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After Earth | A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige and his legendary father Cypher stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home. PG-13. Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Zoe Kravitz. Critic’s review: 1.5 stars.
Now You See Me | During their performances, the world’s greatest illusionists known as “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders. The super-team of illusionists shower the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse. PG-13. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. Critic’s review: 2 stars.
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Epic | The forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world … and ours. PG. Starring: Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell and Josh Hutcherson. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Fast & Furious 6 | Since Dom and Brian’s heist in Rio de Janiero left them and their crew very rich people, they’ve scattered across the globe; however, they must still live as fugitives, unable to return home to their families. Meanwhile, Agent Hobbs has been tracking a gang of lethally skilled mercenary drivers whose second-in-command is someone Dom knows. Unable to take them down himself, Hobbs asks Dom and his crew for help in exchange for full pardons for everyone. PG-13. Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Hangover Part III | It’s been two years since the gang known as the Wolfpack narrowly escaped disaster in Bangkok. Now, Phil, Stu and Doug have happy lives at home – but Alan doesn’t. Still lacking contentment and a sense of purpose, Alan has gone off his meds and surrendered to his natural impulses. It’s up to the other members of the Wolfpack to get him through his personal crisis by embarking on a road trip to the place it all began: Las Vegas. R. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Star Trek Into Darkness | The crew of the Starship Enterprise returns home after an act of terrorism within its own organization destroys most of Starfleet and what it represents, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Capt. James T. Kirk leads his people on a mission to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction, thereby propelling all of them into an epic game of life and death. PG-13. Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.
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.
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 Iceman | Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. R. Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans.
MUD | Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. PG-13. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Jacob Lofland.
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.
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.
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.
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.