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Gravity 3D | Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, helming his last flight before retirement. Then, on a routine space walk, disaster strikes -- the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As their fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space. PG-13. Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris.
Runner Runner | Believing that he has been swindled, Princeton grad student Richie goes to Costa Rica to confront online-gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Block's promises of immense wealth and power have a seductive effect on Richie, until he learns the shocking truth about his new mentor. When Richie is coerced by the FBI to help bring Block to justice, he faces the biggest gamble of his life: outmaneuvering the two forces closing in on him. R. Starring: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton.
Baggage Claim | Although she has traveled all over the world, flight attendant Montana Moore has yet to find a man with whom she wants to settle down. However, her sister’s upcoming wedding and pressure from her often-married mother force her to calculate that she has a month to find a fiancé of her own. PG-13. Starring: Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou and Derek Luke. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 | Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention – a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals. PG. Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Don Jon | Jon Martello is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. R. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars
Rush | The exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed – handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die. R. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Battle of the Year | A hip-hop mogul recruits his friend, a former basketball coach, to train a dream team of American b-boys to win the break-dancing world championship in France. PG-13. Starring: Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso and Josh Peck. Critic’s raing: 2 stars.
Prisoners | How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His 6-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. R. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
The Family | A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Agent Stansfield to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni, his wife Maggie and their children Belle and Warren can’t help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the “family” way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. R. Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Insidious: Chapter 2 | A terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. PG-13. Starring: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson and Barbara Hershey. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Riddick | Having been betrayed and left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick must fight for his survival against the deadly alien predators that exist in this barren land. After activating an emergency beacon, Riddick soon finds himself battling teams of mercenaries from around the galaxy who are determined to bring him home as their bounty. R. Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban and Dave Bautista. Critic’s rating: 1 star.
Instructions not Included | An irresponsible playboy must grow up quickly when a former lover gives him their daughter to raise – then leaves without a trace. PG-13. Starring: Eugenio Derbez, Loreto Peralta and Jessica C. Lindsey. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
One Direction: This Is Us | A captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage, this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis’ meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the “X Factor,” to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena. PG. Starring: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Blue Jasmine | After her marriage to a wealthy businessman collapses, New York socialite Jasmine flees to San Francisco and the modest apartment of her sister, Ginger. Although she’s in a fragile emotional state and lacks job skills, Jasmine still manages to voice her disapproval of Ginger’s boyfriend, Chili. Jasmine begrudgingly takes a job in a dentist’s office, while Ginger begins dating a man who’s a step up from Chili. PG-13. Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
You’re Next | When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped ... until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all. NR. Starring: Sharni Vinson, A.J. Bowen and Nicholas Tucci. Critic’s rating: n/a
The Mortal: City of Bones | Clary Fraydiscovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. PG-13. Starring: Lily Collins, Robert Maillet and Kevin Durand. Critic’s rating: n/a
The World’s End | Gary King is an immature 40-year-old who’s dying to take another stab at an epic pub-crawl that he last attempted 20 years earlier. He drags his reluctant buddies back to their hometown and sets out for a night of heavy drinking. As they make their way toward their ultimate destination – the fabled World’s End pub – Gary and his friends attempt to reconcile the past and present. However, the real struggle is for the future when their journey turns into a battle for mankind. R. Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler | This film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. PG-13. Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding Jr. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Elysium | In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. R. Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Planes | Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty is not exactly built for racing – and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. PG. Starring: Dane Cook, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Garrett. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
2 Guns | For the past year, DEA agent Bobby Trench and U.S. Navy intelligence officer Marcus Stigman have been working under cover as members of a narcotics syndicate. The twist: Neither man knows that the other is an undercover agent. R. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Paula Patton. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Smurfs 2 | The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris. PG. Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Jayma Mays. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters | To find the magic Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood, demigod Percy and his friends undertake a dangerous odyssey into the area known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle. PG. Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
We’re the Millers | Small-time pot dealer David learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished; trying to help some teens, he is jumped by thugs and loses his cash and stash. Now, David’s in big debt to his supplier and – to wipe the slate clean – he must go to Mexico to pick up the guy’s latest shipment. R. Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Ed Helms. Critic’s rating: n/a
The Wolverine | Lured to a Japan he hasn’t seen since World War II, century-old mutant Wolverine finds himself in an unknown world. He faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits. PG-13. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Brian Tee and Famke Janssen. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
The Conjuring | Horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. R. Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Despicable me 2 | Now that Gru has forsaken a life of crime to raise Margo, Agnes and Edith, he’s trying to figure out how to provide for his new family. PG. Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Benjamin Bratt. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.