Reel Picks


2 Guns (R)

Set up by the mob, an undercover Naval special ops officer and a DEA agent who are investigating each other find they must cooperate to survive. A well-done, action-filled adventure flick. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, and Denzel Washington.

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. Some call it the new “Exorcist.” Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Lili Taylor.

Elysium (R)

The year is 2154 in a world where the blue collar workforce is managed largely by robots, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission to right the injustice. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley.

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.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (PG)

A family adventure fantasy based on a novel by Rick Riordan. The son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to restore their safe haven and to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Starring Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, and Nathan Fillion.

Planes (PG)

In this animated Disney comedy inhabited by talking cars and planes Dusty is a crop dusting plane who is afraid of heights yet he dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. With help from friends he flys off to make his dream come true. Starring the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, and Brad Garrett

Red 2 (PG-13)

Retired, Extremely Dangerous. In this sequel, a breezy romp of global espionage, a retired C.I.A. agent reunites an aging team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren.

The Smurfs 2 (PG)

In a mashup of animation and live action, the Smurfs recruit their human friends to help rescue the kidnapped Smurfette. She knows a secret spell that can turn the Naughties, created by the evil sorcerer Gargamel, into real Smurfs. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jayma Mays.

The Way Way Back (PG-13)

From the same production company that made “Juno” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” a coming of age movie about a shy 14-year-old’s summer vacation on the Cape with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. He finds an unexpected friend in the manager of the local water park and develops some of the self-confidence he lacked. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, and Allison Janney.

We’re the Millers (R)

In this comedy, a small-time pot dealer takes a fake wife, two pretend kids, and a huge, shiny RV to Mexico on Fourth of July weekend to try to score enough to pay off a big debt. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Emma Roberts.

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.