Pacific Rim ** 1/2 - Writer-director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") unleashes his imagination on his biggest canvas to date with this enormous adventure about giant robots, piloted by humans, defending Earth against enormous monsters that rise up from the sea. πPG-13. 130 minutes. Review on Page 13. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.
Grown Ups 2 - Adam Sandler rounds up his buddies (Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) for a sequel to the unexpected box office smash, once again proving that men will always be boys. PG-13. 101 minutes. Not reviewed. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.
Hammer of the Gods - A young Viking warrior (Charlie Bewley) is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Rated R. 99 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.
Fill The Void *** - The youngest daughter in an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv must decide between her heart's wish and an arranged marriage. Rated PG. 90 minutes. Review on Page 14. Loft.
V/H/S 2 -A collection of four short films from the folks who made "The Blair Witch Project," "Hobo With a Shotgun," "The Raid" and "You're Next." Rated R. 95 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft
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.
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. Loft.
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.
The Big Wedding HH - 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.
The Croods *** - A gorgeous kids' cartoon with heart and wit, if not a firm grasp of paleontology. Rated PG. 93 minutes. Oracle View.
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. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.
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 HH 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. Crossroads, Gateway.
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 Great Gatsby *** - Baz Lurhman ("Moulin Rouge!") shot this $150 million adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel using 3-D cameras. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the party-loving millionaire living the high life in 1920s New York. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.
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, Oracle View.
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. Desert Sky, Foothills, Marketplace, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.
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. Loft.
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. Gateway.
Iron Man 3 ** 1/2 - The irrepressible Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire superhero Tony Stark, with Ben Kingsley as new villain The Mandarin. Directed and co-written by Shane Black of "Lethal Weapon" fame. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.
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. 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. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Oasis, Pavilions, Spectrum.
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, 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. Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.
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, Park Place.
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. 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. 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. 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. Oracle View.
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, Oracle View.
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.
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.
Stories We Tell HHHH - 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. El Con.
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. 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, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, 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, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Oasis, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.
Compiled from wire reports