New this week
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.
The Way, Way Back | An awkward yet intelligent young boy begins to make his transition into adulthood over the course of one transformative summer in this bittersweet coming-of-age comedy-drama. PG-13. Starring: Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Allison Janney. Critic’s rating: 3 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 To Do List | In 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the “activities” she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she’s way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. R. Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson and Bill Hader. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Fruitvale Station | This drama centered on the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant, a vibrant 22-year-old Bay Area father who was senselessly gunned down by BART officers on New Year’s Day in 2009, and whose murder sent shockwaves through the nation after being captured on camera by his fellow passengers. R. Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia L. Spencer and Melonie Diaz. Critic’s rating: 3.5 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.
R.I.P.D. | Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer has spent his career with the legendary police force known as R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous spirits who are cleverly disguised as ordinary people. His mission? To arrest and bring to justice a special brand of criminals trying to escape final judgment by hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. PG-13. Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Red 2 | Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. PG-13. Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Turbo | Turbo is a speed-obsessed snail with an unusual dream: to become the world’s greatest racer. This odd snail gets a chance to leave his slow-paced life behind when a freak accident gives him the power of superspeed. PG. Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Michael Peña. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Grown Ups 2 | Lenny has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school. PG-13. Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
Pacific Rim | When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. PG-13. Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day. 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.
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.
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.
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.