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Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts and Jason Sudeikis in a scene from 'We're the Millers,' a summer road-trip riot.
Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts and Jason Sudeikis in a scene from 'We're the Millers,' a summer road-trip riot.
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THE CONJURING — Because this was 1971, and the world, much less Rhode Island’s Perron family, had not seen “The Exorcist” and the generations of ultra-realistic horror movies and “Ghost Hunters” TV shows that followed, they didn’t heed the dog’s warnings. This is like a prequel to 40 years of demonic-possession thrillers. 112 mins. R for disturbing violence and terror. ♦ ♦ 1/2

DESPICABLE ME 2 — Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. 98 mins. PG for rude humor and mild action. ♦ ♦ 1/2

ELYSIUM — A space station in the sky is an enormous wheel, on the rim of which its wealthy residents, having left the teeming and polluted Earth, inhabit pristine homes and are eternally healthy. Meanwhile, Los Angeles in 2154 is grimy, gritty and poor, with minimal medical care. Children look to the sky, dreaming of Elysium. Neill Blomkamp is making obvious statements about immigration and universal health care, and whether this bothers you or not will greatly influence how much you enjoy the film. 109 minutes. R for strong bloody violence and language throughout. ♦ ♦ ♦

GROWN-UPS 2 — After having the time of his life three summers ago, Lenny (Adam Sandler), decides to move his family back to his hometown and have them grow up with his gang of childhood friends and their children. But sometimes crazy follows you. 102 mins. PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and male rear nudity. ♦ ♦

THE HEAT — You’ll never see Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy work harder at comedy than in this stumbling, aggressively loud and profane buddy-cop picture where they struggle to wring “funny” out of a script that isn’t. 117 mins. R for pervasive language, strong crude content and some violence. ♦ 1/2

PACIFIC RIM — Enormous alien beasts were sneaking into the ocean through a crack in the ocean floor along the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire,” so governments teamed up to build gigantic robots called jaegers. Years later, the jaeger program is winding down, but the monsters keep coming. 130 mins. PG-13 for sci-fi action, violence, brief language. ♦ ♦ 1/2

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS — To restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. 106 mins. PG for fantasy action violence, scary images and mild language. ♦ ♦ 1/2

PLANES — In the worst of the animated blockbusters to come our way this summer, a crop duster named Dusty longs to be more “than just what I was built for.” He longs to escape Propwash Junction, and with the help of his fuel-truck pal (Brad Garrett) and trusty mechanic forklift (Teri Hatcher), he might just get into the round-the-world race and win fame and glory. 90 mins. PG for some mild action and rude humor. ♦ 1/2

SMURFS 2 — Turns out those diminutive, blue-skinned forest-dwellers have been just fine since their 2011 big-screen outing, but there’s trouble brewing in their new adventure-comedy that will require their curious blend of wide-eyed optimism and goofy enthusiasm. 105 mins. PG for some rude humor and action.

TWO GUNS — Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up in this jokey-bloody action comedy that could use more jokes and less blood. 109 mins. R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity. ♦ ♦

THE WAY, WAY BACK — A fairly straightforward story of coming of age in a time of divorce manages to feel fresh, with all the frictions that arise as kids find themselves dealing with Mom and Dad’s new loves. 103 mins. PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material. ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2

WE’RE THE MILLERS — In this raunchy, hilarious and ultimately sweet-natured riff on the tried-and-true road-trip comedy, low-level pot dealer David (Sudeikis) is robbed, and forced by his friend and boss, Brad (Ed Helms), to head south of the border and return an RV full of weed over the Fourth of July weekend. To blend in and avoid suspicion, David recruits a fake family: stripper neighbor Rose (Jennifer Aniston), troubled runaway Casey (Emma Roberts) and awkward teen Kenny (Poulter). The foursome sets off to retrieve the marijuana, and all manner of off-color hijinks occur. 110 mins. R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, brief graphic nudity. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE WOLVERINE — Hugh Jackman returns to his famed “X-Men” role in a more contemplative fashion. Logan travels to Japan to bid farewell to a dying acquaintance only to find himself protecting the life of an heiress. 126 mins. PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language. ♦ ♦

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