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Opening Friday

Blue Jasmine **** - A fashionable New York housewife suffers an acute life crisis. With Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Alden Ehrenreich and Peter Sarsgaard. Written and directed by Woody Allen. PG-13. 98 minutes. Review on Page 12. El Con.

The Canyons * - A calculating young movie producer discovers his actress girlfriend's infidelity, with dire consequences. With Lindsay Lohan, James Deen and Nolan Gerard Funk. Written by Bret Easton Ellis. Directed by Paul Schrader. Not Rated. 100 minutes. Review on Page 13. Loft.

The Hunt *** 1/2 - A schoolteacher who is just starting to recover from a divorce and unemployment has his life thrown into turmoil by a false allegation that spreads like wildfire in his small community. With Mads Mikkelsen. In Danish with English subtitles. Rated R. 111 minutes. Review online at azstarnet.com/entertainment. Loft.

Kick-Ass 2 ** - Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz reprise their roles as the teenaged superheroes in this sequel to 2010's unapologetically rude and violent original. Rated R. 103 minutes. Review on Page 8. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Jobs ** 1/2 - Ashton Kutcher portrays the temperamental genius Steve Jobs from his days as a college dropout to his creation of Apple, which today is considered the most valuable company in the world. PG-13. 122 minutes. Review on Page 15. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Lee Daniels: The Butler ** 1/2 - The Oscar season starts way early this year with the release of this star-studded drama that focuses on the experience of a White House butler (Forrest Whitaker) and his wife (Oprah Winfrey) over the course of several decades and administrations. Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber are just some of the famous names that round out the cast. Rated PG-13. 132 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

The Look of Love - Actor Steve Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom ("The Trip") continue their fruitful partnership with this epic portrait of the rise and fall of British nudie theater impresario Paul Raymond. Not Rated. 101 minutes. Not reviewed. Loft.

Paranoia - Liam Hemsworth stars as a corporate spy in this thriller. The cast includes Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Rated PG-13. 115 minutes. Not reviewed. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Still Mine *** 1/2 - As an elderly man in New Brunswick, Canada, tries to build a cottage suitable for his ailing wife, he runs into local building codes and bureaucratic officials. With James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold. Written and directed by Michael McGowan. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. Review on Page 12. Loft.

Continuing Friday

2 Guns ** - Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two undercover agents whose identities are exposed while trying to infiltrate a drug cartel. Bullets will fly. Rated R. 109 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

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. Crossroads.

After Earth * 1/2 - A science-fiction thriller about a father and son (played by Will Smith and his son Jaden) who land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned. Rated PG-13. 100 minutes. Oracle View.

The Attack **** - An Israeli Palestinian doctor (Ali Suliman) living in Tel Aviv has his world turned upside down at the revelation his wife could be the attacker. Rated R. 102 minutes. Loft.

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) spend an evening discussing life and love. Rated R. 108 minutes. Crossroads.

Blackfish *** 1/2 - A documentary exploring the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity, with a focus on the troubled whale Tilikum, which has been involved in the deaths of three people. Directed by Gabriela Cowperwaithe. Rated PG-13. 83 minutes. Loft.

The Bling Ring *** - Writer-director Sofia Coppola explores our cultural obsession with celebrity via this comedy, based on actual events, about a group of teens (Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, and Taissa Farmiga) who burglarize the homes of famous people. Rated R. Oracle View.

The Conjuring *** 1/2 - As sympathetic, methodical ghostbusters, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson make this old-fashioned haunted-house horror film something more than your average fright fest. Rated R. 112 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum, Uptown.

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, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Elysium *** - Director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to his breakout debut hit District 9 is another action-heavy sci-fi picture. In the near future, the world's wealthiest 1 percent (led by Jodie Foster) will move into a mammoth space station orbiting Earth. The people left behind (including Matt Damon) are required to work to keep the satellite running smoothly. Rated R. 109 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

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

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 Director Noah Baumbach. Rated R. 86 minutes. Crossroads.

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. Oracle View.

Grown Ups 2 - Adam Sandler rounds up his buddies (Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade) for a sequel to the box office smash. PG-13. 101 minutes. Not reviewed. Cinemark, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum.

The Heat * 1/2 - Sandra Bullock is a 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. Spectrum.

I'm So Excited! *** - When a technical failure endangers an airplane en route to Mexico City, the pilots, flight attendants and travelers experience commotion and catharsis. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R. 90 minutes. Loft.

The Internship *** - Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play obsolete salesmen trying to compete in the digital age who take internships at Google. Rated PG-13. 118 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Iron Man 3 ** 1/2 - The irrepressible Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire superhero Tony Stark, with Ben Kingsley as new villain The Mandarin. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Gateway, Oracle View.

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain *** 1/2 - Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, the comedian delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour. Rated R. 80 minutes. Gateway.

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. Crossroads, Gateway.

Man of Steel ** - Henry Cavill wears the cape as Superman. Michael Shannon is the villainous General Zod. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. Crossroads, Gateway.

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. Crossroads, Gateway.

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. Crossroads, Gateway.

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. PG-13. 130 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ** - Logan Lerman returns as the teenage son of Poseidon in this second adaptation of Rick Riordan's popular fantasy novels. Rated PG. 106 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

Planes - A cropduster (voiced by Dane Cook) dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. Yes, it does sound an awful lot like Pixar's Cars, minus the Pixar. This one is just plain Disney. Rated PG. 92 minutes. Not reviewed. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

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. 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,

RED 2 ** 1/2 - Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich return for this sequel about retired CIA operatives forced back into action. Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones join in the fun. Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place.

R.I.P.D. - Critics were kept as far away as possible from this action-comedy about two police officers (Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges) who patrol the realm of the undead. Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. Not reviewed. Crossroads, Gateway.

The Smurfs 2 * 1/2 - The evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria) kidnaps Smurfette (Katy Perry) in this sequel to the 2011 hit. Rated PG. 95 minutes. El Con, Foothills, Park Place, Spectrum, Uptown.

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. Crossroads, Gateway, Oracle View.

Turbo ** 1/2 - From DreamWorks Animation, the tale of a garden snail who dreams of being the fastest snail in the world. Voices include Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson. Rated PG. 95 minutes. Cinemark, Park Place, Spectrum.

The Way, Way Back *** 1/2 - A 14-year-old boy vacationing with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and that man's daughter finds an unexpected friend in the manager of a local water park. With Liam James, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette and Steve Carrell. Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Rated PG-13. 103 minutes. El Con, Marketplace.

We are the Millers *** 1/2 -Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston pretend to be a married couple in this raunchy, hilarious and ultimately sweet-natured riff on the tried-and-true road trip comedy. Rated R. 110 minutes. Cinemark, Desert Sky, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

The Wolverine ** 1/2 - Hugh Jackman reprises his signature role of the clawed mutant, this time traveling to Japan to catch up with an old acquaintance. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes. Cinemark, El Con, Foothills, Marketplace, Park Place, Pavilions, Spectrum.

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