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This article was published August 16, 2013 at 3:47 a.m.

At area theaters 68 AFTER EARTH, PG-13 A teenager (Jaden Smith) embarks on a perilous journey to get help to his critically injured father (Will Smith) after a crash landing strands them on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. (100 minutes) 75 CHENNAI EXPRESS, not rated A young man on a journey to a small Indian town to fulfill the last wish of his grandfather to have his ashes immersed in a holy river meets a girl hailing from a unique Southern Indian family. With Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Manorama, Satyaraj; directed by Rohit Shetty. (140 minutes) 79 THE CROODS, PG When the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed, the world’s first prehistoric family discovers an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures. Animated. (98 minutes) 83 THE CONJURING, R A couple of world-renowned paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga), called in to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse, find themselves forced to confront a powerful demonic entity. (112 minutes) 86 DESPICABLE ME 2, PG Steve Carell returns as the voice of semi-supervillain Gru, now the step-parent of three little girls and the master of minions, with “a host of new and outrageously funny characters.” Animated. With voices of Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt; directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin. (98 minutes) 82 EPIC, PG A teenage girl magically transported into a secret universe where the forces of good and evil do battle deep in the forest joins a ragtag team of “fun and whimsical characters” to save their world - and ours. Animated. (102 minutes) 78 ELYSIUM, R In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium; the rest live on an overpopulated, ruined planet and, desperate to escape the rampant crime and poverty, turn to an unlikely hero (Matt Damon). With Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura; directed by Neill Blomkamp. (109 minutes) 85 FAST & FURIOUS 6, PG-13 Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) are living unfulfilled lives despite extracting $100 million from the kingpin’s empire they toppled, but full pardons await the speedsters if they can help Hobbs (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) shut down an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command (Michelle Rodriguez) once linked to Dom. (130 minutes) 88 FRUITVALE STATION, R Based on a true story. Young Bay Area resident Michael B. Jordan’s almost perfect day ends when he’s shot and killed by transit officers. (90 minutes) 62 GROWN UPS 2 , PG-13 The five former high-school basketball teammates who reunited after 30 years for the first movie have reunited for a second, including Lenny (Adam Sandler), who has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time, “the grown-ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.” (101 minutes) 79 THE HEAT, R An uptight, straitlaced FBI special agent (Sandra Bullock) teams up with a foulmouthed, short-fused Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) to bring down a drug lord. (117 minutes) 83 IRON MAN 3, PG-13 Brash-but brilliant industrialist Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), embarks on a harrowing quest to hunt down the enemy who has destroyed his personal world, forced to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. (130 minutes) 77 THE INTERNSHIP, PG-13 Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play salesmen with careers torpedoed by the digital world who, trying to prove they are not obsolete, talk their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with tech-savvy geniuses barely half their age. (119 minutes)83 LOVELACE, R A biopic on Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace, who, after making the controversial film, became a spokesman for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism, and later became a fierce anti-pornography crusader. With Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple; directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. (92 minutes) 78 MAN OF STEEL, PG-13 Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Henry Cavill as the latest cinematic incarnation of Superman, blasted to earth as a boy, yadda, yadda … discovers he has unusual powers, yadda, yadda … must go through a process to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do, yadda, yadda … and discover the hero within so he can save the world and yadda, yadda, yadda, become the symbol of hope for all mankind. (143 minutes) 89 MUD, PG-13 Writer/director Jeff Nichols shot most of this movie in Arkansas, a Mark Twain-like adventure involving two boys who find a man hiding on a Mississippi River island with a pocketful of tall tales that turn out to be true. (130 minutes) 73 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, PG Young demigod Percy Jackson and his friends embark on a treacherous odyssey through the Bermuda Triangle to find the Golden Fleece, battling terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and an ancient evil along the way. With Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci; directed by Thor Freudenthal. (106 minutes) 78 PLANES, PG Above the world of Disney’s/Pixar’s Cars comes the story of a plane (voice of Dane Cook) with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer who turns to a seasoned naval aviator to helphim get into shape - and conquer his fear of heights - before the big championship race. Animated. With voices of Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Gabriel Iglesias, Sinbad, Brent Musburger; directed by Klay Hall. (92 minutes) 85 RED 2, PG-13 Retired black-ops CIA agent Bruce Willis reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (116 minutes) 67 THE SMURFS 2, PG When the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurflike creatures called the Naughties, and learns that only Smurfette’s secret spell can turn them into real Smurfs, it’s up to the rest of the clan to rescue her from his clutches. (105 minutes) 87 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, PG-13 After a shocking act of terrorism, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), in defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, leads the Enterprise crew on a manhunt to “capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice.” (132 minutes) 75 TURBO, PG An underdog snail’s impossible dream of winning the Indy 500 kicks into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. Animated. With voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Samuel L. Jackson; directed by David Soren. (96 minutes) 82 2 GUNS, R Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play operatives from competing bureaus working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate who, when their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel goes haywire, are forced to on the run together - and neither knows that the other is a federal agent. (109 minutes) 82 UNFINISHED SONG, PG-13 A curmudgeon (Terence Stamp) who’s perfectly content with sticking to his dull daily routine finds a new way of looking at things after his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) introduces him to a spirited local singing group led by a youthful and charming young woman. (93 minutes) 87 THE WAY, WAY BACK, PG-13 A 14-year-old, having trouble fitting in on a summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend and his daughter, finds an unexpected friend in the offbeat manager of a water park. (103 minutes) 85 WE’RE THE MILLERS, R Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer whose attempt to help out some local teens leads to a drug-smuggling trip to Mexico with a fake wife and kids in tow. With Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, Ed Helms; directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. (110 minutes) 86 THE WOLVERINE, PG-13 Hugh Jackman is back as the title X-Men superhero, transplanted to modern-day Japan, where, out of his depth in an unknown world, he faces a life-or-death battle against lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. (126 minutes)Movie-rating point system Movies are rated on a scale from 50 to 100. Guidelines for moviegoers: 96-100 Transcendent 90-95 Exceptional 80-89 Better than most to remarkable 70-79 Average 60-69 Awful to mediocre 50-59 Irredeemable

MovieStyle, Pages 35 on 08/16/2013

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