Long a bit player in movies, the 911 dispatcher finally gets a starring role. It would seem long overdue, since Halle Berry is apparently among their ranks. She’s an emergency operator in Los Angeles, where the trauma of a first kidnapping case has forced her to hang up the headset. But, having shifted to a trainer position, she’s lured back for a second kidnapping call when a rookie dispatcher can’t handle the frightening pleas from a taken teenager (Abigail Breslin) trapped in a car’s trunk. (R, 95 minutes)
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. Burt Wonderstone, a selfish and flashy Las Vegas magician who once ruled the Strip alongside his longtime friend and partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), now finds his act has grown outdated and unpopular. Even within the confines of a comedy sketch, where he probably belongs, Burt would seem one-dimensional and underdeveloped with his hacky jokes and tacky clothes. Stretched out to feature length, the shtick becomes nearly unbearable — until, of course, the movie doles out its obligatory comeuppance, followed by redemption, and goes all soft and nice. By then it’s too little, too late. Jim Carrey gives it his all, as always, as the up-and-coming gonzo street magician who threatens Burt’s career, but Olivia Wilde gets little more to do than serve as the supportive ‘‘girl’’ as Burt’s assistant. (PG-13, 101 minutes)
Oz the Great and Powerful (PG, 130 minutes)
Safe Haven, (PG-13, 115 minutes)
Identity Thief, (R, 107 minutes)
Dead Man Down, Jack the Giant Slayer, 21 & Over.