BLUE JASMINE (R). Woody Allen takes a break from comedy in his annual offering, this time focusing on a New York woman (Cate Blanchett) who must move to San Francisco after a life crisis.
CLOSED CIRCUIT (R). British crime thriller about the high-profile trial of a man charged with setting off an explosion in a London market and two lawyers once linked romantically, who begin to suspect a British government cover-up.
ELYSIUM (R). Director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to his breakout debut hit "District 9" is another action-heavy sci-fi picture. In the near future, the world’s wealthiest 1 percent (led by Jodie Foster) abandon Earth and move into a mammoth orbiting space station. The people left behind (including Matt Damon) are required to work in factories to keep the satellite running smoothly. HHH (Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service -- 8/10). 1:42.
GETAWAY (PG-13). Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight costar in this action-thriller involving a race car driver, an anonymous computer-savvy girl and a mysterious man trying to save his kidnapped wife.
JOBS (PG-13). This biopic isn’t as fascinating as the man, much less the myth of entrepreneurial superiority he left behind. Much of the blame falls on the decision to cast Ashton Kutcher as Jobs. His inscrutable performance serves only to confirm the worst impressions of his emotive ability. H1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 8/17). 2:02.
KICK-ASS 2 (R). Coming three years after the modest success of "Kick-Ass," this sequel covers much of the same ground. There’s a meaner streak this time to Kick-Ass and Hit Girl’s exploits in this rambunctiously funny -- though the laughs clot in your throat -- comic book fantasy of superhero wannabes. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 8/22). 1:43.
LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG-13). Inspired by but not entirely based on the career of Eugene Allen, a White House servant to eight presidents during times of racial change. A classy production, well-acted throughout but its reach exceeds writer-director Lee Daniels’ creative grasp. With Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey. HH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 8/17). 2:10.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G). All the characters from "Monsters, Inc." return in this Pixar prequel that finds the endearing scarers in college before graduating into the "real" world of becoming all our childhood monsters-in-the-closet-and-under-the-bed fears. It’s not a bad movie but it is disappointing. HH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 6/22). 1:50.
ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US (PG). Documentary filmmaker Morgan Sourlock’s full access on- and offstage portrait of the band One Direction during its 2012 tour.
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (PG). Logan Lerman returns as the teenage son of Poseidon in this second adaptation of Rick Riordan’s popular fantasy novels.
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (PG-13). Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew match wits with a mysterious terrorist who has an odd connection to a Star Fleet admiral. Brawny, funny, ingeniously constructed for appeasl to both devoted fans and reluctant converts. With Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 5/17). 2:12.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (PG-13). This adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first book in her popular series focuses on Clary (Lily Collins), a teenage girl living in Brooklyn with her mother who discovers she’s the latest descendant in a line of Shadowhunters, half-human, half-angel creatures ordained to protect humanity from demons, vampires, slimy tentacled things and every other monster you can think of.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW (R). High school senior Sutter Keely is a drunk, but a functioning life of the keg party so folks don’t notice, or else want to be his friend so badly they won’t say anything. Especially Aimee Finicky, the honor roll mouse whose house is where Sutter awakens hungover on the lawn.
THE WAY, WAY BACK (PG-13). A water park becomes the unlikely location for a gawky youth’s coming into his own over the course of a summer. With Liam Grace, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry. HHH1/2 (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 7/19). 1:43.
THE WORLD’S END (R). British sci-fi comedy about a group of friends who discover an alien invasion while on a pub crawl to end all pub crawls in their hometown.
THIS IS MARTIN BONNER (R). The Martin of the title, a fresh transplant from the East, is starting over as an outreach counselor at a Reno, Nev., penitentiary after a crisis of belief. He meets Travis, who is newly sprung after years in prison, and takes him under his wing. The slightly bewildered new ex-con sees freedom stretched out before him and immediately worries that he’ll blow his chances.
WE’RE THE MILLERS (R). In order to smuggle a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico to the United States, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) and two kids to pose as his family.
WORLD WAR Z (PG-13). A retired globetrotting United Nations troubleshooter (Brad Pitt) is called in to track down the source of the worldwide plague turning people into athletically inclined zombies that can scale walls and overtake cities in minutes. The film’s calculated restraint emphasizes the horror’s sprawl and preserves the PG-13 rating. HHH (Persall, Tampa Bay Times -- 6/24). 1:56.
YOU’RE NEXT (R). The adult children of a wealthy couple gather in their country house to help celebrate a wedding anniversary. Then the crossbow bolts come crashing through the window, nobody’s cell phone works, and people in the house start dying at the hands of hooded, animal-masked intruders.