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Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro star in the violent action comedy 'The Family.'
Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert DeNiro star in the violent action comedy 'The Family.'
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BLUE JASMINE — Cate Blanchett storms her way through the title role of Woody Allen’s pastiche-y melodrama, about a fallen socialite seeking refuge in her sister’s San Francisco flat. Lifted in chunks from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and offering wincing blue-collar-type caricatures, the film is nonetheless a wonder. 98 mins. PG-13 for adult themes. ♦ ♦ ♦


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


THE FAMILY — Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in this violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program. De Niro has a $20 million price on his head and is prone to beating people senseless or to death. Pfeiffer, a toned-down long-suffering wife, is prone to outbursts of her own. And the kids have yet another high school to reconnoiter. Jones is the government agent who tries to keep these four alive. 108 mins. R for violence, language and brief sexuality. ♦ ♦


THE GETAWAY — Ethan Hawke plays a veteran auto racer named Brent Magna. And that’s really all you need to know. This high-speed, high-impact car-chase caper is creatively running on fumes and four flat tires. 90 mins. PG-13 for intense action, violence and mayhem, some rude gestures and language. Zero stars


THE GRANDMASTER — Ip Man’s peaceful life changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. 108 mins. PG-13 for violence, some smoking, brief drug use and language. ♦ ♦


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. ♦ ♦


INSIDIOUS — The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. 105 mins. PG-13 for intense terror and violence and thematic elements. ♦ ♦


LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER — Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) embarks on a daunting new job at the Eisenhower White House, which gives him a Forrest Gump-like view not only of the White House under seven presidents but of the long arc of the civil-rights struggle in 20th-century America. 132 mins. PG-13 for violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking. ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2


THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS — CITY OF BONES — The story is so convoluted only a fan of the original Cassandra Clare novels might fully comprehend it. It centers on Clary (Lily Collins), a young woman who believes her biggest problem is listening to a friend’s bad poetry. That changes when demons invade her home. 130 mins. PG-13 for action. ♦ ♦ 1/2


ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US — Fans will love this because the lads are predictably cute, funny and charming, and there’s not a drama queen in the bunch. And that’s part of the problem. Director Morgan Spurlock has no conflict whatsoever to drive a plot for this tour souvenir. 92 mins. PG for mild language. ♦ ♦


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 get into the round-the-world race and win fame and glory. 90 mins. PG for some mild action and rude humor. ♦ 1/2


RIDDICK — The eponymous anti-hero (Vin Diesel), an intergalactic outlaw who can see in the dark, is stranded on a desert planet with no weapons or supplies, seriously wounded and relentlessly hunted by carnivorous aliens. David Twohy creates an involving survival drama. 119 mins. R for vulgar language, violence, sexual situations, nudity, adult themes. ♦


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. 105 mins. PG for some rude humor and action.


THE SPECTACULAR NOW — Zesty, funny, sad, and wise beyond its characters’ years, this offers the most complex and moving portraits of high-school seniors since the final season of TV’s “Friday Night Lights.” The movie tracks an end-of-school romance between a cool guy (Miles Teller) and a shy girl named (Shailene Woodley), with surprises that make it distinctive right from the beginning. 95 mins. R for alcohol use, language and some sexuality — all involving teens. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


THIS IS THE END — The world won’t end with just a bang or a whimper but also a truckload of sophomoric humor and Hollywood in-jokes. At least that’s the way Seth Rogen and a bunch of his movie-star buddies see it in this riff on the apocalypse. 107 mins. R for crude and sexual content, brief graphic nudity, strong language, drug use, violence. ♦ ♦ ♦


WE’RE THE MILLERS — In this raunchy, hilarious and ultimately sweet-natured riff on the road-trip comedy, low-level pot dealer David is robbed, and forced by his friend and boss to head south of the border and return an RV full of weed. To blend in and avoid suspicion, David recruits a fake family to ride along. 110 mins. R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material, brief graphic nudity. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦


WORLD’S END — In the latest work of brilliant inanity from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg takes this whole reluctant-savior-of-humanity thing to a new plane. Twenty years after high school, Pegg’s scruffy, unshaven, never-gonna-grow-up, substance-abusing Gary can’t hold down a job. His idea of a relationship is a quick tryst in the loo of a pub. This is a guy who’s gonna save us — or at least, parts of suburban England — from an alien invasion? Lord help us. 109 mins. R for pervasive language including sexual references. ♦ ♦ ♦


YOU’RE NEXT — The first 10 minutes of this horror will feel familiar to fans of the genre. Moments after a couple have sex in an isolated location, they’re brutally murdered. Don’t give up on the movie. Through the smart writing of Simon Barrett, the film slowly changes into a horror thriller that will have you questioning who is evil and who is good. 96 mins. R for gore, violence, language, nudity. ♦ ♦ ♦


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