This week in theaters

June 07, 2012, Thursday/ 17:09:00

‘21 Jump Street’

When Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were in high school, Jenko was the popular guy who made fun of nerds like Schmidt. As the two go through the police academy, they embrace their differences and become friends. After failing an assignment as bicycle cops, they’re sent undercover as teenagers to investigate a drug ring in a local high school. However, high school has changed and the two find themselves having very different experiences. Schmidt is thrilled to finally be considered popular. Jenko worries that his partner has gotten too close to the kids they’re investigating -- that he’s forgotten the reason they’re at the high school in the first place. Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Genre: comedy Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Johnny Depp

‘Cesare deve morire’ (Caesar Must Die)

The high-security section of Rome’s Rebibbia prison -- which is home to Mafia figures, murderers and drug traffickers -- has been staging plays in its own theater for years. The Tavianis’ camera follows the inmates in Rebibbia for six months as they work on a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” within the prison walls, demonstrating how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the Bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence. Directed by: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Genre: drama Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

‘The Ledge’

The opposing philosophies of two men embroiled in a complicated love triangle with a beautiful woman (Liv Tyler) escalate into a lethal battle of wills. Ultimately, the believer (Patrick Wilson) forces the non-believer (Charlie Hunnam) onto the ledge of a tall building. He gives him one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else’s, while a policeman (Terrence Howard) tries to convince him to come down from the ledge. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be capable of such a sacrifice? A nuanced character study of love and conviction that will force you to ask how far you’d be willing to go for what you believe in. Directed by: Matthew Chapman Genre: thriller Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard

‘Nuit Blanche’ (Sleepless Night)

Vincent (Tomer Sisley) is a well-respected cop as well as a devoted husband and father. But below the surface of his idyllic life, Vincent is involved with a very dangerous group of gangsters and drug dealers. When Vincent and his partner are caught stealing a massive quantity of cocaine from a powerful drug lord, the darker side of Vincent’s life threatens to destroy his family and career. In a race against the clock, Vincent must return the drugs in order to save his son’s life. This proves to be easier said than done, as the world around him seems to conspire to keep Vincent from doing what is necessary to protect his son. Directed by: Frederic Jardin Genre: action Cast: Tomer Sisley, Julien Boisselier, Joey Starr, Birol Ünel

‘Dictado’ (Childish Games)

Daniel (Juan Diego Botto) receives an unexpected visit from a long-lost childhood friend, Mario (Marc Rodriguez). The nervous man begs Daniel to urgently come and meet his young daughter. Feeling uncomfortable, Daniel does his best to get out of the awkward situation and puts the strange incident behind him. When Daniel reads of Mario’s suicide in the newspaper, his wife Laura (Barbara Lennie) suggests they pay their respects at the funeral. There, they meet his seven-year-old daughter Julia (Magica Perez). Heartbroken that the child is now orphaned, Laura convinces Daniel that they take Julia into their care temporarily until a foster family is found. Laura quickly bonds with Julia, pulling the young girl out of her cocoon of mourning. Longing for a child of her own, Laura is aware that Julia represents what has been missing in the childless couple’s life. But the little girl’s presence soon begins to have an adverse effect on their relationship. Directed by: Antonio Chavarrias Genre: horror Cast: Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie, Magica Perez, Marc Rodriguez

‘The Divide'

Though they're all strangers, nine tenants in a New York high rise apartment hide out together in the building's basement to escape a nuclear attack. After days in the bunker-like area without any daylight and with their supplies running out, members of the group begin to physically turn on each other, committing depraved acts of torment. Directed by: Xavier Gens Genre: horror Cast: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Courtney B. Vance, Michael Eklund, Ashton Holmes, Rosanna Arquette

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