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The Counselor | A successful lawyer gets in over his head when he decides to dabble in the drug trade only to realize just how dangerous a situation he’s gotten himself into. R. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem. Critic’s rating: 1 star.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa | 86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with his 8 year-old grandson Billy. Along the way, Irving will introduce Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term child-rearing. R. Starring: Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Carrie (2013) | A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. R. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Gabriella Wilde. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Escape Plan | Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security, agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” But when he is wrongly imprisoned, he must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. R. Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caviezel. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Fifth Estate | Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange, the movie traces the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large. R. Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl and Laura Linney. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Enough Said | A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. PG-13. Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
Pulling Strings | Rachel, a diplomatic consul, passes out on a street in Mexico City after a night of drinking. She is rescued by Alejandro, a single father whose visa she rejected the day before, and sparks fly between the two. NR. Starring: Jaime Camil, Laura Ramsey and Omar Chaparro. Critic’s rating: n/a
Grace Unplugged | Beautiful, highly talented and restless, Grace is undiscovered outside church, where she performs each Sunday with her gifted father, Johnny. A former rock star, Johnny Trey charted a Billboard number one single 20 years ago. When the hits stopped coming, he crash-landed hard before finding Christ and starting a new life for his family, far from the Hollywood Hills. PG. Starring: AJ Michalka, James Denton and Kevin Pollak. Critic’s rating: n/a
Romeo and Juliet | An ageless story from the world’s most renowned author is reimagined for the 21st Century. This adaptation is told in the lush traditional setting it was written, but gives a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend. PG-13. Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Ed Westwick. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
I’m in Love with a Church Girl | Cars. Good looks. Mansions. Money. Women. Miles Montego has it all. Including a past. He was king of the streets as a high-level drug trafficker, and although he has tried to move on, the DEA isn’t convinced. Miles is still rolling with his old friends and colleagues, and the feds are certain he has not fully-retired from his criminal past. PG. Starring: Adrienne Bailon, Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins and Michael Madsen. Critic’s rating: n/a
Captain Phillips | This film focuses on the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. PG-13. Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Catherine Keener. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
Machete Kills | The President of the United States recruits Machete for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a wealthy arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. R. Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson and Sofía Vergara. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
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. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
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. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.