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The Call
R, 1 HR., 35 MINS.

The ambitions of director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) may be bottom-of-a-mineshaft low, but this thriller about a 911 operator (Halle Berry) trying to save the life of a kidnapped, stuffed-in-the-trunk-of-a-car teen (Abigail Breslin) is good, gruesome fun. BClark Collis

The Croods
PG, 1 HR., 36 MINS.

A fiery young cavegirl (voiced by Emma Stone) and her embarrassingly thick-browed and thick-headed family join up with the more evolved Guy (Ryan Reynolds) to escape the breakup of Pangaea. A handful of adrenalizing sequences of animated anarchy can't save this story from feeling overly primitive. C+Keith Staskiewicz

Eden
R, 1 HR., 38 MINS.

Casting an ex--Real World star in a sex-trafficking movie sounds like pure exploitation. But Jamie Chung shows depth in Eden, which was inspired by a real-life teenager forced into prostitution. By focusing on the ways the title character outwits her captor (Beau Bridges) and leaving the degrading moments off camera, director Megan Griffiths delivers a believable survival tale, not a sensationalist one. BMelissa Maerz

Everybody Has a Plan
R, 1 HR., 58 MINS.

In this deliberately paced (okay, kinda slow) Argentinean thriller (Viggo Mortensen's fourth Spanish-language film), the actor takes on two roles, playing twin brothers who have gone separate ways. One is a respectable doctor in Buenos Aires; the other is a beekeeper with some shady friends. The twists aren't worth giving away, but you'll see most of them coming anyway. BChris Nashawaty

From Up on Poppy Hill
PG, 1 HR., 31 MINS.

Directed by Goro Miyazaki — son of animation titan Hayao — this placidly nostalgic tale of teenage love and camaraderie in the Japanese city of Yokohama before the 1964 Olympics lacks the kind of melancholic heart that distinguishes these artists' best films. The result? A film as pleasant and weightless as an ocean breeze. B-Keith Staskiewicz

Gimme the Loot
NOT RATED, 1 HR., 21 MINS.

Adam Leon's live-wire drama about two teenage graffiti artists has an incisive, street-smart verve. Ty Hickson, as the budding player Malcolm, is cool, clownish, sincere, and imposing, often within the same 10 seconds. And Tashiana Washington, as his partner in crime, has a vivid fury. The two wander through the Bronx and Manhattan, conning and hustling, then stage a robbery so ramshackle that John Cassavetes would have approved. B+ (Available on VOD 3/29) —Owen Gleiberman

Ginger & Rosa
PG-13, 1 HR., 30 MINS.

Sally Potter's touching drama set in 1962 London follows the tenderhearted Ginger (Elle Fanning) and her wild best pal, Rosa (Alice Englert). Their friendship plays like a great love-in-wartime romance. B+Melissa Maerz

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
PG-13, 1 HR., 38 MINS.

Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play Las Vegas magicians in a comedy that rarely makes it out of the chuckle zone. B-Owen Gleiberman

Olympus Has Fallen
R, 1 HR., 59 MINS.

How do North Korean terrorists capture the White House and take the president (Aaron Eckhart) hostage? With a rogue fighter jet, a few suicide bombers, and one saboteur. That's the ''innovative'' part of Antoine Fuqua's brutally rote Die Hard-in-the-White-House thriller. The terrorist ringleader (Rick Yune) threatens to detonate U.S. nukes, but that hardly makes him interesting. The action is so standard that you're grateful for Gerard Butler, gnashing his teeth in the Bruce Willis role. COwen Gleiberman

Oz the Great and Powerful
PG, 2 HRS., 7 MINS.

Sam Raimi's 3-D fairy tale takes us back over the rainbow. The film looks terrific, but James Franco is all wrong as the charlatan magician of the title. C+Chris Nashawaty

Spring Breakers
R, 1 HR., 32 MINS.

Four college women (led by Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez) go on a psychotic spring-break bender. A-Owen Gleiberman

Starbuck
R, 1 HR., 49 MINS.

Vince Vaughn is set to star in the English-language redo of this Quebecois comedy about a slacker named David (Patrick Huard) who learns he's the sperm donor for 533 kids. Vaughn has big shoes to fill: The movie finds huge laughs in tiny moments (like David's pride in his kids' so-so gifts) and has an off-kilter charm that studio money can't buy. AAdam Markovitz

Originally posted Mar 22, 2013 Published in issue #1252 Mar 29, 2013 Order article reprints