New this week
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: n/a
The Ultimate Life | Between running his grandfather’s foundation, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens’ world is unraveling. But then he discovers his late grandfather’s journal and is transported back into Red Stevens’ incredible rags-to-riches life. PG. Starring: Bill Cobbs, Peter Fonda and Lee Meriwether. Critic’s rating: n/a
Winnie Mandela | Moving from a remote tribal village to the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, a proud young Winnie soon found love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela. When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. R. Starring: Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas, Wendy Crewson and Jennifer Hudson. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
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: n/a
One Direction: This Is Us | A captivating and intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon. Weaved with stunning live concert footage, this inspiring feature film tells the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis’ meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the “X Factor,” to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena. PG. Starring: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.
Getaway | Former racecar driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage. PG-13. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.
The Spectacular Now | This is the tale of Sutter Keely, a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “the good girl” Aimee Finecky. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. R. Starring: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. Critic’s rating: 4 stars.
Blue Jasmine | After her marriage to a wealthy businessman collapses, New York socialite Jasmine flees to San Francisco and the modest apartment of her sister, Ginger. Although she’s in a fragile emotional state and lacks job skills, Jasmine still manages to voice her disapproval of Ginger’s boyfriend, Chili. Jasmine begrudgingly takes a job in a dentist’s office, while Ginger begins dating a man who’s a step up from Chili. PG-13. Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg, Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
You’re Next | When a gang of masked, ax-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped ... until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all. NR. Starring: Sharni Vinson, A.J. Bowen and Nicholas Tucci. Critic’s rating: n/a
The Mortal: City of Bones | Clary Fraydiscovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. PG-13. Starring: Lily Collins, Robert Maillet and Kevin Durand. Critic’s rating: n/a
The World’s End | Gary King is an immature 40-year-old who’s dying to take another stab at an epic pub-crawl that he last attempted 20 years earlier. He drags his reluctant buddies back to their hometown and sets out for a night of heavy drinking. As they make their way toward their ultimate destination – the fabled World’s End pub – Gary and his friends attempt to reconcile the past and present. However, the real struggle is for the future when their journey turns into a battle for mankind. R. Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.
Jobs | In 1976, college dropout Steve Jobs heralded a revolution within the confines of his parents’ garage. Jobs, along with friend and technical wizard Steve Wozniak, unleashed the homebrew Apple 1 personal computer kit onto an unsuspecting public, producing 200 units by hand and shipping each one themselves. PG-13. Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad and Matthew Modine. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.
Kick-Ass 2 | Dave, aka Kick-Ass, and Mindy, aka Hit Girl, are trying to live as normal teenagers and briefly form a crime fighting team. After Mindy is busted and forced to retire as Hit Girl, Dave joins a group of amateur superheroes led by Col. Stars and Stripes, a reformed mobster. R. Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Critic’s rating: n/a
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.
Paranoia | In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy is a charming, blue-collar guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Telecom. But after one costly and illegal mistake, Adam is confronted by ruthless CEO Nicholas Wyatt. He won’t turn Adam in under one condition: Adam must agree to infiltrate the competition as a corporate spy. PG-13. Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Critic’s rating: n/a
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 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.
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.
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.