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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.
The Lone Ranger | Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice – taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. PG-13. Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Tom Wilkinson. Critic’s rating | 2.5 stars.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain | Funnyman Kevin Hart hits the stage for this feature stand-up comedy show filmed during his 2012 “Let Me Explain” 10-country, 80-city tour. R. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
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The Heat | When uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Shannon Mullins, one of Boston P.D.’s “finest,” join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. R. Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy and Demián Bichir. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
White House Down | Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. PG-13 Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Monsters University | Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. G. Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
World War Z | A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic. PG-13. Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and Abigail Hargrove. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
The Bling Ring | A group of celebrity-fixated Los Angeles teens begin burglarizing the homes of the rich and famous. R. Starring: Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Leslie Mann. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
This Is the End | Six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. R. Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Man of Steel | Young reporter, Clark Kent roams the world covering news stories but returns home to face his destiny to become superman. PG-13. Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Before Midnight | We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. R. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.
The Internship | After old-school salesmen Billy and Nick find themselves downsized, Billy decides that, despite their complete lack of technological savvy, they should work for Google. The friends somehow manage to finagle internships at the Internet giant and promptly head out to Silicon Valley. PG-13. Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Josh Gad. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
The Purge | In a futuristic America plagued by crime, the government sanctions a 12-hour period once a year in which all criminal activity is legal. When an intruder breaks into the home of James Sandin and his family, they must try to survive the night without compromising their personal moral code. R. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey and Max Burkholder. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
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 rating: 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 rating: 2 stars.
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.
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.
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.