(PG-13) ★★★☆☆

Teenagers acquire super powers (and videotape them) in this sci-fi romp, an excellent and fresh effort with impressive effects. Our three newly endowed teens are naturally going to handle their powers differently. Nerdy Andrew (Dane DeHaan) will bully his bullies and try to save his dying mom. Cerebral Matt (Alex Russell) will test out “free will.” And popular Steve (Michael B. Jordan) will enhance his popularity. With great young actors, a sharp script and first-rate effects, this is a winner.

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By Sean DeFrank

Las Vegas is like a second home to Social Distortion. Since the late 1980s, rarely a year has gone by without a visit from the Orange County, Calif., punk stalwarts, who kicked off their 2012 tour on this occasion. Founding frontman Mike Ness, just two months shy of his 50th birthday, hit the stage looking like a tattooed, guitar-wielding Tony Soprano in all black but for white suspenders, and the band came out guns blazing with alt-rock classics “Bad Luck,” “So Far Away” and “Story of My Life.”



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