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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 28, 2013 at 2:28 a.m.

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88 BEFORE MIDNIGHT, R Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater reunite for the third meeting of Jesse and Celine - first on a European train with one romantic evening together in Vienna in Before Sunrise; then, nine years later in Paris in Before Sunset; and now, both in their 40s, they meet again nine years later, still in Greece. (109 minutes)

67 THE BIG WEDDING, R Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, long divorced, must play the happy couple for their adopted son’s wedding once they discover that his ultraconservative biological mother is flying halfway across the world to attend. (90 minutes)

87 THE BLING RING, R A group of teenagers go on a thrilling and disturbing crime spree in the Hollywood hills, tracking their celebrity targets (including Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson) online, and stealing more than $3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Based on “true events.” With Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Israel Broussard; directed by Sofia Coppola. (90 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)

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)

74 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH, PG Lionized astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) and his quiet, nerdy by-the-rules brother (Rob Corddry) find themselves in a fiendishly plotted trap when they rocket off to answer an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet. Animated. (90 minutes)

74 EVIL DEAD, R In this remake of a 1981 cult horror film, five 20-something friends holed up in a remote cabin discover a Book of the Dead and unwittingly summon and become possessed by dormant demons from nearby woods. With Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore; directed by Fede Alvarez. (91 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)

80 42, PG-13 Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) puts himself and his ball club on the firing line as ballplayer Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) breaks the major leagues’ color barrier in 1947. (88 minutes)

82 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, PG-13 The G.I. Joes fight their mortal enemy, Cobra, while forced to contend with threats from within their government. With D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson; directed by Jon M. Chu. (110 minutes)

87 THE ICEMAN, R Based on the true story of a notorious mob contract killer who, until his 1986 arrest for the murder of more than 100 men, appeared to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father whose wife and daughters had no clue about his real profession. With Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta; directed by Ariel Vromen. (106 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)

88 KON-TIKI, PG-13 Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and five other men put together an expedition that crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa-wood raft in 1947 to prove how pre-Columbian South Americans likely crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands. With Pal Sverre Hagen, Odd Magnus Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Jakob Oftebro; 2012 feature directed by Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg. (118 minutes)

80 LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, R A lonely, middle-aged English widower and estranged single father living in Denmark and a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from a long bout of illness who’s just been left by her husband for a younger woman, embark on a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of his son and her daughter. With Trine Dyrholm, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Bodnia, Paprika Steen, Christiane Schaumburg-Muller; directed by Susanne Bier. (116 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)

85 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, G In this Monsters Inc. prequel, college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal), in his first semester at Monsters University, finds his plans to become a primo Scarer sidelined when he crosses paths with hotshot Sulley (voice of John Goodman) and discovers that the mismatched pair will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, to make it to the top. Animated, with voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Nathan Fillion, Julia Sweeney, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, John Ratzenberger; directed by Dan Scanlon. (110 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)

77 NOW YOU SEE ME, PG-13 A super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists known as “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of an an elite FBI squad that’s trying to nail them. (101 minutes)

68 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, R When a terrorist mastermind captures the White House and kidnaps the president, it’s up to a discredited former Secret Service agent and his inside knowledge to help his team retake the building and save the chief executive. (120 minutes)

77 OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, PG James Franco plays Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, who is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, where he encounters three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) who are not entirely convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. (127 minutes)

80 PEEPLES, PG-13 Sparksfly in the Hamptons when a regular guy (Craig Robinson) crashes the reunion of the preppy Peeples family to ask for their precious daughter’s (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. (95 minutes)

71 THE PURGE, R In a putative future America where the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity- including murder - becomes legal, a resident of a gated community (Ethan Hawke) and his family must make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. (85 minutes)

67 SCARY MOVIE 5, PG-13 More horrific send ups and lampoonery of more horror movie films and franchises. (85 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)

71 TEMPTATION, PG-13 Tyler Perry is the writer, producer and director but, for a change, does not appear in this woman’s journey into the nature of desire. (111 minutes)

87 THIS IS THE END, R Six friends (Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill) are trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. (107 minutes)

87 WORLD WAR Z, PG-13 Brad Pitt plays a United Nations guy in a race against time to stop a “pandemic” (a virus that kills, reanimates and turns people into flesh-eating zombies). With Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse; directed by Marc Forster. (116 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 33 on 06/28/2013

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