New this week in Myrtle Beach-area theaters

New this week

Planes: Fire & Rescue | A new comedy-adventure about second chances featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. PG. Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris and Julie Bowen.

Persecuted | Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. senator orders Luther abducted and framed for the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed with Luther running for his life to uncover the deadly plot. PG-13. Starring: James Remar, Fred Dalton Thompson and Gretchen Carlson.

The Purge: Anarchy | One night a year, all crime – including murder – is legal for 12 hours. A man heads out into the chaos, intent on killing thugs as revenge for his son’s death, but ends up rescuing a stranded couple. R. Starring: Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford.

Sex Tape | When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense – and though they’re still very much in love, 10 years and two kids have cooled the passion. R. Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Ellie Kemper.


Begin Again | This is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta and her long-time boyfriend Dave are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. R. Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld. Critic’s rating: n/a.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. PG-13. Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman. Critic’s rating: 3.5 stars.

Tammy | After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother. R. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon and Dan Aykroyd. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.

Deliver Us from Evil | New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. R. Starring: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez and Olivia Munn. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

Earth to Echo | Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. PG. Starring: Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley and Reese Hartwig. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.

Transformers: Age of Extinction | Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his cross-hairs. PG-13. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Li Bingbing. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.

Think Like A Man Too | In the sequel, inspired by Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like a Lady,” all the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. PG-13. Starring: Adam Brody, Michael Ealy and Jerry Ferrara. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

Jersey Boys | The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. R. Starring: Christopher Walken, Vincent Piazza and Freya Tingley. Critic’s rating: 1.5 stars.

22 Jump Street | After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. R. Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube. Critic’s rating: 3 stars.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 | Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. PG. Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Kit Harington. Critic’s rating: 2.5 stars.

Maleficent | A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman with stunning black wings, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army of humans threatens the harmony of the land. PG. Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Juno Temple. Critic’s rating: 2 stars.