jules Verne book made family-friendly and in 3-D.

Pina: Wim Wenders directed this film about dance legend Pina Bausch. Don't miss it, and make sure you see it in 3-D.

Safe House: Young CIA buck Ryan Reynolds must team up with wily veteran Denzel Washington to kill a bunch of bad guys.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity: Liam Neeson narrates this IMAX film, screening at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Born to be Wild 3-D: Despite sounding like yet another animated animal movie, this is an IMAX film about baby elephants and orangutans and the people who love them. Oh, and it's narrated by Morgan Freeman. Collective sigh for the baby monkeys, please.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.

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