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Movie Reviews: Jurassic Park in 3D, Evil Dead, G.I. Joe

Find movie reviews and showtimes for theaters in St. Louis Park.

Editor's Note: All reviews and information aggregated from Moviefone and RottenTomatoes.

Want to catch a movie this weekend? Here's Patch's roundup of movies playing at the Mann St. Louis Park Cinema 6 and Kerasotes Showplace Icon Theatre at West End:

New Releases:

Evil Dead

One sentence plot: In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin and discover a Book of the Dead, unwittingly summoning up dormant demons living in the nearby woods.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 81

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 64

Reviews:

"Though it never channels the raw DIY energy of the original Evil Dead series -- what big-budget version could? -- this polished, clever remake remains true to the spirit of the original, which was at once viscerally terrifying and weirdly lighthearted." Slate Full Review

"Sure, this is a higher-budget re-tread. But a remake shouldn't exist simply to ramp up the graphic violence, even if special effects have improved immeasurably in the past 30 years." USA Today Full Review

"A stylish and worthy homage: inventive even as it is derivative, never quite jokey but never taking itself too seriously, and clocking in at an entirely appropriate 91 minutes. Any longer would be unmerciful; any shorter, ungenerous." The Atlantic Full Review

Jurassic Park in 3D

One sentence plot: Universal Pictures releases Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking masterpiece 'Jurassic Park in 3D'—a remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format—on April 5, 2013

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 83

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 91

Reviews:

"The 3-D process adds not just dimension but depth - a technological extension of cinematographer Gregg Toland's deep-focus innovations in The Grapes of Wrath and Citizen Kane. The change in perspective creates greater intensity." TIME Magazine Full Review

"The enthralling man-vs.-nature parable based on the late Michael Crichton's best-selling novel hasn't aged one bit." Washington Post Full Review

"I'm a fan of this movie. It is thrilling, and the 3-D treatment is a nice enhancement." Boston Globe Full Review

Also in Theaters:

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

One sentence plot: In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 69

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 29

Reviews:

"Good luck recalling any other would-be set pieces a couple of days after you've seen Retaliation." Boston Globe Full Review

"A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise." USA Today Full Review

"Movies like GI Joe: Retaliation want to give you the video-game equivalent of an itchy trigger-finger. It's an emotion-free zone." Orange County Register Full Review

The Host

One sentence plot: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 65

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 12

Reviews:

"Sci-fi hits the skids as bad melodrama rules, and we get such risible dialogue as, 'It's not really me you like, it's this body' and 'I'm still of two minds.' And how about this groaner: 'Kiss me like you want to get slapped." Toronto Star Full Review

"'The Host' is top-heavy with profound, sonorous conversations, all tending to sound like farewells." Chicago Sun-Times Full Review

"This is pretty silly stuff, Twi-lite if you will, but played with maximum solemnity, no discernible humor and minimal excitement." CNN Full Review

Tyler Perry's Temptation

One sentence plot: Tyler Perry's Temptation' tells the provocative and sensual story of Judith, an ambitious married woman whose obsessive passion for a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, danger and a choice that will forever alter the course of her life.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 77

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 12

Reviews:

"The mixed tones don't quite meld; While Smollet-Bell is fine, the broad comedy is so sporadic it feels out of place." New York Daily News Full Review

"This heavy-handed melodrama represents one of Tyler Perry's weakest efforts ever, and that's saying something." Hollywood Reporter Full Review

"A ludicrous marital drama-cum-morality play from contemporary black cinema's most prolific multihyphenate." Variety Full Review

The Croods

One sentence plot: The Croods tells the story of the world's first family road trip: When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 86

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 65

Reviews:

"Despite a few too many mother-in-law jokes, 'The Croods' nicely makes it clear that even before they had fire, families understood how important it was to cherish and protect each other." Chicago Sun-Times Full Review

"'The Croods' is both brisk and beautiful, and should be sufficiently entertaining for family audiences for whom few such options exist these days." The Associated Press Full Review

"The familiarity of the characters and their dynamics do make the movie feel comfy. You'll probably go into the prehistoric animated comedy thinking you know what it's going to be, and you'll be right." The Pioneer Press Full Review

Admission

One sentence plot: Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in Admission, the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 60

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 45

Reviews:

"'Admission' has some sublime moments, most of them involving Fey and Rudd dancing around their inevitable romance. The problem is in the foundation." Chicago Sun-Times Full Review

"What should be a hilarious, long-overdue pairing of two hugely likable, superstar comedians ends up being a major disappointment with 'Admission.'" Associated Press Full Review

"What is most distressing about Admission is that it serves as further evidence that Tina Fey, despite her dominance of the small screen, has not yet mastered the big one." The Atlantic Full Review

Olympus Has Fallen

One sentence plot: When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 79

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 51

Reviews:

"A typical slab of Hollywood action in which the White House crumbles under attack, the American flag is tattered and tossed aside by baddies, and clichés rise like gods." Los Angeles Times Full Review

"'Olympus Has Fallen' is just too much of a pale 'Die Hard' ripoff." Richard Roeper Full Review

"Olympus Has Fallen wants to be 'Die Hard in the White House' so much I half-expected Alexander Godunov to pop up at the end." Houston Press Full Review

Spring Breakers

One sentence plot: Four college coeds find their Florida spring break taking an unexpectedly violent turn after falling in with a local gangster in this surreal lack comedy from Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely, Trash Humpers).

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 67

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 69

Reviews:

"There are very few movies I regret having wasted my time on or are completely disgusted by. 'Spring Breakers' is the definition of disgusting. The characters had no substance and the storyline had nothing to offer." Entertainment Spectrum Full Review

"A half hour, four hours, two days after walking away from it you might still flashback to its seductive, neon-lit, dayglow world." Detroit News Full Review

"Korine gestures toward social criticism, but essentially this is just an hour and a half of bongs [and] beers... thinly dressed as Natural Born Killers." Chicago Reader Full Review

The Call

One sentence plot: When veteran 911 operator, Jordan (Halle Berry), takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 71

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 39

Reviews:

"Let's call The Call what it is: high quality trash that both diminishes and is redeemed by all the talents who have deigned to bring it to life." New York Daily News Full Review

"If you're going to watch a movie in which two people talk on the phone for most of the film, it's not the worst thing in the world for one of the folks involved to have the face of Storm from the X-Men." Entertainment Weekly Full Review

"Shocking, I know, to think the writer of Thir13en Ghosts and Exit Wounds may not have been up to the task of crafting a fully realized narrative." Houston Press Full Review

Silver Linings Playbook

One sentence plot: Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything and finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain.

Rotten Tomatoes viewer score: 88

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92

Reviews:

"Silver Linings Playbook tells us that happily-ever-after may depend on finding people who coexist with our lunacy, not ones who can lead us out of it. In any case, it's crazy good." Minneapolis Star Tribune Full Review

"A crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn." Entertainment Weekly Full Review

"This meaningful film keeps the laughs, giddy anxiousness and warm butterflies from the trailer and sustains it all through two full hours of a love story." Denver Post Full Review

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