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The Great Gatsby | Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. PG-13. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Critic’s review: 3 stars.
Peeples | After a year of living with girlfriend Grace, Wade Walker is eager to propose to her, but she’s still reluctant to introduce him to her snobbish family. When Grace leaves for a gathering at her parents’ swanky compound, he hatches a plan to crash the assemblage, charm her folks, and slip a ring on her finger. PG-13. Starring: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington and David Alan Grier. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
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Iron Man 3 | When Tony Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. PG-13. Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
The Big Wedding | When their adopted son Alejandro announces his upcoming wedding to Missy, happily divorced parents Don and Ellie masquerade as if they were still married in order to stay on the good side of Alejandro’s ultra-conservative biological mother, and ensure that the wedding goes off without a hitch. R. Starring: Robin Williams, Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
Pain & Gain | A group of steroid-abusing bodybuilders engage in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. R. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie.
Oblivion | In the year 2077, Jack Harper works as a security repairman on an Earth left empty and devastated after a war with aliens. Jack has two weeks left before his mission ends and he joins his fellow survivors on a faraway colony. However, Jack’s concept of reality comes crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. PG-13. Starring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman. Critic’s review: 3.5 stars.
The Place Beyond the Pines | Luke is in constant motion, a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels from town to town with the carnival. Passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina, only to learn that she has in his absence given birth to their son Jason. R. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Critic’s review: N/A.
Home Run | Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues but with memories of his past haunting him, his life quickly spirals out of control. Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption, and along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: No one is beyond the healing of God. PG-13. Starring: Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown and Charles Henry Wyson. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
42 | In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the team, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. PG-13. Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni. (A Myrtle Beach actor has a small role in this movie.) Critic’s review: 3 stars.
Scary Movie V | The happily-married parents of a newborn boy seek the assistance of paranormal investigators in ridding their home of evil. PG-13. Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen and Anthony Anderson. Critic’s review: 1 star.
Evil Dead | Remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five 20-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. R. Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Lou Taylor Pucci. Critic’s review: 2 stars.
Jurassic Park 3D | In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. PG-13. Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. Critic’s review: 3 stars.
The Company You Keep | A single father’s upper-middle class life as a lawyer in upstate New York is shattered when his past as a radical activist member of the Weather Underground is revealed and he is accused of having been the triggerman at a deadly bank robbery years before. R. Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor | An explosive romance about the seductive dangers of the forbidden, this film tells the provocative and sensual story of Judith, an ambitious married woman whose obsessive passion for a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, danger and a choice that will forever alter the course of her life. PG-13. Starring: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams and Brandy Norwood. Critic’s review: 2 stars.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation | In the continuing adventures of the G.I. Joe team, Duke, second-in-command Roadblock and the rest of the Joes face a two-fold threat. Not only is their mortal enemy COBRA rearing its ugly head again, but there is also a threat from within the U.S. government: There might be an impostor in the White House. Meanwhile, Snake Eyes is on a search for inner peace but learns that his nemesis, Storm Shadow, is still alive. PG-13. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and D.J. Cotrona. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
The Croods | When the cave that has always been their home is destroyed – with the rest of their world not far behind it – the Croods are forced to set off on the first family road (or path) trip. Rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures and a future beyond any they imagined. G. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone. Critic’s review: 3.5 stars.
Olympus Has Fallen | The unthinkable happens when heavily armed and highly trained terrorists launch a bold daytime attack on the White House. R. Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Critic’s review: 2.5 stars.
Oz The Great and Powerful | When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot – fame and fortune are his for the taking – until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. PG. Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Critic’s review: 2 stars.
Identity Thief | Florida resident Diana has a luxurious lifestyle as the queen of retail, buying whatever strikes her fancy – and it’s all free, thanks to Sandy Bigelow Patterson, a guy from Denver whose identity she stole. R. Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Favreau. Critic’s review: 2 stars.
Safe Haven | When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past . PG-13, Starring: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough and David Lyons. Critic’s review: 2 stars.