When a deadly epidemic strikes, authorities quarantine an entire country for three decades — until the dreaded Reaper virus resurfaces in a major city, prompting an elite team to go after a cure by any means necessary. Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins and Sean Pertwee lead the charge in this futuristic thriller from writer-director Neil Marshall (“The Descent”). At multiple locations. (105 minutes.) R; strong bloody violence, profanity, sexual content/nudity.
HORTON HEARS A WHO!
Dr. Seuss’ beloved storybook tale inspires this computer-animated adaptation about a helpful elephant (voiced by Jim Carrey), who tries mightily to protect a microscropic community from judgmental jungle residents who refuse to believe the tiny residents exist. Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher and Charles Osgood (who intones the original rhyming tale) lead the vocal cast. At multiple locations. (88 minutes.) G; all ages.
THE LIVING END
Writer-director Gregg Araki’s 1992 breakthrough returns in restored form, following an L.A.-based writer (Craig Gilmore) and a violent drifter (Mike Dytri), both HIV-positive, who embark on an anarchic road trip after one of them shoots a cop. Part of the CineVegas screening series at Neonopolis. (95 minutes.) NR; profanity, sex, violences.
NEVER BACK DOWN
After tangling with a popular rich kid (Cam Gigandet) at his new high school, a rebellious teen (“Reunion’s” Sean Faris) seeks out mixed martial arts training from a wise mentor (Djimon Hounsou) in this “Karate Kid”-meets-“Fight Club” workout featuring Evan Peters (“Invasion”) and Leslie Hope (“Runaway”). At multiple locations. (110 minutes.) PG-13; mature themes involving intense fighting/violence, sexuality, partying and profanity, all involving teens.
A new Metropolitan Opera production of Benjamin Britten’s masterwork, from Tony Award-winning “Sweeney Todd” director John Doyle, features tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as the title-role outcast and Patricia Recette as the woman who refuses to abandon him, even when the rest of their fishing village suspects him of murder. Live at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Colonnade, Orleans, Sam’s Town, Santa Fe, Village Square; encore noon Sunday at Orleans, Sam’s Town and Santa Fe. (225 minutes.) NR; all ages.
— By CAROL CLING