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Grace Trey is the ideal Christian teen who is also a phenomenal singer, previously undiscovered outside of church, in 'Grace Unplugged.'
Grace Trey is the ideal Christian teen who is also a phenomenal singer, previously undiscovered outside of church, in 'Grace Unplugged.'
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BAGGAGE CLAIM — Paula Patton fizzes and flounces through this romantic comedy about a flight attendant who gives herself “30 days and 30 thousand miles” to find some man to “put a ring on it” before her sister’s wedding. 98 mins. PG-13 for sexual content and some language. ♦ 1/2

BESHARAM — A street-smart and charming car mechanic lives life to the fullest in a Delhi orphanage. He steals cars to support his orphanage and has no sense of right or wrong until he unwittingly hurts the love of his life and is chased by a cop couple. Babli realizes there is no right way of doing the wrong thing and sets out to fix all the wrongs in his life. But he continues to be shameless about it. 145 mins. Not rated

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 — The Herculean task of any sequel is repeating the experience of the original film, or improving on it. That’s nigh impossible thanks to the simple fact you only get to take the viewing public utterly by surprise once. The out-of-nowhere novelty and delight of Sony Animation’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” based on Judi and Ron Barrett’s children’s book, is missing in “Meatballs 2.” The design and color palette is as glorious as ever. But the laughs are few and innovations fewer. 93 mins. PG for mild rude humor. ♦ ♦

DON JON — Don Jon’s a dog. He cares only about his car, his pad, his boys, his family, his gym, his church (Sundays only), girls and porn — lots and lots of porn. That is, until he meets Ms. Right — actually two Ms. Rights — and his bro-licious world is turned upside down when he learns that women are people too. That’s the simple premise for the feature directorial/writing debut for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but it’s handled with such a deft sense of humor and pathos that it transcends any rom-com handcuffs anyone might try to slap on it. 90 mins. R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, strong language, drug use. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

ENOUGH SAID — Nicole Holofcener’s most traditional film to date has a surprisingly conventional plot. The film — about the relationship between two middle-age divorcees (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini) — is for all intents and purposes a romantic comedy. But Holofcener infuses the often shallow genre with genuine emotion and her refreshing brand of adult humor. 93 mins. PG-13 for crude/sexual content, comic violence, language, partial nudity. ♦ ♦ ♦ 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. 111 mins. R for violence, language and brief sexuality. ♦ ♦

GRACE UNPLUGGED — Grace Trey is the ideal Christian teen who is also a phenomenal singer, previously undiscovered outside of church. But at the tender age of 18, after she gets the music break of a lifetime and is thrust into the “real world,” her faith is put to the test. 118 mins. PG for thematic elements and brief teen drinking. ♦ ♦ 1/2

GRAVITY — Marooned in space, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a nervous medical engineer making her first space-shuttle flight, and her far more experienced co-pilot Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), face their own mortality in a film with emotional and spiritual depth that’s also tense and suspenseful. 90 mins. PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

PRISONERS — This is a mystery told with such skill that just when you think you’ve figured it out, it finds new blind alleys for you to visit. Well-cast and wonderfully acted, it’s a child kidnapping thriller with sorrow, intrigue, psychology and just enough urgency. Then it almost outsmarts itself with a draggy, “let’s explain it all” third act that undercuts the big theme it wants us to ponder. 150 mins. R for disturbing violent content including torture and language throughout. ♦ ♦ ♦

RUNNER RUNNER — When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face to face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. 91 mins. R for language and some sexual content. ♦ ♦ 1/2

RUSH — This Formula One racing drama has almost irresistible forward momentum. The on-track action is blistering, the filmmaking is sure-footed (even as cars fishtail into catastrophic crashes) and the characters bigger than life. Even more important, it avoids the stock plotting that turns most sports movies into bland emotional pick-me-ups. It’s one of the best films of Ron Howard’s career, certainly the most surprising. Who knew this competent craftsman had such a furiously exciting, sex-drenched story in him? 123 mins. R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use. ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2

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