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Opened Wednesday

Despicable Me 2 *** 1/2 - Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove star. Rated PG. 98 minutes. Review on Page 13. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain *** 1/2 - Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour. Rated R. 80 minutes.Review on Page 12. El Con, Park Place, Spectrum.

The Lone Ranger ** - Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer bring the old TV series of that name to the big screen. Rated PG-13. 149 minutes. Review on Page 11. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Opening Friday

20 Feet from Stardom *** 1/2 - A documentary shining a spotlight on the world of backup singers - notably, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer or Judith Hill. Directed by Morgan Neville. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes. Review on Page 12. Loft.

The Iceman ** 1/2 - Michael Shannon is cold and scary as Richard Kuklinski, a New Jersey native who spent more than 20 years killing people for a living, and getting away with it. A true-crime thriller directed with punch and grit, with Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and Chris Evans along for the ride. Rated R. 105 minutes. Review on Page 14. Loft.

Continuing Friday

42 *** - Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball. Harrison Ford co-stars as the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who takes the heat for the historical hiring. Rated PG-13. 128 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

After Earth * 1/2 - The once-formidable director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") tried to regain his cred with this science-fiction thriller about a father and son (played by Will Smith and his son Jaden) who crash land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned by mankind. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Before Midnight *** 1/2 - Nine years after a fateful rendezvous in Paris and nearly two decades since their first meeting, an American writer (Ethan Hawke) and a French environmentalist (Julie Delpy) once again spend an evening discussing life and love. Written by Delpy, Hawke and Director Richard Linklater. Rated R. 108 minutes. El Con.

The Big Wedding ** - Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton play a divorced couple who must pretend they are still married for the sake of their adopted son's marriage. Rated R. 90 minutes. Oracle View.

The Croods *** - A gorgeous kids' cartoon with heart and wit, if not a firm grasp of paleontology. Rated PG. 93 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Disconnect *** - The lives of a group of strangers who rely on technology for human connection - including a hard-working lawyer, a widowed ex-cop, his bullied son and an ambitious journalist - intersect. With Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo and Paula Patton. Rated R. 115 minutes. Crossroads.

The East ***- An ex-FBI agent working for an elite private intelligence firm infiltrates an anarchist collective that is seeking revenge against major corporations, and she finds herself torn as she starts to connect with the group. With Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page and Toby Kebbell. Written by Marling and Zal Batmanglij. Directed by Batmanglij. PG-13. 115 minutes. Loft.

Epic ** 1/2 - Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz and Josh Hutcherson provide the voices for this 3-D animated fable about a teenage girl who is magically transported into an alternate universe. Rated PG. 102 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

Escape from Planet Earth - Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara, Brendan Fraser and Ricky Gervais provide the voices for this animated comedy about an astronaut who answers a distress call. Rated PG. 95 minutes. Not reviewed. Oracle View.

Evil Dead *** - This remake of the 1981 horror classic about five teens besieged by evil forces in the woods is not your typical do-over cash-in. The creators of the original film - Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob G. Tapert - served as producers. Rated R. 91 minutes. Crossroads, Oracle View.

Fast and Furious 6 **- Justin Lin returns for a fourth time to direct Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the rubber-burning crew. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Pavilions, Spectrum.

Frances Ha **** - A 27-year-old apprentice dancer (Greta Gerwig) in New York is thrown off balance when she has a falling out with her best friend and roommate. Written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach. Directed by Baumbach. Rated R. 86 minutes. Loft.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation ** - This sequel to 2009's execrable "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" sends the super-agents (including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis) on a hunt to uncover the traitor in their ranks. Rated PG-13. 110 minutes. Oracle View.

The Hangover Part III *** - For the final chapter in his hugely successful trilogy about guys behaving badly, director Todd Phillips shakes things up by doing away with weddings and bachelor parties altogether. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha are all back for more punishment. Rated R. 100 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

The Heat * 1/2 - A cop-buddy comedy, only with women. Sandra Bullock is the by-the-book FBI agent who pairs up with an unpredictable Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a drug kingpin. Rated R. 117 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

The Internship *** - Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play obsolete salesmen trying to compete in the digital age who take internships at Google and try to outdo their college-age peers. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Park Place, Pavilions.

Jurassic Park 3D - The 3-D upgrade of Steven Spielberg's dinosaur classic. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Gateway.

Man of Steel ** - Now that the Batman franchise has been put in mothballs for a while, Warner Bros. turns to its other iconic superhero - Superman - in director Zack Snyder's reboot. Henry Cavill wears the cape. Michael Shannon is the villainous General Zod, more evil than ever. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Monsters University ***- Pixar continues its foray into sequels and prequels with this look back at the college days of monsters Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), when they were studying how to be scary. Rated G. 103 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

Much Ado About Nothing -Writer-director Joss Whedon rounded up a bunch of his actor friends and shot this modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy at his house in 12 days, as a way to recover from the making of "The Avengers." Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Clark Gregg form the cast. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Not reviewed. El Con.

Mud *** - Director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to "Take Shelter" centers on a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out in Arkansas who relies on the help of two boys to reunite with his girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon). Rated R. 130 minutes. Loft.

Now You See Me ** - Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco are a team of bank-robbing magicians. Rated PG-13. 102 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Oblivion ** 1/2 - Tom Cruise plays the survivor of a devastating war who discovers he's not alone on Earth. Director Joseph Kosinki ("Tron: Legacy") shot the movie with digital 4K resolution cameras. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Olympus has Fallen ** - In the midst of a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C., a security agent (Gerard Butler) is the only person capable of saving the president (Aaron Eckhart). Rated R. 113 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Oz The Great and Powerful *** - Sam Raimi directs this special effects-intensive fantasy, based on L. Frank Baum's novel, about a magician (James Franco) who becomes a great wizard. Rated PG. 130 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Pain and Gain ** - Michael Bay ("Transformers") directs this pitch-black comedy, based on a true story, about Miami bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie) who try to a kidnap a wealthy businessman.Rated R. 130 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

The Place Beyond the Pines ** -A motorcycle stunt rider commits a robbery to support his infant son and suffers far-reaching consequences. With Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Rated R. 140 minutes. Crossroads.

The Purge * 1/2 - Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey are a couple trying to protect their children from intruders during a 12-hour period in which the government has deemed everything legal, including murder. Rated R. 85 minutes. Gateway.

Quartet *** - At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes. Crossroads.

Renoir *** - This French drama centers around the painter and his son, and the young woman who enchants both of them. Rated R. 111 minutes. Crossroads.

Scary Movie 5 - A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. Rated PG-13. 85 minutes. Not reviewed. Oracle View.

Star Trek Into Darkness **- J.J. Abrams' second outing into "Trek" territory sends Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), First Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew of the USS Enterprise on the trail of a terrorist (Benedict Cumberbatch) who has declared war on the Federation. Rated PG-13. 135 minutes. El Con, Marketplace, Park Place.

Stories We Tell **** - A documentary in which filmmaker Sarah Polley investigates some elusive truths about her mother, the late actress Diane Polley, and her own identity. PG-13. 108 minutes. Crossroads.

This is the End *** - During a giant party at James Franco's house, Emma Watson, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Jonah Hill (all playing themselves) find out the apocalypse is coming and the world is about to end. Rated R. 107 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

White House Down ** - For the second time this year (the first was "Olympus Has Fallen"), the White House is taken over by terrorists and a policeman (Channing Tatum) must protect the life of the president (Jamie Foxx). Directed by Roland Emmerich, who famously demolished the White House before in "Independence Day." Rated PG-13. 131 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

World War Z ***- Brad Pitt stars in this adaptation of the Max Brooks novel, playing a United Nations official racing around the world to try and stop a zombie pandemic. Directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"). Rated PG-13. 116 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

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