Despicable Me 2 (PG)
An animated comedy about a father and small-time criminal who is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Starring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand.
The Conjuring (R)
Based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence. Confronting a demonic entity, they find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives. Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Lili Taylor.
Grown Ups 2 (PG-13)
A follow-up to the 2010 film “Grown Ups” with an all-star comedy cast. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. The grownups learn lessons from their kids on the last day of school. A huge costume party brings out more mayhem than one movie deserves. Also starring Kevin James and Chris Rock.
The Heat (R)
A comedy from the director of “Bridesmaids” about an uptight FBI special agent who is paired with a testy Boston cop in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. Neither woman has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. Melissa McCarthy is hilariously over the top as the cop. Also starring Sandra Bullock, Ben Falcone.
The Lone Ranger (PG-13)
Johnny Depp brings along all of his Deppishness as Tonto, the Native American warrior who transforms John Reid, a man of the law, into the Lone Ranger, a legend of justice. It is an action-fantasy in which the bad guys get their due. Also starring Armie Hammer, William Fichtner.
Pacific Rim (PG-13)
A large-scale creature feature with a dedicated few waging a battle to save mankind from monstrous sea creatures. Has received good reviews. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi.
A supernatural action-adventure, two cops dispatched by the otherworldly Rest In Peace Department to protect and serve the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon.
This Is the End (R)
The apocalypse arrives during a celebrity-filled party at James Franco’s house. It may not be very pretty, but it is pretty funny in a kind of sick, fall-into-a-hole-filled-with-lava sort of way. The actors and entertainers play themselves, more or less. Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna, and Seth Rogen, who also co-wrote and co-directed, and many many more.
An animated film about a speed-obsessed snail who dreams of being the world’s greatest race car driver. He gets his chance when a freak accident gives him the speed, but he realizes he will need help from his friends to win the Indy 500. Starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, and Maya Rudolph.
Unfinished Song (PG-13)
An entertaining and uplifting story of a starchy curmudgeon who is revitalized when he joins a spirited local singing group led by a charming young woman. Starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, and Gemma Arterton.
White House Down (PG-13)
The White House is under siege in this action thriller from “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich. While on a tour a Capitol policeman must act to save his child and protect the President from a group of paramilitary invaders. Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The Wolverine (PG-13)
Hugh Jackman returns as the wolverine in this solo outing sequel to the X-Men movies. Based on the Marvel miniseries from the 1980s, he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai in Japan. Also starring Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, and Famke Janssen.